894 Tasting Notes
So, not drinking this today but baking with it.
I saw this recipe for white chocolate matcha scones on Yunomi and it just sounded so good. My matcha is also getting close to its best before date, so I want to use it up soon. http://yunomi.us/24858/tea-recipe-matcha-scone-pancake-mix/
Since I don’t have pancake mix and I prefer baking from scratch anyway, I adapted this scone recipe: http://www.food.com/recipe/simple-sweet-scones-66409
I added about 2.5tbsp of matcha and half a bag of white chocolate chips. The whole thing was fast and easy to put together and very delicious. The scones are bright green and the matcha flavour is mild but distinct and present.
I will definitely be making these again – maybe soon, because I just ate seven of them in one sitting. Next time, I would add another tablespoon of matcha, just to make the flavour a bit more intense. I had to use more liquid than the recipe called for, probably a combination of the extra dry weight of the matcha, and the fact that it’s so incredibly dry here in winter that the moisture content of my flour is way too low and it always absorbs way more liquid than it would in other climates.
Ugh this is so good. What a perfect first cup of the day. I gulped it down fast while I was baking. Malt, sweet potato and fruit today. Then I resteeped the leaves, though my mouth is full of scones, so I can’t really tell how good the resteep is.
Flavors: Fruity, Malt, Sweet Potatoes
A lovely cup – roasted notes overlay minerals, cream, spinach and tangy vegetal flavours.
Sadly, I don’t think I can finish my cup. It’s gotten cold and one of my teeth has suddenly started hurting pretty badly. Cold is extremely unpleasant right now.
Flavors: Cream, Mineral, Roasted, Spinach, Tangy, Vegetal
I am impressed with both this tea and my travel mug.
I made this in my travel mug, yesterday, to take to a meeting. I put a teaspoon of the tea into my mug, topped it up with hot water, and let it steep. Well, I forgot it in my car during the meeting and then forgot it in my car when I finally got home a few hours later.
I finally retrieved my mug today, about 26 hours after I made this cup. In spite of the -14C weather today, the tea was only cold, not frozen or even starting to crystallize. And it was perfectly drinkable and delicious, without any bitterness or astringency. I’m pleased to discover that this makes a surprisingly nice iced tea.
So even though I repeatedly forgot about this, I still got to enjoy it.
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I’m pretty sure I have a straight Earl Grey in mu cupboard, but I couldn’t find it, so I grabbed this to make a latte, and it’s delicious.
2tsp steeped in 8oz of water for 4 minutes, added to maybe 4oz of hot milk, 1.5 tsp of sugar and 1tsp of matcha powder. The flavours of this come through really nicely and are complimented well by the matcha. Nice and decadent.
Flavors: Bergamot, Vanilla
I made this cup this morning because I was super tired and needed a caffeine kick.
The smell of it is really interesting – malt, raisins and an unexpected burst of citrus. Taste wise, this is mostly malt, with a pleasant amount of bitterness, and then a hint of citrus on the finish.
I finished most of this cup, and then decided to have a nap on the couch when I realized that I couldn’t focus my eyes.
The rest of this cup I drank cold, and it was also very nice.
Thank you to Lindsay for this sample!
Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Malt, Raisins