379 Tasting Notes
While waiting for my Mandala Matcha package (a staple for me), I bought some Encha from Amazon.
I finally found the darn package. I thought because it’s local, i.e. USA, I wouldn’t have a problem with shipping. Wrong. Mandala has excellent shipping speed (and tea) but as I wrote before, something is going on at my local PO. They never try to deliver it, said they gave a final notice and kept it at the post office without alerting me… Sigh. I call, they don’t answer, so I was delighted it was there when I stopped by today and wow, my B&B package was there too. The replacement for the one that the USPS lost last time, months ago.
Bah, a tangent haha. Thanks for letting me complain. :)
So I bought this because I ran out of matcha. I always get my Amazon shipments, that’s always a plus. It’s a decent first-harvest organic matcha powder. It doesn’t smell like turpentine like most of the Amazon matcha purchases I’ve bought in the past.
It’s weird, but it’s pretty neutral. No bitterness, nor sweetness, no real taste either. I still recommend it if you can’t get excellent matcha from another source or if you’re in between buying. Since it is culinary or latte grade, it went with milk just fine, without a turnoff taste (health benefits still there), and it mixed well, no clumps. I used oatmilk, yum. I will not drink this ceremonial style because latte grade means usually more astringent or bitter if you drink it straight, so I’ll just use this as it is directed… Lattes or cooking.
Ah, so nice to have Steepster back.
Thanks for the sample, Amandastory! :) Sorry it took so long for me to come around to it. I am not a huge Kale fan but I must say I am pleasantly surprised as this was pretty tasty. I’d much rather take in kale this way, than eat it. hehe
The mixture of matcha with kale powder turned out to be a grassy, umami, creamy cuppa. Extremely energizing (probably up there in health benefits too no doubt). Love that there is no sweetener at all in this. Surprisingly, it is not bitter but has a unique, and different kale-spinachy-grassy-matcha notes. Thanks again. :)
Flavors: Creamy, Earth, Grass, Kale, Umami
I’m loving this matcha. Thank you so much, Derk. I’ve had it both as a latte and the traditional way. 2-3 chashaku scoops, through a sieve. ~2 oz water to make a paste, then whisked another 2 oz. (175°F). A bright green powder, finely ground, full-bodied grassy aroma… And when prepared in a syrup form (koicha) no bitterness, pure umami, very smooth, foamy, silky, light lingering sweetness.
Note: My local USPS isn’t delivering packages anymore even though we have a locker. In fact, they are just sending packages back… So much for buying any tea online for now especially international. I hope all of you are safe and happy.
Flavors: Sweet, Umami
That seems illegal, especially if they are just sending the packages back instead of at least handing you a card saying it will wait at the PO for you…
Derk, unfortunately, I am in a very hard-hit area. :(
Tea-sipper, Yup. This is what they do… They put final notice in my mailbox (and it is always the 1st), & refuse to put it in the locker right there OR redeliver it when I request, and sometimes they hold it & other times, they just send it back. I’ve made countless of complaints. >.<
tea-sipper Absolutely ridiculous! It took me literally a month to find one of two packages. I had finally bought some Bird & Blend Tea and was so excited only for this post office to send me on a wild goose chase. They are nice, as they are re-sending me the second package. I believe the original on it’s way back to their place. It’s almost 100% sure than anything international will never make it here without some serious detective work lol. I had this problem with my last TeaVivre shipment. It’s not their fault, it’s my post office.
Added notes: Sip down. Wow, it took me two full years to finish this? >.< I did buy the biggest can and it was huuuuuge. I guess I was once serious about detoxing. haha. Overall, it’s still my favorite detox for whatever reason lol. I’ve tasted others that taste better per se but sometimes I just like a pleasant boring, errr mild tea :P, for whatever reason and I reach for this the most if I need a quick detox. I love lemongrass so that’s probably another reason.
I can not stand their blue detox and can barely tolerate the one in the yellow can but this one tastes pleasant to me. No mint for one and the other two have a lot of mint. I put a few shakes of True Lemon powder in it or put a TeaVivre Lemon slice in it. I’ll probably order more.
Thinking of all my tea friends here and hoping that you and your loved ones remain safe during this trying time. I’m okay here <3.
Flavors: Lemon, Lemongrass
I really like this one. It reminds me of Decadence but with a nutty taste. I didn’t get sunflower seeds like others. It’s probably a different blend than before since my batch is recent. I got a nice almond note from it instead. The marshmallows give it a very light sweet taste with added creaminess. It didn’t seem as dark chocolatey as Decedance but more between milk chocolate and dark chocolate which I liked. The blend of Laoshan, Assamica & Golden Yunnan really works well and it was delicious and had a nice malty note.
Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Marshmallow, Roasted Nuts
I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it! Thank you!
I have decided to omit the sunflower seeds on my future blends – I got a variety of reviews on the sunflower seeds: some liked them but most did not. For me personally, I liked their salty contribution to the overall cup but because they go stale too quickly, I decided it would be better to just not include them in blends from this point forward.
Broke into this cake today. I was able to easily break off small pieces off with my fingers, 7g worth. A quick rinse, starting at 185F and later going up to 205F. A bunch of 5s infusions, maybe up to 15? I just keep going and going hehe.
The cake has a grassy, hay, slightly flowery aroma. I’m not really good at aromas TBH. The liquor is medium to deep golden color. The taste at first, started off somewhat bitter and slightly astringent. The first two steepings, aside from a little bitterness and astringency, had a remarkable sweet taste, that of honey or more like sugar cane. The next few steeps, more flavors came out, layers of them. It’s not a boring tea. It has a super thick mouth feel yet a nice finish with lots of peach notes. Super creamy feeling in my mouth and throat. With each successive infusion, it kept bringing out fruity notes, more on the side of stone fruits, such as apricots and peaches, but also citrus notes, and later add in a little metallic and mineral notes here and there. Complex tea.
In the beginning, I did find it to be slightly bitter but that went away and the pleasant dryness throughout adds to it, doesn’t ruin it. Towards the middle-end, the fruity notes, such as apricots and peach notes subsided and the last layer came in, almost an umami, savory, vegetal taste along with spices, a little heat and minerals.
Throughout the infusions, it was always pleasantly sweet and gave a thick, creamy mouthfeel that won’t quit. The stone fruit notes remained even at the end. I would say that if you’re into sweet sheng and like the mouthfeel experience, I would highly recommend this one to you.
Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Grass, Honey, Peach, Stonefruit, Sugarcane, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal
I have had this for a while but hadn’t written about it. It is their 2019 Da Hong Pao. I really like Whispering Pines teas overall.
I prepared it Gongfu 200 F, quick rinse, then 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s. 30s, 1m. Nice aromatics of dried fruit, minerals. A delicious roasty cuppa with pleasant light spice notes, like anise, pepper, and perhaps cardamom. Lots of nice dried fruit, mainly plums, and raisins, some citrus notes. Also, lots of mineral notes.
Solid Da Hong Pao.
Flavors: Anise, Cream, Plum, Raisins, Roasted, Spices
It’s too sweet but as I do with the other ones, I do a flash rinse to get the sweet taste out, and then I can enjoy it. It does taste like cereal albeit a very sweet cereal hehe. I think I got this when my nephew stayed with me. He enjoyed it.
Some marshmallow notes along with apple, oats. coconut, cornflakes, vanilla, and cream. It’s a really chunky type of tea, you can see big pieces of all kinds of things, even raisins, goji berries, vanilla pieces, and quinoa too. I may get it again for my nephew but it’s far too sweet (stevia) for me. If you don’t mind sweet tea, you may like this one. It would probably taste good as a latte.
Flavors: Apple, Cream, Goji, Oats, Sweet, Vanilla
After my sample, last year, I had picked up 10 more little disks of this shortly after. I hadn’t got around to drinking more until yesterday. I am still working on sipdowns of the tea that I got too much of. >.<
This time instead of gongfu, I went for 10 ounces for 30 secs, 1m, 2m It has still had a thick taste, very fruity with berries, stone fruits, citrus, very malty flavor. Not so floral this time, and crisp citrus aftertaste. Notes of honey, a heavier molasses, and light spice notes. It was a pleasant afternoon tea. It is heavy on the energy (caffeine) but I love that. I got so much more work accomplished lol. So beware. I had energy all the way until 4 am. I don’t get jittery or anything with it, it just good energy to me.
I now know 10 people with COVID19. The latest is a beautiful family, Aaron’s cousin, who got is from her husband who had to work, they didn’t practice safe distancing at the work place, and now they have it and all their four little kids. Tragic times. So stay safe out there.
Flavors: Berries, Citrusy, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Molasses, Spices, Stonefruit
mrmopar, I hope your sister-in-law gets better fast. Aaron’s mom got it almost 8 weeks ago, and she is still on oxygen. It’s really sad. She got it from his husband who was traveling back from work on an airplane. They both have been struggling since.
My cousin and his wife supposedly both have it. My aunt has also been in isolation due to an outbreak at her workplace. She seems fine though. It’s been weeks since she was potentially exposed to the virus, and thankfully, she has had no symptoms and no one who lives with her has gotten sick.
I’ve had this for forever but like many others, I haven’t written anything, just rated it. It’s very sweet like some of the other David’s Tea that I bought. I have only bought four so keep that in mind hehe. I have to do a fast rinse before drinking it for my taste buds. After a flash rinse. I brew it as recommended.
The banana is very creamy, that’s what I taste in the beginning. If I don’t rinse, I don’t taste it much but more sweetness. Then at the end of the sip, I get a quick grapefruit note. Neither is really that strong. It’s well-balanced. It sounds like a weird mixture but it doesn’t taste weird and the notes are well separated… meaning I didn’t get a weird muted mix but two distinct flavor notes. I love banana and I love grapefruit so this has always been a nice cup of tea. When I make it cold brew (I still have to do a flash rinse before), I don’t really get any of the citruses but more banana.
P.S. I wish I could change my profile. It’s really old and things have changed >.<. After I made it, I never was able to edit it (maybe once?) other than my picture. Tangent, I know. :P
Flavors: Creamy, Grapefruit, Sweet
Huh, I wonder why you are having profile edit problems? Maybe it’s a newer member thing? I think many of the Steepster problems have been more with newer members. I wish you could edit it though.
I just edited my profile and it worked fine for me, but I have been a member for over 6 years so maybe that’s why. The only problem I’m having at the moment is that my ‘notices’ tab won’t open, so I’ve got 700 notifications every time I log in!
It could be. I think I’ve been here for a little over a year. I can’t change it on my phone or on my laptop. There is what a get: Error 503 first byte timeout
first byte timeout
Details: cache-dca17781-DCA 1588813068 974986809
I did actually get that a couple of days ago, but I refreshed the page and it’s been fine ever since
I tried to send a message to Inkling earlier and got the error screen but it turned out that it had actually sent anyway. Maybe try adding a test word or two to your profile and see if it saves despite the error message?
Nattie, I do that each time. I just tried it now, same thing. I’m sorry you’re having the same issue too, Martin!
Private messaging has not worked well for me in Google Chrome, but is fine a different browser (Microsoft Edge is OK, at least on my laptop).
gmathis, the only way I can private message without getting that error is to save one private message link from an email notification, then I can get to it.
I’ve been making sporadic attempts to update my profile info and have been having problems myself. I doubt that the age of one’s account has anything to do with it, because I’ve been here a little over four years and have the same issues. I can usually receive private messages, but I can hardly ever reply to them. For some reason, I can also not consistently make edits to my postings after submission. Oh yeah, I also still get constant 503 errors when I try to log in, and my content often gets eaten when I try to post anything. Am I the only person having all these problems? I find it hard to believe that I am, but I also notice that different people complain about having different issues with their accounts. I have often found it weird that so many of us seem to express frustration with the varying degrees of frequency and severity of different issues experienced on the same platform.
eastkyteaguy Nope, you’re definately not alone. I stay logged in for that purpose. Sometimes if something happens and I get logged out, I run into 503 errors and there are times I think I’ll never be able to get back in again. Same with posts. I still can’t talk in the forum either. I can read them though but if I post there, it gives me the 503.
eastkyteaguy – I was actually thinking that it was easier on accounts MUCH older than four years though – like ten years. But that is just my crazy theory, as I have some of the problems you mentioned anyway.
Kawaii433 – If you ever want me to post something in the forum on your behalf, let me know!
I used to be able to post to the forums on this account, and then within the last few weeks, lost that ability. I made a brand-new, crap account (mastressalitaclone), and that account can post to the forums… so age of the account definitely has nothing to do with what errors seem to manifest for a person…