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95
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1093 tasting notes

A sample from Red Leaf I’m just now trying. Thanks Red Leaf for offering these! I love the caramel matchaccino so this should be delicious. It’s basically a version of that without sugar. The fragrance wafting from the bag as a sweet fragrance, even without the sugar.

Latte with milk //
For this cup, I heated nine ounces of milk in the microwave for one minute: just hot enough. I accidentally poured a bit too much matcha in the mug before slowly pouring the milk into the mug and stirring/ whisking while pouring. I’m surprised the cup is this smooth even with this much matcha. It must be the sweetness of the caramel flavor that makes it so smooth… or helps it anyway. I’ve tried a few Red Leaf matchas now and the caramel seems to have the least amount of flavor, but maybe that’s my taste buds. Still delicious though. I’m grateful that Red Leaf had a nice sale recently, since I’m shocked at how much matcha I’ve went through and my last order was in September (!)

Just with warm water//
For this cup, I poured some warm water in a mug while whisking the matcha with a spoon. This makes it easier to taste the flavors. It does have more of a sweetness from the caramel blended this way, but I still say that the caramel matcha has less flavors than others. It seems to be more sweet than flavored. Caramel can work with anything though… like smoothies…

BONUS: Smoothie!
Greek Vanilla yogurt, a ton of strawberries, milk, matcha, whipped cream on top! This was really good but the yogurt had such a low amount of sugar that I probably should have opened my new bag of caramel matchaccino… it would have been the perfect amount of sugar.

Courtney

This one is delightful in smoothies. I currently have it sitting in the fridge with milk as a cold latte to compare to Caramel Popcorn. :)

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Hmm. I’m not sure about this one. It’s a bit too floral for me. But on the upside, that’s one more matcha flavour down!

Thanks VariaTEA!

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Mmm. I put 1/2 tsp. of this in a mason jar of milk and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours. I spent a significant portion of the afternoon intensively researching wellies, which means I’ve now decided it’s time to get this paper done. This was just the tasty kickstart I needed.

This one is working much better for me than did Peanut Butter. It has a similar taste, but the addition of “Pie” on the end here makes it more acceptable to me. It’s funny how the mind works. I am thoroughly enjoying this now, but I’ll have to do a more detailed note later.

Thanks VariaTEA for adding this one into our matcha order. Excellent choice!

VariaTEA

Haha this was actually your choice so thank you :P

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90
drank Mocha Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1399 tasting notes

Here’s one from Roswell Strange! Thank you – I’d heard good things about this one and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s definitely more chocolate than coffee, but the coffee lingers in the aftertaste. It’s very nice. :D

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VariaTEA was awesome, and along with our joint matcha order, she sent a ton of matcha samples my way. :)

This one I did my standard way, mixed with cold milk and allowed to sit in the fridge a few hours. I’m not really getting anything distinctly toffee-like, but it does make a nice creamy milky drink at least. Nothing special for me here, but always grateful to be able to try matcha flavours without buying them myself.

Thanks VariaTEA!

I’ve been searching up wellies for a significant portion of the afternoon (you know, because it’s not as though I have exams to study for), and I think I’ve finally narrowed it down a couple styles. What do you guys have for wellies?

Anna

A few Tretorn’s Skerry, a few from Joules, and a few Hunter, some random ones… plus two steel-toed pairs for working, but I don’t think that’s what you’re looking for. I am a huge lover of wellies.

I LOVE MY WELLIES.

mj1851

Well, I know you don’t know me so you probably don’t care, but I got black wellies with multi-colored polka dots from Target and I get compliments on them all the time!

whatshesaid

I just bought a pair of hunter willies. Haha wellies! Not willies. Stupid autocorrect.
I’ve been wanting them for awhile. Sadly my legs are too short and let’s face it, not quite slender enough for the regular ones, and the adjustable ones were still so tall that they rubbed behind my knees and actually touched the back of my upper leg when I sat down soooooo I went with the short ones. I did a lot of research on these, haha. And just black, because when I’m spending that much on something, it better match everything!

Courtney

Anna haha! The steel-toes, maybe not quite so much. :P What did you think of your Hunters? Were they the more recent, non-European made ones?

mj1851 I am open to all input! Even if I don’t know you haha, I appreciate the comment. :)

whatshesaid I’ve been contemplating Hunters for a long time, but in doing research I’ve come to change my mind haha! I wanted red, but that’s not an option now, so it looks like navy blue. I have the mindset if I’m paying a mint for something, it better be pretty. :P

whatshesaid

Which brand did you think you’ve settled on?

I agree with “it better be pretty” but didn’t want to feel limited with what I could wear my boots with, so my clothes are pretty and my boots are black, haha

whatshesaid

Though I wouldn’t mind a red pair in the future since I have black now!!

Courtney

I have semi-settled on Le Chameau. I haven’t actually hit ‘submit’ yet though, because I want to find everything possible online about them, so I’m making an informed decision. I ultimately want good looking and high quality. Also, Princess Kate has some Le Chameau, which was just an added bonus. :P

Courtney

Sorry, Duchess I suppose is the correct term. :)

Anna

I think the China/Serbia-made ones are fine – it’s definitely not a Sorel situation. But no, after the buyout and manufacturing changes, I wouldn’t consider them for hunting boots, work boots or anything similar – they’re fashion wear.

Also I heartily recommend http://www.countryattire.com/ for all your country attire needs. They do free worldwide delivery on everything and have saved me on numerous occasions. Also big selection of Hunter styles!

Courtney

I have had that site bookmarked for ages Anna! I looked for the chosen ones there and found them, though there’s no indication of duty. I also found them on Amazon.com, where they charge up front for duty so there’s no nasty surprises at the door.

I ultimately veered away from the Hunters because of the manufacturing change. I don’t just want boots for fashion. If I’m spending a pretty penny, I want them to last a loooong time.

whatshesaid

I’m hoping my hunters will last but I guess time will tell! I figure our rain season isn’t super long anyway and I wear something warmer in the winter

Courtney

Yes! I hope they do too. :) I will be inquiring haha. I do love the colour selection of the Hunters. I even tweeted to the company today to see if it’s possible at all to still get a European-made pair. Still waiting on a response there.

Anna

Oh, I love Le Chameau – if you want leather-lined, they’re exceptionally good – but obviously at three times the price of the Hunters, they better be. I think they have simpler ones that are not leather-lined, though?

Can I also just say how much I respect that you’ve done so much research, and that you look for ONE quality item rather than fifteen fashionable ones that last a season? I seriously love that.

Anna

I’m pretty sure they moved production somewhere around 2008, 2009 or so when they were bought up to become the new Mulberry/Burberry quality-turned-trendy fashion phenomenon.

Courtney

Do you have any Le Chameaus of your own? It seems there isn’t a ton of stuff out there, it looks as though I’ve read nearly every review, blog post, and comparison haha. I feel good about my choice, but I haven’t chosen the leather-lined ones, sadly. I am truly hoping they will last a long time, and not the 1-2 years I’m reading about with the newly manufactured Hunters.

Le Chameau moved production? I did read a couple things about boots saying “Made in Morocco”, but in the same reviews comments that quality had not decreased. The ones I have my eye on do say they are imported from France, but so long as the quality is up to snuff, I’ll be a happy camper.

Anna

No, no – I meant Hunter’s moved production, sorry to be unclear. And yes, I do own some LCs, in addition to other sporting boots that I didn’t mention because I didn’t feel they’d be fashionable enough. It’s odd for me to talk about a brand like Le Chameau in a citywear context, but I’m completely impressed by that level of interest in quality.

And yes, Le Chameau do have a production facility in Morocco, but they have for ages as far as I know (and I only know because I read an article on it in some in-flight magazine a while back) and I doubt this would affect current quality.

Le Chameau have never let me down, but, then again, what I know are the hunting/outdoorsy boots, and if they do more fashion-oriented lines now, gah, you just never know.

Either way, fingers crossed for your boot search!

Sil

I have tretorns…..I can’t handle the lining in some of he the other ones….makes my feet too hot. Eventually I’ll get at least one more proper pair of wellies….just undecided still from where

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
432 tasting notes

Hot latte is the way to go with this one. Thanks for the tip, whatshesaid!!! Absolutely delicious and creamy, now that I got the proportions right. Yay! :)

Marzipan

What proportions did you use?

Tealizzy

1/2 tsp matcha, whisked with a fork in about 1-2 oz. of 176-degree water, and then mixed with about 8 oz. warmed almond milk. :) I messed up big time the first time because one of the flyers I had from Red Leaf contradicted their other flyer, and recommended 1 TBSP! That was icky bitter.

Marzipan

Oh wow that would be bad!

whatshesaid

Oh yay!! Glad it worked out :)
It would be terrible to hate the one that the whole world loves, haha

Tealizzy

No kidding! :)

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87

Shout out to QueenOfTarts for sending me a sample of this!
Well, her sample was humongo and I’m just WOW THANK YOU t have to add anything to enhance the flavour.

Overall, Red Leaf, thank you for making this wonderful tea :)

Flavors: Caramel, Cream

Preparation
Iced 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cheri

I think Red Leaf was looking for people to write reviews of this for Amazon….

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75
drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
43 tasting notes

This match was nice but for me in comparison to the other flavors I’ve had this one seemed to be lacking. It came off more of a bitter note than a a cheese cake like.

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Well I know I had a review of this. I recall writing it. Where did it go?
This happens often to me, it seems. Hmph.

Anyhow, I tried something different today. Milk, water, and a whole lotta ice in the blender.
It turned the ice into a strange frothy cloud that I think would go really well if it had been mint. But the cherry was odd. More floral and not very strong. Oh well. Live n learn.

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86

I woke up several hours before I needed to get ready for work today feeling completely rested, which was very strange. I swear, that never happens. It’s nice though; it gave me time to enjoy some TV, and to make a few glasses of tea – including this one.

I’ve been using this matcha for matcha soda, but I decided today to try it in cold milk instead. It’s not a flavour I would automatically associate with milk but I figured it’d make for an interesting enough drink, and I recalled that Keychange had tried it that way and not hated it – so why not?

Honestly; it was far from bad. The watermelon came through and there wasn’t any negative juxtaposition between it and the milk, which is always a concern pairing fruit and milk together. It was pretty candy like, honestly. Then again, this is also candy like as tea soda too.

I think, maybe, I prefer it in the soda form? However I’d drink it in milk again if I was looking the shake things up in my “matcha routine” – mostly what I have in cold milk are the dessert flavours.

Surprisingly good.

keychange

yeah, I found this to be far from bad as well. Nothing really compels me to buy more, but it really was entirely inoffensive.

Indigobloom

I need a carbonating machine!! :)

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82

I think the next cup of this is a sipdown. Not sure if I should take advantage of that tomorrow morning or try a postpone it. Hmm…

Anyway, I had to get up this morning at 5AM to get ready for work (ick) – it actually wasn’t so bad though because I went to be really early last night. But this was my morning “pick me up”, whisked into cold milk. It frothed so well for me! Really, it was super enjoyable. Although, I think I got a bit more chocolate than coffee.

I’m thinking part of why I love having this in the morning is that the coffee “tricks” my mind into thinking there’s more caffeine than there really is.

And hey, while I’m reviewing a matcha, everyone should go vote for new matcha grade names here:

http://steepster.com/discuss/7378-contest-for-new-matcha-names-50-dollars

And I’m totally not just saying that because two of the top three ideas were mine, and I want the extra matcha money. Like really, I actually voted against myself…

Stephanie

I’m not going to win, but I really hope they run a sale on Coconut matcha sometime soon so I can get more…I can’t afford the 3+1 deal right now but I’m out of my favorite flavor! pouts heh

Roswell Strange

I really want to try the coconut. Out of flavours I’ve yet to have, I think Pear, Tiramisu, and Coconut are the ones I’m most interested in. And maybe Strawberries & Cream…

Stephanie

Coconut is the BEST! Highly recommended :)

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75

Not really getting a toffee or anything other for that matter taste aside from creamy matcha. That’s not a bad taste, but since it’s supposed to be flavored it gets a reduced rating.

It smells similar to the caramel sample I received in my first order, so I was excited to get some of that smell translated into taste but it didn’t happen. This is the April sample so I’m guessing it’s basic grade matcha and delicate flavoring. May need to boost up the flavoring if I were to order it.

2 chasaku scoops dissolved in 175F water, then added 8oz heated light soy milk.

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81

A little while back, Red Leaf Tea had both Strawberries & Cream Matcha and Bananas & Cream Matcha on sale. Courtney and I decided to take advantage of this opportunity and stock up on both as they are delicious. Since I was placing an order, I also grabbed a large bag of my beloved Caramel Popcorn Matcha. That brought our total just shy of the free shipping amount so with just seconds left to spare before the sale ran out, we added this to the cart. We chose the following options:

Size: Small (30g)
Matcha Quality: Classic (Basic Grade)
Matcha Type: Regular
Flavor Level: Delicate

Now as I am sipping away at my matcha milk (1/2 a teaspoon of matcha powder combined with 8 ounces of milk), I can say that I am very happy this was the one we decided to toss into our order. It truly is dessert in a cup. The peanut butter is both salty and creamy and combines nicely with the hint of chocolate and graham cracker crust floating in the cup. Compared to the plain Peanut Butter matcha, this is much sweeter, as to be expected given the “pie” element. It is also much creamier than its plain peanut butter counterpart. I am getting a touch of grass from the base, although that might be a result of poor mixing on my behalf and not a reflection on the product itself.

This is definitely a tasty cup and I am glad I have much more in my stash. Anyone who would like to add this yummy treat to their cupboard can find it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/peanut-butter-matcha.html.

Also, for anyone interested, Cheesecake Matcha is Red Leaf Tea’s deal of the day and thus it is on sale for the next 11 hours!

Courtney

I’m excited to try this one!

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85
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1165 tasting notes

Ahhh…. Sil-vert prize caramel matcha. Thank you, Sil!

Something is wrong with my taste or something, because this isn’t as caramelly as I remember, either.

Oh well. It’s still good! Definitely get a sweet taste from it. And this one IS caramel, unlike the butter flavour of the Special Offer caramel matcha. :)

Sil

hahaha

OMGsrsly

I need to work on my name-puns, I know. :)

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Had this tea once before, but can not find it. It is very good, reminiscent of the caramel macchiato tea I reviewed. They are made by the same company…………haven’t seen either in a while. In closing this tea has a delicious mild flavor to it.

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This is a delicious tea, yes I am somewhat a coffee drinker, but this tea is delicious. If you like the bold taste of caramel, then step up and give this tea a try. This is probably my favorite.

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76

This is just okay. Got it at Robust level flavoring, and while it’s definitely raspberry, it’s chemical-tasting and smelling. There’s a depth to it that I assume is chocolate, however it’s just not enough for me to say… truffle.

Preparation
Iced
Stephanie

Good to know…thanks for the review!

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81
drank Tiramisu Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
940 tasting notes

Ah, I love tiramisu, even if it’s been a while since I’ve had it. I definitely wanted to try this at a Robust flavor, because I’m finding I prefer all the dessert matchas stronger. This was creamy, eggy, and chocolatey, although I did miss any sort of flaky pastry in the mix.

Preparation
Iced 0 OZ / 0 ML
Suziqzer

Oh me too.. A favorite dessert, & we have a restaurant nearby that does them well. Unfortunately we usually have someone with us & I have to share. I need to try my hand at making it myself sometime! Sounds like this was pretty close… And much better for you!

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89

Robust flavoring this time around, and this is by far the best version I’ve had. Creamy, peanutty, with a bit of dryness that I associate with nuts. Yum!

Preparation
Iced
Suziqzer

Sounds like Yum! Wonder what it would taste like if you made it a smoothie and added a banana?? I enjoy a peanut butter and banana sandwich once and awhile… Maybe I’ll just add a touch of peanut butter to my smoothie this morning. You inspired me :)

Stephanie

Sounds great

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This is a sipdown. Well, until my matcha order from VariaTEA arrives. :)

I needed a little boost because I’m fading but I still need to get just a little bit more studying done before tomorrow. I’m not so much one of those people that can wake up early to get in last minute studying.

Jennkay

I’d rather stay up late than wake up early to study any day! Hooray for matcha boosts :)

Memily

I’d rather stay up late than wake up early in general ;) go go gadget studying!

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100
drank Eggnog Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
90 tasting notes

So far, this is my favorite matcha…
mixed with whole milk (cold) & a touch of stevia.
I love eggnog and this is to die for.
Thank you Miss B ☆

MissB

Yay! So glad you love it. :)

CelebriTEA

You are an angel ♡

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To be fair, I got this little packet in a trade, and I have another little unopened packet that I got straight from the company. Not knowing how old this trade one is, I’m going to completely reserve judgement until I try the one I know is new.

So, I made this in my usual way, blender, cold, milk, a little sweetener. It’s fine, but doesn’t taste much like toffee. If the other sample isn’t a big improvement, I can’t see myself ordering this one over caramel (which I love). It’s not bad though but if I didn’t know what flavor it was supposed to be, I don’t think I could tell by tasting it.

mj1851

I ordered a free sample of this from Red Leaf Tea (only have to pay shipping- woot!). I’ve never had a matcha powder blended into milk, so I am looking forward to trying it! I love drinking milk by itself anyway, so this sounds delicious.

Marzipan

I do it 1/2 t matcha, a bit of sugar, 8 oz milk and a couple of ice cubes in the blender.

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85

Had it as a cold latte, about two and a half chasaku scoops dissolved in 175F water, added 10oz cold light soy milk, shook like crazy. I don’t hate the end result, but unlike the raspberry where the fruityness went up, the cheesecakeyness went down. Think I’ll stick to this one as a warm latte and try the fruity flavors as cold.

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Just had this one as matcha milk. I think I may be outgrowing this matcha, for the time being at least. Not that there’s anything wrong with this one at all, just I’m much more enamoured with the new flavours I’ve been exploring.

Now onto my fresh cup of Jardin Bleu! And more studying.

whatshesaid

Which new flavours do you prefer., just curious :)

Courtney

Banana & Cream is awesome! And French Butter Cookie surprised me.

Courtney

And I just tried French Vanilla, which was lovely.

whatshesaid

I’ve got some French vanilla but never tried the other two. Will have to add them to my future buy list! :) actually I think the butter cookie was already on that list, hehe. You’re just confirming my suspicions!

Courtney

The Caramel Popcorn has also been getting lots of love. I may be brave with my next order and add that one in.

whatshesaid

Really? Yeah I don’t know if i would be brave enough to want to drink anything popcorn tasting!

Courtney

I didn’t think so either. I’m not a huge popcorn fan, but I must say I trust VariaTEA’s matcha wisdom. I took her word alone on French Butter Cookie. I’m getting more adventurous with matcha now that I’ve found a way to drink it I enjoy. :)

Roswell Strange

I’m really loving the Watermelon, right now…

Courtney

Aw the Watermelon didn’t work for me. :( But none of the fruity ones have so far. However it has awesome ratings, so I may be the only one.

whatshesaid

How do you drink it?

I feel like the fruity ones may not be for me, though admittedly I’ve never tried them. But I’m not a huge fan of fruity teas, so I am playing it safe and sticking with the desserty ones

Courtney

I agree with you there. I’m partial to some fruits in teas, but most just don’t seem to work all that well. I make ‘matcha milk’ now aka a cold latte. I’m sure there’s no difference to drinking it immediately, but I fill up a mason jar with milk, add my 1/2-1 tsp of matcha and let it sit in the fridge for a bit. I was struggling before I tried this method because I don’t like straight matcha, or hot matcha. Bit of a long response haha.

Roswell Strange

I either do the matcha/milk thing (but right away – not delayed like Courtney) or, typically for fruit flavours, I make Matcha Soda by mixing the matcha in with club soda and sweetening it.

whatshesaid

Does that method dissolve the matcha powder? Sounds intriguing!

Matcha soda might work for fruity ones, neat!
Again same question though…I’d be worried about the green silt at the bottom of my cup, ew

Courtney

Yeah I shake mine periodically in it’s time in the fridge to dissolve it more. It’s definitely a lazy way to make it. I have considered dissolving the matcha in a wee bit of hot water before adding it to the milk, but that’s a bit too high maintenance for me. :P I also periodically shake it around if it’s taking me a while to drink so it doesn’t settle. The things I’ve done to enjoy a tea I don’t enjoy straight that’s crazy expensive haha!

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