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87

Shout out to QueenOfTarts for sending me a sample of this!
Well, her sample was humongo and I’m just WOW THANK YOU t have to add anything to enhance the flavour.

Overall, Red Leaf, thank you for making this wonderful tea :)

Flavors: Caramel, Cream

Preparation
Iced 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cheri

I think Red Leaf was looking for people to write reviews of this for Amazon….

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75
drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
43 tasting notes

This match was nice but for me in comparison to the other flavors I’ve had this one seemed to be lacking. It came off more of a bitter note than a a cheese cake like.

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Well I know I had a review of this. I recall writing it. Where did it go?
This happens often to me, it seems. Hmph.

Anyhow, I tried something different today. Milk, water, and a whole lotta ice in the blender.
It turned the ice into a strange frothy cloud that I think would go really well if it had been mint. But the cherry was odd. More floral and not very strong. Oh well. Live n learn.

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86

I woke up several hours before I needed to get ready for work today feeling completely rested, which was very strange. I swear, that never happens. It’s nice though; it gave me time to enjoy some TV, and to make a few glasses of tea – including this one.

I’ve been using this matcha for matcha soda, but I decided today to try it in cold milk instead. It’s not a flavour I would automatically associate with milk but I figured it’d make for an interesting enough drink, and I recalled that Keychange had tried it that way and not hated it – so why not?

Honestly; it was far from bad. The watermelon came through and there wasn’t any negative juxtaposition between it and the milk, which is always a concern pairing fruit and milk together. It was pretty candy like, honestly. Then again, this is also candy like as tea soda too.

I think, maybe, I prefer it in the soda form? However I’d drink it in milk again if I was looking the shake things up in my “matcha routine” – mostly what I have in cold milk are the dessert flavours.

Surprisingly good.

keychange

yeah, I found this to be far from bad as well. Nothing really compels me to buy more, but it really was entirely inoffensive.

Indigobloom

I need a carbonating machine!! :)

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82

I think the next cup of this is a sipdown. Not sure if I should take advantage of that tomorrow morning or try a postpone it. Hmm…

Anyway, I had to get up this morning at 5AM to get ready for work (ick) – it actually wasn’t so bad though because I went to be really early last night. But this was my morning “pick me up”, whisked into cold milk. It frothed so well for me! Really, it was super enjoyable. Although, I think I got a bit more chocolate than coffee.

I’m thinking part of why I love having this in the morning is that the coffee “tricks” my mind into thinking there’s more caffeine than there really is.

And hey, while I’m reviewing a matcha, everyone should go vote for new matcha grade names here:

http://steepster.com/discuss/7378-contest-for-new-matcha-names-50-dollars

And I’m totally not just saying that because two of the top three ideas were mine, and I want the extra matcha money. Like really, I actually voted against myself…

Stephanie

I’m not going to win, but I really hope they run a sale on Coconut matcha sometime soon so I can get more…I can’t afford the 3+1 deal right now but I’m out of my favorite flavor! pouts heh

Roswell Strange

I really want to try the coconut. Out of flavours I’ve yet to have, I think Pear, Tiramisu, and Coconut are the ones I’m most interested in. And maybe Strawberries & Cream…

Stephanie

Coconut is the BEST! Highly recommended :)

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75

Not really getting a toffee or anything other for that matter taste aside from creamy matcha. That’s not a bad taste, but since it’s supposed to be flavored it gets a reduced rating.

It smells similar to the caramel sample I received in my first order, so I was excited to get some of that smell translated into taste but it didn’t happen. This is the April sample so I’m guessing it’s basic grade matcha and delicate flavoring. May need to boost up the flavoring if I were to order it.

2 chasaku scoops dissolved in 175F water, then added 8oz heated light soy milk.

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81

A little while back, Red Leaf Tea had both Strawberries & Cream Matcha and Bananas & Cream Matcha on sale. Courtney and I decided to take advantage of this opportunity and stock up on both as they are delicious. Since I was placing an order, I also grabbed a large bag of my beloved Caramel Popcorn Matcha. That brought our total just shy of the free shipping amount so with just seconds left to spare before the sale ran out, we added this to the cart. We chose the following options:

Size: Small (30g)
Matcha Quality: Classic (Basic Grade)
Matcha Type: Regular
Flavor Level: Delicate

Now as I am sipping away at my matcha milk (1/2 a teaspoon of matcha powder combined with 8 ounces of milk), I can say that I am very happy this was the one we decided to toss into our order. It truly is dessert in a cup. The peanut butter is both salty and creamy and combines nicely with the hint of chocolate and graham cracker crust floating in the cup. Compared to the plain Peanut Butter matcha, this is much sweeter, as to be expected given the “pie” element. It is also much creamier than its plain peanut butter counterpart. I am getting a touch of grass from the base, although that might be a result of poor mixing on my behalf and not a reflection on the product itself.

This is definitely a tasty cup and I am glad I have much more in my stash. Anyone who would like to add this yummy treat to their cupboard can find it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/peanut-butter-matcha.html.

Also, for anyone interested, Cheesecake Matcha is Red Leaf Tea’s deal of the day and thus it is on sale for the next 11 hours!

Courtney

I’m excited to try this one!

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85
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1164 tasting notes

Ahhh…. Sil-vert prize caramel matcha. Thank you, Sil!

Something is wrong with my taste or something, because this isn’t as caramelly as I remember, either.

Oh well. It’s still good! Definitely get a sweet taste from it. And this one IS caramel, unlike the butter flavour of the Special Offer caramel matcha. :)

Sil

hahaha

OMGsrsly

I need to work on my name-puns, I know. :)

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Had this tea once before, but can not find it. It is very good, reminiscent of the caramel macchiato tea I reviewed. They are made by the same company…………haven’t seen either in a while. In closing this tea has a delicious mild flavor to it.

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This is a delicious tea, yes I am somewhat a coffee drinker, but this tea is delicious. If you like the bold taste of caramel, then step up and give this tea a try. This is probably my favorite.

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76

This is just okay. Got it at Robust level flavoring, and while it’s definitely raspberry, it’s chemical-tasting and smelling. There’s a depth to it that I assume is chocolate, however it’s just not enough for me to say… truffle.

Preparation
Iced
Stephanie

Good to know…thanks for the review!

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81
drank Tiramisu Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
937 tasting notes

Ah, I love tiramisu, even if it’s been a while since I’ve had it. I definitely wanted to try this at a Robust flavor, because I’m finding I prefer all the dessert matchas stronger. This was creamy, eggy, and chocolatey, although I did miss any sort of flaky pastry in the mix.

Preparation
Iced 0 OZ / 0 ML
Suziqzer

Oh me too.. A favorite dessert, & we have a restaurant nearby that does them well. Unfortunately we usually have someone with us & I have to share. I need to try my hand at making it myself sometime! Sounds like this was pretty close… And much better for you!

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89

Robust flavoring this time around, and this is by far the best version I’ve had. Creamy, peanutty, with a bit of dryness that I associate with nuts. Yum!

Preparation
Iced
Suziqzer

Sounds like Yum! Wonder what it would taste like if you made it a smoothie and added a banana?? I enjoy a peanut butter and banana sandwich once and awhile… Maybe I’ll just add a touch of peanut butter to my smoothie this morning. You inspired me :)

Stephanie

Sounds great

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This is a sipdown. Well, until my matcha order from VariaTEA arrives. :)

I needed a little boost because I’m fading but I still need to get just a little bit more studying done before tomorrow. I’m not so much one of those people that can wake up early to get in last minute studying.

Jennkay

I’d rather stay up late than wake up early to study any day! Hooray for matcha boosts :)

Memily

I’d rather stay up late than wake up early in general ;) go go gadget studying!

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100
drank Eggnog Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
90 tasting notes

So far, this is my favorite matcha…
mixed with whole milk (cold) & a touch of stevia.
I love eggnog and this is to die for.
Thank you Miss B ☆

MissB

Yay! So glad you love it. :)

CelebriTEA

You are an angel ♡

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To be fair, I got this little packet in a trade, and I have another little unopened packet that I got straight from the company. Not knowing how old this trade one is, I’m going to completely reserve judgement until I try the one I know is new.

So, I made this in my usual way, blender, cold, milk, a little sweetener. It’s fine, but doesn’t taste much like toffee. If the other sample isn’t a big improvement, I can’t see myself ordering this one over caramel (which I love). It’s not bad though but if I didn’t know what flavor it was supposed to be, I don’t think I could tell by tasting it.

mj1851

I ordered a free sample of this from Red Leaf Tea (only have to pay shipping- woot!). I’ve never had a matcha powder blended into milk, so I am looking forward to trying it! I love drinking milk by itself anyway, so this sounds delicious.

Marzipan

I do it 1/2 t matcha, a bit of sugar, 8 oz milk and a couple of ice cubes in the blender.

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85

Had it as a cold latte, about two and a half chasaku scoops dissolved in 175F water, added 10oz cold light soy milk, shook like crazy. I don’t hate the end result, but unlike the raspberry where the fruityness went up, the cheesecakeyness went down. Think I’ll stick to this one as a warm latte and try the fruity flavors as cold.

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Just had this one as matcha milk. I think I may be outgrowing this matcha, for the time being at least. Not that there’s anything wrong with this one at all, just I’m much more enamoured with the new flavours I’ve been exploring.

Now onto my fresh cup of Jardin Bleu! And more studying.

whatshesaid

Which new flavours do you prefer., just curious :)

Courtney

Banana & Cream is awesome! And French Butter Cookie surprised me.

Courtney

And I just tried French Vanilla, which was lovely.

whatshesaid

I’ve got some French vanilla but never tried the other two. Will have to add them to my future buy list! :) actually I think the butter cookie was already on that list, hehe. You’re just confirming my suspicions!

Courtney

The Caramel Popcorn has also been getting lots of love. I may be brave with my next order and add that one in.

whatshesaid

Really? Yeah I don’t know if i would be brave enough to want to drink anything popcorn tasting!

Courtney

I didn’t think so either. I’m not a huge popcorn fan, but I must say I trust VariaTEA’s matcha wisdom. I took her word alone on French Butter Cookie. I’m getting more adventurous with matcha now that I’ve found a way to drink it I enjoy. :)

Roswell Strange

I’m really loving the Watermelon, right now…

Courtney

Aw the Watermelon didn’t work for me. :( But none of the fruity ones have so far. However it has awesome ratings, so I may be the only one.

whatshesaid

How do you drink it?

I feel like the fruity ones may not be for me, though admittedly I’ve never tried them. But I’m not a huge fan of fruity teas, so I am playing it safe and sticking with the desserty ones

Courtney

I agree with you there. I’m partial to some fruits in teas, but most just don’t seem to work all that well. I make ‘matcha milk’ now aka a cold latte. I’m sure there’s no difference to drinking it immediately, but I fill up a mason jar with milk, add my 1/2-1 tsp of matcha and let it sit in the fridge for a bit. I was struggling before I tried this method because I don’t like straight matcha, or hot matcha. Bit of a long response haha.

Roswell Strange

I either do the matcha/milk thing (but right away – not delayed like Courtney) or, typically for fruit flavours, I make Matcha Soda by mixing the matcha in with club soda and sweetening it.

whatshesaid

Does that method dissolve the matcha powder? Sounds intriguing!

Matcha soda might work for fruity ones, neat!
Again same question though…I’d be worried about the green silt at the bottom of my cup, ew

Courtney

Yeah I shake mine periodically in it’s time in the fridge to dissolve it more. It’s definitely a lazy way to make it. I have considered dissolving the matcha in a wee bit of hot water before adding it to the milk, but that’s a bit too high maintenance for me. :P I also periodically shake it around if it’s taking me a while to drink so it doesn’t settle. The things I’ve done to enjoy a tea I don’t enjoy straight that’s crazy expensive haha!

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90

As a child I never cared for cheesecake I always remember my parents eating it and when they offered it to me I just wasn’t having it. My mentality then told me that Cheese plus Cake would not be a good combination so I hated even the thought of it because I just didn’t understand.
When I was a little older(early 20’s, don’t judge me lol)I accidentally ate some cheesecake at a friends and I was like “OMG,you made this? It is so good,What is it”
My friend told me it was Cheescake and I was just like “Oh, Great Cheesecake” I didn’t want to admit that I was always scared of the stuff lol
Anyways I loved loved loved the cheesecakes every since then and I’ve had lots and lots of them many different ways, So good :)
This Tea nails the cheescake taste to me pretty well, It is very creamy and smooth with a sweet cheesecake taste, very tasty but a little too subtle so Not perfect but pretty close.
Cheesecakes taste different pending on who makes it or where you buy it and such, I’ve had Excellent cheesecakes and Not So Good cheesecakes and in between cheesecakes. You can tell the difference between homemade and the store bought kind and so on and such So all cheesecakes taste different in their own way.
This matcha ,To me, taste like a cheesecake somebody made at home but not from scratch more like a nobake cheesecake Or the kind of premade cheesecake that comes in a tub , very tasty.
Tho not quite homemade in the taste and the taste is a little subtle, it is still quite nice.
Even a nobake boxed cheesecake can be super tasty and We Love to buy the cheescake in the tub and eat it right from the container those are fun times and thats what this matcha reminds me of :)
This one that I tasted was just a sample and tho it IS yummy good I think it could be tweaked to perfection and made to taste like a real home made cheesecake.
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/cheesecake-matcha.html
I still have enough of the sample to make more of this I’m totally going to add a touch of the Caramel Matcha into it next time, I love caramel cheesecake.

Flavors: Butter, Cream

CelebriTEA

Mmm…I love the Cheesecake Matcha as well…
I had some before bed last night.

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100

I really, really, really like this Matcha a lot.
I’ll surely be trying other Matchas from Red Leaf and I think I want to try this one as a black tea matcha too.
Bumped up to 100 rating for me, This stuff is just too good :)

oh, Here a link to my blog post about CaramelMatcha again if ya want to read it
http://toadsteablog.blogspot.com/2014/04/caramel-matcha-by-red-leaf-tea_6.html
Thank you :)

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73

I woke up today with a pounding headache that just wont quit; thank God I don’t have work today. The upstairs tenants (my landlord, his daughter, and his girlfriend) are in the house for the day working on their renovations (they’re not living here atm – but come in every few afternoons to work on things), and for a while they were vacuuming which was killing my head, and now his daughter is playing really, really loud rock music. I can’t actually hear the words, but I can “hear/feel” the bass line and it’s like a drill to my temple.

I’ve also reached the daily limit on Tylenol/painkillers – so looks like I’m just going to have to wait it out. Ughh.

Anyway, I’m finally trying this matcha in cold milk – something I’ve wanted to do for a while but haven’t gotten to for various reasons, work being the primary one. I have to say it’s so much better than just shaken into cold water.

I have to say this has an additional thick, creamy richness that mildly reminds me of white chocolate; however it’s a little weak (still better than the cold water). I don’t one hundred percent feel I’d know this was white chocolate flavoured if I was blindly drinking it. Though I think I’d be aware it wasn’t straight milk, too. I also know this is delicate level flavoring though, so perhaps at distinctive this would really shine?

And at least it’s not grassy.

I really want to try this at a hot latte – maybe it’d be sort of like a white hot chocolate? A really, really rich and creamy white hot chocolate.

So yeah – overall thoughts and feelings are that this is good and could possibly be made better if ordered at a stronger flavouring, but probably not something I want to reorder (even at that higher flavour level) because I’m not sure the risk is worth the potential payoff. I have/have tried far better matcha flavours and I want my first official order to both incorperate totally new flavours and familiar favourites.

Flavors: Cream

Courtney

I also have a splitting headache. I’m blaming it on the bizarre AB weather. The constant drastic fluctuations wreak havoc on my head. I’m getting a coffee to see if a burst of caffeine helps.

Sami Kelsh

Headache bad. I hope it goes away and you feel better and everything. cuddles and blankets

Marzipan

I bet it would be great with some raspberries in it.

Stephanie

I’ve had a headache a lot lately due to allergies. Sinuses are whack.

CelebriTEA

I am going to have to try this soon~ I love white chocolate and the raspberries
WOW sounds super yummy :-)

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92

Out of my chronology for a moment. After working out in the yard this afternoon I was hot and tired so I came in, shook some of this with ice and water and basically chugged it. I probably used a bit too much matcha for the amount of water I had, but it was still pretty tasty. Grassy with tasty sea buckthorn accompanying it. This is one of the only matchas that I never drink with milk because milk and sea buckthorn don’t go together for me. Thankfully I like it plenty on it’s own with just water.

Stephanie

I have no idea what a sea buckthorn would taste like!

Dinosara

It’s a really hard flavor to describe!

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
428 tasting notes

After I tried the cheesecake matcha sample last month, I was totally obsessed with matcha. I really enjoyed the iced lattes I made, so I thought I’d order the steepster favorite, caramel matcha. I ordered it at full price like an hour before they put in on sale, and was pretty bummed, but I emailed Red Leaf about it, and they were super generous and sent me a free package of the special offer version. Pretty freaking awesome! Customer service like that makes me want to be customer for life!

So, this matcha is good, but I ordered the distinctive flavor level and now I think maybe I should have gone with robust. I can taste the caramel if I add a little sugar, but it mostly appears in the after taste and as the matcha gets cooler. I tried this both as an almond milk iced latte and straight. I thought the almond milk was hiding the flavor, but now that I tried it straight, I don’t really think it does. I think it’s just my lame tasting abilities. I did find, in drinking it straight, that it was not nearly as grassy as DavidsTea’s matcha matsu, which was a good thing in my eyes. It’d be interesting to see what it tastes like as a hot latte…I’ll have to try that. Overall, though, when the flavor comes through, it’s really delicious with a sweet gooey caramel flavor. I might just up my flavor level next time around.

whatshesaid

It’s my fave as a hot latte :)

Tealizzy

Awesome! I’ll make it that way next time!

whatshesaid

Hopefully you will enjoy it more that way!

Tealizzy

What’s your recipe? How much matcha vs. ounces of milk? I just made it this morning and I think it had too much matcha because it was nasty bitter. Smelled like delicious caramel though. :(

whatshesaid

Aw. I just do as Red Leaf recommends, about 1/2 tsp matcha to 6-8oz of milk, plus a bit of hot water at first to melt-mix the matcha into a liquid

If I use a bigger mug, I put more matcha and more milk but the same water, maybe half – a full shot glass worth (I’m not overly specific but have always enjoyed it!!)

Tealizzy

Thank you!!!! I was led astray by one of the pamphlets from Red Leaf, which recommends a tablespoon! I didn’t put that much because I thought that was ridiculous, but I did put in about a half tablespoon! Man, it was so icky! :P Another pamphlet from Red Leaf correctly recommends 1/2 tsp. I’ll try it again with 1/2 tsp. :)

whatshesaid

Sometimes I do 1tsp, which I still enjoy, but I’m sure 1tbsp would be extreme!! Hope you like it :)

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85
drank Fig Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
68 tasting notes

2.5 chasaku scoops dissolved in 175F water, added 8oz light soy milk heated in my Breville milk frother. I’m really liking the plain soy milk, and it’s about half the calories of rice milk so that means I can have double the lattes…theoretically anyway.

Smells very figgy, thankfully doesn’t taste quite as figgy as it smells since it’s VERY figgy smelling. Tastes great; sweet, creamy, figgy, and has the matcha taste at the end of the sip to round it out.

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