drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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(It was so weird, guys. I had such a strange dream last night. I thought I went to Victoria and had a tea swap, only to come out into my kitchen to see a huge pile of… tea. ;) In all actuality, by the time we got back to our side of the ferry, it felt like the morning commute had been in another world. Day-tripping to Victoria is hard. Especially on about 3 hours of sleep. Even so, I’m really glad I got the opportunity to meet you all!)

Robust flavour, from CrowKettle.

I decided to open this one as I was warned the wrapping job might be suspect. Actually, the foil opened up very nicely over a sheet of wax paper, and I’ve divided up the powder into 3 servings. Just opening the foil resulted in my tiny apartment smelling like caramel. Wow, that flavour is powerful! I’ve mixed, umm, 1/2 to 1 tsp (I didn’t measure, really) in a little boiled water, frothed it and then added 8 oz hot, fresh almond milk.

Om nom nom. The matcha flavour isn’t strong at all in this, it’s more like WHOA, CARAMEL! Sipping on it without any sugar, I totally see how people can do this. The flavour is good! The almond milk lends a nutty flavour to the caramel. I ended up adding 1/2 tsp sugar because I like my matcha lightly sweetened, and the caramel comes out even more. If I ever do a Red Leaf order, this is totally on my list. Maybe not Robust, though. The flavour intensity is through the roof.

Chizakura

I can’t seem to prepare this properly. I got the robust flavor, thinking that would be a good way to get accustomed to matcha taste before going either down to a light flavor or just drinking regular matcha, but it seems like it’s kick your face in bitter no matter what I do. o_o; I’ve tried less matcha, cooler temp… I think I just suck at whisking or something. ‘Cause the flavors at the start of the sip is wonderful, but then it’s ruined by the end. D:

OMGsrsly

I didn’t have any problems with it at all, surprisingly. I whisked with hot water until it was frothy with big bubbles, then added a couple tbsp of hot milk and whisked until the bubbles shrank into a softer froth, more like foam from steamed milk. It took about 15 minutes for me to drink it, and it didn’t go bitter. I prefer about 1/2 tsp matcha per 8-12 oz cup.

Maybe try it iced?

Chizakura

Oh I didn’t do a latte, maybe that’s the difference. I just added hot water and drank it like that.

I think what I’ll end up doing is use what I have left for smoothies or something.

Kittenna

I have only ever used matcha in lattes! Definitely tempers any possible bitter. A bunch of people on here do drink Red Leaf matches straight though.

Chizakura

Yeah, that’s why I’m disappointed. I wanted to be able to enjoy it straight, because when you work at Starbucks you’re constantly being tempted to drink tea lattes and hot chocolates and all the rest of it, so I made a rule to myself that I can’t have that sort of thing at home to keep things under control. xD; So if I can’t drink matcha straight, I don’t want it, basically.

OMGsrsly

Oh I can understand that. All I can suggest is less matcha, more whisking.

Amariel

Looking forward to trying this one too!

CrowKettle

I’m pleased to hear you opened the foil without everything descending into a green powdered chaos. :) I had this warm, straight up and I didn’t detect any bitterness but I think I did get a little of that funky taste from over-flavouring- milk would cover it up.

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Chizakura

I can’t seem to prepare this properly. I got the robust flavor, thinking that would be a good way to get accustomed to matcha taste before going either down to a light flavor or just drinking regular matcha, but it seems like it’s kick your face in bitter no matter what I do. o_o; I’ve tried less matcha, cooler temp… I think I just suck at whisking or something. ‘Cause the flavors at the start of the sip is wonderful, but then it’s ruined by the end. D:

OMGsrsly

I didn’t have any problems with it at all, surprisingly. I whisked with hot water until it was frothy with big bubbles, then added a couple tbsp of hot milk and whisked until the bubbles shrank into a softer froth, more like foam from steamed milk. It took about 15 minutes for me to drink it, and it didn’t go bitter. I prefer about 1/2 tsp matcha per 8-12 oz cup.

Maybe try it iced?

Chizakura

Oh I didn’t do a latte, maybe that’s the difference. I just added hot water and drank it like that.

I think what I’ll end up doing is use what I have left for smoothies or something.

Kittenna

I have only ever used matcha in lattes! Definitely tempers any possible bitter. A bunch of people on here do drink Red Leaf matches straight though.

Chizakura

Yeah, that’s why I’m disappointed. I wanted to be able to enjoy it straight, because when you work at Starbucks you’re constantly being tempted to drink tea lattes and hot chocolates and all the rest of it, so I made a rule to myself that I can’t have that sort of thing at home to keep things under control. xD; So if I can’t drink matcha straight, I don’t want it, basically.

OMGsrsly

Oh I can understand that. All I can suggest is less matcha, more whisking.

Amariel

Looking forward to trying this one too!

CrowKettle

I’m pleased to hear you opened the foil without everything descending into a green powdered chaos. :) I had this warm, straight up and I didn’t detect any bitterness but I think I did get a little of that funky taste from over-flavouring- milk would cover it up.

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