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Well now that I have finished my exam and was finally able to go to the grocery store, I am celebrating having milk by having yet another glass of matcha! I wanted something creamy but not overly sweet and so I decided to go with peanut butter. It is smooth, creamy, nutty goodness and definitely hitting the spot as I package up some swaps :) Thank you Cavocorax!
I picked some of this up when it was 1/2 price on Red Tea Leaf’s website. The specifics of what I purchased are:
Flavor Level: Delicate
Size: Small (30g)
Grade: Classic (Basic Grade)
Buy it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/cookies-and-cream-matcha.html
I first tried this matcha when Cavocorax generously sent me a sample. From my very first sip, I knew that I wanted more of this flavor. Of course when I saw the matcha on sale for 50% off, I could not pass up the opportunity to buy some more. I also lucked out and was able to pick up some Bavarian Cream, a flavor I have wanted to try since discovering flavored matcha, at the same discount.
Anyways, when I opened the package, I was immediately in love with the smell. It has a very creamy scent with just a hint of the fudge-y chocolate cookie lingering in the mix. I was so excited to have a cup so I grabbed out my measuring spoon, my milk frother, and a glass. Of course I also needed my milk to make my drink complete.
I excitedly measured out 1/2 tsp of matcha and used my milk frother to combine it with 8 oz of cold milk, with just a hint of froth. I watched as the milk quickly took on a pale green color and released the decadent smell of cookies and cream.
Finally getting to drink my milky snack and I am definitely happy to announce that this is an oreo in a cup. It is amazingly creamy and that hint of chocolate cookie adds another level to the cup. Not to mention, it is matcha so it is definitely a guilt free treat. Yum!!
Holy moly this is phenomenal! I got a free packet of this through Red Leaf’s monthly sample offer. After my disappointing experience with Peppermint Matcha, I felt rather cautious about trying this out.
Oh my goodness, this is fabulous! It tastes incredibly creamy with just the right nudge of spice. I drank this as a hot latte, but am planning to try it cold as well, being that I don’t usually heat up regular eggnog anyways. There is a highly probably chance this will be one of my main Christmas beverage staples in the next couple weeks. Yum!
After having quite a few of Red Leaf’s matcha’s, I’m learning that some really do need a much stronger flavoring than delicate. Lesson learned.
Size: Large (60g)
Made with 8oz coconut milk, 1 tsp Truvia, and mixed with a chasen.
This smells like matcha to me out of the bag, even though I was hoping for something a bit more cocoa-like. Taste-wise, I wanted a whallop of chocolate flavoring, yet really only felt like it was somewhat cocoa-y at the very end of the cup, when it was more sweetened than the rest. I can tell it is a chocolate matcha, however I need to ramp this one up to robust next time. Good, and likely great with a different base or flavoring.
This is my first real dessert type flavoured matcha. I have been sticking to mostly the single fruit flavours or the flavours like French vanilla, etc. So this is my first “complicated” matcha, being of more than one flavour.
The dry tea smells nutty. Like nutty peanut butter. There is definitely a pastry smell to the dry matcha. I made this cold shaken in a water bottle. 1tsp for 8 oz cold water. At first I could taste chocolate notes. Not quite milk chocolate, maybe a bit of dark chocolate but still sweet. Almost like dark chocolate chips. Then I could taste the nuttiness. It is definitely peanut but I would not say it was peanut butter. It was missing that smooth butter part. The liquor, even though it was cold shaken, felt thick. There seemed to be a bit of a spice taste, maybe nutmeg or something. I added a bit of white sugar to sweeten it up a bit, but it was actually quite sweet on its own. I would compare this one to a peanut butter cup, more than a peanut butter pie. I think this one would be delicious as a latte as well.
This one was robust flavour, basic grade.
You can find this matcha here:http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/peanut-butter-matcha.html
I’ve been wanting to explore some of Red Leaf Tea’s different matcha flavors, and decided that peppermint would be a fun one to try. After much deliberation on what level of flavor intensity to get, I settled on the distinct.
Upon opening the package this afternoon, I was bombarded with the intense smell of authentic peppermint. So far so good. I whipped up a hot latte and added some sugar, since I thought the sweetness might brighten up the peppermint.
Wow! This is incredibly silky, decadent, and savory. The peppermint flavoring tastes like liquid candy canes. Seriously, an incredibly yummy treat. I would give this matcha a higher rating, but I am having one slight issue. Although I do absolutely adore peppermint anything, I don’t necessarily love it blended with the matcha here, because of the way it’s affecting the overall flavor. CHAroma likened the matcha taste to that of a dandelion, and I have to agree. Blegh.
This has definitely been a fun tea to try out, but I am slightly disappointed with the peppermint not blending as well as I had imagined. I guess I will just try to incorporate this into some sort of baking project, since I can’t seem to get past drinking a peppermint-dandelion tea. (unless someone wants to try this in a swap, it may taste better blended with another matcha?) Someone please tell me that the rest of Red leaf’s flavored matcha’s aren’t this odd tasting!
I received a sample of this from Cavocorax. Thanks, Cavo!
It… tastes like butter. It smells like toasted buttery caramel, but tastes like butter.
IDK tea-peeps. I thought I would be OK with hot almond milk and matcha powder, but this isn’t working for me right now.
(1 scoop matcha powder, 2 oz 160F water, 8 oz unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 tsp sugar)
I loved the Cheesecake green matcha, and I’m not sure exactly why I chose to order it in the black tea Matcha, but I’m glad I did, because it’s a winner. I like it even better than the green tea version. The black tea is a perfect complement with the sweet, creamy cheesecake flavors.
Sweet, creamy, and decadent. The black tea seems to enhance the tangy flavors of the cream cheese. Really, really yum!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/09/16/cheesecake-flavored-black-tea-matcha-red-leaf-tea/
So I bought this a long while ago because I love the caramel matcha. And then I didn’t open it for forever because I’d lost the scoop that I’d purchased with it. A couple of days ago I tried some conversion tables and found out that 15g that is the serving size is just a tablespoon and then I felt stupid for a while. Today I have milk so I made myself a hot latte. It is below freezing outside and I do not keep the heat above 60 inside so a cold latte is not in the cards.
This is…sweeter than I usually take it, I think. I’ve been avoiding matcha for a while for whatever reason so I can pick up a bit of bitterness that is probably just my tongue having adjusted back to mostly soda and juice rather than tea for a while. I’m sure I’ll get it back soon. Other than that, this is quite tasty and easy to make, although really not that much easier than just regular caramel matcha so I’m not sure I’ll buy it again as the matchaccino form. Still, glad that I purchased.
Mixed up with coconut/almond milk blend, and added 1 tsp Truvia. The milk wasn’t cold, so perhaps that’s my issue – because something tastes off here. Granular? Not as caramel-y as I’d expected? It’s weird.
Holding off on reviewing any more than this until I know I can do it justice.
The only milk we had in our apartment today was Vanilla Almond milk and given the snow storm outside, I did not feel like venturing out to get some regular milk so today I used almond milk to make my matcha. Apparently that was the key to finding the vanilla flavoring (granted I am not sure how strong the vanilla flavor is in the plain milk) because this cup is vanilla overload. It is like drinking a creamy, liquefied vanilla bean and I have not determined if that is a good or bad thing in this case. Nonetheless, thank you Sil for sharing this sample with me! I think in the near future I will be placing a Red Leaf Order and getting some French Vanilla so it will be interesting to finally get to compare the two.
WOW! a BIG thank you to Sil for this sample!!!
i have had two contributors to my matcha experiences….. MissB and Sil. MissB’s were also red leaf, but i tried them hot. not sure why, but i decided to go the opposite way with Sil’s…. and a good call it was!
i’m not sure if it’s an acclimation to matcha, or a normal matcha newbie stage, but i really prefer it cold. this was awesomely smooth, a beautiful vanilla flavour…. not false, not cloying. i will absolutely buy this flavour from red leaf. THANK YOU SIL! as well thank you MissB….. for me matcha seems to be a process of elimination as to how i like it, lol.
maybe i’ll wind up heating it gradually? =0)
Size: Large (60g)
Made with 8oz of coconut milk, added 1tsp Truvia, mixed with a chasen.
Oh, how I wanted to love this. An ex used to make his own Irish Cream, and I since I’ve sworn off many of the things used to make this boozy treat, I’ve been looking for a replacement for many years now.
Out of the bag, this smells buttery. That’s really all I get. Mixed up, I also smell butter, and tasting it (initially) is just creamy, buttery matcha as well. Once I get down to the bottom of the bowl however and I see how poorly I mixed the sweetener, I can tell it’s Irish Cream. Tangy Irish Cream, even if I have to reach for it a bit.
If I try this again, it’ll be with a different base (black?) and a higher flavor profile.
(mine is black tea base, delicate flavor)
And more matcha……
I think what turned me off about matcha in the first place was that I could not make myself crave green tea. I have tried some wonderful green teas, but I was always choosing my black teas in the stash over the green. Always. For that reason, I stopped trying to like it. When Red Leaf offered their free samples, I noticed they offered a black base. When I saw that they were offering a great deal on French Vanilla flavor for Black Friday, I figured it was as good a time as any to try the black version along with my free samples of the green.
I have tried this one whisked in hot water (never again)and prepared as a frappe the same as we do the green flavored matcha. My comparison is for the two prepped the same way. Compared to the green base, this one is roastier. I do catch more of a roasted earthiness where the green base just reads as fresh and frothy. I do like the French Vanilla flavoring, and know it will be purchased in green form at some point. My son really liked this one. I am very glad I purchased this. It will definitely be consumed by myself or my son, the tea and coffee drinkers of the family, but I know my daughter won’t like it. She is better off with the green version. Still, for us, I do think it needs a jump in the amount of flavoring. I can now confirm that the extra cost for the black base is not worth it for me. Is it wrong that I think I will try adding it to hot cocoa next?
I am reserving officially rating this for when I have the green based version, but for the black based version, I give it a 75. I will drink it up, but not rebuy in this form.
The matcha experiment continues. I did order the December free sample, too. Thank you Red Leaf for doing this promotion. I am looking forward to trying other flavors and have no issues with paying shipping for my free sample. Comments on that: I did notice that the Eggnog sample was a little smaller than the Caramel sample. To me, this is not a big deal at all because the purpose of the samples is that the customer can try a flavor before they buy, not drink matcha every day for three weeks…. I hope Red Leaf can work this out to be a sustainable and profitable program.
As for my little experimentation: I was surely thinking that I would like black matcha best. I was completely wrong as I seriously prefer the green. I will have to play around a little more with my French Vanilla Black Matcha before doing a review. I am not sorry I purchased it, though. It was part of the great deals for Black Friday, so I got a small size at a discount. I have also determined that we would probably like just a little more flavor. Yes, we. My son loves this and is looking forward to trying more flavors. Now to get my daughter, the non-coffee and non-tea drinker to give it a try in the frappe form.
The Eggnog flavor itself is good. Since we seem to like the frappe preperation, I think flavors that lend themselves to good milkshake flavors will probably be huge winners.
Thanks again to Red Leaf Tea!
My matcha was composed of the following:
Size : Small
Matcha Quality: Starter (Basic Grade)
I ordered this flavour on a whim. I like macademia nuts, and i love praline flavours…so i figured what the heck. Red Leaf has been good to us and I also wanted to try some of the flavours that didn’t seem to pop up as much.
Opening this, there’s a strong macadamia nut flavour, with faint undertones of a bit of a chemical smell. I opted to drink this as a latte simply to add some creaminess to the taste. Matcha lattes with redleaf are my favourite! i rarely drink them straight unless it’s just to see if the flavours taste better because i haven’t liked it as a latte flavour.
Final verdict on this? It tastes like the nut, but it’s missing the caramel praline flavour that would be perfect with this taste! There’s no bitterness to this but i REALLY was hoping for a different flavour to come off. I almost felt like i could have just been drinking the macadamia nut matcha that red leaf also has. After i added a bit of sugar to this, it helped a little bit to draw the flavour out a little more, but i’m not a fan of having to add sweetner to my teas and matcha. Overall not bad, but there are others i like WAY more!
Try as I may, I cannot seem to pull out the Irish Cream flavor. No matter what I do, I feel as though I am just drinking an exceptionally creamy cup of milk. Today I got a particular thick and creamy mouth feel but still lacked the flavor. Oh well, it was still a tasty treat.
Wow. This is by far the most unusual tasting and difficult-to-review tea I’ve ever tried.
Size: 60g (Large)
Mixed with 8oz coconut milk and 2tsp Truvia, mixed with a chasen.
This is very strongly scented; my 5-year-old even recognized it instantly as chewy pink bubblegum. It mixes easily, and tasted just okay without sweetener. With sweetener however, holy moly. It’s like I’m drinking pink chewy bubblegum, including that chewy mouthfeel. Really a challenge to describe, and again my son commented that it was like drinking bubblegum. For me, this is a weird concept my brain couldn’t wrap around… I’m so used to spitting out gum when it’s done. Drinking something that tastes identical to it? Uh… brain confused.
Having said that, it is a perfect replica. It tastes a bit chemically, however so does bubblegum to me. I’ve already finished the cup, and I can still smell it.
Would I recommend this? Definitely, at no more than delicate level, and only if you truly love the chewy pink stuff. I like bubblegum, however I think I’d prefer chewing it to drinking it? I’m still so confused. High marks because it really is an excellent replica.
First taste of matcha….
I have to admit, the free sample offering at Red Leaf Tea put me over the edge on finally giving matcha a try. Unfortunately, their offer was such a good deal that there were a few hiccups in processing. No fear, because I picked up a black tea matcha (what do you really call this?) during Black Friday and asked that she include my caramel free sample from November when she shipped my order. I am generally a black tea drinker, and thought I needed to give the black tea version a try, too, as I am not generally one to like green tea much, even though I really wanted to.
Call me thoroughly impressed. I made a frappe version in my mini-blender with milk, ice, and just a little bit of sweetener. It did not taste bad without the sweetener, it is just that it tasted fantastic with it. I very much appreciated the clear instructions on how to prepare the matcha that were included with the free sample. I think I have found a way I can love green tea! Huzzah! Thank you, Red Leaf! You have won another customer.
Some jerkwad decided it would be funny to pull the fire alarm at 6am, and we didn’t get back in until 6:30. Took me forever to fall back asleep, and accidentally slept until 1:30. AHH! I just finished writing over two craptacular pages for my paper and decided, finally, at nearly 5:30pm to have my first cup of tea today.
I ordered this with the “There’s Matcha in There?!” level of flavouring, basic grade. The matcha is mossy green in colour and smells slightly honey-ish, but not like bee pollen, really.
I combined the matcha with a teaspoon of honey and half a cup of milk, and am sitting here enjoying this hot. I know the honey will compromise the flavour, but I’ve actually had it plain before, and the bee pollen flavouring is ultra mild. I think it’s here for its health benefits more than anything else.