6 Tasting Notes
I’m not sure why I never tried this tea before…I guess because it’s called ‘Movie Night’ and I assumed it would taste like weird green tea popcorn-ness.
Once I smelled it I had to buy some! Seriously, this is one of the best-smelling teas EVER. Like caramel corn, which I LOVE the smell of, even if I don’t like the taste.
Steeped it for about 3 minutes. At first I couldn’t taste that much, but one it had cooled a little…YUM. I was worried it might be too apple-y, but you can’t really taste the apple much. Just the caramel-corn-ness, which I actually really like in tea form. No milk, so sugar. Definitely going to be getting this one again!
Pumpkin Pie is a flavour that pretty much every tea company has done. Usually in the fall, around Thanksgiving. Before trying Red Leaf Tea’s take, my favourite was from Davids Tea. Now I think I may need to reconsider, because:
1. You can get it YEAR ROUND
2. I’m still not tired of it
2) Is very important, because there’s something about other pumpkin pie teas that makes me stop really enjoying them after I’ve had several cups or the season changes. I think it has something to do with the spices— instead of trying to replicate the flavour of pumpkin pie (which can be enjoyed year round, please don’t judge me!), they put in other spices to make it more ‘seasonal’. And that means, when the sun is beating down, and I drink their tea, it’s like I’m transported in front of a fireplace, and that is NOT GOOD.
This tea is simply pumpkin pie. It’s not overly spiced and it’s perfect. I think it would even be good chilled, like pumpkin pie often is. A little milk and it’s like there’s a slice right there in front of you! Enjoy!
You can buy it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/pumpkin-pie-matcha.html
You can buy it here (which you should): http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/cheesecake-matcha.html
This tea’s definitely got that ‘tang’ of cheesecake! It’s very sweet and creamy (I skip the sugar and put a splash of milk in) and I have it frequently at breakfast for a little indulgence. I wouldn’t say it tastes like liquid cheesecake, but that’s probably a good thing! I would suggest not putting in too much matcha powder at first, because the flavour of this matcha in particular is quite strong. Just writing about it makes me want to curl of with a good book and a steaming pot of this delicious matcha! Of the four matchas that I ordered (others were Caramel, pumpkin pie, and english toffee), cheesecake probably had the most matcha-ish flavour. Sometimes I’m not a huge of matcha, but here the bitterness was perfectly offset by the sweet cheesecake flavour. Now I’m thinking of making a matcha cheesecake…why not?! Yum.
I think I’ve fallen hopelessly in love with Red Leaf Tea’s amazing flavoured matchas.
My first matcha from Red Leaf Tea! I also purchased Caramel, Cheesecake, and Pumpkin Pie (All top-rated on Steepster…I had to try them!!)
You can buy it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/english-toffee-matcha.html
So from my previous tea-tasting experiences, I’ve come to associate ‘toffee’, ‘caramel’, ‘pecan’, ‘butter’, or any sweet-related adjectives with a single tea taste. Truthfully, if you blindfolded me and had me smell 5 different teas and match them to their name, I’d do it wrong.
The first thing that hit me when my Red Leaf Tea order arrived was how each tea smelled EXACTLY like its name. I ordered English Toffee and Caramel (among others), and they each smelled very distinct and amazingly authentic!
English toffee is delicious! I dislike sugar in tea, so a little milk was all the sweetness I needed. The matcha flavour complements the toffee-ness really well! I’d describe it like sticky toffee pudding with a dollop of green tea ice cream on top! Yummyness! My first Read Leaf matcha has set the bar high and I can’t wait to try more!
This tea is pretty much dessert in a mug.
After searching the highest-rated teas on Steepster, this one came out on top! I’ve had matcha before, but sometimes I’m just not feeling it and the grassiness of the flavour puts me off. So I saw Caramel Matcha and thought, ‘…matcha? With caramel? Is that a good combination?!…’ But everyone else was leaving rave reviews so I thought, why not give it a chance?
I bought it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/caramel-matcha.html
And went for 30g of:
It arrived very quickly, I opened the bag, and was hit immediately with the strong smell.
Caramel. Like a giant vat of liquid caramel.
This stuff is AMAZING! I thought the matcha flavour would still be quite strong, but I would say the caramel taste slightly trumps it. It’s just so caramel-y! Not butterscotch, but caramel. Mmmmm. I’ve had Davids Caramel Spice, and it was dreadful. This is so delicious! It’s wonderfully creamy, even with just a touch of milk and no sugar. I don’t use that much matcha powder, and it is still very flavourful (I’ll probably get about 50 teapots worth from a 30g bag, making it very affordable). Ok, time to stop ranting and go make another pot :)
This tea is seriously dreadful! There’s something about it that really turns me off. It has this sort of…spicy rotten orange taste (and I do like blood orange black tea at times). Not getting any caramel to speak of. Bleargh!