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I have been looking for matcha similair to starbucks for a very long time and now I have finally found it. This stuff is AMAZING!! I spend so much money on Iced green tea lattes at starbucks and now I can make my own and save money. This is better than starbucks, very similair but better flavor, I absolutely love it and will be placing another order soon so I do not run out. It is also super easy to make, I scooped it right into my cold milk and stirred it with a spoon and it dissolved super fast, whenever I order fro starbucks their matcha is clumpy. This matcha is super smooth and dissolves easy. Thank you Red Tea Leaf I will be a customer forever!!! Yum, yum, yum!! The company also has super fast shipping 2 day priority. They also sent me a free ample of the caramel macchiato matcha and it was so amazing, never even knew they made such a thing. I am sure I will be happy ordering any flavor of matcha from them they are super yummy. I have been a matcha drinker for many years and have ordered from many companies but nothing has compared this this matcha. They have so many flavors and I cant wait to try them all. I used milk with mine but next time I will try it with water and soo how it is. Love my lattes though
I think this one is getting really old. I know I haven’t kept it like I should so I should probably be happy that it’s kept as much flavour as it has. This has lived at my desk for the last….year. Yup. Long overdue for being drunk up.
So I’m trying to get back into matcha. Harder to do at work now. The cafeteria and break room are a lot farther away for milk and I don’t have a whole lot of access to ice. I’m trying though. I put some tea (not matcha) into an iced tea maker to cold steep in a work fridge so I’ll see that for tomorrow.
As for the boysenberry matcha…meh.
Another wonderful sample from VariaTEA and this is my favourite one yet, if only because it was a nice surprise compared to the other two. Don’t get me wrong, I really dig the Cookies & Cream and Banana & Cream flavours but this one was less sweet and so it was a nice break from the trend. Less sweet, but still so delicious. Buttery caramel flavours but still such matcha. YEAH!
I got super pumped for a mug of this last night for dessert and then as I was microwaving the almond milk (I’m a classy broad) I remembered I was holding off on matcha until my whisk arrives. Oops.
Another great flavoured matcha! Smells and tastes like banana candy. No added sweetness needed thanks to the flavour, bed it’s just a real treat. Perfect for a dessert latte. I’m only two matchas in and it’s already reinforcing that I’m gonna have to make a Red Leaf order in the future.
Thanks so much for these samples VariaTEA — they’re knocking it out of my park.
Cracked open the 30g package of this that I bought for myself; basic grade, distinctive level flavouring. To field test it 1/2 tsp. was whisked into a cup of cold milk and, honestly, it was really rather unremarkable. That’s maybe a touch foreboding/worrisome. Hopefully it was just an off cup and the whole 30g wont be like that…
So I brought a tsp. of this in a little baggy to work with the goal in mind of stopping at Subway on my break and buying several bottles of their Vanilla Milk so I could drink this one at work in vanilla milk and then take some bottles home for later use. I’ve been dreaming about this one in vanilla milk. Mmm!
Sad news though: Apparently I have bought all of my local Subway’s vanilla milk and now they need to reorder/restock. So I guess I have to wait a while. So I settled, and I got a bottle of plain milk (because I didn’t see this one and chocolate milk going well), and I regret settling. This just felt so… flat. There was no “wow” factor, just sorta dull pear. Wah wah wah.
So now I know; if I’m gonna enjoy this one in milk it’s gotta be vanilla milk! Otherwise, we’re sticking to pear matcha soda; gotta love that sparkling pear soda.
Matcha Milkshake! Here’s my recipe tea frens’(!):
- A Frozen Banana
- Two Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
- 2 tsp. of this matcha (Base Grade; distinctive flavouring)
- 1 cup of milk
So pretty much this was a Strawberry/Banana milkshake! And, I loved it – I thought it was insanely rich and flavourful and just very very fun. Tre however, did not like it; and somewhat surprisingly his complaint was that it was too sweet which I think is shocking for a person who typically adds like 4 tsp. of sugar to his tea. But maybe it’s worth mentioning because, yeah, this was pretty sweet. I thought it was just right, though.
Very rarely do I post teas out of order from when I’ve had them – but tonight I really want to make an exception because there’s something I feel like I really need to talk about. For those on Steepster who don’t know, the amazing comedian Robin Williams died today; apparently he took his own life.
I found out today while at work; they announced it over the radio and immediately my heart sank and I felt a huge pit in my stomach. I had to take a moment and stop what I was doing; celebrity deaths (and of course death in general) are sad but this is the first one in my life time that has really hit home. Robin Williams was a huge part of my childhood growing up and, while I know it’s not my generation alone who will mourn him, I feel like this one hits especially close for my generation. Jumanji, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Dead Poets Society, and of course many of his other brilliant works have been such an integral part of growing up for me.
And I think the fact that he was such an amazing comedian who brought so much laughter to so many people is a huge part of why this is so hard to stomach for me; but it’s an important reminder that even the happiest seeming people can be going through so much deep inside; something I think I know all too well about myself.
So tonight even though my matcha milkshake/smoothie should taste sweet and tropical (raspberries, pineapple matcha, milk, vanilla ice cream) everything is bitter sweet and sad instead. Even Tre, who normally has so much to say, is being quiet tonight while we both mourn the loss of such a beloved man.
Tonight to honour Robin we’ll be watching Dead Poets Society; Tre’s never seen it, but it was a really important movie for me in high school and probably my favourite Robin William’s movie other than Aladdin.
And of course who can forget his amazing guest appearance on Whose Line, which is undeniably one of my favourite shows ever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35YHvoNXxAA
RIP Oh Captain, my Captain!
Being different than the standard rating name that red leaf tea had, I went forth to meet this anonymous matcha with a blank slate on my tongue. Its color is a little more yellow than what the picture shows, I thought of the color seaweed green, more of a muted green. With hot water, it retains its color, froths easily in a few strokes of the whisk, and has no astringent taste to it. Its has a marine vegetable scent, a white canvas taste, such as what broccoli stalk has.
In comparison to the old matcha, Connoisseur is better, at the minimum, preferred.
Flavors: Hay, Vegetal
I was so SO excited to finally try a Red Leaf matcha, it was probably the main reason I leapt at a swap with VariaTEA because she put one on her list—and then sent me another THREE to try as well! I’ve been so overwhelmed that I haven’t gotten around to them yet.
I opened some almond milk and made a quick latte and it was a perfect desserty treat, which is exactly what I expected of this. Awesome!
Shaken up into a bottle of vanilla Milk 2 Go; last one in the house too, so now I’m officially out of milk until I can find time to go pick some out.
Honestly, I had enough matcha left for at least two cups but I was trying to very carefully scoop it out of the tin and the pour it into the small nozzle of the bottle of milk, and Tre got frustrated watching me pour it and insisted he could do a better job. Instead he just wound up grabbing the tin and trying to pour it into the tiny opening straight from the tin. Yeah, didn’t work – he dumped what was left in the tin on the newly cleaned counter, which was still wet.
So unintentional sipdown.
Anyway, it was good. I figured whether this would work in the vanilla milk was maybe a little bit dicey because it can makes things ungodly sweet or make them like creamy milkshakes. This was more the creamy milkshake route. Really, it was more of a creamy Pumpkin frap. I’m on board with that!
So goodbye Pumpkin Pie Matcha; we had a really all over the place run. Seriously, I tried you in so many different ways – but it was good!
Backlogging from last weekend: I had this a couple of mornings for breakfast, of all things. Usually matcha and matcha lattes are an afternoon thing for me, often to satisfy the “thungries.” Do you remember that ancient Quik commercial that recommended their product for that?
Those mornings, I had some things to do and my energy levels were not quite up to snuff. I didn’t have time for a sit down breakfast, so I made Carnation Instant Breakfast in vanilla flavor using skim milk. I decided to kick it up a notch by adding 1/2 teaspoon of French Vanilla matcha. It was excellent, and stood me in good stead. Delicious, too, and took the vanilla taste right over the top!
Finished off the last of my milk
for now with a large mug of this one in my new matcha mug; I’ve had it once previously but that was in the vanilla milk I like to keep around which sometimes does really weird things to matcha.
This time around it was just regular old 2% – and this was so much better than the last way! It was like this light, fluffy chocolate/coffee and cream cup of delicious! But, like, heavy focus on the creaminess and lightness of the whole thing. It was so smooth, and rich without being… Weighty. Does that make sense? I’m going to pretend it makes sense.
And yeah, it wasn’t totally accurate to the flavour of Tiramisu, but it was pretty damn close and it was certainly enjoyable. Like an espresso cloud…
Best part? I got to enjoy sipping on this while Tre made me supper! He has all this week off from work so he’s had a whole lot of extra energy. I didn’t even have to ask
plead with him to cook for me; he just offered! So I got this very grand supper of Vegetarian Hamburger Helped with extra creamy sauce and added in pineapple!
Sometimes he is kinda the best roomie ever, though you’ll never catch me owning up to that.
Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee, Cream, Espresso, Vanilla
Made a Pumpkin Pie/Coconut Matcha Milkshake! For the recipe and thoughts on the two check out the other half of this tasting note here:
This time with a slightly less conventional matcha combination? I guess?
So here’s the recipe:
Small Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream
1 1/2 Cups of Milk
2 tsp. of Coconut Matcha
1 tsp. of Pumpkin Pie Matcha
I don’t know why, but I’ve been really playing around with my Pumpkin Pie Matcha this week; I guess in an attempt to try it even more ways and to just use it up. And I guess some part of me is starting to recognize that Autumn is sneaking up, and that part is slowly transitioning into Pumpkin flavoured stuff, starting with latte-esque stuff.
This was very good! The coconut was obviously stronger in flavour than the Pumpkin Pie seeing as I used more coconut matcha, but it had a layer of creamy pumpkin and nutmeg/cinnamon underneath it that just made everything pop and added so much depth to the milkshake. It was the perfect late night treat to enjoy while watching sappy romcoms online!
I definitely recommend trying it out for anyone who has both matchas!
I bought a pretty new mug from one of the stores in my mall on Sunday; I’ve been eyeing it up for ages and I finally went “fuck it” and bought it. It’s pretty simple; just your basic 12 oz. mug but it’s in the most beautiful Robin’s Egg Blue/Peacock Blue colour and has a semi matte finish on it. It’s sleek and wonderful and now all mine.
I decided it’d be a perfect matcha mug; so I also bought an adorable teeny tiny green whisk from the store, and now the two are being used as a set for yummy yummy matcha milk!
This is the first thing I had in the new mug; I actually was going to just buy strawberry milk stuff from the store but then I remembered I have this at home and I decided this would be just as good. In reality, it’s kinda better. Yummy, Strawberry Milkshake! Heavenly, really.
So happy with my new mug! It just makes having matcha even better because it looks so, so pretty in the mug! The colours just compliment each other and it looks serene and just… Ooooh Aaaah.
Ok! Pizza order has been placed, and I just finished tweaking my Tumblr theme so time to get started on backlog and do some tea drinking. Ooh, here’s my pretty updated Tumblr for those on Steepster who use Tumblr: http://guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist.tumblr.com/
BEWARE: I have autoplay now :3
Anyway, this was added to vanilla milk! I’m not sure what I was thinking: Vanilla Cola, I guess. But tea frens’ this was bad. REALLY REALLY bad. It was so incredibly sweet; I felt like I took a swig and instantly had diabetes. And it tasted super fake and chemical-y too; so it was dumped.
Wah wah wah. What a shame.