This was really good. At first, I was smelling something flowery and was worried something was wrong. But upon mixing well, the chocolate cookie and cream was yummy. It was even better having it mixed in with sugar and milk. I took it iced like that to work a couple times. A nice treat for long, tired days and a good pick me up :)
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bleh. I forgot that this didn’t do so well with a dash of milk and tried it as a cold latte, in my blender with some ice.
It was purty nasty, so I added some strawberry and now it’s drinkable. Should have added real strawberries as well…
Funny thing is, I’m almost out of this one, and will probably end up buying more to have as a hot latte mixed with other flavours… and of course in my smoothies. I looooove the cheesecakiness in my liquid fruit. Mmmmm.
First time ever I did this one up with only milk, ice and matcha. Mostly because, well, finally, I have access to some fresh ice… which is not a good thing because now my
fibre fruit intake is in danger! oh dear. Yes, this is really REALLY good folks. and now I’m gonna hafta go through every one of my matchas and try them this way! which means I can’t open up the new ones I have waiting in my cupboard. le sighs.
As for why I chose this one today… well I had an irresistible craving after trying that matchaccino yesterday. I’m not sure which one I prefer. The caramel didn’t have the depth I wanted, but the ‘cino didn’t have the caramel intensity. Hmmm!! something to think about :)
(bumping the rating a few points!)
Oh, also! I had the last of a darjeeling from Tea Emporium but it was an unlabeled gift and I’m not sure which one specifically, to review it under. So… I’ll just say here that it was pretty ok, even though it’s kinda old! a really nice honey note emerged on the finish, with a hint of bitterness that I didn’t mind so much, because of the honey. Go figure. It went really well “iced” (ie, cooled down with a few ice cubes!!)
On another, non tea related event… Happy Victoria Day Weekend to any Canadian’s out there!! I have some fun stuff planned, after all the craziness of my neighbour’s flood! phew. Anyhow… fireworks anyone???
Sometimes I eat like a pregnant lady, though I’m not actually preggers. Last incident a few months ago involved kimchi followed up with some peanut butter. Today is another crazy case.
Soymilk + Almond butter + peanut butter + kale + honey + cheesecake matcha + protein powder. Together, not bad. Though thinking about a kale nut butter cheesecake sounds kinda gross.
Enjoyable way to end the work day and work week. Looking forward to the weekend.
Delicious as always for this shortened day at work.
This was yummy!! but not quite what I was expecting. Almost, though. I need to try it as a hot latte. This time, I used milk, ice, and matcha in a blender. And then, because I’m not used to my “smoothies” have such a thin consistency, I threw in half a banana.
Not sure whether I added too much milk or not enough ice. Next time I’ll have to be more careful in measuring, as I was distracted by company. My neighbour’s sump pump burst and flooded their basement and part of the main level (talk about stinky), which means she’s been spending a lot of time at our place today/last night. Which is great, I love her! but it also means I’ve got next to no work done haha
and also why I haven’t gotten to my samples yet! well, I did try one but need to do them all side by side after having them individually.
Bah. I gotta go. Amazing weather out there!!
I think this might be growing on me.
So this is quite a bit cooler than I normally drink matcha because I had a meeting come up in the middle of making this that I had to go to, bleh. Nothing much talked about except I have super awesome job security right now because everyone including me is so freaking busy.
Sipdown, 164. Cold brew. I took the rest of this one out of the TTB-A for a cold brew in order to make room for some new teas!
I had hoped that a cold brew would bring out the fruit flavors in this, but alas no. It was very rosey, slightly cookie-ish (in that weird rose-cookie way that some teas get for me… I wish I could explain it better), but thankfully not soapy or perfumy. Still, it got a little old by the end of the bottle.
No notes yet.
I miss being a regular here!! sighs. But I do try to read reviews when I can. Not all of them, cuz I’d have to unfollow some people if I had any hope in that, and I’d really rather not do that…
anyhow, I made myself a smoothie today, and it was ahhhmazing! Fresh banana, strawberry, milk, and matcha… well that = a big glass of YUM!! I really like the contrast of strawberry to coffee flavour. So good. I’m kinda glad this doesn’t go over very well as a hot brew now :P
Sooooo i feel bad because this was one of the the 12 days of christmas tea swaps..and uh it’s almost summer. So my apologies to Azzrian! I blame my pregnant friend since i had finally gotten to a point when i was comfortable enough to open some new matchas, and she dumped another 7 full tins of matcha on me. So i had to get through all of those ones before i was able to open this. But the minute i had room to open a new one, THIS was the first one i opened.
I really like the flavour of this one. I don’t think i’d like champagne matcha on it’s own, but paired with the strawberry, this makes for a really nice “bubbly” strawberry flavoured champagne matcha! thank you so much azzrian for this creative take on your day!
Coconut, distinctive level flavoring. One pound package. Free shipping sucked me in again. No regrets, though, because the sugary deliciousness of this burns with the intensity of 1000 suns. I will never get a green tea frappe from Starbucks again (that statement is almost definitely a lie).
I made this up as a warm latte, with one tablespoon of powder and about a cup of frothed soy milk. I didn’t sift or whisk anything up although I superstitiously stirred with a spoon a few times in a halfhearted manner. There was no debris at the bottom so I figure I got away with it.
My invoice says I ordered Caramel but the package label and it’s powdery green contents clearly say Coconut. I’m not phased by this whatsoever, and wasn’t fully invested in caramel anyways.
I’ve tried the the regular coconut matcha from Red Leaf at a robust level, and wasn’t particularly won over by the whole sunscreen on the beach vibe. It turned out to be an excellent flavour here, however; it’s a lot lighter on the senses than the robust coconut matcha. This is exactly how I like my coconut, creamy, thick, and light, with a good dash of sweetness to boot. One pound will likely not last too long.
A bit more sugar than normal but it is deeeeelicious. I’m almost out too, darn.
Thank you so much to Mercuryhime for this sample!
This is the first red matcha I have tried. I’m loving that I can drink this late at night and not have to worry about being up all night! I prepared it as a latte with some milk and sugar and oh man it’s good! The cheesecake flavor is nice and creamy and smooth. I’m not able to pick out a rooibos flavor, which I expected. I need (yes, need) to order some of this soon because I can’t stop thinking about it and wishing I had more! Must finish off more teas before making another purchase! We shall see how my will power holds up against the desire for this tea!
This was my first experience with matcha. I’m addicted to caramel popcorn, so when I saw reviews online saying this tastes just like the real thing, I knew I had to try it! I live in an apartment complex, and when I walked into the mailroom, I could immediately smell caramel popcorn—it was THAT strong (in my opinion, that’s a great thing!).
I tore open the box it came in as soon as I got back to my apartment, and when I cut open the bag the matcha was held in, it smelled exactly like fresh popped caramel corn. As I said, I had never had matcha before, so I didn’t notice any matcha scent.
I first tried it prepared in the traditional method, with hot water. While I could taste the caramel corn, there was also an earthy, woody taste that I’m assuming was the matcha. I think I used too much powder, though, because it also left my mouth feeling very dry.
I tried it today as a latte, and I liked it this way much better. I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a teaspoon of splenda. I could hardly taste the woody flavor I mentioned earlier, but the caramel tones really came out with the milk. This was the perfect midafternoon pick-me-up, and I’ll most likely be ordering again.
Get the tea here! http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/caramel-popcorn-matcha.html
My friend gave me almost 60 grams of this because she didn’t like it. She said it was too perfume-y for her, and what she was getting was a chemical taste from the flavoring. I tried it and didn’t care for it myself for the same reason, but we can always try to rescue tea, right?
I figured the robust flavor level was just too much for this particular flavor, so I mixed it half and half with plain matcha for a latte today. It was very, VERY much improved. I actually could do with still a little bit less of the flavored and a little more of the unflavored. I am going to mix up a glass for my friend next time I see her and offer to mix the white chocolate with my plain and split it if she likes it.
When I first started ordering from Red Leaf, I had never had matcha and ordered robust flavor level out of fear of the matcha. But now I love the taste of good matcha, and I love it unflavored, so when I do buy flavored from now on they will ALL be delicate to distinctive flavor level and I will upgrade the base because it really is very nice! I think this is a nice save of 60 grams of matcha!
A friend gave this to me because she felt it was perfume-y and she didn’t care for it. I am going to have to concur. It wasn’t undrinkable, but it wasn’t a favorite. I suppose there is white chocolate flavor here but there is also a chemical taste that is the basis for my friend’s description. I am probably going to rehome this since I have a lot of matcha I love and don’t want to be wasteful and have this hanging around forever.
More minty than yesterday, but still entirely pleasant. And it’s almost time to go home!
Always nice to get back to the classics. I really like this one.
Treated myself to a matcha smoothie this morning, largely in part from the fact that i just picked up 15 new matchas that i’m not allowed to open until i get through some of the ones i already have open….that’s in addition to the 5 or so that are already sitting there unopened…waiting for me from previous orders lol. At least i know that i can drink matcha all night long on satuday night if i so choose.
Still enjoying this one quite a bit, unlike other flavours that waned over time. :)
This is how I am going to order my matcha from now on – distinctive flavor level and upgrade the base. Brilliant green matcha! This still tastes super identical to Parma Violets candies! I have SO. MUCH. MATCHA. Yet I so badly want to order coconut matcha, especially for this summer. Sigh.