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At last! I have reached the point where I am buying matcha flavors especially for ME! So far I have chosen flavors based on the preferences of family members, and in a way this one is influenced by that – I want to add this to hubby’s Carnation Instant Breakfast in the mornings so he will get his protein and vitamins along with the caffeine boost and antioxidants in the matcha.

When I opened the package, the aroma was wonderful…but not exactly what I expected! I thought it was going to smell sickeningly sweet, like a whole bakery full of cupcakes covered in fatty, sugary frosting, although I believed it would taste great. Instead, I am picking up an aroma that I normally find in a super fresh, newly unsealed pouch of tie guan yin. I don’t know if I am smelling the matcha base this time, or if oolongs have reminded me of vanilla all along and I just didn’t put a finger on the smell accurately. Any way you call it, this smells GOOD. There is nothing sickening or cloying about this, even in this Robust flavor level, at least not for me.

I wanted strong vanilla flavor, so I chose French Vanilla over Madagascar Vanilla and I ordered Robust flavor level. I knew I would love it so I ordered the large size, of course!

Here is where to get it:
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/french-vanilla-matcha.html

Oh my goodness! I am so glad I got the large! For this first tasting I just added 1/4 tsp. of matcha powder and one teaspoon sugar to eight ounces cold milk. I used an immersion blender to mix it up and get some froth.

This is really good. When I was a kid I had milk with Nestlé Quik almost every day, but on special days my mom would let me make vanilla milk. Back then, that meant a few drops of vanilla extract and lots of sugar stirred into a glass of milk. I would put so much sugar that my vanilla milk would crunch – it was actually gritty, though I loved it.

This is taking me back to that drink, but with far less sugar, lots of antioxidants, and a bit of caffeine to kick me into gear. I can’t wait to experiment with it. This is going to make a marvelous hot vanilla drink, too.

Sil

ooooh this was on my short list. I was worried about the bakery sweet thing too.

Azzrian

Glad you are starting to buy for YOU now!

gmathis

I loved it when my Nestle’s Quik would sink to the bottom and there was goopy chocolate powder to drink at the end :)

ashmanra

I must confess I still drink it almost every single morning! And some evenings…
My dad briefly tried to cut back on how much Quik he put in my milk – he made our breakfast and usually packed our lunches, too, he adored my mom and totally spoiled her! – but I would hand it back if it wasn’t a deep enough color! LOL! We buy it at Sam’s Club, now, of course….

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Sil

ooooh this was on my short list. I was worried about the bakery sweet thing too.

Azzrian

Glad you are starting to buy for YOU now!

gmathis

I loved it when my Nestle’s Quik would sink to the bottom and there was goopy chocolate powder to drink at the end :)

ashmanra

I must confess I still drink it almost every single morning! And some evenings…
My dad briefly tried to cut back on how much Quik he put in my milk – he made our breakfast and usually packed our lunches, too, he adored my mom and totally spoiled her! – but I would hand it back if it wasn’t a deep enough color! LOL! We buy it at Sam’s Club, now, of course….

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens.

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