612 Tasting Notes

drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
612 tasting notes

I had a Facebook offer for a free matcha from Davidstea that expired yesterday, and I had some time to kill after work so I popped into the mall to claim this sweet sweet offer.

The release of these new flavoured matchas definitely piqued my interest because I was curious to see how they’d compare to the ones I’ve had and loved from Red Leaf. I chose the vanilla one to try, because it’s the one that most appealed to me.

The clerk made it in front of me with their new matcha shaker, which also interests me. I can’t decide if it would really be THAT much better than a mason jar. Not for the price, anyhow.

I can’t FAIRLY compare this matcha to the french vanilla from Red Leaf, because I always make my matchas at home as lattes. This may have actually been my very first matcha made with only hot water.

To be honest, it doesn’t compare. To a latte, I mean. It makes the GREENNESS of it that much more obvious. And the texture isn’t as creamy as when it’s made with hot milk. Kinda watery. In fairness, it’s looking like I’m just not a fan of matcha unless milk is involved. So I don’t want to rate this numerically.

From what I recall of the Red Leaf matchas, (it’s been awhile), they seem to pack a bit more of a flavour punch than this one. I will have to try one without milk to see how it lines up with Davidstea’s new offerings. But I doubt I will, because clearly latte style is the way to go.

Seeing as how I still have a freezer full of matcha (ooooops), I won’t be buying any more for the time being, however this might be a more convenient and less cost prohibitive option than ordering matcha from the US, since our Canadian dollar sucks so bad right now, on top of having to pay on average $10+ for shipping.

Hopefully they come up with some new flavours in the future! I might buy a vanilla or mocha latte sometime when I’m in the mall, just to try it.

Thanks for the sweet Facebook offer, Davidstea!

OMara

I’m looking into trying matcha. What would you suggest for beginners with a small budget?

whatshesaid

If you have a Davidstea near you, I would suggest checking these out!

Otherwise, http://www.redleaftea.com/ may not be so bad for shipping and exchange rate if you’re in the US, but matcha in general isn’t cheap so the prices may be offputting.

If you’re looking to try some, I suggest a small size of their caramel matcha, or french vanilla, and you can customize how much flavouring you want it to have!

Kittenna

I’m sad that I work too much to have gotten my free matcha :(

OMGsrsly

I still dream of Red Leaf’s pineapple matcha. So good in a coconut milk smoothie!

whatshesaid

Never tried that one!!

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You know, it’s times like this when I am so SO glad that Steepster exists and that I found it. Without Steepster, and all of you tea lovers posting your awesome reviews encouraging me to try and buy more more more (and also, thanks in general to the internet, for feeding this habit by bringing everything that much closer to me)… I never would have discovered this tea.
Or TTC.

Because honestly.

Last night I decided to make a mug of this, I had purchased 5 samples from TTC and recently got them. I am practically on a tea hiatus at this point, i mean i certainly SHOULD be. But I’d had a TTC sample once upon a time and knew that down the road more would be mine, all mine.

So when I cut open my adorably patterned sample bag, I stuck my nose in and inhaled like breathing was going to go out of style and OMG. The scent. INTOXICATING. I don’t even know. So good. I can’t describe.

And then I brewed it up, took my first sip, and it was like happiness exploded all over my tongue. It’s fruity and malty and bready and fresh and bright and SO FLAVOURFUL.

I don’t ever want to live without this tea.

I really need to start drinking down everything I have to reach a point where I only stock my absolute loves. This would be one of them.

I wanted to shout it from the rooftops last night, but there was no one around who would care. There never is, I’m alone in my world of tea love. Except for you guys.

Everyone who hasn’t tried this tea must wishlist it immediately :)
You’re welcome. Trust me.

(PS – I spent like 2 hours just slowly and enjoyably organizing my tea stash yesterday. Of course my online cupboard isn’t really up to date yet, but physically arranging and mentally taking stock of all of my teas (ALL OF THE TEAS) was incredibly calming and satisfying.)

TippysTea

It’s magical right? I have yet to drink a tea that is even close to how awesome this tea is.

Courtney

I’m thrilled I ordered this one. After your note on the Golden Dragon Tippy, I was inspired to order a bunch of black tea samples from TTC. Yes!

Sil

i haven’t had this lot of the yuchi…but it’s a good tea!

whatshesaid

Happy I was able to influence someone’s tea buying! hehe

Yeah it’s super magically delicious

Amariel

Do you pick out any of the rose or licorice notes the website describes? It looked good to me up til that point.

TippysTea

No, none of those tastes are present in that tea. It tastes like a big delicious cinnamon roll to me.

whatshesaid

I didn’t notice any rose or licorice at all.
No cinnamon rolls either, but my tastebuds are not that well-honed at this point.

Cavocorax

I haven’t had a TTC tea that I was disappointed with. At this point, I’m pretty sure I could just place an order for any 5 samples and they’d all be golden.

Sil

aren’t you glad i spread the word :)

whatshesaid

YES Sil, I believe you’re the one who sent me a Yuchi Mountain sample at some point, bless your little heart!!

Sil

i actually just really love that they give you free shipping if you just get 25$ woth of sample sizes….as i often just want the sample sizes lol

whatshesaid

yes!! such a great deal.

whatshesaid

I wonder if they’d question just purchasing nothing but sample sizes of this tea… haha

TippysTea

They probably understand it. These teas are not cheap, not cheap at all. We are looking at wholesale prices for some of these teas and at the end of the day we are dealing with very, very high quality teas, processed with great care by very skilled tradespeople. Even wholesale the prices are a little high, but in our opinion, worth it as a treat!

Greg_2tea

Anyone else a fan of the verdant tea of the. Month sampler? Darling little tea company that gets it fresh from China, the teas come from—CHINA!!

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Received this from the awesome Miss B via the equally awesome Sil!

Really excited to try it.

First had a few sips straight up, it was decent, but not spectacular. A bit of milk brought out the shortbread aspect far more.

It’s not as vanilla as I would hope, I far prefer something like WP Golden Orchid or Tippy’s Tea Not So Vanilla as far as a vanilla tea goes. Real vanilla beans and whatnot.

Super happy to get to try this though, something that would otherwise likely never cross my path! Thanks you two!

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Sipdown! A few days ago at work. Just before I found out that my husband had gotten ahold of some free tickets to the Bryan Adams show in Halifax, and a free night at a fancy downtown hotel! Whisked away on a Wednesday night adventure :)

Glad to see this one go. Chocolate flavouring in tea…I’m SO over it.

The tin will come in handy for something I love though! And yeah, the Bryan Adams show was the shit. Like, in a good way, how the cool kids say it ;)

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Made a cup of this before bed last night, I added a sprinkling of sea salt and a splash of maple syrup. It really brought out all the flavours.

And, this may be the maple syrup talking, but I found last night’s cup to have a particularly thick and silky mouthfeel.

Smooth and unique. That’s the big thing I will miss most about Butiki – love them or not, there were so many creative and unique blends. Who else would ever dream up a tea like this one? And once it’s gone, probably no one else ever will. Sad.

Other tea blenders seem to rely too heavily on artificial flavours which scream exactly that with each sip. This has big chunks of apple and potatoes. POTATOES. IN MY TEACUP!

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85

Mmmm. Good morning!

Baby girl is napping so I made myself a hearty mug of Tiger Assam with a sploosh of 10% cream. I think the last time I had this one I was still on mat leave. It was my regular breakfast tea go to. Still delicious. Malty, raisiny, strong.

I finally finished Gilmore Girls the other day, (so sad it’s over!) and this morning I just started watching a new to me show on Netflix, Broadchurch. My dear friend Netflix knows what I like! Surprised I hadn’t watched it sooner, because David Tennant!

Seems very good. Dark. Dramatic. Compelling. British. Successssss!

Maddy Barone

“Seems very good. Dark. Dramatic. Compelling. British. Successssss!”

Is that the tea or the show? They both sound good. :)

whatshesaid

Well I guess the tea is also all of those things, except British :)

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
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Drinking delicious tea at work makes me happy. It brings a sense of comfort and a feeling of home to a job where I deal with fairly dreary subject matter, sitting at my desk and reading depressing things all day long.

I would almost say that tea gets me through the day.

Especially my “special” teas. Like this one. So relaxing and cozy and warm and flavorful.

tea tea tea.

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Had this at work again today – this time i remembered to add a bit of sugar.

Cake City – Population: Tea!

:)

Even though I try to resteep these precious Butiki blends, I don’t find there’s much flavour left by round 2. I won’t stop trying though, my preciousssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssseseses.

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Made this last night when I decided against cleaning in favour of sitting in bed, reading some magazines I’ve had kicking around for too long, and watching episode 2 of The Fall. I loves me some British TV!

I was really impressed with this. I found it pretty much screamed maple and almond, and though I wasn’t quite getting “waffle”, there was definitely something bready about it. I have to remember to resteep it tonight before I forget what the used leaves in my steeper sitting on the counter are and accidentally throw them out :)

Another one of Butiki’s amazing finale teas that I am happy I ordered!

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I love tea. I love my baby daughter, my husband, my dog Wally, Netflix, shopping, and tea. Some other stuff too, but these are the most important!

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Butiki teas in general, I love how the flavours are subtle and not fake tasting and don’t overwhelm the tea base. Trust that I will be dramatically mourning the loss of this company!

Harney and Sons, Teavivre, Whispering Pines and Mariage Freres are some more tea companies I appreciate. Along with Davidstea as it was the ‘gateway drug’ to my tea addiction. Though I’m mostly over it now, I’ve definitely moved on from the artificially flavoured teas and am trying more quality straight teas!

My ultimate goal is to try as many French teas as possible – and to finally find a source in Canada for Mariage Freres so I can buy Wedding Imperial, and Black Orchid for sure.

I would like to try any Taiwanese Assams that exist in the world!

Also continuously on the hunt for Fauchon – La Naissance.

When I rate, it goes like this:

85 -100 = WIN! awesome, I love this and keep it on hand
70 – 85 = pretty darn good but I don’t NEED to own it
55 – 70 = not necessarily terrible but not a tea for me!
30 – 55 = missed the mark as far as I am concerned. Wouldn’t drink it willingly.
0 – 30 = I likely won’t rate this low very often, so if you see it, consider the tea a great big FAIL and probably disgusting.

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