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Friday, January 15, 2021

David's Tea Company Loose Leaf Matcha Green Tea 'blueberry matcha' from the fall matcha discovery sampler

Tea Information: 
David's Tea Company Loose Leaf Matcha Green Tea 'blueberry matcha' from the fall matcha discovery sampler
Purchase: fall matcha discovery sampler here - and - blueberry matcha Here 
Other reviewed items in that sampler - pumpkin pie matcha
Steepster Link: Here

Steep Information: 
6g
2c
Sharp Tea-Cere (gadget)

Tasting Notes: 
Dry Leaf Smell: hint blueberry grassy vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: vegetal
Flavor: mostly vegetable with a bitter finish, blueberry not coming through
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: dark opaque green

Post-Steep Additives: milk
Comments: sweet matcha, less bitter, still no blueberry
I took the tea cere preparation and had it with toast and honey comb toast which solved the astringency

Steep Information: 
Prepared by hand whisking 4oz 170f 2g

Tasting Notes: 
Dry Leaf Smell: hint blueberry grassy vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: vegetal
Flavor: Definitely get much more of the blueberry it's still a subtle flavor though and it's a natural blueberry followed by vegetable and no astringency
Liquor: dark opaque green

Comments:Preparation by hand really benefits this matcha


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Rating: 2/4 leaves
Leaf system: 
1=Bleh! not again if it were free 
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options 
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out 
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing 

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I purchased this product.

Disclaimer: 
All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

52Teas Company Loose Leaf Black Tea 'White Chocolate Cashew'

Tea Information: 
52Teas Company Loose Leaf Black Tea 'White Chocolate Cashew'
Steepster Link: Here 

Steep Information: 
~2tsp
500ml
212°F
4min
Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL 

Tasting Notes: 
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, nutty, like roasted nuts from a fair
Steeped Tea Smell: bakey, hints nutty
Flavor: bitter baked tea
Aftertaste: astringent, then nutty shells (like the taste of almond skins)
Liquor:translucent orange brown

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Rating: 2/4 leaves
Leaf system: 
1=Bleh! not again if it were free 
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options 
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out 
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing 

Statement of Sponsorship or Advertisement: 
I traded a person for this sample. 

Disclaimer: 
All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Golden Moon Tea Company Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Honey Pear'

Tea Information: 
Golden Moon Tea Company Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Honey Pear'
Steepster Link: Here 

Steep Information: 
2tsp
500ml
212°F
4min
Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL 

Tasting Notes: 
Dry Leaf Smell: honey, pear. perfume
Steeped Tea Smell: bakey
Flavor: bakey, pear
Aftertaste: perfume, astringent
Liquor: translucent dark orange red brown

Post-Steep Additives: honey
Comments: now bakey, sweet, pear. still perfumy, less astringent

Resteep: 5 min, weak, not worth drinking

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Rating: 2/4 leaves
Leaf system: 
1=Bleh! not again if it were free 
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options 
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out 
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing 

Statement of Sponsorship or Advertisement: 
I purchased this product.

Disclaimer: 
All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

The Path of Tea Company Loose Leaf Herbal Tisane 'organic chamomile'

Tea Information: 
The Path of Tea Company Loose Leaf Herbal Tisane 'organic chamomile'
Herbal Tisane  (Tea is technically only from the camellia sinensis plant)
Purchase: Here 
Steepster Link: Here 

Steep Information: 
2tsp
~4oz
212°F
4min
Mesh basket strainer 

Tasting Notes: 
Dry Leaf Smell: chamomile (floral)
Steeped Tea Smell: chamomile (floral)
Flavor: chamomile (floral), not cloying or perfumy or earthy, just light daisy
Aftertaste: nothing lingered
Liquor: translucent light yellow with a little brown
Post-Steep Additives: honey
Comments: sweet, floral, lovely night time cuppa

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Rating: 3/4 leaves
Leaf system: 
1=Bleh! not again if it were free 
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options 
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out 
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing 

Statement of Sponsorship or Advertisement: 
I purchased this product.

Disclaimer: 
All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Florapharm Tea USA Company Loose Leaf Rooibos Tisane 'Cape Town Chai'

Tea Information: 
Florapharm Tea USA Company Loose Leaf Rooibos Tisane 'Cape Town Chai'
Rooibos a.k.a. Red Tisane (Tea is technically only from the camellia sinensis plant) 

Steep Information: 
1 heaping tsp
~4 oz
212°F
4min
Mesh basket strainer 

Tasting Notes: 
Dry Leaf Smell: very cinnamon, hints of anise, sweet woody finish
Steeped Tea Smell: mostly woody, hint cinnamon
Flavor: cinnamon, hint of warm spice (clove?), maybe peppercorn? sweet, woody
Aftertaste: nothing lingers 
Liquor: translucent dark red brown
Comments: not very spiced, I prefer heavily spiced
Post-Steep Additives: honey

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Rating: 2/4 leaves
Leaf system: 
1=Bleh! not again if it were free 
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options 
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out 
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing 

Statement of Sponsorship or Advertisement: 
I received this product for free. 

Disclaimer: 
All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Zhi Tea Company Loose Leaf Rooibos Tisane 'Sweet Desert Delight'

Tea Information: 
Zhi Tea Company Loose Leaf Rooibos Tisane 'Sweet Desert Delight'
Rooibos a.k.a. Red Tisane (Tea is technically only from the camellia sinensis plant) 
Purchase: Here 
Steepster Link: Here 

Steep Information: 
~12oz boiling water 2tsp
5+ minutes
Metal basket strainer 

Tasting Notes: 
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, coconut, anise
Steeped Tea Smell: Anise and wood, Hint coconut
Flavor: Sweet coconut anise
Aftertaste: Woody 
Liquor: Color translucent orange red

Resteep: very weak

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Rating: 3/4 leaves
Leaf system: 
1=Bleh! not again if it were free 
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options 
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out 
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing 

Statement of Sponsorship or Advertisement: 
I purchased this product.

Disclaimer: 
All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

David's Tea Company Loose Leaf Green Tea 'Pumpkin Pie Matcha' from the fall matcha discovery sampler

Tea Information: 
David's Tea Company Loose Leaf Green Tea 'Pumpkin Pie Matcha' from the fall matcha discovery sampler
Purchase: Here and Here
Steepster Link: Here 

Steep Information: 
2 g powder 125 ml water at 170 degrees Fahrenheit
Whisked in bowl

Tasting Notes: 
Dry Leaf Smell: Dry powder smell is sweet and like candy yams, maybe even nutty
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet squash a little bit of spices like cinnamon
Flavor: sweet, cinnamon with a vegetable finish
Liquor: Color is a opaque murky dark forest green, slight olive green
Aftertaste: bitter
Comments: I wish they didn't put sugar in the mix

Steep Information: 
6g tea, 12oz water
Sharp Tea-Cere (gadget)

Tasting Notes: 
Dry Leaf Smell: Dry powder smell is sweet and like candy yams, maybe even nutty
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet squash a little bit of spices like cinnamon
Flavor: sweet, cinnamon with a vegetable finish
Liquor: Color is a opaque murky dark forest green, slight olive green
Aftertaste: bitter
Comments: Not exciting. Not a fresh spring vegetal. More dull frozen spinach

Steep Information: 
6g tea, 12oz water, 1T milk powder
Sharp Tea-Cere (gadget)

Tasting Notes: 
Dry Leaf Smell: Dry powder smell is sweet and like candy yams, maybe even nutty
Steeped Tea Smell: Milk, sweet squash a little bit of spices like cinnamon
Flavor: Hints vegetal and spice, mostly sweet and milk
Aftertaste: not really one that lingered
Liquor: opaque light green
Comments: Perhaps some less milk powder next time. Definitely more enjoyable as a late though

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Rating: 2/4 leaves
Leaf system: 
1=Bleh! not again if it were free 
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options 
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out 
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing 

Statement of Sponsorship or Advertisement: 
I purchased this product.

Disclaimer: 
All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.