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This is the matcha I’ve really been looking forward to the most from my latest order. I mean, Bavarian Cream? Who can resist?! I looove Bavarian Cream, I could eat donuts filled with it all day long. Of course that isn’t an option unless I want to weight waaay too much, so I was so excited to see Red Leaf was making a matcha flavored with it! Healthy Bavarian cream? Sign me on!

I decided to experiment a bit with the base on this one. I didn’t want to go ALL the way white just in case I didn’t like it, and the sale + the gift certificate really gave me a lot of room to play around with all those nifty add-ons. I also have a matcha in the same order with a black base! I’m so excited to try that one out, but this one really won out in the battle for nighttime matcha. As I’ve mentioned before, it doesn’t give me enough of a buzz to really make it hard to sleep. Plus I’m a night owl, so it’s not like this is right before bed or anything! Anyway, my matcha was composed as follows:

Size: Small (30 grams)
Matcha Quality: 50% Green Matcha/50% White Matcha
Flavor Level Distinctive

I think the white matcha may possibly be a bit more… voluminous than the green? My bag seems extra-stuffed this time, and maybe it’s some sort of illusion but I’d swear it seems like there is a ton more in there. The color is more subdued than straight green matcha: it’s a bit… well, not duller, but the white/brown aspect definitely comes through. It’s actually a really pretty color! And it smells a little different too, less grassy. Oh, of course it smells mostly like Bavarian Cream!

The matcha whisks up with the same amount of foam as green: I’ve heard that white/red/black doesn’t have as many bubbles but the 50/50 mix seems to counteract this. Yum, matcha foam! It always makes me feel so fancy. The flavor of the matcha itself is really interesting. There’s that grassy, distinctive green matcha taste, but also something light and airy and almost… not floral, but it does definitely taste a bit like white tea! It’s also a bit smoother, but I’m not sure how much of that has to do with the flavoring.

So, let’s talk about Bavarian Cream! The joys of this stuff (the actual cream) isn’t just the taste, it’s the consistency too. Obviously matcha isn’t going to be, you know, a thick cream, but it does capture that special aspect! It’s really smooth and luscious, even thicker than usual. I mean thicker in mouthfeel, I don’t think it is actually any different in consistency than other matchas I’ve tried. But the sensation of custard is there! And the taste.. the taste is so good! Vanilla, cream, custard, heaven! It’s like donut filling in my cup! I think the 50/50 base is a good choice for this one, it tones down the grassiness a bit so it’s just creamy goodness. I wanted this one to be extra dessert-like and it is so spot on! You can pick it up here:

http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/bavarian-cream-matcha.html

And I definitely recommend both the flavor and the base. It is so good, almost edging out Pumpkin Pie as my favorite!

QueenOfTarts

Mmmm.. Love your review of this! I’m not a big fan of white tea usually… do you think that you can really detect the white tea in this 50/50 blend?

Alphakitty

I’d say that the white tea isn’t really THAT prominent—it doesn’t taste like straight matcha, but it does have some of white tea’s best qualities. If you’re unsure if you’d like the white base, I think this is a great way to try it out! Plus it’s really nice with creamy flavors.

ashmanra

Good to know. I have been wanting to try white matcha. Now I know what flavors to narrow it down to a bit.

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QueenOfTarts

Mmmm.. Love your review of this! I’m not a big fan of white tea usually… do you think that you can really detect the white tea in this 50/50 blend?

Alphakitty

I’d say that the white tea isn’t really THAT prominent—it doesn’t taste like straight matcha, but it does have some of white tea’s best qualities. If you’re unsure if you’d like the white base, I think this is a great way to try it out! Plus it’s really nice with creamy flavors.

ashmanra

Good to know. I have been wanting to try white matcha. Now I know what flavors to narrow it down to a bit.

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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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