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I had a sample of this and prepared it the same way I did the Belgium Chocolate one.

*with a few ounces of hot water and whisked in a chawan
*stirred with a few tablespoons of cold water and topped with cold, unsweetened cashew milk
*stirred with a few tablespoons of hot water and topped with hot, unsweetened cashew milk

I added sweetener to all three preparations. Again, as with the chocolate one, I felt like it was strange to have a candy-like flavour without significant sweetness. I’d have to try these again with dairy milk, to see if that provides enough sweetness on its own.

I liked this a lot better than the chocolate and would consider restocking. The flavour is good, very butterscotch-y. The matcha is a bit bitter, but not unpleasantly so.

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drank Sweet Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1277 tasting notes

I’ve tried this twice and both times not according to instructions, quite frankly the recommended 1 tablespoon is too much in my opinion. The first one was half hot water (80C) and half milk, mixed well with 1 heaped teaspoon of matcha. I found this to be rather bitter after a while and while it was sweet at times it tasted too strong and not evenly balanced.

So I tried warm water (50C) with 1 level teaspoon of matcha and 4/5 water to 1/5 milk. This was almost perfect. The sweetness is enhanced with cream and sweet but lightly bitter grass. The sweetness is like honey, not too much but a nice level. Overall flavour is lighter but the matcha flavour is distinct and as it settles towards the bottom of my cup it becomes stronger with each sip. Plus I also found that it tastes lighter and stays foamier with most water in the mix.

Next time I may try a bit more matcha but it makes for a nice treat every now and then. I picked up a pound in their sale :D Should give me enough time to perfect the brew.

ashmanra

I use less of the mix than they call for, or just increase the amount of milk over what they recommend. I agree with you! I just have the caramel one.

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89

This is my fourth sample from the flavored matcha sampler. It’s delicate flavoring with the classic base. The flavor is very subtle. It doesn’t actually taste like flavored matcha. It doesn’t taste like unflavored matcha either. It’s somewhere in between.

This tea is very smooth and less grassy than most other matcha. It’s a little creamy but doesn’t taste like cream per say. I can’t really describe it but it’s good. I definitely recommend getting a higher flavoring level if you want to really taste the cream. Unlike other reviewers, I’m not getting anything even remotely lemon-flavored or citrusy here.

I also tried mixing it with Vanilla Bean Matcha because I thought that would be stellar! Ironically, it wasn’t super amazing like I was expecting. This is a good matcha for people who like smooth, creamy matcha that isn’t heavily flavored. Personally, I think I’ll stick to other flavors for future purchases.

Flavors: Smooth

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
Fjellrev

I totally know what you mean by a flavoured matcha not tasting flavoured or unflavoured, but in between. I haven’t tried this one, but I swear a few of their desserty ones wind up like that.

ashmanra

I bought this one in Robust I think. I loved it. I think it was one of my favorites, even though when I ordered it I thought all Bavarian Cream was just vanilla flavored. That light lemon taste was so yummy…

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100

this stuff is great with milk and bananna made into a smoothie!

Flavors: Caramel, Milk, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Shokuku Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1560 tasting notes

I used this in a latte – cold milk and Splenda. I really enjoyed it. Adding 12 oz of milk to 2 tsp of powder tends to overpower the taste of most matcha. I thought this stood up really well. Grassy and vegetal.

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90

This is my third sample from the flavored matcha sampler. It’s delicate flavoring with the classic base. The dry leaf aroma is full of beautiful vanilla goodness. The flavor is gently sweet vanilla bean. The aftertaste is really lovely and the best part of this tea in my opinion. The natural-tasting vanilla flavoring lingers long after the sip.

This is delicious but I think I’d prefer vanilla as a component in a flavoring rather than the only thing going on. I can recommend this one, even in the lower flavoring level. I think vanilla may be one of those flavors that you want to be delicate. Although I’m really on a vanilla kick right now and I almost always prefer for it to be punched up about 100 notches. So that I enjoy this in delicate flavoring level is saying something!

Flavors: Sweet, warm grass, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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100

so i tried something new.

putting a teaspoon of this matcha in hot water, stir and drinking it. then using the stuff left on the bottom, i would add more water and stir and repeat.

the experience is: somewhat bitter then gets sweeter over 3 to 4 refills :D

i suggest trying this

Preparation
Boiling

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100

tried a different smoothie:

starter matcha + 2 strawberries + milk = a smoothie that’s good but not as good as banana version

starter matcha info can be found here --> http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/starter-matcha-en.html#.VbuNgvlViko

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100

so, since my other review left me with a good feeling, I trie this tea just now with water and it was great!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 g 8 OZ / 225 ML

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100

love this matcha! it’s great for matcha smoothies and matcha pancakes! I have yet to try it with hot water

Flavors: Grass, Green, Vegetables, Vegetal

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85

This was a free sample that someone kindly gave me but I cannot remember whom, there is also a possibility this came from the EU TTB. Unfortunately it got mixed with some other stuff so I may never know. Either way thank you!

This says it can make 5 cups which sounds rather nice for a sample amount.

As I open the packet there is an overwhelming scent of toffee, definable as toffee as well, the type of toffee that I used to have sweets of as a child. A large block that I would buy on holiday at the seaside and break pieces apart with a hammer. Such good childhood memories all come rushing back as I smell this. As nice and creamy as it does smell there is little to no Matcha or green tea among it.

Putting one serving of this ie one scoop into my bowl and filling with a combination of 3/4 warm water and 1/4 milk. Whisking produced a nice level of bubbles and froth, more than expected though they didn’t last long.

Flavour was more subtle but the toffee notes were there, so was a slightly bitter undertone from the Matcha. Some dryness though subtle and the after taste is creamy though short lived.

Overall the scent is stronger than the taste but regardless this was a pleasant flavoured Matcha. One that I would consider purchasing should the chance arise.

Flavors: Cream, Toffee

Kirkoneill1988

I shall try this someday! :D and if it helps, it’s not me who sent it.

I use 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon and matcha is best like this

Kirkoneill1988

(BTW, I don’t own the site. just letting you know)

Kirkoneill1988

I ordered their almond matcha with royal matcha when almond was half off

KittyLovesTea

Thanks Kirk. I saw it on offer but am pretty low on funds at the moment until payday which is Friday. Hoping it stays on sale until then, will pick some up if it does. Finishing off the sample now as a latte. :)

Kirkoneill1988

almond was half off for like two weeks :)

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70

I prepared this three ways:

*with a few ounces of hot water and whisked in a chawan
*stirred with a few tablespoons of cold water and topped with cold, unsweetened cashew milk
*stirred with a few tablespoons of hot water and topped with hot, unsweetened cashew milk

I wasn’t crazy about this in any preparation and I definitely had to sweeten it all three times. The matcha itself is only slightly bitter, but the chocolate flavour just seems to demand sweetness. It’s sort of unpleasant and weird to drink unsweetened chocolate. I’m also not sure that chocolate and matcha flavours mesh that well together.

The preparations with cashew milk were both better than with water alone. I think the extra creaminess really works with the chocolate. Dairy milk would probably be even better since it would bring a lot of its own sweetness to the mix.

I didn’t have any trouble finishing my sample pack, but I won’t be re-ordering this.

Flavors: Bitter, Dark Chocolate

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drank Deluxe Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
3 tasting notes

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I tried this tea back to back with Red Leaf’s Emperor Matcha. Both are some of their highest quality matches you can order. This is a warm green powder, velvety smooth and richly fragrant. It mixes up into a dark green liquid, and frothed well with my bamboo wisk. I really loved Red Leaf’s Emperor Matcha for it smooth creaminess. This one, the Manju Matcha, is the savory brother to that tea. This is much more vegetal, with mellow tones of kale and seaweed. It was a bit too strong at my usual mixing proportions, and found it to be preferable with a bit more water to matcha. I want to emphasize, this tea is FAR from sour or bitter, but definitely savory on the scale of matchas. If you prefer your matcha to be leafier, this will be a divine tea for you. I personally, prefer the Emperor Matcha, but both of these are high quality and well worth a try.

Flavors: Broth, Grass, Green, Kale, Seaweed, Vegetal

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This matcha had a vegetal flavor that was quite similar to spinach. The hint of sweetness made it more appealing, but if you’re not a fan of vegetal flavors this might not be the best matcha to start with. This was our second place winner and pick for best budget matcha in Round 2 of the Matcha Blind Taste Test.

You can read the full results of the blind taste test on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/7/13/tuesday-tea-blind-taste-test-6-matcha-teas-compared-sponsored

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This matcha was slightly sweet, with a somewhat nutty flavor and grainy texture. It ended up being the least expensive of the samples in the matcha blind taste test I’m taking part in, but isn’t among my top picks as far as matcha goes. I think it’s worth exploring some of the slightly more expensive options from Red Leaf Tea.

You can read the full results of the blind taste test on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/7/13/tuesday-tea-blind-taste-test-6-matcha-teas-compared-sponsored

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I’m adding Sangria matcha to the many flavours under my belt because I thought it would make for a really great summer flavour to have stock up; and obviously it’s not a flavour that screams “try me in milk” like how I normally prepare my matcha so I made it as a Matcha Soda instead.

This is the ‘recipe’ I used:

- 1 tsp of matcha whisked into approx. 2 ounce of hot water

- Dissolve approx. 1 tbsp. of sugar into the concentrated matcha to create a ‘matcha syrup’

- Cool down the syrup, and add a can of Club Soda

Just being perfectly honest, as soon as I took my first sip I knew that I didn’t like this flavour of matcha. There was a lot that I personally felt was wrong/off about it – for one the fruit flavours are incredibly muddled on top of tasting really artificial. I know Sangria is a combination of different fruits but I couldn’t pinpoint any of the individual fruits that traditionally make up Sangria. In addition, the vegetal/grassy notes of the matcha were far too pronounced for my liking (despite this being Distinctive flavour level) and took on a ‘swampy’ kind of flavour when compared with the weird/chemical tasting fruit notes.

I’m definitely disappointed by this flavour; it’s nothing like I’d hoped it would be and if you’re looking for an accurate Sangria flavour I think you’re best off looking elsewhere. The worst part is that I’m almost certain that Robust flavouring would taste even more chemical/artificial since that’s the way fruit flavoured matcha tends to go but, while delicate level flavouring might reduce the fake fruit flavour, I think it’d make the Sangria flavour even less distinct than it already is.

Using the rest of this will certainly be a challenge for me.

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drank Classic Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1560 tasting notes

Porch sitting at 6:00 AM with a latte made with classic matcha. It is 60 F and there is a gentle rain. My latte was made with cold milk. Why am I not freezing? Oh, right, because my body doesn’t wake up until after 8. My brain loves this weather. Anyway, so the neat thing about participating in a blogging matcha tasting event is you get to try like a zillion different matchas. The bad part is they start tasting so much alike, when you aren’t real skilled in them yet. Such is the case with this one. I found it to be umami with popcorn notes, when testing. Today, with milk it is very smooth. There is little to no bitterness and the taste with milk leans towards nutty and green leafy. Makes a good sweetened latte.

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69

From my latest RLT order;

I picked up a 30g size at distinctive level flavouring because I’ve found that’s what I enjoy most of my matcha at. I don’t actually know why I chose apricot though; I want to try a new fruit flavor, and I guess because this doesn’t have many reviews it seemed like an interesting gamble. The smell of the dry matcha was… Concerning.

There’s a very fake/artificial presence to it and my immediate thought was “Oh no, distinctive was definitely too strong of a flavour!”. It’s not really an uncommon thing for RLT fruit based flavours to taste very chemical, especially at the higher flavour levels. And, I also had no idea what sort of prep method would be the best one to use here. Ultimately I went with cold milk in the hope that it’d maybe mute the flavour of the matcha a little bit and taste creamy; I’ve had some really good creamy apricot teas so I know that flavour pairing can taste great is executed well.

Honestly; it’s not as bad as I’d have expected just based on the smell of the dry matcha. It doesn’t taste natural but it’s not overly artificial or chemical tasting either and I’m going to consider that a win! However, even though it’s not terrible there is something off about this. Fruity milk in general is so hit or miss though. If it was creamier, with perhaps some vanilla added in I think it could work splendidly but just plain milk? No.

Next time I make this I’m going to try a different prep method; hot water, making added in to cake or cookie mix? I sense there’s promise here – I just have to find the way to best utilize this flavour of matcha.

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96

I did not participate in the matcha madness taste test, but I read lots of results, so don’t read on if you’re still trying not to be spoiled.

Between their name your price opportunity, and their blind matcha taste test, Red Leaf has been successful in making me their customer. After everyone’s thorough taste test reviews, I had to give their Deluxe Matcha a try. It has been on sale for a while now, at $20 a pound! I’d love to take advantage of that deal but, I worry that I just won’t drink that much matcha before it starts to go stale. (Or maybe I would, but who knows, I like to have variety in my my matcha). So far, the package sizing is my one complaint; I wish there was a medium size (say 40g or 3oz) The sample size can’t be resealed and the full pound bag is too much for me at the moment.

Other than that, this is a fantastic matcha, especially for the price. I have been drinking it iced, without milk. It is smooth, vibrant, fragrant. I haven’t had any problems mixing it together or frothing it up. This is the first matcha I’ve had in recent memory that tastes so specifically different from other matchas, rather than varying tones of green grass flavors (though Red Leaf’s Emperor Matcha is out of this world and distinct in a different, more delicate way).

This matcha is stunningly floral, almost as if it were a jasmine-flavored matcha. It is sweet in a natural-tasting way and gently vegetal, with no bitterness or savory/seaweed flavors. The mouthfeel is full and present, even made with water it does not feel thin or plain. If you have ever been skeptical of matcha or want to like it but have always ended up with something too sour or bitter, I highly encourage you to try this one. The smell and taste is like a spring day, not too girly or perfumey, but amazingly fresh and delicious. A powerful iced tea for this summer season and an amazing all-around matcha.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Grass, Green, Honey, Jasmine, Vegetal

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drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
338 tasting notes

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Finally cracking into the larger sizes of matcha I got in my last order instead of the sampler; I thought this “mini vacation” would be a good excuse to bring a little with me and finally give one a try.

This is one of a couple that I’ve never tried before that I got in a larger size; I really like pistachio and I had enough faith that I’ve tried enough of RLT’s matcha to know what flavour works best for me and order appropriately. So that said this is the basic grade matcha (because it’s more than likely going to get used up in milk so I’m not springing for something higher quality) but the distinctive level of flavouring.

Of course, I don’t have a chawan or chawask at my Dad’s house and you can only take so much teaware with you on a three day trip so I made this one the same way I used way back when; in a cup with a fork. I’d forgotten just how poorly that whisks everything up; but it did the trick well enough.

It tasted so good! Very distinctly pistachio, and really creamy! Growing up, I absolutely adored pistachio pudding; I remember when they sold it in those premixed pudding cups. My little chubby heart shattered when they stopped selling it that way. I guess it wasn’t a popular enough flavour? You can still buy the boxes to mix up yourself but it’s not the same – I can never make it the right consistency. Point is, that’s what the flavour reminds me of. Not much nuance or depth to it, but it’s very enjoyable.

Also; I think this matcha will have a better “share-ability” factor because pistachio is supposed to be green. Every time I try to share matcha with a coworker they get freaked out because of the colour. “It’s strawberry? Uhh, but Strawberry shouldn’t look green…”

It’s been a while since I did a swap and I’d love to try more straight teas or teas from companies I order from less frequently/have never ordered from so if we follow each other on Steepster and you’re interested in doing a swap please send me a message!

OMGsrsly

That sounds good. I loved pistachio pudding but rarely got it as a kid. I might have to buy a packet and revisit it. :)

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drank Matsuri Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
36 tasting notes

I’ve historically not been the biggest fan of Matcha and have pretty much shied away from trying it further. I used a gift certificate for this one though, I figured why not? And I have to say I’m glad I did!

I do still prefer other kinds of tea over Matcha, but I’m no longer fully counting it out of my rotation. This matcha definitely has a pleasant sweetness to it that you can bring out even further with the smallest dab of honey. You definitely taste the green grassyness that matcha, and indeed green tea, are known for as well but they aren’t over powering like some out there. Additionally plenty of Matcha’s have more of a steamed vegetable taste and this one thankfully DOES NOT. There is a very slight bitterness when you first sip but then it disappears, which is another huge bonus for this Matcha.

Please note I used the traditional bamboo whisk method for preparation and used two bamboo scoops of matcha for 8oz of water [I don’t like it too strong ;-) ]

Flavors: Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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Found this in my sample drawer last night while I was inventorying and organizing for this weekend’s get together. I don’t yet have something to shake matcha in nor do I have the bowl and whisk. Latte it is.
I’m getting a sort of powdery feel in the back of my mouth on the first few sips of this, not pleasant. Maybe I need less matcha? I put in 3 tsp like usual. Stirring doesn’t take away this sensation. I don’t know what I did but I don’t think I will be able to finish drinking this before I leave for work :/

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