I took Stephanie’s recommendation and ordered the free sample of the month from Red Leaf Tea. I’ve been curious about these flavored matchas, and wanted to try them before I placed an order. They’re pretty expensive and I didn’t want to end up with a bunch of matcha I didn’t like. I’m also kind of particular about green tea. Some I like, some I don’t, so it’s a bit of a risk! I wasn’t sure how vegetal it would be.

So, I got my sample in the mail yesterday and tried it out immediately. I kept looking at people’s reviews to find out how they prepared it, and for some reason I thought you could just whisk it into some milk. Well, I used my mini kitchen whisk, since I haven’t invested in a matcha one yet, and sifted and then whisked the matcha into some almond milk. Well, that didn’t dissolve very well, no matter how vigorously I whisked. Not great.

Today I tried the recommended method, where you whisk it into hot water, and then add ice a milk. THAT was the trick! Worked out perfectly. Yay! :)

Soooo, the flavor. Well, the dry powder didn’t really smell like cheesecake to me…it was more like a buttery cookie smell. Once made into an iced latte, it still tasted like a butter cookie. It makes me think they mixed up the cheesecake with the French butter cookie flavor. Weird. Still, it tasted good, and I didn’t really get much vegetal or even really a matcha flavor. I wonder at what flavor level these samples come…distinctive? Robust? Anyone know? Overall, I enjoyed it and think it would be a nice upgrade to my usual cup o’milk with breakfast. Now I just have to figure out which ones to buy! I’m thinking about caramel, cookies & cream, or strawberries & cream. :)

Also, anyone know the shelf life of these? I don’t want to order too much and have it go bad quickly.

Courtney

I would say I had mine close just under a year before the taste started to go. I also kept mine in the cupboard, but I know many people keep theirs in the fridge for a longer shelf life.

Tealizzy

Thanks, Courtney! I wrote Red Leaf about the flavor level this morning, and they already got back to me! Awesome customer service! And btw, all their samples are basic grade and flavor. :)

Courtney

Thanks for the heads up! I had thought so, but it’s great to know for sure. They do have great customer service, I agree.

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Courtney

I would say I had mine close just under a year before the taste started to go. I also kept mine in the cupboard, but I know many people keep theirs in the fridge for a longer shelf life.

Tealizzy

Thanks, Courtney! I wrote Red Leaf about the flavor level this morning, and they already got back to me! Awesome customer service! And btw, all their samples are basic grade and flavor. :)

Courtney

Thanks for the heads up! I had thought so, but it’s great to know for sure. They do have great customer service, I agree.

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My obsession with tea really started around October 2012 when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed going out to afternoon tea with my mom. I was really into An Afternoon to Remember’s creme brulee tea, since they had an afternoon tea place at that time, which has since closed…so sad and I haven’t found a good replacement.

So, I kinda went nuts when I discovered both DavidsTea and Lupicia in the SF mall, and I still frequent them, though my tastes have substantially changed over time from wanting to try all the teas to being a bit more particular.

Once I discovered steepster, literally by looking up reviews of a DavidsTea tea, I was hooked! So many tea companies I never heard of and everything sounding so delicious!

I found I still love dessert teas, like flavored black teas, but I also really enjoy oolong (both green and roasted). I occasionally enjoy flavored rooibos and white teas. I’ve had a rough time with puerh, and still think it tastes like leather. Recently, after having some really amazing teas from Teavivre, I can now say I love unflavored Chinese black teas and green teas.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Teavivre, Golden Moon, Butiki, Lupicia, and DavidsTea.

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

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