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Today felt like a cold latte day so I made a cup of this to take to work with me. As Mondays are perfect for chocolate minty goodness. What a great way to start the week.

Preparation
Iced

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90

A very chocolately minty yummy cup of matcha!! waaay better than mint hot chocolate by Cadbury that’s for sure! Yep this is going to be added to my winter stash for sure!

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drank Grape Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1652 tasting notes

Tried this one shaken into cold water this afternoon, but I’m not sure that I’m a fan. The last matcha I tried it with was Red Leaf’s Sangria, and I really didn’t like that. I’m feeling almost the same about this one. For some reason, it seems to bring out the floral flavour of the matcha, and there’s something about it that turns my stomach.

Matcha latte? Yes. Any other preparation? Maybe not.

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drank Grape Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1652 tasting notes

A sample from Roswell Strange! I’d already put my 1/4 tsp of matcha in my cup and added about an inch of boiling water before I realised that the batteries in my AeroLatte had expired overnight. I’ve not quite got to the point where I understand the relationship my whisk has with batteries. It can be fine one minute, and completely dead the next. Clearly I’ll have to start keeping a spare set in my drawer, but I don’t have any kicking around this morning.

So. So. I had to whisk as vigorously as I could with a tiny spoon, which is obviously not all that vigorously. It helped that the matcha seems quite forgiving – it seemed to absorb well of its own accord, and hadn’t clumped or formed lumps despite my lack of whisking ability. And the lack of a whisk. Anyway, we seem to have got there. Somehow.

I made this up as a latte, although I’ll definitely be trying this one cold at some point because the flavour really calls out for that. It’s pretty good – there’s a half-natural, half-candy grape flavour kicking around, although it’s pretty subtle. This is the delicate flavour level, though, so I’m not surprised about that. If I had to give it a colour, I’d say that it tastes purple, which is definitely a nod to the candy-like aspect over the true-to-life. Either way, it’s good.

I’ve stirred it pretty constantly as I’ve been sipping, and there’s not too much settlement at the bottom – no more than I’d get with my electric whisk. I’m kind of pleased that what could have been a disaster turned out okay – and that grape matcha makes for a gentle, not-too-sweet start to the morning. Perfect!

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drank Apricot Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1652 tasting notes

A sample from Roswell Strange. I made this up as a latte, drank most of it, and then brought up its page on here. It made me glad that I’d tried my cup before I read the other notes, or else I’d have been worried about it!

I won’t say this is the most natural tasting matcha in the world, because it’s not. I get apricot from it (more subtly than I expected from the distinctive flavouring level, if I’m honest?), but it’s a kind of artificial apricot that reminds me of chemically flavoured apricot things more than an actual apricot. But still, apricot. It wasn’t instalove for me, but I don’t hate it. I’m slowly coming to the conclusion that I I help out some of the RLTs by basically drowning them in milk, so they’re always creamy and never overpowering in terms of flavour. One of the joys of a matcha latte, I suppose!

So yeah. Basically, I think this is okay apricot. Now that I’ve had the phrase “floral soap” put in my head, I can kind of see where that’s coming from. There is a slightly floral undertone, which I just assumed was the matcha, and it does have a hint of soapiness about it. It’s not spoiling this one for me, though.

I’d like to try it cold at some point, maybe in milk again, or maybe just water. I felt like I had to have some matcha today, though – I’ve only been back at work two days, and I’m already feeling tired by mid-afternoon. Matcha seems to help, so it’s definitely featuring in my future one way or another.

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80

I started drinking this late last night. I was in the mood to actually sit and watch a movie (it usually takes me a few sittings to watch a movie….my ADHD kicks in after 45 minutes).

Anyway, this was pretty solid. I turned this into a latte. It helped bring that caramel out with the “hot movie butter” flavor. Quite unique. No artificial flavors, which is nice.

Thank you, Liquid Proust, for adding this to the box.

Flavors: Butter, Popcorn

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100

Sipdown! Finally under 200 – now to see how long I can keep it that way :)

I finished this one off as a latte this morning. I’m feeling totally knackered at the moment, but matcha seems to improve my energy levels at least a little. More to this point, this one is delicious, and makes for a great start to any morning.

Thanks again to Roswell Strange for sharing this one with me!

Sil

whoohoo! grats on getting down to 200!

Super Starling!

Sipdowns are just an excuse to buy another 3 blends, right? Is that science? ;)

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100

A sample from Roswell Strange, who helpfully fixed me up with some flavoured matcha. Why is it so hard to come by in the UK? The first thing I have to say about this one, though, is “oh man” – it’s SO good. I wasn’t really expecting it to taste exactly like a mixed berry pie, especially since dry the scent was mostly cinnamon and vegetal green tea. It does, though! I can definitely taste strawberry, with flashes of blueberry, raspberry, and a touch of black cherry. If you imagined those berries warm, in a thick, rich red-berry sauce, encased in buttery, cinnamon dusted pastry, then you’d have this tea. It’s that flavour accurate, and that good.

I made my cup as a latte, whisking 1/4 tsp of matcha into about an inch of boiling water, topped off with hot milk. At first, I only got the berry flavour – and I’ve no complaint about that because it’s incredibly flavour accurate. As I sipped, however, I did begin to notice the cinnamon, and then the buttery “pie crust” element came to the fore. It kind of creeps up on you, until you’re not drinking berry matcha anymore, but rich berry pie matcha. Best effect ever!

There probably aren’t words to describe exactly how much I’m enjoying this one. It’s my favourite of the Red Leaf matchas I’ve tried so far, and I’ve liked a fair few so that’s a definite compliment. For the record, my sample is of the distinctive flavouring level.

Thanks again to Roswell Strange for introducing me to this wonder :)

Roswell Strange

Stephanie originally introduced me to this one; it’s one I absolutely would have skipped over otherwise. It’s SO wonderful, though. Don’t know if you like almond/cashew milk at all but I think the nutty flavours of either really compliment this one as well :)

Fjellrev

Awesome! I had this on my list but wasn’t sure about how artificial the berry aspect would be since I find their raspberry and strawberry ones to be overly fake.

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drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1843 tasting notes

There was a sample of this sitting in my cupboard that I finally got around to trying. I love matcha but it takes a bit more work than you average cup of tea. It smells and tastes very strongly of almond extract which I’m pretty sure was what was used to flavour this tea. Not that I mind I love almond extract – it makes me think of baking. But if you’re not a fan of almond extract this probably isn’t a matcha for you.

I prepared this matcha by sifting in 3/4 tsp of matcha powder then I added a few tablespoons of hot water just enough to help break up the clumps and then I added about a 3/4 cup of hot skim milk, and together with a drizzle of honey I whisked everything together in my mug and topped it with a few spoonfuls of frothed milk.

It’s a yummy treat on a rainy day like today. It’s absolutely pouring outside and my patio looks like a lake. I’m so glad it held off for my grad though, the actual ceremony was inside, but afterwards we all went over to one of a my prof’s houses for a BBQ

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75

A sample from Roswell Strange, who kindly agreed to help me expand my flavoured matcha horizons. This is the second I’ve tried of the samples she sent me, and since it’s a little cold this morning it seemed like a pretty appropriate “warm up” flavour when I arrived at work. I made it up as a latte – 1/4 tsp of leaf whisked into about an inch of water, then topped up with hot milk.

The flavour is pretty good. It seemed very sweet and buttery initially, which reminded me very much of pie crust. The cinnamon emerged second, and added nicely to that effect. The apple is a little more fleeting, but there’s definitely something in the mid-sip that reminds me a lot of apple pie filling, although shop-bought rather than homemade. There’s something just a little artificial about it. The apple is sweet and floury rather than sharp and crisp, which is the opposite of my preference, but it works with the pie/baked goods theme here, and is tolerable in that respect.

I feel like I got on pretty well with this one, and I’m looking forward to experimenting a bit with preparation methods and suchlike. Thanks again to Roswell Strange for the opportunity to try this one.

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85

This morning I had a hankering to try this cold, so I whisked 1/4 tsp into a shot glass of cold milk, as a kind of mini-milkshake trial. It’s good – I can taste the bubblegum pretty clearly, followed by the creaminess of the milk. It’s much like a latte, really, only cold, and a little more intense because of the volumes involved. The aftertaste is especially good – bubblegum is such an artificial flavour, but I was definitely in the mood for it today and I LOVE it! Thanks again to Roswell Strange for sharing this with me.

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A sample from Roswell Strange! I’ve been curious about this flavour for a while, since I quite like bubblegum but don’t get along much with it in actuality thanks to an old jaw injury. I’m also pretty sure I could smell this one as soon as I opened the envelope of samples she sent me, and since it was so sweet, fruity, and delicious, it was an obvious first choice to try.

I made this up as a latte, following my usual method (1/4 tsp matcha, whisked into about an 1.5 inches of water with an aerolatte, topped off with hot milk). This is the delicate level of flavour, but the initial sip has the intense flavour of bubblegum. It’s actually a difficult flavour to describe, probably because the real thing is mostly artificial to begin with. It’s sweet, which goes without saying, and then there’s a candy fruitiness that reminds me very much of Juicy Fruit (and also Lush’s Snow Fairy shower gel, minus the soapiness). The flavour lingers well into the aftertaste. I can taste very little of the actual matcha – just a touch of grass that pokes out towards the end of the sip, and a hint of saltiness.

I’m actually thinking I might like to try this one iced, which I’ve not attempted with matcha before, so I’ll need to work out how to do that. My overall on this one, though? Pretty delicious. It’s an unusual flavour, and fun on a hot day. Thanks again to Roswell Strange for sharing this one with me!

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First and foremost. This taste good. Really does. I made it in my blender cup with cold almond milk, and I will say it’s enjoyable. Worked well with the almond milk.

But.

I don’t recommend it because I taste absolutely no green tea. I got this as part of a sampler, so I don’t know the flavor strength, but I would like this a lot more if I could taste green tea.

Flavors: Cake, Caramel, Pastries

Preparation
Iced

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
101 tasting notes

Looking back, I realize that deciding to get Red Leaf’s sampler pack of flavored matcha was an impulsive decision based on a few pleasant-sounding steepster reviews. Had I taken a moment to reflect, I would have remembered that I don’t like flavored teas! The only flavors I’ll usually allow in my tea include Jasmine, spices in a chai, bergamot in Earl Grey. I don’t even take milk or sugar.
That being said, my reaction to this tea (especially in comparison to the heavenly Rishi Matcha latte I had the other day) is predictably negative. While I can actually taste some green tea through the fake caramel, what ruins this tea for me is the grittiness of the matcha and the strange chemical taste lingering in the background.

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80

Thank goodness for white matcha! I love green matcha but it’s too hard on my stomach. The white matcha doesn’t have that bright green flavor, rather that very delicate white tea flavor, but also doesn’t make me throw up, which is even better. I’ve been adding a few shakes of it to my favorite white teas and it blends right in.

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This week’s matcha sample is – Cheesecake! I feel like I prepared the ground well enough with “normal” flavours like Strawberry and Banana, so I finally broke out one of the left-field flavours that I’ve been looking forward to forever but still slightly scared of. When I opened the pouch, all I could smell was very sweet vanilla. That had me worried for a minute, but I needn’t have doubted.

I prepared this one as a latte, which has pretty much become my go-to. I used 1/4 tsp of matcha, whisked into 1/3 cup of hot water, and then topped off with milk. The scent lost some of its vanilla as soon as I added the water, and started to smell more like baking cheesecake. To taste, it’s super delicious! It’s creamy and sweet, of course, but with a slightly salty-sour-tangy undertone that really characterises cheesecake for me. There’s still the flavour of vanilla sitting over the top, but it’s not overpowering or sickly. It also avoids tasting artificial, which is a huge bonus as far as I’m concerned. There’s nothing chemically about the flavour of this one, it’s just straight-up flavour-accurate vanilla cheesecake. The matcha is completely masked by it, which is the whole point I guess, so there’s not even a conflict of “green” and “sweet”. It’s truly delicious stuff.

I can imagine that this would combine well with other flavours to make various “cheesecake” combinations, but I’m trying not to have too many samples open at once because they’re not resealable. It’s something I’d try in the future if I manage to get hold of a larger quantity in a tin, though.

For now, I’m just really happy with this one. It’s a desserty treat on a dull work day.

1/4 tsp, boiling water. Prepared as a latte.

Preparation
Boiling

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It’s likely that this’ll be my matcha at work this week – I got about 5 servings from my first sample pouch, so I reckon this one’ll probably be about the same. I prepared this one as a latte, no surprises there.

It’s good, but maybe not quite as good as last week’s banana matcha. It’s sweet, with a candy strawberry flavour, and just a hint of the grassy matcha coming through. It reminds me of those strawberry haribo sweets quite a bit – it has the same “I’m not really real” strawberry flavour that ultimately leaves you thinking of chemical flavouring. I’m not sure why I feel like this about it, because it isn’t particularly strong or overpowering, just a bit meh. I’m going to say it’s pleasant enough, and drinkable, but just not my favourite.

1/4 tsp, boiling water. Prepared as a latte.

Preparation
Boiling

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100
drank Banana Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1652 tasting notes

This has been my go-to matcha for the last few mornings, made up as a latte. I’m enjoying the flavour, and I really do think it helps with my energy levels, so there’s nothing not to like here. The sample sachet I received says 3 servings, but I’m on that today and I’ve still got at least one and maybe two 1/4 teaspoon measures left, so maybe Red Leaf are just more generous than they think. Either that, or I’m using less than they have in mind. I did notice this morning that one of my 1/4 tsp measures is a bit smaller than the other, so that might have something to do with it. When is a 1/4 tsp not a 1/4 tsp? I’m not sure I can cope with the philosophical implications of that at this time of the morning!

All I really wanted to say in this note is – yum! Also, for those in the UK scratching around for Red Leaf pretty unsuccessfully, I got my sample selection (choose 5 plus one free) from the Red Leaf outlet on Etsy. They offer a limited range of flavours, and it seems to vary a bit from week to week, but it’s an opportunity to try some sample sizes at a fairly reasonable cost.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Banana Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1652 tasting notes

The next thing turned out to be matcha. Also good for keeping me awake, or so I’ve come to realise. I picked out banana simply because it appealed to me the most, but it was a close-run thing between strawberry and cheesecake. I used 1/4 tsp for my cup, whisked into boiling water and topped off with hot milk as a latte. I think this is basically going to be my go-to method of matcha preparation, because there aren’t many other ways I can stomach it. I still find it a bit odd, because generally speaking hot milk isn’t my thing either. Still, what works works.

I’m pretty impressed with the flavour here. It’s candy banana rather than fresh, but that’s rather appealing in its own way. It reminds me of those foamy sweets I had as a child. The added bonus for me is that it covers up most of the green tea flavour, except a very little bit which actually works with the banana flavouring rather than against it. That slight “greenness” is a bit reminiscent of under-ripe banana, and that’s okay with me. It didn’t turn my stomach even at this early hour. This one’s a win with me.

Preparation
Boiling
ashmanra

Candy banana! Yum! are the foamy things a candy called Circus Peanuts? And why are they peanut shaped when they are clearly banana flavored? My mom loved them, and when she was sick (cancer) the last few years of her life, I would pick up a bag for her whenever they had them by the register in stores. They are not always easy to find!

Scheherazade

As far as I can remember the ones I had were banana shaped, but then I live in the UK so maybe it’s different. I do remember raspberry/strawberry foam sweets shaped like shrimps, though!

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100

so i used up the rest of this sample.:) its lovely however, i don’t like the mouth full of matcha in the last gulp one gets when one uses the recommended ammount

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 tsp 250 OZ / 7393 ML
S.G. Sanders

Matcha pairs well with Strawberry/Banana smoothies.

S.G. Sanders

Also, you must whisk Matcha so much, that there shouldn’t be any clumps of Matcha left, if done right.

Kirkoneill1988

Yes it does. I also don’t have a wisk

S.G. Sanders

I use a fork as a whisk. Kind of similar to mixing eggs in a bowl, I suppose.

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100

Emperor’s matcha

Dry powder: grassy and sweet
https://www.instagram.com/p/BDqWXF8J48j/

usedf half a teaspoon.

Brewed tea: grassy and sweet.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BDqWk_kp49N/

Tasting the brewed tea: grassy and sweet.

All I can say is this tea is grassy and sweet! Lmao. I rate this tea a 100

http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/emperor-matcha-tea.html#.Vv6a3_krKM8

Many thanks to my dear friend Linda.

Bonus photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/BDqWQOrp48R/

Flavors: Grass, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 OZ / 250 ML

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75

See full review at: http://uncouthpalate.com/private-reserve-matcha-a23-red-leaf-tea/

This was my first experience with matcha and overall I give it a not bad. It seems like an affable intro to the matcha world and makes me want to keep exploring.

Flavors: Seaweed, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML

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In the world of Ark, I am very happy. Days of attempting to solo tame a Quetzal…probably one of the hardest to tame solo…and many fails, I finally realized it was not worth it, so I switched gears to massive resource gathering because I decided to trade for one. 2,000 metal ingots, 700 cementing paste and 400 obsidian later I ended up with a beautiful level 52 Quetzal with a platform saddle (I’m not even high enough level to make that yet) who is female so extra benefit of eggs. This is going to make things sooo much easier, even taming another Quetzal! On top of that I decided to dabble in breeding, using my perfect tame Pteranodon and my decently leveled other Pteranodon and ended up with a level 155 baby..aka a meat vacuum, because Ark babies are stupid hard.

This tea is all sorts of weird, mainly because I cannot seem to find anything out about it, no matter where I look. Granted this could be a fault in my searching, maybe I just don’t know the right terms, or maybe this is some sort of mysterious tea from the world of dragons. Looking at Red Leaf Tea’s Golden Dragon Feelers, a green tea that looks like it was run through a 90s era hair crimper. It is named such because it is thought they look like dragon whiskers, and they certainly are super cute. On close inspection, it really looks more like a white tea then a green, but considering I cannot find these anywhere in the blagosphere, I have to take the vendor’s word for it. The aroma is fascinating, it smells like yeasty biscuit dough, and a little like sourdough, with undertones of cooked sweet peas, but mostly it is all dough all the time. Honestly that is not at all what I was expecting from this light, fuzzy tea.

Brewing this tea brings out notes of yeasty dough, along with pepper, lima beans, and a touch of hops, it smells more like food than tea, it is very starchy and more on the savory side than sweet. The liquid is very light, distant notes of lima beans and honey blend with biscuits, I almost dipped my nose in the water in trying to pick up notes, but there is really not much going on.

The first steep is very light, in both taste and texture, it has a honey sweetness and a gentle mineral note that reminds me of drinking rain water. Underneath the honey notes is a lingering yeast quality that adds to the sweetness but also has a touch of sourdough. At the finish there is honey and lots of fuzzies, that is pretty much the extent of the mouthfeel other than warm and wet.

For the second steep, the aroma is mostly biscuits and honey, reminds me of growing up in the south, especially with the side note of lima beans. This steep has a little more going on, though it is still very light, and the mouthfeel is very light as well. Strong notes of raw honey and pollen with an accompaniment of biscuits and pie crust and a finish of lima beans. This tea is very starchy and has a sweet aftertaste. Not very nuanced but it is still tasty.

Third steep has the aroma of honey and biscuits, it has the taste of honey and biscuits. It is very light and is pretty much finished at this point.This tea is pretty but really kinda boring, I wish I knew more about it, but this tea is a mystery.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2016/03/red-leaf-tea-golden-dragon-feelers-tbt.html

Equusfell

We’re working on a Quetzl soon too! We only have two people, but that does really help. Also, good luck on that baby, haha, we couldn’t keep up with our first carno baby, but apparently they are going to Nerf the difficulty a little once breeding phase 2 is released.

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drank Tanabata Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2192 tasting notes

I have been missing having a bowl of matcha each day. Somehow I just haven’t made time for it. I am trying to stay off Prilosec, and that is going okay I suppose. I still have a lot of heartburn from the rebound effect but I am combating with as many milder measures as I can.

Red Leaf Tea posted a really neat video on Facebook today about how they make matcha and bamboo whisks and it reminded me how much I miss my afternoon bowl.

(I am also trying to get off blood pressure medicine and it has actually been almost too low lately. I am guessing the reflux meds left me magnesium deficient and caused high BP and now it is getting better. My doctor always my tea was raising my heart rate and blood pressure. Today proved him right.)

I made a double sized bowl of matcha today because I haven’t had it in so long and also wanted to see how it changed my blood pressure. It was really relaxing. I took a break, turned on some spa music, meditated, and sipped my tea. It was as good as I remembered. This is one of the smoothest I have tried and not at all bitter.

My BP did go up – I checked it before and after, so I will counter that by trying to exercise more around tea time. Exercise always brings it down and both tea and exercise are good for me, so win-win.

Jillian

I saw that video too, it was so cool!

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