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Second Red Leaf matcha of the day! I am actually feeling kind of icky and nauseous, and don’t want any actual food so matcha is pretty much my food for the day haha. Okay, maybe not the best for you, but it’s sooo good!

I really love watermelon, but so often it’s just a bit icky and gross and artificial in tea, candies, pretty much anywhere you’d put watermelon. You know, like a Jolly Rancher! Confession: I actually do like Watermelon Jolly Ranchers. BUT I don’t want my tea to taste like that! I want fresh tasty watermelon. And I do trust Red Leaf to deliver on really authentic watermelon taste!

My matcha is as follows
Size: 30g (small)
Flavor: Distinctive
Quality: Basic

I almost went with robust flavoring but I am really glad I didn’t: the flavor here is stronger than the cheesecake, which is the same level. Maybe the fruit is just more powerful tasting! I think Robust would totally drown out the matcha flavor, which I definitely don’t want.

In the bag, this smells… like a Jolly Rancher. Uh-oh! I wasn’t too worried, since often sitting around in the bag have a much stronger and more artificial smell than the actual taste. I didn’t really want a latte for this, so I decided to experiment with a smoothie! I have no clue how to make a matcha smoothie so this was definitely a bit of a mad scientist project.

I first sifted & prepared the matcha extra strong. I tasted it at this point, and wow! Too strong and a bit bitter for my taste, but the watermelon flavor was spot-on. Kind of like a plain matcha was made with watermelon juice instead of water! Hmm, now I wonder if you could do that—make matcha with juice or something instead of water. I do have some tamarind juice in my fridge, I’m tempted to make the caramel matcha with that!

I popped the mixed matcha in my food processor (yeah, I don’t have a blender haha) with some chunks of fresh watermelon and ice, then blended away. When it was done I added a splash of milk as well, because milk and matcha go together like… well, watermelon and summer!

OH MY GOD. This is sooooo delicious! Juicy, fresh, amazingly bold watermelon taste. The milk adds some really nice creaminess, but it’s still refreshing. This is summer in a glass, sweet and cool and just.. uhnf, I am in love. Everything I have tried from Red Leaf so far has been beyond my (admittedly high) expectations. I think I am a matcha addict now! You can find this matcha here:

http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/watermelon-matcha.html

LiberTEAS

That is why I go for the distinctive level too. I like a good amount of flavor, but, I don’t want so much flavor that I don’t taste the Matcha. Your smoothie sounds like it was amazing. Today, I plan on tasting the Plum Matcha … I know that my Matcha order that I placed earlier this week will be here either today or tomorrow, so I need to get busy and try the Matcha that I already have… PLUS I need to order the bavarian cream and the cookies and cream. Gah! I’m so bad!

Alphakitty

I’ve had my eye on the plum matcha, but I think I am going to go with pear first. Eventually I’d like to try ALL of them haha

LiberTEAS

Me too. Although I’m hesitant to try the hibiscus one. LOL! I’d definitely recommend the pear first. It’s really good!!! I loved the plum too… it was very yummy… but if I had to choose one, I’d choose the pear.

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LiberTEAS

That is why I go for the distinctive level too. I like a good amount of flavor, but, I don’t want so much flavor that I don’t taste the Matcha. Your smoothie sounds like it was amazing. Today, I plan on tasting the Plum Matcha … I know that my Matcha order that I placed earlier this week will be here either today or tomorrow, so I need to get busy and try the Matcha that I already have… PLUS I need to order the bavarian cream and the cookies and cream. Gah! I’m so bad!

Alphakitty

I’ve had my eye on the plum matcha, but I think I am going to go with pear first. Eventually I’d like to try ALL of them haha

LiberTEAS

Me too. Although I’m hesitant to try the hibiscus one. LOL! I’d definitely recommend the pear first. It’s really good!!! I loved the plum too… it was very yummy… but if I had to choose one, I’d choose the pear.

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Tea has always been a passion of mine, though I got away from it during college. A lack of cupboard space and a constant influx of people into my suite made me pretty much abandon my teas at home. But now that I’m done with school, it’s definitely come back with a vengeance—to the point where I’ve purchased about 65 different kinds in the past 3 months!

I like most kinds of teas—yes, even peach, which I used to think I disliked!. Oolongs are definitely my favorite, and I’m an avid fan of earl grey, floral teas, and chai blends along with anything melon. The only kind of teas on my “no” list are rooibos blends (which gives me headaches) and banana flavored ones since bananas are public enemy #1 in my mind.

The best thing about tea for me is how you can be passionate about it and still have it integrate into all of your other hobbies. I like a lot of things: writing, video games, books, sewing, figure collecting, astronomy… it’s a long list. But whatever I’m doing, I can have a cup of tea in hand!

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