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I have done the unthinkable for me…….I tried this shaken up in water. It is not as fantastic as a latte, but it still works! I am pleasantly surprised! Lots of spiciness with a hint of pumpkin. Mine is a small with robust flavoring.
1/2 tsp in about 8 oz water. I will be doing this again and trying it with my other flavors.

(I just noticed that the amount of tea must be at least 1 tsp. in the “How much tea and water did you use?” section. I think that placeholder there needs to be formatted to not round numbers….it rounded my 0.5 tsp to 0 no matter how I entered it.)

Preparation
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drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
356 tasting notes

Sipdown (119)! Ok, so after seeing posts about almond milk both here on Steepster and on other sites, I decided to go for it and buy unsweetened vanilla almond milk. First, I tasted the milk on its own, and I don’t think I’m a fan. It tastes kind of weak. Maybe because it’s unsweetened? Anyhow, I mixed this matcha in there and shook it about to see if I liked it better than matcha in regular milk. It still wasn’t really my style. The matcha had a sharp, grassy/seaweedy flavor that was matched with an artificial sweetness from the cheesecake flavoring. Not my favorite combo by far. At least now I can read others’ tasting notes about flavored matchas and not feel too sad that I’m missing out.

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MY WELLIES ARE HERE! I went out to check the mail 15 minutes ago, and they weren’t here and it was NOT raining. Then, not 5 minutes later I heard the UPS truck pull up and I flew outside and it was raining and they had arrived!

I’m going outside to play in the rain in my new wellies!

Here they are: http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/8538D85D-CB04-4742-8726-74C40B80A827_zpskaqtyead.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

Oh, and this tea is awesome.

Suziqzer

Don’t you love that you could have worn them in the rain going out to get them?… How ironic. Have fun getting them muddy!

I’ve seen several posts about people liking the peanut butter matcha… must be a good one.

Courtney

Haha thanks! I much prefer this one to the straight Peanut Butter matcha myself, but that’s personal preference. :)

Veronica

Nice! Have fun jumping in the puddles!

caile

Ooh, nice!

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Sadly, this one I didn’t enjoy. I tried it both as a hot milk matcha latte and a cold matcha milk to no avail. The flavours upset my stomach. I’m not a huge fan of popcorn as it is, so perhaps that played a part. I’m not sure I could completely differentiate the flavours, but it struck me as more super sweet, borderline ‘burnt’ caramel/butter mix.

Thanks for the sample VariaTEA! Another matcha to leave for those who do love it in the future. :)

This is a sample sipdown too, the first one of the day eep.

VariaTEA

Oh no. I am sorry you didn’t enjoy it but at least now you know :)

Courtney

Exactly! If they were all winners, I would have a seriously problem haha. I appreciate the sample. :)

Stephanie

Now I dunno if I should try it or not. Dilemma!

VariaTEA

lol I definitely understand. Sometimes I am thankful when I don’t like a tea because it means spending less money

Courtney

You may love it Stephanie! Everyone else really seemed to, plus we don’t always have the same tea tastes.

That’s exactly it VariaTEA haha.

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95
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
140 tasting notes

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I really enjoy this tea. It truly is more a dessert than a tea. This time I mixed mine with Silk Light Almond milk. Yummy!

Sami Kelsh

This sounds stunningly gorgeous. Mmmmmmm.

carol who

It really is!

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75

I needed something to warm me up… I know it’s spring but I just had a post workout smoothie and my hair is still wet from my shower and I’m ccccccold.

So I made some of this, hot latte style.

I am bumping up my rating a bit from 67, ‘cause though it’s not my fave of the ones I’ve tried, it’s still good. And definitely mapley. T’is the season! When in Rome!

I also turned on the heat, because this is canada, yo.

Courtney

Ooh, I can’t wait to try this one.

whatshesaid

I bet you will enjoy it!

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89

This is quite strong and is quite perfumey, but I love EG and this is no exception.
It does taste luxurious with my whole milk and stevia, but for curiosity sake,
I would like to try it hot as well.

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Interesting flavor, the best way to describe it is similar to a caramel almond butter type flavor.

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80

I woke up and really wanted something refreshing and cool, but alas I didn’t have enough milk to make another matcha milk! So I went with matcha soda, although the only carbonated water I had was coconut flavored. The combination is surprisingly good! I get a little coconut flavor at first, but then the buttery/nutty flavor of this matcha comes through and actually blends pretty nicely. Kind of like a macaroon? But not really.

Flavors: Butter, Nuts

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drank Cola Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1211 tasting notes

I was attempting to feed my brother because, apparently, one of the duties of hosting is actually feeding the minors in your care. He wouldn’t pick what he wanted to eat, though so I jokingly said that if he didn’t pick then I’d just feed him straight, powdered green tea.

That resulted in each of us having a small spoonful of this one straight. No water, no milk, nothing…

Ick. Yuck. Never. Again.

whatshesaid

That sounds like a horrible idea! Like that silly cinnamon trick….I hope you were drunk when it happened!, haha

Spencer

Does the Cola matcha indeed taste like Coca-cola?

VariaTEA

Nooo. That is a bad plan. Although a good way to quickly use up some matcha.

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81

So I think I prefer Peanut Butter Pie mochi to French Vanilla mochi, though both are good. This one, compared to French Vanilla is sweeter as a lot of the “pie” elements come out. Also, there is a nice creaminess to the taste (if that makes any sense). What I am not getting is peanut butter but it is still very delicious.

Tealizzy

I like how autocorrect changed matcha to mochi! Lol! We should have a mochi tea!!

VariaTEA

Nope, that was intentional. I made mochi using the matcha.

Tealizzy

Oh, nice!! :)

Isaila

I want matcha mochi.

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100

My roommate and I were preparing bibimbap for Game of Thrones night and I was talking to her about matcha sodas. I asked if she wanted to try one and she said yes. Then when I asked what flavor she said I should decide and well, matcha soda sort of turned into Caramel Popcorn Matcha milk because it is something I think everyone should try and since she didn’t want too much caffeine, the matcha was actually mostly for me. However, her one sip turned into a few more because this is just too tasty to pass up.

Marzipan

What’s your recipe when making it into a soda?

VariaTEA

1/2 tsp matcha, a bit of warm-hot water to dissolve the matcha (about 1 oz) and then fill the rest of the glass with carbonated water/club soda.

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70

Homemade French vanilla mochi stuffed with fresh taro. Yum!

Stephanie

Wow awesome! I’ve made mochi before but never with taro!

VariaTEA

We made French Vanilla, Peanut Butter Pie, and Bavarian Cream. It was surprisingly easy minus having to roll the mochi while it was still incredibly hot.

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90

I have been lucky enough to receive some yummy matchas from swaps lately. I didn’t understand why people would make spreadsheets for their tea. Well, now I understand! I have no idea who sent me some of these teas. Why did think I would remember? But who ever sent me the next couple teas that I log… well, thank you very much! :D
I made the Cookies and Cream Matcha as a latte with 1 tsp. in 6 oz cold lite soy milk with a couple ice cubes. I added a touch of stevia. Blend and , whoa! What I nice dessert. Very satisfying and refreshing. The cookie and cream flavor is gentle and i would probably like it a little more in my face, but I would recommend it to all dessert drinkers. It really worked as a sweet treat for my dieting. I still have to be careful about the calories in the soy milk, but at least it’s nutritious. I lost another 4.2 pounds in the last two weeks.(total, drum role… 24.6 pounds!!)

Flavors: Cocoa, Cream

Marzipan

Have you tried almond? I think it’s Almond Breeze that is incredibly low cal.

carol who

I bought some Almond Breeze today and you are right… it’s good and less calories!

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80

This is my first matcha milk and I am liking it! A LOT. While I wouldn’t say that it really tastes like toffee, there is a very nice buttery component to it with a hint of nuttiness. I will definitely be ordering more matchas from Red Leaf, although maybe not this one. It’s good, it just didn’t blow my socks off. Thanks for the preparation instructions, Marzipan!

Marzipan

I highly recommend the caramel one.

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85

I attempted to whisk this into cold water when I got home from work, and I say “attempted” because no matter how long or vigorously I did it I couldn’t get a lot of the large lumps out. I know I could have strained it before hand but I really don’t like the extra time that takes when whisking normally does a good enough job.

However, it still tasted pretty decent; lots of creamy pumpkin tastes and then more spice than I recall there being last time – but still nice overall. I almost wished I had made up a larger cup of it, but then I would accidentally bite a lump of matcha and the taste would be icky and I’d change my mind.

In other news, I brought one of the two work phones home with me tonight. Oops. Hopefully it’s not still in range and I don’t get people calling me all day tomorrow asking stupid questions like “what time are you open until” and “do you carry ball point pens?”. And I don’t work again until Thursday…

So, there’s that.

VariaTEA

For some reason I find the Pumpkin Pie matcha just doesn’t blend as well as other matchas.

CelebriTEA

This is kinda a sad note for me…I love the “regular” pumpkin teas &
I was seriously considering pumpkin matcha, but not if it clumps like that…
All I need is to bite into a big clump and wanna barf.. lol…
Thanks for this note!

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I made another cold matcha and waited for the right moment to finally crack this bad boy open. I have been craving watching Skyfall for the last few hours, but instead I’ve been diligently working on my conservation cue cards. This is my treat.

It’s very similar to Peanut Butter, but for some reason my mind has decided I’m actually enjoying this one. Maybe because it’s delicate? I feel the Peanut Butter may have been distinctive (note go back and check). Either way, I’ll be ordering more of this in the future.

Also, in less than a week now (by a few hours), we will be in Vancouver! I think I have my list of teas to pick up complete.

VariaTEA

What are you going to get in Vancouver?!? Divine Temptation? Creme Brulee?

Courtney

Bayswater: Creamy Rhubarb, Creamy Coconut, Creme Brulee, & Divine Temptation
Steam Tea: Canadian Maple Seduction (LOTS) & Fresh Bamboo Mint

If I make it to Granville Island Tea Co. I’ll pick up some Market Spice. :)

VariaTEA

OMG Canadian Maple Seduction! Another tasty choice :)

Courtney

Would you like me to get you some? :)

VariaTEA

That is a very kind offer but I think I am okay for now.

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drank Cola Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
605 tasting notes

Well, this one is a bit bizarre. Added to this is that this is my first matcha soda and I’m not a fan of carbonation, but besides that it is just weird.

Is that licorice? It’s reminiscent of cola, but also not. I don’t really know what to say about this one.

Thanks for the sample VariaTEA! Yet another matcha flavour down.

I’m also happy I have a cup of Dolce Vita steeping away haha.

VariaTEA

I got licorice too but I have no idea why that would be.

Courtney

It was bizarre haha. Almost medicinal licorice too. I think it’s safe to say that one won’t have a home in my cupboard. :P

Stephanie

The thought of this one creeps me out

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80
drank Eggnog Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1374 tasting notes

Tasty, tasty matcha soda a la Roswell Strange. Yum!

Courtney

Since you sent me Cola, I think perhaps a matcha soda may be in order.

VariaTEA

I warn you, Cola matcha was weird. I passed it along because I had no idea how to deal with it.

Roswell Strange

I find Cola weird too… Oddly I think I liked it better in milk?

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80

So I have realy slacked when it came to my matchas recently and I have quite a bit so that is not a good plan. Consequently, while brewing up some tea, I decided to have a tasty cup of matcha milk. Creamy and delicious. Yum!

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I’m really digging the hot matcha lattes. Almond milk is so freaking creamy that way! This matcha is nice, but it’s more of a hint of strawberry, rather than a definite strawberry. Maybe I need to up my flavor level to robust from now on. Anyway, it’s still creamy and delicious!

Lariel

That sounds delicious!

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95
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1100 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.
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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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