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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Got this sample from NayLynn!
This was from our first swap from forever ago. It’s definitely an oldie bc I think I forgot about it since it’s been stuck in a baggie in a baggie in a baggie in a baggie full of all my other matchas, and this was at the very bottom!

Good, but definitely tasted a bit weird haha. I’ll give this an actual rating when I drink a nice, fresh cuppa!

I knew I only wanted this tea because I wanted to use my new milk frother hehe :)

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This tea makes the happiest matcha latte ever. Especially if you’re a loser like me and have Pumpkin Spice flavored sweeteners too. I went with the standard level of flavoring, so I was afraid it might need a little coaxing out, but it honestly didn’t need much help.

The sweet, creaminess of the pumpkin flavoring captured the sweet custard pumpkin flavor in the pie and pairs really well with the creaminess of a latte, and the cinnamon and clove notes are given a bit of oomph from a sweetener (especially one with a complimentary flavor profile), but are strong enough to seal the pumpkin pie illusion regardless.

Like usual, the matcha was solid and make a satisfying backdrop.

I don’t know how they keep doing it!

Preparation
1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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So my birthday was on Sunday and it was a pretty shit day thanks to my family. Luckily though, I always have my friends, both my real life ones and those I have made here on steepster. Seeing as my family neglected to even get me a single birthday card, it was especially nice when a lovely blue and white box arrived Monday evening from my amazing tea twin, Roswell Strange!! She sent me a tea book, lots of tea samples, a giant bag of one of my favorite rooibos blends, and an amazing pickle birthday card that sounded oddly like a cross between your typical old jewish man and my own dad. It really put a smile on my face so thank you so much Roswell!!!

Anyways, after the events of my birthday, my family decided that they just weren’t going to talk to me for a couple of days which meant I tended to stay in my room, cut off from my tea and my kettle :(. Today they started talking to me again and though it isn’t exactly a warm welcome, I can at least feel comfortable enough to make myself some tea so that’s what I did.

I decided to go for a matcha because I haven’t had one in a while and I thought it might be fun to dump it into my milk frother and see what happened. I wanted a warm drink though so I tried to choose a dessert flavor for an after-dinner treat but I also aimed for something that wouldn’t be weird hot. This seemed like it should fit the bill so I pulled it out of my birthday box, courtesy of Roswell Strange, and whipped it up (literally I guess as that’s what the frother does :P).

Unfortunately, this matcha + warm, frothy skim milk has led to a drink that is much, much more pie than berry and not in a good way. It has almost taken on a yeasty/buttery type flavor like undercooked pie crust. I can smell the berries but I’m not getting much of them flavorwise, though every now and then I get a dose of cinnamon which I can’t decide if that’s good or bad. Anyways, as a hot cup, this is not for me but heres hoping that the berry comes out more in a cold brew.

In other news, one good thing that happened Sunday is I just happened to break my kindle while my dad called to wish me a Happy Birthday. Granted, the breaking my kindle part sucked as I have basically been reading a book a day for the past two weeks (though it still functions, just now I have a sad button that makes it a little troublesome to browse/buy books) but since it happened while I was talking to my dad, he offered to buy me a new one for my birthday. So now I am in research mode trying to decide if I want the Kindle Voyage or the Kindle Paperwhite. If anyone has an opinion, I’d love to hear it!

Sil

ugh. Sorry to hear the family was sucky.

Anlina

Happy birthday! Sorry your family was jerks.

Roswell Strange

Sorry to hear your birthday went poorly :( Glad I could make it a little better though – and I’m happy you liked the pickle card. It was hard topping last year’s.

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new score 70

i scored this tea too high in the original post, if you have not seen the original post, click here

http://steepster.com/teas/red-leaf-tea/19590-belgium-chocolate-matcha

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when i smell the matcha, i smell chocolate and green tea.

when i smell the brewed matcha tea, i smell chocolate and a hint of orange

when i taste the brewed matcha, i taste chocolate and green tea.

Flavors: Chocolate, Green, Orange

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Amaretto Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
875 tasting notes

Today’s latte. The amaretto flavour is accurate and quite strong – it has a bit of throat hit to it. The matcha definitely takes a back seat to the amaretto. Quite delicious.

I ordered this with Distinctive flavour strength, though I think if I were to order it again I would go with less flavouring, to get a better amaretto matcha balance.

Flavors: Almond, Sweet

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Wow, I feel like I freak. Here I like getting my RLT matchas in robust to truly taste them. But yeah, they really nailed the flavouring in this one.

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This is not on the website anymore, so I am assuming RLT no longer carries it, so no blog post, just a random rambling while I sip it. The aroma is nice and toasty, like roasted buckwheat, grains, and sesame seeds. More of a nutty roasted tea than a sweet roasted tea, which I am ok with, because it is a roasted tea and it has to be terrible before I dislike sniffing it. There is also a faint underlying floral tone to it as well.

The wet leaves and liquid have more of a sweet toasted aroma, still very grainy. The first steep is pretty mild, I actually taste the salmon I just finished eating more so than the tea. But after many swallows to wash the fish out of my mouth I can taste slightly sweet grain and a touch of flowery. Pretty mild, but also pleasant.

Second steep is more grainy and roasted, it is an ok tea, not the best ever, but could be a good everyday roasted tea.

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So, yesterday I saw something about a company making a sparkling matcha beverage.

I pretty much knew I needed to make some variation of my own.

So, a can of seltzer, some sugar free white chocolate torani and a concentrated matcha mixture later, here we are.

It’s actually pretty good. It’s generally creamy and sweet. The matcha flavoring is definitey coming across as cream and white chocolate, so yum to that! There’s actually a floral component here too that I sometimes miss in lattes. It reminds me of pure cocoa butter. Overall, a very successful venture.

I’m thinking this would be an amazing Italian soda, so I’ll have to guinea pig that on Husband later.

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I got this matcha from one of RLT’s ‘oops’ sales. I was initially drawn to it because a) I love popcorn, b) I have enjoyed their caramel matcha previously, and c) IT’S CARAMEL POPOCORN MATCHA ON SALE. Enough said. But, I did not realized until I had checked out that this was the red matcha that he sells. Which is powdered Rooibos.

Oops.

But I did not let that get in my way, since it is already halfway gone :P

I don’t mind the red base. It’s smooth, which I was not expecting, much sweeter than actual matcha, and I can drink it anytime of the day and not be lying awake at night, wired. I do use double the recommended amount for the red (1 tsp – 2 tsp per 6 – 8 oz)because of the delicate nature of the powder. It doesn’t turn chalky like I half expected it to. Even though the flavor profile is ‘robust,’ on the palate, it is fainter than I am used to. In the bag it is quite pungent. The popcorn flavoring is so spot on. This is coming from a popcorn fanatic. (I mean it. I will go to any movie as long as there is popcorn. I always have some form of it close by. I friggin LOVE this stuff!) the buttery popcorn is not overpowered by the caramel, and brings about a sense of hot caramel being drizzled over freshly popped and buttered popcorn.

I have put this on yogurt and ice cream, made it iced with almond milk, and even hot once with my chawan and chasen. I will be sad when it’s gone – which may be very soon – but I took a gamble and it paid off. I won’t be replenishing it exactly as is, but maybe as normal matcha. It’s a good indulgent nightcap!

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Honey, Popcorn

AllanK

His website makes it appear that you have to choose red matcha over regular, green matcha. Rooibos matcha sounds interesting.

rosebudmelissa

It does sound interesting. One of the reasons I haven’t checked out Red Leaf Tea is because I try to limit my caffeine. I may need to give that a try, though.

TheLastDodo

I highly recommend it. I wasn’t sure at first, but is a really great alternative to regular matcha. No matter how much I use, it never gets bitter or grainy.

Starfevre

I’ve had the black matcha before, which is pretty good (if you like black tea).

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Thank you Cavocorax for the chance to try this matcha! I had it last night mixed with a glass of cashew milk and it was delicious. The cashew milk is what stood out most tbh but the matcha imparted a nice chocolate richness to the drink and left my mouth with the smooth taste of raspberry. It was really quite lovely :)

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Meh. This smelled like amazing macadamia nuts when I opened the packet – rich, nutty, sweet and buttery. But that delicious flavour doesn’t quite carry over to the flavour. It’s sort of generically nutty and grassy, with an odd burnt note. Sadly, not getting the sweet, buttery flavour of macadamias. :(

It’s drinkable but I’m not a fan.

Flavors: Burnt, Butter, Grass, Nuts, Sweet

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

Awesome as a cold, blended latte!

leaf in hot water

Sounds intriguing! tangy currant + vegetables?

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85

I am a sucker for anything black currant flavour. This is a good balance of authntic black currant flavour and grassy matcha.

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drank Mango Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
875 tasting notes

Tasty but a little more candy or dried mango tasting than fresh, juicy mango, which is what I was hoping for.

I’ll still finish this, but I wouldn’t rebuy this flavour.

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Dried Fruit, Mango

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Definitely one of my preferred matchas from Red Leaf. Today I had it as a hot latte and it was just chocolate raspberry perfection.

Flavors: Chocolate, Raspberry

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

Delicious, though the matcha is less present than the other flavours. A wonderful hot latte.

Flavors: Chocolate, Raspberry

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100

It’s gone, all gone ToT

This is definitely a re-orders soon as I can justify it. So delicious and easy to drink. So so good.

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I have a problem, and its name is Caramel MATCHAccino. Though very soon I will have a new problem – being out of Caramel MATCHAccino, which will be infinitely worse.

I’ve nearly finished my generous sample of this in two days. I have one serving left and it’s sitting on my counter, taunting me to sip it down while I pack.

This is seriously so, so delicious. I really, really should not order more tea anything, until I finish more stuff, but I may need to make an exception for this, because I want to drink it every day.

Kristal

I just checked your cupboard-do you really have 514 teas?

Lindsay

This made me laugh out loud. :)

Anlina

Yup. 514 give or take a few. Mostly small samples thank goodness. Which is why I’m not supposed to buy more tea.

Lindsay

Yeah, how many of those are from that one enormous Teabox sampler? :) I make myself feel better by not adding anything I have less than 10g of… and it’s still getting a bit out of hand…

Kristal

That makes sense then :)

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I got a bag of this as a sample with my Red Leaf order and oh my god this is amazing. I made this cold and drank down my cup way too fast. It’s perfect – intense caramel flavour well balanced with matcha and not too sweet.

Amazing. I could drink this all the time.

Mike

Wow, this one sounds good! I’ll have to look into it! I still haven’t gotten into matchas yet!

M

That sounds like a really interesting combination. I need to expand my matcha horizons.

Anlina

I drank three of these today, back to back.

I was a little worried that the sample didn’t come in a resealable bag, because it looked fairly big, but I’m less worried now. I’m pretty sure it’ll be gone before the end of the week.

Milk, ice cubes and a scoop of this in the blender is dangerously easy. Doubly so come summer time.

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Tasty shaken up in a bottle of cold water, though I prefer it as a latte. In cold water, the cherry flavour isn’t as nicely balanced with the matcha and tastes a bit artificial.

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90

MmmmMMmmmmMMmmm so good. Such a delicious latte.

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