Red Leaf Tea

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When I first started seeing fluorescent-green matcha drinks on the internet, I was admittedly quite skeptical. Green tea in general had always ranked lower than my prized Earl Grey, and the sugar-laden matcha latte I tried at starbucks left me perplexed more than anything else.
But the more I read about the health benefits and energy boost matcha could provide, the more I wanted to give it a chance.
Enter Red Leaf Tea.
After seeing all the flavors offered and the fantastic reviews on this very site, I decided to order the much-lauded caramel matcha in the “special blend”.
Order specs:
Size : 30g
Matcha Quality: Classic (Basic Grade)
Matcha Type: Organic
Flavor: Distinctive

Immediately when I opened the packet, the aroma of caramel poured out. I might have stood there sniffing my tea for a good minute, it was so deliciously scented. A promising start.
In a very non-traditional way, I prepared my matcha in my bullet blender, before adding ice to fight the summer heat. The tea foamed nicely, not too much, and the bubbles resided a bit with the addition of ice. And of course, the signature green color!
At the first sip, I was in heaven. How could it be so sweet without any sweetener added? The rich and buttery caramel flavor was like a dessert, and the faint vegetal undertones of the matcha were surprisingly well suited to the caramel flavor. Even my roommate, who is most definitely not a fan of tea, wanted to give it a try, and confessed that she enjoyed it quite a bit!
I will absolutely be buying more. Rather soon, I fear, for that 30g packet, while it has lasted for many cups, is going far faster than I’d anticipated.
I highly recommend this tea!
To buy it for yourself, order here:
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/caramel-matcha.html#.U9iwc4BdXCU

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Sweet

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86
drank Hazelnut Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
170 tasting notes

Thank you Dinosara for sending this to me. I love nuts, and I especially love hazelnuts. When I smelled this, I knew I was going to like it. It smell sweet and nutty and almost like a dessert. I made it up latte style with milk and a bit of sweetener, and it was delicious. Sweet and nutty and creamy and mouth watering.

The hazelnut is the star of the show here, but that doesn’t mean that the matcha doesn’t make an appearance.

This is a new favorite flavor for matchas, and I can only imagine how decadent this would be blended with a bit of cocoa powder, or even chocolate chip ice cream.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dinosara

FYI, this is actually on their black matcha base!

Mandy

That explains so much! xD

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86
drank Hazelnut Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
170 tasting notes

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90
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1588 tasting notes

Breakfast is getting so much easier now that my 13 month old daughter has been adamant about feeding herself messily with a spoon! I can enjoy a cup of tea every morning while she eats her yogurt.

I had opened this up last night and enjoyed it so much that I had it again this morning. I made this with just milk! I heated the milk and added 1.5 heaping teaspoons of caramel matcha and 1 teaspoon of sugar. MmmMmmMmmmmm! The light green frothy brew was delicious. The caramel and orange come through in a gentle manner. The creaminess and sweetness add to this delicious breakfast. Again… dessert for breakfast? I can’t argue with that! I love this tea. I have to make this matcha with just plain hot water next time. I am sure it tastes equally good!

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Orange

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93

So, I really really love RLT’s flavoured matcha – and of all the different kinds I own this is probably the most versatile: I’ve successfully used it cold shaken in water, whisked into cold milk, in smoothies and milkshakes, and as a matcha soda. No matter how I use it the flavour remains distinctly juicy pineapple. Tonight, I went with matcha soda.

Here’s my recipe:

1.5 tsp. of matcha disolved into about 2 oz. of hot water
1 tsp. of sugar
1 can of club soda

Interestingly, as a matcha soda I find that the pineapple, while retaining some of the natural taste it has, becomes a little bit more like candied pineapple, and in the case of this particular batch it tasted just a little bit like bubble gum – but I enjoyed how different that was, and the added element/dimension it brought to the flavour. It is also possible the added sweetness was more from the added sugar; typically I do not ad d any sweetner to any of my tea, the matcha soda being the exception because I find the sweetner is needed to combat the taste of the club soda.

Just a friendly reminder if you’re gonna go the match soda route; remember to occasionally stir it a little bit because otherwise any matcha that didn’t properly dissolve will end up sitting on the bottom and your last few sips will be really, really concentrated!

And that, folks, is the last of my epic, long as fuck queue – so I can finally go to sleep now, and start fresh tomorrow without any backlog! Hooray! I feel like I’ve accomplished so much.

Flavors: Pineapple

Cavocorax

That sounds intriguing….

Kaylee

I love this idea and am slightly scared of it at the same time.

Sil

i love this matcha…pineapple lifesaver goodness

Roswell Strange

I’ve had weired matcha sodas, Kaylee! Cheesecake and Pumpkin Pie are the first odd ones that come to mind, and I guess Eggnog. I liked all of them – but this is probably the best one (or maybe Bananas & Cream). And yes Sil! In fact, it’s because of you I fell in love with this one ;)

Sil

Not that I’m off my matcha kick a little…this is the one I most miss….

Sil

Er not = now

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55

Sipdown (135/142)!

Of course it would take until the last time having this for me to finally taste it. Ugh.

To prepare I made the last of what I had (around a tbsp) into a milkshake! I used one frozen banana, a cup of milk, and took scoops of Greek frozen vanilla yogurt with the matcha – all blended together.

It was really good; the banana was definitely a strong flavour but I actually tasted the matcha almost equally, which really surprised me given the fact I’ve always struggled to taste this flavour of matcha. It was creamy, and pudding-like, and even a faint bit lemony just like any Bavarian Cream I’ve had “in real life”. It was a pretty good milkshake, and I enjoyed a couple cups worth of it!

A nice way to finish this one off.

Flavors: Cream, Lemon, Vanilla

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85

Backlog:

I wasn’t really sure what a sea buckthorn was until I did a little search on wiki about it. It’s a berry with lots of health benefits. But really, I didn’t order this Sea Buckthorn Matcha because of health benefits, I ordered it mostly out of curiosity. I didn’t think I’d ever encounter a sea buckthorn in the produce section of my local market, so I figured, hey … this is a chance to try something I probably won’t have the opportunity to try otherwise. Right?

It’s tart with notes of citrus-like flavor toward the finish. I described it in my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/27/sea-buckthorn-flavored-matcha-red-leaf-tea/ as a lemon, a lime, and a berry had a love child.

It’s a bright and flavorful Matcha, and I enjoyed it. My specs for this Matcha were the classic grade with distinctive level of flavoring. If I were to order this in the future, I’d probably go with the delicate flavoring because I think I’d want more Matcha taste in it.

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drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
678 tasting notes

I had this one as a matcha milk last night. It was surprisingly tasty considering almonds are not my favourite thing as a general rule.

It had a natural sweetness to it that hinted at almond abstract, but not nearly as strong. It came across almost like a sweetened almond milk with a hint of matcha.

I don’t need it in my cupboard, but I wouldn’t turn down a cup.

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40

tried this with sugar…… still not too good :( i tried stirring well and using less matcha etc.

will not do a full review and i am bumping down the points 50 —> 40

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90

Whisked into cold milk with maraschino cherry syrup (and cherries) added. Pretty good; definitely sweet. I could have blended better; there were lumps at the bottom of the cup. Oh well.

I’ve gotten the “art” of tying a cherry stem with my tongue down to about 20 seconds or less now though; hoping I have the opportunity to show off to Tyrell soon…

Regardless, at least I know a really cool party trick now, though!

Stephanie

lol, that is badass!

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80

Time to blow through some tasting notes!

Apparently I’m getting in the routine of letting a small queue of backlogged reviews pile up and then mass posting them. Oops? I’ve been lounging around the house all day (it’s my day off, and Tyrell wanted to go to the gym today so nothing for me to do but marathon Drop Dead Dive and drink tea all day), but now I feel like writing.

Kinda.

I don’t feel like writing a lot – but I want to get my reviews posted.

This one. I’m really close to a sipdown with it, and I’ve tried it in a lot of different ways and enjoyed it, but maybe not loved it. I figured, why not push things a little a try it in an even crazier, “out there” method. Matcha Soda!

1 tsp. of Matcha
About 2 oz. of hot water to dissolve the matcha
A can of Club Soda
1 tsp. of Sugar

Yeah, it was pretty strange. I made it in my leaky timolino (I have the one I usually use for work, and then another that’s missing the plastic seal and leaks when it’s closed) and just drank it all during my walk to work so I didn’t have to worry about it leaking in my backpack or the carbonation fizzing stuff up or whatever. It tasted like Pumpkin Pie and Nutmeg but was so stupidly weird. Also, it went flat really fast…

Good though. Again, I didn’t love it, but it was an experience.

Flavors: Graham, Nutmeg, Pumpkin, Sugar

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I thought the idea sounded great I love oreos but not this. As wonderful as chocolate tea sounds it is not for me, taste chemically fake. I forget I’m a little picky with real chocolate also.

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Not too good of a tea, :( it is kind of bitter. could use some sugar :)

Flavors: Hazelnut, Nuts, Nutty

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML
Indigobloom

Try using cooler water, and whisking for longer. Sometimes bitterness is caused by not enough mixing!

Kirkoneill1988

Oh, ok. I will keep that in mind. Maybe I should use less tea?

Indigobloom

That is another option to try as well. I’d go with whisking more first. Like when you whisk eggs, you know it is almost ready when the foam starts to build

Kirkoneill1988

i don’t have a whisker so i have to use a spoon lol. i live in a lodging home :P

Indigobloom

Ohhhh I see. In that case, do you have a mesh sieve that you can filter the matcha through? this will help reduce clumps and bitterness

Indigobloom

Also, try putting the matcha into a waterbottle with just a little water in it, and shake. Then add more water (as much as you need for it to taste good, so add a little at a time)

Kirkoneill1988

thankyou for the advice :)

Indigobloom

Good luck!

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I had no idea what to expect with this one. Part of my cringed at adding it to milk, but I wasn’t sure why.

I just cracked open my matcha milk in it’s mason jar and bizarrely enough it tastes just like something at Lush smells. It may be my “Honey I Washed The Kids” soap bar. Fascinating.

Not bad, but not something I need to stock.

Cameron B.

Maple matcha sounds like it would be amazing as a hot latte! Yum.

Courtney

I’m more than happy to send some along if you’re interested :)

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83

My first sipdown in SOOOOOO long!
I’ve been busy with Disney okay haha.

But thank you QueenOfTarts for sending me a huge sample of this. I think I was able to get like 5 cups!! I love it so much and I definitely cut a ton of corners with this tea. If I know I need energy to last me through the day, I just throw it and some vanilla almond milk into my timolino and then I’m out the door :)


In other news, I worked a 6am to 1pm shift today and as I was driving home, I decided to grab some chipotle. I was already getting a lot of stares since I was still in costume. The lady at the counter told me to have a nice day, and I responded with “Thanks! And you have a magical day as well!!” ha. IT HAS BEGUN.

yyz

It’s funny how easy some things become habitual. One of my jobs where we always greeted and thanked/ goodbye to guests was like that. You would rotate between phrases. When we had a contract in another country, I quickly found out that one of those phrases had a completely different meaning;).

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75

this is an OK tea, though the mushroom taste could be a tad bit stronger for the basic quality :(

Flavors: Mushrooms

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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83

Backlog from last week from when I worked a super long shift and was still not used to everything Disney! This is such a quick tea bc I’m lazy haha. I literally just measure like a tablespoon of this into my timolino and pour cold vanilla almond milk on top and just shake it as much as I want all day long! I love this tea tons :)

Kayla

Does adding milk and shaking only work with the “matchaccino” blends? I know next to nothing about matcha but I think it would be a wonderful thing to start my mornings off with or have when I need a boost in the afternoons.

carol who

I use regular matcha in almond milk with a bit of chocolate stevia or hazelnut stevia. Awesome! I think the difference between matcha and matchaccino is sugar.

Kayla

Thanks! I don’t think I have the space to buy the utensils to make matcha the traditional way but I LOVE the idea of adding some almond milk, shaking, and heading out the door.

jump62359

I read a thing from Red Leaf that they put something in their matchaccinos that helps it froth more. And you need to use nearly 3times as much matcha!
In my head, I feel like the shaking bit would froth it up a bit, while if I did it with regular matcha it’d stay flat.
My brain just has weird logic, that’s all ahha

Kayla

Thanks :)

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88

This is delicious! And very interesting. Some sips are caramel first, popcorn after, some sips are popcorn first, caramel after, and some sips are one or the other with matcha after. Regardless it’s very clearly what it’s supposed to be and absolutely delicious. Despite its sweet name it manages not to taste too sugary. In fact, because of the popcorn flavor it toes the line between sweet and savory and manages to do so beautifully.

As usual I’m having this with milk, which I’ve found I prefer for most Red Leaf matchas. It’s just so good! I’m sad I didn’t try this just a little sooner because I could have snapped a larger size up while it was on sale, but..! Oh well, next time.

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100

I bought this a while back when it was on sale (options: classic, regular, distinctive), and have only just now gotten around to really trying it. I wanted to have a few cups of it before I wrote a review, but I think I can honestly say this is my favorite passion fruit flavored…anything that I’ve ever had (outside of a real passion fruit, that is!). From what I’ve seen it’s one of the hardest fruit flavors to imitate, and this matcha does it very well.

When mixed up with milk, this is smooth and creamy. The fruit flavor is tastes real and balances beautifully with the matcha, and the matcha sweetens the fruit and keeps it from being too tart—the only problem I sometimes have with passion fruit flavored things. I have not yet tried this mixed up with water, but I like the consistency of it with milk so much that I might not try it with water at all. It’s a little bit like deconstructed ice cream, and it’s a little bit addictive.

If you want to try this one for yourself, it’s here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/passion-fruit-matcha.html#.U8E36Kgt0us

As a side note, I have found a solution to clumpy matcha drinks: a cheap hand-pump milk frother. It’s much easier to deal with than the blender for making matcha every day, and I’ve found it wakes me up much better than black tea.

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85

Cold shaken in icy water to help with breathing when I was at my stuffiest. It did the trick a little bit, but not nearly as well as I was hoping. I’m going to blame that on myself though; I’m quite sure I improperly measured out the matcha I wanted to use.

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Ugh; so I last posted tasting notes a few days ago and noted in one of them that I was starting to feel sick. Apparently I know my body well; I am indeed very sick and have been since I last posted tasting notes. Ugh.

My stupid asshole boyfriend gave me Strep Throat. Which is such a fucking piss off because I’ve hardly gotten to enjoy any tea since SUNDAY and on top of things he’s being really weird and not texting me back/basically blowing me off or whatever, and I can’t tell if I’m just super pissed off about it because I’m sick and feel like shit or whether it’s something that’s actually kinda dick-ish and whether I should be calling him out on it. Blah.

So there’s my semi sick rant on this tasting note which really isn’t all that much of a tasting note because I just cold whisked this into some milk and it seemed to do literally fucking nothing but turn the milk green. Definitely not impressed with this one – and now I’m at a point where I’m just pissing around with the last of it until it’s a sipdown.

Which should be soon.

TeaBrat

Well if you think your boyfriend is a stupid asshole then maybe you shouldn’t be with him… just sayin! Hope you feel better soon. :)

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94
drank Kennin Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1294 tasting notes

MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #3
I don’t even think this one is on Steepster yet. I had to look at what ‘kennin’ meant, it actually means it’s a Japanese matcha made with Japanese green tea. It kind of makes me wonder what the usual matcha is made out of. I made this matcha in my “no tools, no fancy” process: a mug and a spoon. I added matcha to the mug & slowly pour water that has cooled about thirty minutes after boiling while mixing it with the spoon. I could be imagining things, but it does seem like this matcha is different than usual: looks different, smells different, tastes different. The green color of the matcha seems like it is more of a sea foam green, but maybe that is my imagination since it actually smells more marine like that a usual matcha and also tastes more marine. But not in a bad way.. it’s a different flavor that I’m not describing very well. Seaweed, yum! That’s better, right? It just reminds me of seaweed. But I need a vacation. Well, it’s ground up Japanese green tea and it’s delicious… nutty, grassy, vegetal, very sweet. Very tasty and very healthy and I definitely think it’s slightly different than the usual matcha from Red Leaf. If it wasn’t for Red Leaf tea, I would have no idea where to get matcha. thanks!
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/kennin-matcha.html#.U8BlRMjD_VI

Dr Jim

Red Leaf tea just started selling ceremonial matcha labeled by source. I bought some during the initial sale. I really liked it but decided to share because I seldom see matcha in tea boxes, but it seemed perfect for this box.

Tea Sipper

I appreciate you sharing it especially since I liked seeing the difference in flavor that the usual matcha!

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