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Drinking this again! Hot matcha latte. Tasty tasty. This is the one of my order that I got a large size of when I ordered, so I’ll be drinking this pretty frequently over the next couple of months. I used half a teaspoon of sugar on this and it almost tastes too sweet, so with skim milk, it’s a pretty healthy treat.

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drank Apple by Love is Tea (LIT)
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Well, this is nice. The flavour is definitely apple. But it’s still not my perfect apple tea. There’s no real ‘juiciness’ here, if you know what I’m saying, it’s quite flat. I hate to put a bad review out there as the first review to a tea, but this one is just okay. The blackcurrant I tried this morning was much better and I actually shared it with one of my coworkers and he discovered a new love for blackcurrant from that tea.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

It’s alright to put a low rating, Starfevre! I appreciate your opinion and the time you took to share it :D

Glad you and your friend like the blackcurrant :)

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drank Cola Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I know, I know, I just made a tasting note, but this one is different! I just made a cold matcha for the first time! It’s…not as great as I’d hoped. Possibly I’m just mourning the lack of carbonation that suddenly seems to be missing. I think I have too much water, but I just added more cola matcha to my cold water (and shake!) and it got a little bit more matcha-y but not much more cola-y. Guess I’m just disappointed, I had such high hopes and this one smells so good! Mayhap I will try this one traditional style next time.

ETA: Doh, no wonder it doesn’t taste right, I forgot to add sugar! Added about a half teaspoon of sugar to my 16 oz or so of water and it suddenly tastes much better. Might try a full teaspoon next time, if I remember. Usually I just use half, but this is a lot more liquid than I normally have for matcha.

Tea Sipper

How much matcha did you add to the water? I was planning on making a cold matcha tomorrow but not sure how much to use.

Starfevre

I added a full teaspoon and the flavour was still not that strong. I haven’t mastered making this matcha yet, sorry.

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drank Cola Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
520 tasting notes

Cola matcha! Back when I first tried the champagne matcha and loved it, I was told…somewhere (in the comments maybe?) that while that flavour was surprisingly awesome and true to descriptions, the cola matcha was even better, and a much weirder flavour at that. So of course, in my next order I had to try it.

I opened the the package last night to put it into a tin to bring to work today and Holy Cola! It smells so much like cola, not really coca cola or pepsi or anything, but it’s definitely cola. So I brought it into work with my black cherry matcha from last night to keep company with my french vanilla matcha (which I also want to try mixing with this) to drink this morning.

I must say, I read the reviews AFTER making this and I think I definitely made a mistake with my first try of this matcha. I made it the way I always make matcha, a hot latte. BZZZT! Wrong! It tastes…okay, but not nearly as fantastic as it smells nor as fantastic as all the other reviews make it sound so I’ll be trying again with cold water before I rate this. Right now it gets a solid meh. I tried some of the little bit of hot water and it tasted pretty good but then I added milk and it all just fell to pieces. Not that it’s terrible, because it’s not, it’s just that the milk sucked all the flavour out and now I’m left with a slightly warm cola milk which isn’t all that appetizing at all. So I’ll have to try again. So warning! Heed your instincts! If you don’t think that warm flat soda will taste good, then don’t try it! Cold matcha is the way to go with this one.

As always, it can be found on the Red Leaf Tea website. Here’s the link: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/coca-cola-matcha.html

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Got this as a sample from yssah in a humongous pack of samples. Thanks so much!

Blackcurrant isn’t my favourite thing by any means, but it’s not bad. This is, for a flavoured tea, quite good. The blackcurrant is nicely strongly flavoured, no chance of missing the flavour in this tea. It’s not overpowering though, just very present. The black tea base sort of fades into the background, supportive but not pushy. And I got the perfect amount for exactly one pot of tea!

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

Yay, thanks for the review Starfevre :)

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OMG guys, this one is AMAZING! I think it just popped itself up to being my favourite matcha, green matcha even!

When I opened the package I could smell it pretty strongly, not quite sure what it reminded me of, but it was definitely cherry. Black cherry soda possibly? I’m definitely going to have to try this one with the cola matcha because I have that one too, though I haven’t tried it separately yet.

I used my Breville to heat up some water to 175 degrees because that’s the only kettle I have at home that can heat to specific temperatures. I have two at work, go figure. So that was a bit of a pain, but I used that and frothed with my little electric matcha whisk with a bit of sugar and then put in 10 oz of skim milk that I had heated up in the microwave. I think I’ve got the perfect time down for milk in all the microwaves I associate with. The half-pint carton at work gets a minute in the upper microwave and the 10 oz of milk in the liquid measure gets 2 minutes. I guess that means my microwave is only half as powerful as the work microwave, oh well.

I frothed this one up a little extra, even after I poured the milk in, which I don’t usually because if I don’t hold it precisely at the correct depth to the liquid it either does nothing or it sprays everywhere. There was a bit of spraying.

But seriously, this is one amazing flavour. I was not expecting this one to be done so well, though looking at the other reviews perhaps I should have been. I might have to try the other cherry flavours now to compare. There are what, four of them? More than I have seen in any one place where cherry flavoured things are located. Including the grocery store sometimes where there are actual cherries and Washington is a cherry producing state. Hmm, Rainier cherry flavoured matcha? But I digress.

This is really good and you should go get some at: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/black-cherry-matcha.html

I should also note, that I got classic matcha level and distinctive flavouring and there was certainly plenty of flavour at that level.

Donna A

One of my top 2 from Red Leaf, the other one being Caramel.

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68

Fruit juice again. I used to like this tea a lot, but now I get tired of fruit juice teas. I prefer my tea to taste like tea nowadays. This is fairly old, but doesn’t seem to have lost much flavour. Good, just not feeling it today.

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I hear you! I used to think I looooooved fruity, juicy teas, but now I almost never choose to drink them. They just don’t interest me; I want tea flavour! Honeybush and rooibos seem to be fine for me as well, but just fruit? Yeah, not so much.

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Drinking this again this morning. Actually, I just finished my cup, but it was made nicely (as I only sometimes manage to do) with complete smoothness and no bitterness at all. The matcha flavour was quite present and the vanilla was there, but not as strongly as I would prefer. Reading back through all the reviews, it seems that pretty much everyone but me got this flavour in robust, so I’ll definitely have to try that next time.

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175 °F / 79 °C

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Another sample of this. This time it is, I believe, from Alphakitty instead of my own order. Hopefully I love it this time as much as I did last time. It was really really good. This time there was a lot of tea dust that got shaken out of my strainer before I put it into the pot. I noticed it all over my desk when I was filling the basket so I shook it over the trash a bunch of times. Hopefully there will be less contamination in the actual tea because of that.

Well, I’m wondering now how old this sample is. I’m getting much less vanilla than before. It’s still present in the aftertaste and in the slightly creamy smoothness to it, but it’s not quite as…there. I still like it, but I’m not IN LOVE with it as before. Hopefully when I finally end up getting around to buying this tea (eventually, hopefully, need to drink some tea down before I make any more orders) it will be more like my first experience than this one.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

I got this I think a month or two ago, so definitely not old!

Starfevre

Hmm, I wonder what the problem was then. Vagaries of the ages perhaps.

Alphakitty

It could also be that there were less vanilla pods in there—I saw very few in my sample, and I’ve noticed other people mentioning how chock-full of vanilla this blend is.

Starfevre

Hmm, that is possible. I don’t remember what my original sample looked like, but it was less monotone than this one for sure.

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Got this one as a sample from my order from The Persimmon Tree. Made it up this morning to drink, although I would much rather still be in bed sleeping than drinking tea this morning, but work awaits.

I actually find this one to be pretty strong. Possibly this is a function of putting less sweetener in than usual, but it seems quite bold to me. Peppery and smooth, it is a nice tea, nice flavour. I have too many other wicked high end plain black teas to buy this, but it’s nice.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Single, vegetarian, asexual, 5 cats. Airplane Engineer. I drink most of my tea with a bit of sugar and all the ones with a black tea base with a little bit of milk too. I’m super sensitive to bitterness and spiciness so I tend to avoid those.

I am also a flavoured matcha latte fanatic.

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