36 Tasting Notes
I’ve historically not been the biggest fan of Matcha and have pretty much shied away from trying it further. I used a gift certificate for this one though, I figured why not? And I have to say I’m glad I did!
I do still prefer other kinds of tea over Matcha, but I’m no longer fully counting it out of my rotation. This matcha definitely has a pleasant sweetness to it that you can bring out even further with the smallest dab of honey. You definitely taste the green grassyness that matcha, and indeed green tea, are known for as well but they aren’t over powering like some out there. Additionally plenty of Matcha’s have more of a steamed vegetable taste and this one thankfully DOES NOT. There is a very slight bitterness when you first sip but then it disappears, which is another huge bonus for this Matcha.
Please note I used the traditional bamboo whisk method for preparation and used two bamboo scoops of matcha for 8oz of water [I don’t like it too strong ;-) ]
Flavors: Sweet, warm grass
Well first of all it helps to put your review on the correct tea :D. My first review of this tea should be tossed as it was not this tea!
Anyway now down to this tea’s actual review. I found it quite amazing how different the taste is from the dry smell. I also liked how long the twists were. Overall this tea is very similar to houjicha [i think anyway]. And yeah I know I also said that on my wrong review but it’s true! The dry twists have an almost slight raisin smell to them with a somewhat earthy note as well. The prepared tea smells roasty just like houjicha but the taste is a bit more subtle than houjicha. I think i’ll try steeping it longer next time and see how it compared then. Either way, I would recommend this tea to anyone preferring a good roasty flavor probably during/after a meal or specifically in the afternoon. Due to it’s scent and flavor it’s a more savory type of tea. Thanks to Teasenz for this sample!
I received this tea as part of a sample from Teasenz. I’m not a big fan of roasted rice with green tea [Genmaicha] and so figured I wouldn’t like this one much. Wow was I surprised! I would say if you like Houjicha [roasted sencha] tea type flavors or heck even if you like a bowl of cheerios then you should give this tea at least a taste! If you want something warm, but a little different from the normal tisane/tea fare then definitely try this gem.
The smell reminds me of cereal, specifically regular cheerios for whatever reason. The taste is similar to the smell but with more pronounced roastyness [yes I make up words]. Definitely a afternoon or mealtime type tea.
Flavors: Roasted Barley
This tea makes me think of houjicha to a point. It smells roasty although the taste is far less so. It’s a good tea but doesn’t make me think premium or anything like that. Probably a good tea to drink whenever you prefer houjicha type of tea. Take green tea and roast it but to a lesser degree than houjicha and that’s pretty much this tea.
Flavors: Green, Roasted
This is the second sample I received from Tealated. I have to say I did like the coconut one better but I’m a coconut fiend so that’s not surprising ;-). There was a background flavor that I wasn’t very fond of but I can’t quite tell exactly what that is. I’m thinking it’s something to do with the flowers they added into this one. In general I’m not a huge fan of flowers in teas, but that’s just me. Other than that this tea was peachy goodness! While I’m on the fence as to whether I myself would order it in large amounts in the future or not I will definitely enjoy the rest of the sample. If I know someone that loves peach flavor I would definitely recommend it to them. The white tea flavor gets masked a bit more in this one too. I’ve read a few comments mentioning the belief that this tea uses Shou Mei White tea which is I think 3rd tier tea behind Silver Needle and Bai Mudan.
Flavors: Cream, Flowers, Peach
I was very pleased to find some Tealated samples in my mailbox yesterday. Of those samples I was so far able to try this one. This tea is marvelous! It makes me think of sandy beaches and warm sunshine as I’m sipping my way through it. I grew up in tropical countries and so ate my fair share of coconuts and drank plenty of their water as well. In short, I love coconut anything. So for me this tea was right on the money!
The nice thing about this tea from a tea lover’s perspective [leaving my love of coconut out of it] is that it is very well balanced. I’ve had plenty of blended teas where all you can taste is the added flavor, be it citrus or something else. In the case of this tea you can definitely taste the tea leaves themselves along with the coconut. This was quite a nice surprise.
All in all I think this is a tea I’ll have to actually purchase at some point in the future.
Flavors: Coconut, Sweet
This is my second time drinking this wonderful tea. The first time I made it the first steep was the best and I did not rinse the tea first. This time I tried giving them a quick rinse before steeping. I’m not sure if that was the cause or if this bunch didn’t have as much golden flower fungus in it but it didn’t taste quite the same. The amazing flavors were still there but they seemed a lot less distinct and more muted. On my second steep of the same leaves I steeped it for longer and I did get a bit more spice type of a flavor but the sweetness was still missing a little bit. This time around I also detect a bit more wet wood type of a scent and flavor. All in all I still quite enjoyed this tea but it wasn’t quite as good as the first time around.
Flavors: Spices, Wet Wood
I’m pretty riding the fence any time I drink this tea. On the one hand it’s pretty decent for a bagged black tea. But on the other hand compared to some of the good loose leaf I’ve had it doesn’t come close.
Even if the taste doesn’t make you scream out for joy, the smell is quite nice. Definitely a scent that would be soothing and relaxing on a cold or stressful day.
I taste and smell the orange flavor for sure. It lingers as the aftertaste for quite awhile too. The spices are right there in the background when you take a sip.
Wouldn’t write home about this tea, but it’s a decent cheap tea bag.
Flavors: Orange Zest, Spices
I would recommend this tea for someone who enjoys stronger black teas. Interestingly enough I wasn’t the biggest fan of the after taste on this one. It smelled wonderful with a somewhat sweet earthy scent. The taste provided some sweetness but it seemed a bit stronger and more astringent that what I would normally drink. It’s possible I steeped it too long as well. If you’re interested in fermented teas this one is definitely worth a try.
Flavors: Spices, Sweet, Wet Earth
I’m not sure how to describe the amazing flavors in this tea. Has a sweet and almost spicy flavor on the first steep. The second one the spice goes down a bit but the sweetness is still very much there. The scent is absolutely amazing with this tea. I could sit here smelling it forever! Highly recommend this tea!
Flavors: Earth, Spices, Sweet