80 Tasting Notes

drank Noni Matcha by Matcha Outlet
80 tasting notes

The immunizer.

Do you know about noni? This superfruit is widely used in alternative medicine to treat various ailments *, and as evidenced by a Mayo Clinic research, has great antifugal properties.

(Arthritis, atherosclerosis, bladder infections, boils, bowel conditions, burns, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, circulatory weakness, colds, cold sores, constipation, diabetes, drug addiction, eye inflammation, fever, fractures, gastric ulcers, gingivitis, headaches, heart disease, hypertension, improved digestion, immune weakness, indigestion, kidney disease, malaria, menstrual cramps, menstrual disorders, mouth sores, respiratory disorders, ringworm, sinusitis, skin inflammation, sprains, strokes, thrush, and wounds.)

I have never tasted fresh noni. Not only because I live so far north it would be virtually impossible to obtain (without some sort of patenting), but also because it is said to taste conspicuously evil. Does that mean noni matcha is a bland experience? Red Leaf probably has a secret lab when they test all sorts of things and ingredients, where they took care of that one.

The taste ressembles that of guava and dragonfruit. It is relievingly exotic and sweet, albeit tart. It must be fun in smoothies and desserts. I don’t really have anything to compare it to. Try it here:


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Tale of the dream matcha.
I like this. I like this alot.

Please note that white tea AND white chocolate are two of my favorite things so I might be biased.
Actually, if you relatively friend me through various websites by now you have noticed how clear it is that I love
and am addicted to those two things.

As I was browsing through Red Leaf’s website (with a digital free matcha coupon in equally digital hands) I had the spiffy idea to acquire
the dream matcha. Something that just really (albeit narcissically) tells about me. Additionally, I also wanted something that tastes incredibly
right. Red Leaf seems to do that proficiently. I have not to date tasted any of their matchas that I did not like.
They are a growing brand that happens to be able to produce a white matcha.

Aptly. I did not feel a huge difference between the original and the white matcha, but the color. Be prepared to drink something that
is ash grey. I am totally okay with that.
The taste is something more thirst-quenching and creamy, as white tea usually is. With a touch of malt.
It is also quite sweet but least not forget I chose the white chocolate flavoring. The rendering of the white chocolate is pretty true.
It tastes like the Lindt white chocolate bar with the mousse center. I know, I cannot make a review without the use of some sort of analogy
or reference to some product. Bad, bad me. But I am just trying to efficiently get you to understand how perfect and awesome this is.
This needs to be turned into a fluffy, frothy and light milk/soy shake, asap.

and and and… You should get it.

White chocolate:

Naked white matcha:


an’t wait to receive mine!!!!


hmm… It is supposed to say “I can’t wait to receive mine!” Ooops… :)

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Pumpkin pie! North americans love pumpkin pie. It is a staple in our traditions, but we know it originated in mexico. It instanly reminds us of fall, is comforting, warming, and spicy. It’s inviting, if you will.

That could explain why I went through my 60g bag over the course of four days. I brought it to my workplace, tried it hot, but mostly put it in my smoothies (Celebratory smoothies, the type you forget has protein powder in it). This is as close to a pumpkin spice flavor as you can get, minus the carbs. I have a feeling Red Leaf are secretly chemists or botanists. They make nifty products.

It could also be because the actual matcha is good. It goes along the intense pumpkin flavor really well and while delicate, brings something to it. It holds up next to my pricier matchas. I think I might try it in white matcha form (which is quite the novelty for me!) but I’m perfectly content with it being my base in this one. If you like pumpkin pie you will love this, it is not too crazy on the spices, the taste is genuine, and everybody will comment that it smells good.

It’s that time of the year. Pick it up online: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/pumpkin-pie-matcha.html


I should try again pumpkin…as pumpkin first before trying any tea. I had a bad experience with several pumpkin soups (salted or sweetened) when I was a child and I wonder if I can surpass these experiences…It isn’t possible so many people like it and I don’t. This matcha tea has great ratings so…I may begin by matcha :)


Oh, I agree! Since I know you like very fine, fragrant teas you will surely enjoy this one (and many other matchas, without a doubt). I’m excited for you!

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Holds up to its name.

When I found out about this shop, all I can say is I was pleasantly surprised. With flavors ranging from Maca to cheesecake, to bubblegum and treats of the like, this company appeals to the matcha enthusiast who also happens to be a foodie (or in some cases, health nuts). The novelty of the flavors in itself makes Red Leaf stand out from other stores carrying the sophisticated green drink.

By the way, I went with the regular strength, delicate flavor option. It came in a gold package.
When I first tried this, it was after completing a five-mile run. Needless to say I made it as an iced latté. I added some (almond) milk and sweetener (fructose in this case) to bring out the silky, chocolaty texture.

And well, is it great! It smells and tastes like a box of chocolates! Yes, a box of chocolates. Reminds me of Rocky Moutain’s no-sugar-added line.
FYI It’s not just cacao or carob, it’s distinctively chocolate. I can’t wait to try the Maca one, which I also bought. I think these will be a nice addition to my matcha stash. I also look forward to the cheesecake flavor everyone is raving about.

Get it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/belgium-chocolate-matcha.html

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea is something Little Debbie® would approve.
It is sickeningly sweet, chocolaty and dough-like. Let’s not forget the icing, because David knows better than to forget the icing.

Since I bought the collectable tin, I’ll reserve this tea as a post-workout treat. Better yet for guests, detainees of the sweet tooth war, if you will.

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

Thanks to you note I searched and know now who is Little Debbie !

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drank Violette by Mariage Frères
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Om nom nom.

I just read this is Dita Von Teese’s staple, then remembered I have this in my cupboard!
Went on to try it with sweetener and almond milk.
Lesson: Always trust Mariage Frères.


un, deux,trois,quatre,cinq,six,sept…violette violette…is a French nursery rhyme… Mariage proposes a lot of teas with Violets…Iskandar, Violette, Sérénade… I should try this one as well. I may be a good idea to taste it with milk and sugar…thanks for the idea Mélissa


Je connais la comptine!
I think they make genius blends and for that I wish I lived in france, because their shipping costs are astounding.


well I have the same problem with David’s tea…on the other side of Atlantic ocean ! They are not shipping to France except on special request and for very expensive costs


We have the same problem then.

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Drank my sampler of this boiling hot, and quite quickly. I had enough to steep in 200 ml.
Don’t take my word for it as I have a cold, but the dry leaves ressemble that of black tea, the liquor green, the smell oolong, and the taste is a nice wrap-up of the all the aforementioned. More precisely an astringent black, combining the grassiness of green and the thickness of oolong. Also, is it weird that I find this fruity?

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

I’ve heard strawberry and mulberry before for fruitiness. I find this to be a very unusual tea. It can be brewed at multiple temperatures and times and seems to take on the qualities of a green, black or oolong depending on how it is brewed. I highly recommend experimenting with different brewing styles.

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My first impression of Butiki Teas, and a great one at that.
The owner, Stacy, added many samples to my order (in fact she emailed me so I could choose them) and a nice handwritten thank you note.

This is as close to a pumpkin flavored tea as you can get.
The base is marvelous, the spices are perfect, and it tastes like ripe pumpkin and cream. You can really taste all of that in each sip and I really like the mouthfeel of it. I’m getting into black teas, slowly but surely.

‘’So many fall teas, so little time.’’


glad you enjoyed this one! Yeah, so many teas so little time! And just as the song goes …
“what can I do-oooo”

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Preparation: Without tiny marshmallows.
With added stevia and vegan creamer.

YUMMY. It does taste like marshmallows a little, only with added smokiness and allspice. It reminds me vaguely of eggnog, or even of pumpkin pie. It’s kind of creamy, spicy, and comforting. The kukicha helps balance the earthiness a little. Who would’ve thought?

After a few sips it’s clear that this one is for cold days.

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My interests range from astrophysics to running marathons and I kinda like Davidstea and MariageFrères best.
Bonus points: Anything involving matcha.


Qc, Canada



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