6145 Tasting Notes

80
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
6145 tasting notes

Thank you to Sil for my sample of this matcha. I tried this both as a latte and plain and to be honest I was not as in love with it as I anticipated I would be. I think I am on the minority with this one but I did not really notice the caramel too much. I didn’t think it was bad just not the flavor I was expecting. However, I don’t think I blended the matcha too well because there was powder at the bottom of my cup so maybe that has something to do with it. I will finish up the sample but I don’t think I will be buying more of this flavor.

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5
drank Passion Fruit by Kusmi Tea
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This is the first white tea from Kusmi that I have tried and I think it might be the last. This tea both dry and brewed smells just like passion fruit and I was hoping it would taste like it smells. Unfortunately that is not the case. I find the tea almost has a bitter chemical taste to it that is obviously not very appealing. Now I have 75g of this that is going into the swap box. Sorry Kusmi, but this one is just not very good.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Dexter

Even with that glowing recommendation, I’d be willing to take a little of that off your hands….

VariaTEA

haha sure. How much would you like? I also picked up a couple other Kusmi teas (they have a 75 g min purchase so I have a lot) and Teavana teas if you want to try them.

Dexter

LOL I dont want lots, just a taste. Will work something out. :))

Nxtdoor

I also only had one kusmi tea and was not inclined to further my kusmi education.

VariaTEA

Well if you change your mind nxtdoor I can send some samples your way. For me this was a bust but there are others which have not been bad

VariaTEA

And Dexter, check through my cupboard if you like and let me know what you would want samples of and I can probably send them your way.

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91
drank Earl Grey (loose leaf) by Twinings
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This makes an amazing latte (aka a London Fog). I had some of my roommates and it was deliciously creamy with just the right amount of sweetness.

Nxtdoor

Wow, a cannibal :) how many roommates have you had, exactly? I know all typos are funny but some can be really taken out of context!

VariaTEA

Oh oops!! That is quite the mistake…I have not or will not ever eat a roommate or any other person!

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60

I got a sample of this from Dexter3657 and unfortunately I don’t think this one is for me. I can’t quite put my finger on why but one of the spices (I believe it was the cardamom) was too strong for me liking and so it was hard to get passed that. Thank you for the sample though, Dexter3657!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Dexter

:(( I have so much chai in my house. I’m going to do a chai comparison this weekend and see if I can find my “perfect” one.

VariaTEA

That sounds like a fun way to spend the weekend. I have my family coming to visit this weekend and they have not tried any of my teas so something tells me a few dozen pots will be brewed so they can try all my different teas.

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60
drank Sweet Strawberry by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks Lovelylotus for the package of Sweet Strawberry. Unfortunately this was not quite the success Cookie Dough was. I thought it smelled great and my first sip really like a sweet strawberry. However there was nothing to tone down the overwhelming sweetness so as I continued to drink it just became too much. I plan on experimenting with this one because I think it has potential.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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15
drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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I have a lot of issues with this tea and I am not sure why. Basically the first time I had it, I made a pot with a friend of mine. At first I thought it was great because you can really taste the mango but then as I kept drinking something just really started bugging me about it. I found myself noticing flavors that I felt took away from the mango as opposed to complimenting them. Then, the longer I sat there smelling the tea, the more the smell began to really bother me.

I always wanted to give it another try to see if my initial impression was right or if I actually did not like the tea however I was always a bit apprehensive about doing so given my first experience with it. What finally convinced me to give a try was a saleswoman at David’s told me it made a great latte (which makes sense given lassis are creamy) and then today when I asked my roommate what tea I should make as a latte she just happened to pick this one randomly. I took that as a sign it was time to try it again.

I first tried the tea without the addition of milk and at first only tasted the mango but upon the next sip the other flavors crept in and I found myself being put off yet again. So I frothed the milk and give it a try that way. Yet again the flavors just did not sit right with me and this latte went down the drain (second of the day I poured out :P). Now I have 15-20 g of this that I will probably never drink again which means there is one more addition to my swap box.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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90

I got a sample of this, distinctive flavor, from Sil!

Having never tried matcha before I was so excited to have this new tea experience. I assume this probably does not resemble the taste of a true matcha much but I was still super excited given all the positive things I have read about the different flavored matchas. Thanks Sil for giving me the oppurtunity!!

Anyways, as soon as I opened my package from Sil I ran upstairs with my tea and asked my roommate how to make it. With her guidance I was able to successfully brew a cup and I am a fan. This tasted just like a creamy raspberry treat!

I actually tried this a few different ways:
1. I had 1/2 tsp straight in hot water just so I could try it without any additions. It had a nice consistency – I frothed it with the milk frother since I don’t have a matcha whisk. I thought it tasted great. The raspberry flavor came through quite nicely with a hint of natural creaminess.
2. I then took some of the tea and added it to frothed milk to try this as a latte. This, as would be expected, brought out the creamy flavor and complimented the raspberry quite nicely.
3. I added a bit of Teavana’s White Gold honey to the latte. The tea did not particularly need it but my roommate suggested it might be good. The honey enhanced the sweetness but not to the point that it was too sweet.
4. Because I liked the honey in the latte I tried some in the little bit of the plain matcha I left in the cup. Here too it added just a hint of sweetness that enhanced the flavors of the matcha.

Every way I had it, this tea was great! I am excited to try all the other samples I have from Sil. If they are as good as this was I will probably be placing a Red Leaf order soon.

Also I think it would be interesting to try out some plain matcha to see how it compares to the flavored stuff.

Once again, Thanks Sil!!

Sil

YAY! I’m glad you enjoyed this. Before you order, try the robust caramel and see how you like the flavouring. I started my red leaf journey ordering everything in robust flavouring and then dropped down to distinctive. There are a few flavours that i’ve found work better as robust, and a few that work better as delicate but so far, distinctive seems to be a good spot most of the time.

VariaTEA

Thanks! I will definitely look into that if (when) I place an order.

JustJames

hmmmmm, i don’t know the first thing about matcha either. i’ve looked up red leaf: interesting flavours. what kindof consistency? gritty? fluffy?

Sil

Just James – if you think you want tog I’ve it a go, just send me a note..happy to send you some to try, do a mini swap, whatever.

VariaTEA

Sil, you are like the matcha supplier to all the matcha newbies it seems.
As for the consistency, I found this particular cup very smooth. However today I tried the caramel matcha and did not mix it quite as well so the powder was not thoroughly mixed in to the water. Although the only reason I knew the powder wasn’t mixed properly was because I saw it seperated – I didn’t get a gritty texture or lumps or anything like that.

JustJames

@sil…. would love to do a mini swap…. you might like ‘hello sweetie’!! but i can’t message you. we’re only one way friends and the system is very judgmental that way, lol.

Sil

haha yeah i swear i thought i was following you from earlier but i guess not. fixed that :)
Variatea – yeah um i have a lot of it, as a result i’m more than happy to share with people now that i’ve figured out how to send it haha especially since it’s a bit of an expense for those of us in canada who want to order it just to try it.

VariaTEA

Haha well I am definitely appreciative of your generosity as I am sure others are as well so thank you!!

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75
drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
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This is one of the four teas I picked up at Kusmi today. The dry leaf smells delicious – like chai with a hint of chocolate.

Brewed the smell and taste of black tea really come through with notes of cinnamon, pepper, and chocolate. I think a couple months ago I would not have been a fan but the more tea I drink (even though I predominantly drink flavored) the more appreciative I become of the tea flavor. I think my favorites will still be the flavorful teas, at least for now, but this tea is definitely a good choice when I want something simpler.

Just a side note – Kusmi Tea has a 75 g minimum. WHAT?!?! I was going to try a couple of other teas too but I didn’t think I needed so much of teas I have never tried before.

ETA: Cold this has more of a spice to this but it is still good.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I have been conflicted all day today as I want to go take advantage of their 2/$5 deal and pick some of this up (if they have it) as well as some White Chocolate Frost and some more Jessie’s Tea. However, I know I won’t just stop at that so I have been avoiding David’s Tea. Unfortunately, walking home I had to pass right in front of Kusmi tea and with a tea shop right in front of me I caved and went in. I know have four more new teas from Kusmi.

Anyways, onto the tea. I had this as a latte and it was delicious! The creaminess of the milk helped to bring out the flavors of this tea and it was amazing!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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15
drank Choconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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I thought this might be good as a latte. I was wrong. It wound up down the drain. I ended up lowering my rating because the licorice was much more evident to me and I am not a fan. Something in my brain interprets licorice as a burnt taste and that is never pleasant in a drink. This is definitely going in the swap box.

On another note, my roommate got to use the frother for the first time and I think it may be her new kitchen utensil. She decided to try frothing a bunch of different things. If you were wondering the frother DOES work on milk, almond milk, and for mixing matcha tea. It does NOT work on plain tea (in case you could not have guessed that).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped

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