This was my first flavoured red matcha! I recently developed a condition that demands I eliminate all caffeine from my diet, so naturally I thought a Red Leaf red matcha would be the perfect solution to sustain my tea addiction while complying with doctor’s orders.
I went into this matcha with one big expectation – that the Carob Red Matcha taste like a little more than just straight rooibos. To be on the safe side, I ordered the “There’s matcha in there?” flavour.
I was super excited when the package came because it meant I could indulge in matcha again and not risk hurting myself. I ran into the kitchen and cut the bag open, but the contents just smelled like rooibos. I’ve never had that experience before, so I checked the label on the bag and sure enough it said, “Carob Red Matcha – There’s matcha in there?” I made a drink with hot almond milk and the flavour was essentially a face full of rooibos. I tried it with cold almond milk. Face full of rooibos again. Argh! Why!? I contacted the company to find out. Apparently, the carob is added for its nutritional benefits and not its flavour, information I would have appreciated prior to purchase. I was hoping my matcha would taste like a little more than rooibos.
Conclusion: This is pure red matcha with no carob flavour. I wouldn’t buy it again and I don’t really want to drink it again. Sorry Red Leaf, but this one is a fail for me. It could be great with a green tea base.
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