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Matcha of the morning…..
Well, this is actually my second matcha today. I should be bouncing from the rafters, pretty soon. This was my free sample with my last order. I wish I knew what flavoring level the samples are. I asked on Steepster once, but my inquiry must have been overlooked. I have not taken the time to email directly, so that is on me.
This is pretty good. It really kind of reminds me of the Eggnog matcha, though. They are very similar tastes, I guess. I kind of feel that way about English Toffee and Caramel, too, but DS likes the English Toffee and not the Caramel. Go figure. I guess this could be a possibility for a flavor in the rotation. We can see if my daughter likes this better than French Vanilla. One of these days, I need to try a strawberry or coconut version.
Prepared with 8oz 1% milk, 1/2 tsp matcha and a little sweetener in a personal blender. No ice this time.
I picked up milk on the way home from work because I was super excited about all the new matcha and just HAD to get some so I could try at least one of them today. It was a hard pick, but eventually I settled on this one.
So, 1/2 tsp. of matcha whisked into cold milk. I was a bit concerned because it hardly frothed up at all but it seems to be completely blended/mixed in so that’s good. I’m practically done the cup and haven’t encountered any lumps.
Taste wise; this starts of as kinda sweetened/sugary milk with is a bit disappointing but then in the aftertaste you get more of a true cotton candy flavour – and it works pretty well with the cold milk. In addition, there’s also a slight vegetal taste in the first part of the sip though it’s not too much or anything like that and it’s only a tad bit noticable. I’m not sure what flavour level this is, but I’d wager it’s either delicate or possibly distinctive.
Overall, this is nice and enjoyable though maybe a little average when it comes to sweet flavoured matches. I wish the cotton candy was maybe a bit stronger – but I’m very happy drinking it as is too.
I got my “free” sample in the mail today, so I tried it out, because why not and also because caffeine, which I desperately need today as I cannot seem to wake up. (Better late than never, right?)
I made it cold shaken with milk and a dash of cream, like I did for the matchaccino. I used 1/2 teaspoon and about a teaspoon of sugar, and I think I added too much cream, so after drinking a few sips I added another 1/4 teaspoon and some milk. I think I need to sort out the proportions better, because I’m not sure what part of what I was tasting was the cheesecake flavor and what part was just cream overdose.
It smelled really good, though. Matcha-y and cheesecake-y and only a touch artificial which I don’t really mind at all. I look forward to trying it again?
Today I decided to buy a milk frother and I was all excited to get home and try it out, only to make a big mess all over the kitchen. Anyway this is another sipdown for me. I seem to be sipping down a lot of stuff lately, but don’t worry, I’m still buying more tea! This is such a nice dessert and makes a good soymilk latte. Not sure if I would get this one again soon, only because there are so many other flavored matchas to try.
This one smells so deliciously buttery, gah. This one will be a permanent fixture in my cupboard. I am loving it. It may be time to go through and rate some of these matchas. I so rarely rate things, but every so often I feel I should.
I meant to have this one last night, but in my attempt to keep my caffeine levels consistently high, I went a little overboard and had to burn off some adrenaline in the form of exercise at 11pm because I felt like I had rocket fuel coursing through my bloodstream. But, despite that, I managed to register for both spring and fall courses and got into all the courses I needed. YAY!
This is also my 500th tasting note. Certainly a great tea for it.
Cold matcha latte to celebrate the end of three 12 hour shifts. And daylight until 8 PM – it makes me feel like summer is coming.
This is my new favorite dessert. I love how it tastes like straight caramel – and the milk of course adds the creaminess to bring out the flavors that much more. Time to go peruse matcha reviews to add some to my wish list!
Flavors: Butter, Caramel
When I initially bought this one in my first Red Leaf order over a year ago, it was my least favourite. Little did I know, it would sneakily grow to become my favourite of the four I picked up.
I’m happy I picked up more because it is a delight. I’ve been drinking so much matcha today, but I’ve been trying to keep my caffeine levels consistently high so I can stay awake for registration. I’m having this one now, shaken with cold milk. I didn’t let it sit, but I’m sure it tastes the same as if I had. The French Butter Cookie on the other hand, is still sitting in the fridge for later. Yum.
You guys, I just got this order in on Friday, and I was already on the Red Leaf site and chose my next 5+2 order. There’s a screenshot saved on my desktop. Oh dear.
I let this one chill with milk in the fridge all afternoon. This is the delicate flavouring.
Even in a mason jar full of milk, the buttery flavour is prominent in the scent. The taste is vanilla-like and creamy. This one is quite tasty. I’m so happy I took a chance on this one. I might even go the next flavour up to see if it gets more delicious.
I think I will put together another batch right away, and let it sit in the fridge for later on tonight. When I’m battling to stay awake until midnight. :P
Thanks VariaTEA for the idea on this one!
Flavors: Butter, Vanilla
Sil matcha: one serving in a big glass of cold almond milk. It’s a bit like an orange creamsicle with a bit of matcha, which is unfortunately the same flavour as my childhood fluoride treatment (minus the matcha). I’d love to know how people who don’t associate this with an artificial chemical cleaner feel about it because I’m 100% biased.
This might be something that mandarin and orange creamsicle lovers want to check out.. It might be good with some ice cream too.
I’m trying this one hot today. I whisked 1 tsp. of matcha into the tiniest bit of cooled boiled water, then poured heated milk into my mug. It’s creamy, and the chocolate is more apparent. There is a slight, very subtle underlying chemical taste that was also there when I had this as a cold latte that I’m not a fan of.
Perhaps I’ll try it next just in hot water. Too much milk also throws me off my game. Not that that will take away the underlying chemical, but it may just make it more enjoyable overall.
I’m having the last of the sample Sil sent my way this morning. I was hoarding it until my own matcha order came in.
This one is so delicious. Banana matcha milk is my favourite. Check out my matchas (in their lovely resealable bags!) lined up so nicely on the bottom shelf on my cupboard.
I need to stay up until midnight tonight to register for spring and fall courses. Joy. Sometimes course registration is more stressful than exams.
Y’know, it just occurred to me on this gentle, sunny Sunday morning that I don’t think I’ve ever actually had passion fruit on its own (aka not as a flavoring). Anyway, I’m getting what I think of when I think of passion fruit in this tea. I’m also getting a plant taste? It’s kind of odd. I’m not sure if it’s coming from the oolong or the passion fruit, but it’s making me scratch my head a bit. There’s also some astringency drying out the back of my throat. A very perplexing, but enjoyable cuppa this morning. Thanks to bluebelle for the sample!
Continuing on with the matcha adventures, thanks to the wonderful Sil. As soon as I opened the massive box of matcha, I was hit with a cloud of nuts, above everything else in there. I thought, “Wait, is there macadamia in here?” I have that one in the highest flavouring level and it’s damn potent, so I was amazed to discover that a) it’s hazelnut and b) she ordered it in “only” (big quotation marks there) distinctive. It was even wrapped in an additional layer of aluminum!
But that said, it smells almost the same as the macadamia. I wonder what RLT is using as the flavourings for these then, a generic nut flavouring? Or they’re two different flavourings which so happen to have a generic nut scent in the background? Or I’m just losing my mind, as per usual?
Hot latte, here I come. I combined around half a measuring tsp of matcha with almost a cup of water, half a regular tsp of brown sugar, and a tablespoon or so of half and half.
Yep, tastes like a slightly calmed down version of my “There’s Matcha in There?!” macadamia. I honestly don’t get a distinct hazelnut flavour from this.
Another sip. And another. Nope. Nada. Maybe some weird genetics are at play here and these simulated nut flavourings are far too chemical for me because I seem to be one of the odd ones out.
I’ll try it as a cold latte next, and will probably stick to that. I think it would go better/well with banana and honey. I’m sure it would be great with hazelnut butter, which I’ve yet to try but heard it’s a billion times better/more flavourful than Nutella because you don’t get all that sugar and chemicals in it.
Thanks for the opportunity, Sil! :)
1 1/2 scoops of this distinctive flavoured matcha, almond milk, half a banana, and chia seeds. I know there’s some maple syrup just below the surface of perception. Sometimes it even emerges from those murky depths, but like an iceberg I know I’m not experiencing the majestic fullness of maple syrup.
I think this is one of the very few matcha flavourings I’d contemplate going with Robust. I’m not keen when Maple dominates thin wispy things like rooibos blends but this is a smoothie! All the other flavours are confident enough in themselves to handle maple. It should let itself go more instead of settling for the vague aftertaste I’m getting. Be bold maple, or hand me the cookies.
In contrast, I actually taste green matcha in my flavoured smoothie, which is an amazingly rare occurrence.
Thanks, Sil! I enjoyed this one.
This is the first time I’ve had matcha since I was always a little afraid to try something that looked so weird and had such non-tea type flavors. But I’ve read so many reviews that made it sound good so I look the plunge into the world of matcha. I got the sample from Red Leaf Tea. OMG this stuff is good! Mixed it with vanilla soy milk and a couple ice
cubes in blender. Makes a lovely bright green liquor. Smells so much like cheesecake that I can’t believe it. I’m going to have to be careful of this stuff because I could easily drink way too much of this. The vanilla soy milk is low fat but it still has calories. I am really trying to not start any bad habits with foods. It’s so easy to do! (I lost another pound this week!) I think I saw some descriptions where it was just mixed with water. I’ll have to cheek those out.
Well, remember what I said about easily getting addicted to this… well, it’s about ten minutes later and I’m having another glass. This time I made it with half soy milk and half water and less ice cubes. Still very good! OK, now I really can’t have more or the caffeine will take over and I’ll have the whole house cleaned, basement organized, laundry done and dinner cooked! Heavens, we wouldn’t want that to happen! My husband will think I should that everyday! ;-D