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Thanks to the glorious Sil for this matcha! The scent of the matcha is sort of like a strawberry Campino, except with sharper strawberry note.
Hot, with Silk organic soy, this tastes like So Good strawberry soy milk, warmed. Newsflash, right? There’s just something about the particular strawberry flavouring that is dead on like the stuff that So Good uses. It are crazy timez.
Right now, I’m enjoying it as a cold latte with So Good unsweetened soy with REAL strawberries. Kind of unfair to the matcha flavouring but I’m tasting more of the real stuff than the flavouring. Plus this unsweetened soy is on the bitter side. But nonetheless, the Strawberries and Cream matcha prevails. I’m sure it would play the most nicely with cow’s milk.
Afterthought, but so far, I prefer a strawberry matcha smoothie with coconut or almond milk and the French Vanilla matcha, then with them REAL strawberries in there. Yummy.
But thanks again to Sil! I was curious about this one, how Red Leaf in general would pull off the strawberry flavour.
Yay! I found my tin of pumpkin pie matcha when I was reconfiguring my cupboard!
Since I like these as a cold latte I had it as a dessert last night. I don’t really think I got much more than pumpkin pie spice and green tea flavor but that was more than enough for me.
Once I clear out my matchas I will definitely be placing a bulk Red Leaf order – these matcha lattes are going to be PERFEECT for desserts in the summer.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg
I’ve been hoarding this sample and I have no idea why. I really enjoy Red Leaf Tea’s black teas, their Irish Breakfast is my go-to when I need brisk morning tea. I needed one this morning, but I’m eager to get some sipdowns in, so I reached for this instead. There’s enough for two cups, both of which I plan to drink today. Yay!
I’m kinda disappointed in this. It’s kinda weak, but the aftertaste brings in some berry, oddly enough. Maybe it’s the yogurt I just ate.
So this is good enough, but I think I’ll stick to other teas.
Thanks to Sil for this one! I think I may have diluted it a little too much. It’s been so long since I made matcha, I forgot how to do it! :P I guess two scoops in one cup of water isn’t the right ratio.
I’m mostly getting a watery matcha flavor. I can’t say there’s any distinctive crème brulée flavoring going on in this cup (although “distinctive” is the flavoring level). It’s maybe a little sweeter than unflavored matcha. No cream. No custard. No real vanilla or caramelized sugar to speak of either.
Okay, so I just made another batch with more rounded scoops and a little less water. This one is definitely thicker and stouter. However, I’m still getting grassy matcha as the primary flavor. Perhaps custard cream and burnt sugar is a little too hard to pull off in tea form. This is good, but not what I was expecting. As a crème brulée matcha, it leaves something to be desired.
Chocolate almond milk, a bit of mocha greek yogurt, and a generous scoop of this equals a delicious Starbucks drink. Add some softened chia seeds and you have chocolate sprinkles. So good.
I thought Sil was crazy for having three coffee based matcha flavours (Mocha, Coffee, Tiramisu) but they are turning out to be good things. :)
Backlog from yesterday.
VariaTEA sent me this sample – and I was really excited about it because I recently discovered/learned that I really enjoy Creme Brulee and Creme Brulee flavoured things. I whisked some of this up in cold milk (using up the last of our milk), and got ready for a yummy treat.
I was a little disappointed though – it was basically just sweetened/slightly creamier milk. Nothing abundantly “Creme Brulee”. Once I’ve bought more milk, I’ll have to try it again – just to see if I can make it more flavourful by using more matcha.
I’ve been eating lots of popcorn recently; and I’m wondering if matcha would make an interesting popcorn seasoning. Has anyone tried that? I imagine Caramel matcha (or Caramel Popcorn Matcha) would work well enough…
Breakfast smoothie of the morning! I used soymilk, banana, canned pumpkin, hemp seeds, ice and the matcha. It was good with a bit of nutmeg sprinkled on top as well. There’s no denying the matcha in this however. It’s actually a really good combination with the pumpkin… and you could make some fabulous desserts with this, I think.
This one is distinctive flavour.
The smell of the dry tea is citrus. Very similar to a vitamin c chewable tablet. I was a little worried due to the disaster of when I tried the orange matcha and it was so chemical flavoured. But I ordered this one at distinctive flavour for the purpose to tone down any chemical flavour there might be.
I made this cold shaken. 1tsp for 8oz water and about a 1/4 tsp white sugar.
It turned out ok. A little lacking on the citrus flavour but it is there. I can tell it is citrus but that is about it. It is not really distinctively orange, or lemon, or lime, etc. I am getting quite a dryness in the aftertaste. I would say it is similar to what you get after you suck on a lemon slice. I think this one would have been better at a robust level but I am still so scared if that chemical taste. Sigh. Ha ha.
I will play around with parameters a little and see if I can coax out some more flavour.
Sipdown. Now that I’ve had the chance to go through a whole ‘roll’ of this tea, I can’t really say that it’s grown on me. Maybe the opposite. It’s not horrible or anything but I find that it gets too sweet and cloying easily and I sometimes end up adding a bit of extra water to dilute the flavour after I steep it. Probably wouldn’t get this tea again.
Thanks for sending this to me Courtney!
So, this is really tasty matcha, but it doesn’t exactly evoke peanut butter flavor. It is creamy and vaguely nutty though, and really good! I made a warm milk latte with 3/4tsp of matcha and about a tsp of honey this morning, and it was so good I had to immediately make another!
In other news, we had an ice storm this morning, so I’m trapped inside all day, and baking my first souffle (a sweet meyer lemon one.)
I’m exited :)
Deja Vu; I’m basically just drinking the teas I had yesterday to get in some sipdown which is a sort of “meh” plan because I’m not enjoying them a whole lot – but I will be relieved to have them cleared out so I guess that’s the payoff here.
I did a shit job sifting/whisking this though; lots of lumps. Ick.
I appreciated having this around for the Christmas season – but it’ll be summer soon (even though it doesn’t feel like it) so time to move on from some of the Christmas teas I have stocked. Maybe I’ll reunite with this come winter/Christmas.
I didn’t type “Eggnong” when I was looking for this in the search bar. I’m so proud of myself!
Anyway, I only have one more serving of this left after the cup I made myself last night. I’m pretty ok with that though; it was yummy but not really something that screams “summer matcha” – right? Right. Plus, I have so many other kinds to enjoy thanks to all you crazy generous people!
I noticed this was frothing up really fucking well last night so I “drank” the entire 10 oz. of it as froth. Some of it was added to Adagio’s The Pint – but most of it was just continuously frothed up and the scooped out of the cup and enjoyed as this lovely light and airy eggnog treat. It took forever to finish it off, because I kept having to refroth – but it was delicious.
I made some up in a blender with chocolate almond milk and chia seeds, which was decent. Then I decided warm some of it up and use an electric frother. Even better.
It was still a bit watery, and I added a bit too much cold milk after which didn’t help, but the creamy sweet chocolate mocha vibe is good enough even when not perfectly prepared.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream
While slightly chemically (mostly when its a bit cooled down honestly, this is what happens when you drink hot things at work) this is exactly what it says on the label. Cookies and cream and matcha blended. In my head the idea had more…cream to it then this did, but it was in no way bad. I don’t think I’d order a full order of this, but I’m super glad to have tried it.
Thanks to Sil for all the matcha, including this one! This one’s level of flavouring is distinctive. The matcha itself smells generically sweet but it’s not a distinctive maple syrup.
I made a cold latte with Silk organic soy milk. I can barely taste the maple? I’m wondering if it has to do with the milk, because I find that this one in particular has a stronger flavour. Nice and sweet, but it seems to make most matchas taste the same. All I got was a generic sweetness and that’s it.
I’m going to have to try it hot, and maybe cold with a different type of milk until I make a final decision about this one.
I’m finally trying matcha!
This is the free sample from Red Leaf Tea that I got a few weeks ago and have been afraid to try. But here it is.
I have no matcha equipment whatsoever, so I had to do with some random bowl and a fork. I believe I whisked it just right – and until the foam appeared. I used roughly 1/4 tsp per 6 ounces of 170 F water. And yes, I sifted it. Also, this post was very helpful: http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/how-to-make-a-cup-of-matcha-the-easy-way/
Okay, so this is supposed to be French Vanilla – I could smell it a bit in the dry powder, not so much in the ready brew. I cannot taste it at all. But that is okay since all I care about is pure matcha anyway. It’s my very first experience with it, so perhaps it’s even better that I cannot notice the supposed flavoring.
Well, umm… It’s odd. There’s this bitterness to it, not overpowering, just different from any other bitterness that I know. It settles on the back of my tongue for a bit and then disappears. What a weird taste! I can definitely see how this would be better with milk… I cannot have dairy though (or too much of it) and I am not sure if coconut or almond milk work well heated up. Perhaps in the summer I could make iced lattes…
But anyway, I really quite don’t know what to make out of this experience. I think it is growing on me with every sip. My mouth started to get used to the “unusual bitter” and detects more of a complexity of the flavor of matcha itself. I think I could perhaps learn to love it but it might take a few more lessons. I might also tweak the amount of water used as well as the amount of matcha powder and see how that goes. Maybe add a bit of coconut milk to the brew made with warm water. I know there’s like a million ways of preparing it!
I am really glad that RLT offers these free samples, so that I didn’t have to splash out a whole bunch of money on a pack of matcha and then not know what to think of it. I still have about 4-5 servings of this sample left, and that should be enough to confirm whether I want to start a matcha adventure or not ;D
I also know, though, that good things take time :)
Thanks Sil and VariaTEA! This was an awesome (early) birthday present! Seriously; I opened the birthday package I got today from VariaTEA and this was all I could smell – even through the tin foil! Mmm! Bananas!
It’s, of course, the first one I tried out and the first tea I made for myself today – whisked into cold milk. It tastes exactly like it smells – and that’s banana medicine (the best kind of medicine; I feel for my brother who never got to have it because he’s highly allergic to penicillin) or those marshmallow-y banana candies.
I may have gotten a bit too excited though, heh…
I chugged the whole 12 oz. of it in about two minute and the felt immediately full and bloated. Too much yummy banana! I’ll try to be more patient with future cups.
(Banana Cheesecake, anyone? YES!)
In an effort to use up the coconut milk I opened yesterday, the wife and I are having matcha lattes this morning. I opted for Strawberry matcha because if the coconut comes through, it will taste like a Miami Vice, which I lived for on the cruise last year. If not, it will be a creamy strawberry delight. Win win. I added vanilla agave and cold water and used my milk frother to blend it all together.
No Miami Vice, but a very yummy vanilla strawberry blend. I really adore this matcha, I’m glad I pulled it out.
I had no sooner packaged the last of my cheesecake matcha up to send off to Roswell Strange, that I got in matcha samples from Sil and it reawakened the joy of matcha for me. I am getting so impatient for my order to come in!
In my surprise package from MirandaGou yesterday this was also included, so thank goodness I have a few servings to get me through the next week until Red Leaf arrives.
I also needed a bit of a caffeine jolt, because I’m feeling overwhelmed. This seems to be a recurring theme this term. I’m not a huge fan.