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So, yesterday I saw something about a company making a sparkling matcha beverage.

I pretty much knew I needed to make some variation of my own.

So, a can of seltzer, some sugar free white chocolate torani and a concentrated matcha mixture later, here we are.

It’s actually pretty good. It’s generally creamy and sweet. The matcha flavoring is definitey coming across as cream and white chocolate, so yum to that! There’s actually a floral component here too that I sometimes miss in lattes. It reminds me of pure cocoa butter. Overall, a very successful venture.

I’m thinking this would be an amazing Italian soda, so I’ll have to guinea pig that on Husband later.

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I got this matcha from one of RLT’s ‘oops’ sales. I was initially drawn to it because a) I love popcorn, b) I have enjoyed their caramel matcha previously, and c) IT’S CARAMEL POPOCORN MATCHA ON SALE. Enough said. But, I did not realized until I had checked out that this was the red matcha that he sells. Which is powdered Rooibos.

Oops.

But I did not let that get in my way, since it is already halfway gone :P

I don’t mind the red base. It’s smooth, which I was not expecting, much sweeter than actual matcha, and I can drink it anytime of the day and not be lying awake at night, wired. I do use double the recommended amount for the red (1 tsp – 2 tsp per 6 – 8 oz)because of the delicate nature of the powder. It doesn’t turn chalky like I half expected it to. Even though the flavor profile is ‘robust,’ on the palate, it is fainter than I am used to. In the bag it is quite pungent. The popcorn flavoring is so spot on. This is coming from a popcorn fanatic. (I mean it. I will go to any movie as long as there is popcorn. I always have some form of it close by. I friggin LOVE this stuff!) the buttery popcorn is not overpowered by the caramel, and brings about a sense of hot caramel being drizzled over freshly popped and buttered popcorn.

I have put this on yogurt and ice cream, made it iced with almond milk, and even hot once with my chawan and chasen. I will be sad when it’s gone – which may be very soon – but I took a gamble and it paid off. I won’t be replenishing it exactly as is, but maybe as normal matcha. It’s a good indulgent nightcap!

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Honey, Popcorn

AllanK

His website makes it appear that you have to choose red matcha over regular, green matcha. Rooibos matcha sounds interesting.

rosebudmelissa

It does sound interesting. One of the reasons I haven’t checked out Red Leaf Tea is because I try to limit my caffeine. I may need to give that a try, though.

TheLastDodo

I highly recommend it. I wasn’t sure at first, but is a really great alternative to regular matcha. No matter how much I use, it never gets bitter or grainy.

Starfevre

I’ve had the black matcha before, which is pretty good (if you like black tea).

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Meh. This smelled like amazing macadamia nuts when I opened the packet – rich, nutty, sweet and buttery. But that delicious flavour doesn’t quite carry over to the flavour. It’s sort of generically nutty and grassy, with an odd burnt note. Sadly, not getting the sweet, buttery flavour of macadamias. :(

It’s drinkable but I’m not a fan.

Flavors: Burnt, Butter, Grass, Nuts, Sweet

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I am a sucker for anything black currant flavour. This is a good balance of authntic black currant flavour and grassy matcha.

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drank Mango Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
759 tasting notes

Tasty but a little more candy or dried mango tasting than fresh, juicy mango, which is what I was hoping for.

I’ll still finish this, but I wouldn’t rebuy this flavour.

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Dried Fruit, Mango

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85

Delicious, though the matcha is less present than the other flavours. A wonderful hot latte.

Flavors: Chocolate, Raspberry

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100

It’s gone, all gone ToT

This is definitely a re-orders soon as I can justify it. So delicious and easy to drink. So so good.

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I have a problem, and its name is Caramel MATCHAccino. Though very soon I will have a new problem – being out of Caramel MATCHAccino, which will be infinitely worse.

I’ve nearly finished my generous sample of this in two days. I have one serving left and it’s sitting on my counter, taunting me to sip it down while I pack.

This is seriously so, so delicious. I really, really should not order more tea anything, until I finish more stuff, but I may need to make an exception for this, because I want to drink it every day.

Kristal

I just checked your cupboard-do you really have 514 teas?

Lindsay

This made me laugh out loud. :)

Anlina

Yup. 514 give or take a few. Mostly small samples thank goodness. Which is why I’m not supposed to buy more tea.

Lindsay

Yeah, how many of those are from that one enormous Teabox sampler? :) I make myself feel better by not adding anything I have less than 10g of… and it’s still getting a bit out of hand…

Kristal

That makes sense then :)

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I got a bag of this as a sample with my Red Leaf order and oh my god this is amazing. I made this cold and drank down my cup way too fast. It’s perfect – intense caramel flavour well balanced with matcha and not too sweet.

Amazing. I could drink this all the time.

Mike

Wow, this one sounds good! I’ll have to look into it! I still haven’t gotten into matchas yet!

M

That sounds like a really interesting combination. I need to expand my matcha horizons.

Anlina

I drank three of these today, back to back.

I was a little worried that the sample didn’t come in a resealable bag, because it looked fairly big, but I’m less worried now. I’m pretty sure it’ll be gone before the end of the week.

Milk, ice cubes and a scoop of this in the blender is dangerously easy. Doubly so come summer time.

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90

MmmmMMmmmmMMmmm so good. Such a delicious latte.

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This was one of the flavours I picked up when Red Leaf was clearing out some incorrectly made orders, and I’m sure glad I did. This is delicious, natural, juicy cherry flavour well balanced with the grassiness of matcha. I’m pretty sure the flavour is robust and the matcha quality is royal, though I’d have to double check.

I could drink this as a latte all day long.

Flavors: Cherry, Grass

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Lindsay

I will not buy more tea. I will especially not buy more tea from the US. Closing that tab now. :)

Anlina

Yeah, don’t do it. I’ve left myself a note to send you some samples when I put together anther package for you. That way, if you like them and want to order, you can do some reviews and get store credit to off-set some of the cost.

Lindsay

Awww, thanks! I’m such a sucker for things on sale… and that “oops, we messed up, wanna buy some matcha for 60% off?” page gets updated pretty regularly. Caramel popcorn… But I’m being good. The whole international shipping and horrible exchange rate thing is making it easier to resist. :)

Anlina

Yeah I’d be buying stuff still if not for the exchange rate.

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drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
47 tasting notes

I’ve been waiting for this red leaf order for a while now so despite the fact that I really (really) should be studying now and not writing tea reviews, I had to open up this package.
Holy smokes this tea has one potent smell. Hella strong. And I love it. All things almond/marzipan/cherry/amaretto you name it – I’ll consume it. I am not a matcha drinker by any means so I was skeptical of all these amazing reviews and kind of intimidated by matcha. (You’re scary, matcha – deal with it) .
Anyways… I made this cold and with milk as per the directions in my magic bullet and I was pleasantly surprised! Albeit the flavour wasn’t too strong for “robust” but I’d blame myself for being scared and not using enough…… Whoops.
Anyways, I’ll write a proper review (later?!) but I wanted to procrastinate document my first thoughts on it while I still had it in my hands. Yay, almondy goodness.

Flavors: Almond, Marzipan

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drank Coffee Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
194 tasting notes

I thought I’d withhold the rating until I tried it cold, so that’s what I did this morning. But, nope. Still totally missing the coffee flavor. Bummer :( It’s not a bad tea as I still enjoy the base matcha, but if you want coffee flavoring look elsewhere.

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drank Coffee Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
194 tasting notes

Hm, kind of bummed about this one. There is basically no coffee flavor noticeable in this matcha. If I concentrate really hard on it I can just make out a bit of coffee in the aftertaste, but I may just be tricking myself into it. I almost wonder if I got sent a plain matcha by mistake.

I appreciate that RedLeaf offers multiple customization options, but I feel like a few of their base options are much too light. It’s especially a bummer that the next flavor option costs $4 more, while after that it’s only $1. It makes me feel like they should maybe charge a dollar or two more and offer better flavoring in the base options. After all why buy flavored matcha if the flavor isn’t noticeable? I would really love a coffee matcha, but if I order from them again I think I’ll pick the espresso matcha.

I just placed an order with 3 Leaf Tea, so fingers-crossed that their flavors are better. It will be great having another option for flavored matcha.

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A small baggie of this came to me courtesy of the Great Canadian Travelling Teabox. It was great because I’ve tried a few of Red Leaf Tea’s matchas before but with shipping they’re a bit pricy for my budget so I don’t get the opportunity to try all the flavours I want.

This marks the first time ever making my own matcha latté. I got a milk frother for Christmas this year and I was eager to put it to use. This one was very much trial and error and uber unprofessional – I started with about 2 of those bamboo scoops of matcha sifted and whisked into an oz or so of 75ºC water. Then I added 8 oz of skim milk, heated in the microwave and frothed. The flavour wasn’t quite strong enough so I added another scoop and a half (-ish) of matcha and a drizzle of agave nectar. The end result wasn’t half bad – not coffee-shop quality by a long shot – but certainly drinkable. I found that I mostly got raspberry flavour from the matcha and very little chocolate, but that might be the barista’s fault. ;)

So how do the rest of you make your DYI lattés?

Fjellrev

I’m so lazy when it comes to making lattes. I basically just mix the matcha with a little water, making a paste, add more hot water, then top it off with 2%/light cream/half and half. Don’t bother heating it up or frothing. I happened to pick up an IKEA frother a few months ago but have yet to even try it.

Anlina

I heat up some milk in the microwave, top it up with hot water, add matcha and sugar and toss the whole thing in the blender. No lumps, no sifting, just perfectly smooth and frothy in seconds.

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I have never thought of flavored matcha before I got this as a taste test sample from Red Leaf tea. I have had their loose leaf before and have been interested in their matcha since.

I love the combination of rich, sweet caramel flavor blending with the greeness and vegetal flavor of the matcha. I made two bowls of this the good olé fashioned way, with two chasen scoops blended with my bamboo whisk in my Chawan. MMM!

I have read the rave reviews of this tea iced, so I think I will make it that way next time!

Flavors: Bitter, Caramel, Vegetal

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I have major ‘sick brain’ going on right now. I’ve just had a one-sided conversation with Tre where I basically mocked him for having a second shower in one day. I was talking through the bathroom door while I believed he was showering on the other side. Except, I literally just realized he’s not even home and the sound of running water I was perceiving was him showering was, well, the washing machine.

Err…

I made this into matcha soda last night; I had this shining moment of clarity upon getting home from work after drinking the dregs of a bottle of Buckley’s where, for an hour or so, I didn’t feel sick. I took that time to drink something a little more fun that the repetitive sick teas I’ve been drowning myself in this week.

As a soda, this was surprisingly good! The berry was clear, and it worked because, well, most carbonated fruit drinks just seem to work. At least the ratio of good fruit flavoured “pop” compared with bad fruit flavoured “pop” leans heavily towards good, anyway. I still don’t really taste any one berry flavour more than another, though I did keep coming back to raspberries/blackberries last night but I believe that’s less of a flavour thing and more of a “me wanting that flavour to be present” thing.

I’m kind of head over heels for the “crust” aspect of this matcha though; the buttery, pastry like cinnamon flavour captured in this one is spot on and really ties the “pie” altogether – though it was definitely weird tasting it carbonated. I’m trying to think if I’ve ever had carbonated cinnamon/spice before and I think the answer is no, I haven’t – but it did work for me, so I may just have to try another cinnamon/spice heavy tea soda when I’m feeling better again.

So thank you again stephanie for the sample! This is only the second way I’ve prepped this one, but I’m already having a lot of fun playing with it. I have it in my head that this would go great with banana matcha, so I think that’s what’s next up to try!

EDIT: Today’s word of the day is dextrous. Dextrous means: 1. Skillful or adroit in the use of the hands or body. 2. having mental adroitness or skill; clever.

Fun fact; my spellchecker disagrees with my calendar because, according to spellcheck, ‘dextrous’ isn’t actually a word.

OMGsrsly

:( I really hope you start feeling better. And Google says “dexterous” which might just be a US vs Canadian spelling thing.

Kaylee

Aww, I hope your health improves soon!

carol who

I love the mocking him in the shower/washing machine story!! :-D Feel better soon!

Stephanie

Feel better, Ros!

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From miss Stephanie!

The art I commissioned from her and tea samples made it to me not even twenty minutes before I left to go to the bus depot; so I didn’t have time to take pictures for you guys or add any of the tea samples into what I packed for my trip. I don’t know if she took any pictures before mailing stuff off, but if she did I have no problem with her sharing them so you guys can see!

The whole packaged smelled like this matcha; despite all the bags she had it in. So fruity; and so much berry! Even though I was really rushed to leave, I quickly opened up the sample baggie and measured out about 1 tsp. to shake up and add to the bottle of vanilla Milk2Go I was bringing with me. I’m a little sad my first impression of this one wont be straight; but it smelled too good to not try as soon as possible.

If I’m being honest, I’ve never had a rich berry pie before. I mean, yes I’ve had all sorts of pies with berries – my favourite of which is Saskatoon Berry (Robert; I will be tickled pink if you make me a Saskatoon Berry matcha), but never rich berry. My understanding is that it’s basically sort of an amalgamation of every sort of berry pie? Someone correct me if I’m wrong about that though. If that’s what it is, it sounds delightful and yummy!

Initial thought upon drinking this one: Man I hope we don’t hit a bump in the road! It’d suck to spill matcha milk all over myself on the bus when I still have like two hours left in my trip. But then after I had finished with that thought and successfully not spilled anything my next thought was something along the lines of “man, what I rich berry flavour! Oh – I get it. I get the name.” Yeah, I can’t say the berry in this is anything really descript but if it’s just sort of meant to be “all berries” then I can understand and accept why that is. In the vanilla milk, it’s exceptionally creamy and smooth too – like a mixed berry milkshake, sort of.

Still working on drinking this and I’m noticing something else too; there’s a buttery cinnamon note to this matcha as well. At first I didn’t really get why, but then it clicked that it must be meant to taste like a cinnamon dusted pastry crust! And once I realized that I totally tasted it; it just comes together to create this very complete and well rounded flavour of pie! It’s not just “an assortment of berries dumped together” – it’s berry pie. And I’ve had other pie matchas (Pumpkin) from RLT before – I can say confidently that the crust element in that blend is not as well executed as it is in this one. And now that I’m really getting into the pie aspect of the matcha and not just the berry, the vanilla in the milk is reminding me of a dallop of vanilla ice cream on top. Perfection!

This is cool! I’m happy Stephanie sent a fair amount of it, because I know I’m going to have fun experimenting with it! One of the better “fruit” matchas I’ve had, for sure!

Flavors: Berries, Butter, Cinnamon, Pastries

Stephanie

Glad you enjoyed the matcha and I’m extra glad the art arrived safely :D

Sil

stephanie.. WE WANT PICTURES

Sil

awesome! love it!!

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drank Jasmine Supreme by Red Leaf Tea
4822 tasting notes

Backlog:

For anyone who is familiar with my ‘favorite’ type of teas, you are aware that I love jasmine. I absolutely adore it. So long as it’s done right … unfortunately, this one wasn’t done right. Just no.

It’s way too floral and tastes perfume-y. It tastes like it was flavored with jasmine oil, not scented with jasmine blossoms.

The green tea – beneath the strong floral notes – is a soft, buttery, silky tea and I think it would be great if it hadn’t been done so wrong with the jasmine.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/28/jasmine-supreme-green-tea-from-red-leaf-tea/

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Must have messed this up something fierce the first time I made this. The spices are definitely prevalent amoung the flavors. I’m not sensing much pumpkin. It’s there but it’s not as strong as I thought it was going to be.

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drank Guava Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
379 tasting notes

Smells like Bubblicios bubble gum. Tastes like…. something not guava. Something artificial. Kinda reminds me of something but I’m not quite sure of what that is. Maybe this tastes like a guava that I haven’t tasted but it sure doesn’t taste like Hawaiian guava.

1/2 tsp matcha and 6 oz milk

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Morning matcha milk! This sample came from cookies, thank you dear! I’ve been using my lovely new Blender Bottle for these, and it works beautifully (plus I love that it has measurement marks along the side and a really wide mouth so I can sift right into it). This matcha milk was 1/2 teaspoon of matcha and 4 ounces of unsweetened soy milk.

The verdict: very tasty! I can actually taste the pumpkin part instead of just spices (although the nuttiness of the soy milk itself probably helps with that). The spicing is quite mild, so honestly this reminds me more of a roasted piece of squash or a baked sweet potato with a bit of brown sugar and spice over the top. Delish! :)

Flavors: Clove, Creamy, Nutmeg, Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes

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