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drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1612 tasting notes

This is absolutely delicious. I have to play around with how much to put in my matcha bowl. The first time I tried this it was too bitter at toward the end. I also tried this with milk and a bit of brown sugar, and that combination was DELICIOUS. I love the almond flavor and taste. It reminds me a bit of amaretto.

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90

Thank you Nichole! This one certainly catches my fancy as a sweeter green tea.

When I smelled it, I instantly got the vanilla and it definitely has a coconut character to it in smell and taste. The notes on here already describe it perfectly.

I like it on it’s own, but sugar is not a bad compliment. A lot of people would like this, especially newer drinkers. More experienced drinkers would love the deep green powder color, but want the liquid to be a little bit frothier. Flavor though is fresh and rejuvenating-it’s almost a desert tea to me.

Nichole

Glad you like it!

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Ever wondered how I first tried Matcha? Back when I was a teenager, I went through an obsessed with Japan phase (hilariously did not start with anime, though it led to it, it started with sushi and other food) and in my exploration of the culture (ok I never really outgrew that phase, it just calmed…a bit) and food, I stumbled across Matcha Mochi ice cream, that green sweetness was truly a love at first bite. Exploration led me to the beautiful Chado and Matcha in its ‘pure’ form. I had a treasured canister of Matcha and Chasen and had no real idea what I was doing, but I enjoyed myself immensely. Of course even though I love and drink Matcha in the ceremonial way, I still love that sweet ice-cream filling inside a Mochi, and of course the oh so famous Matcha latte. Which brings me to Red Leaf Tea’s Sweet Matcha! This is one of those Matcha that is sweetened, it is very much so a toss powder into a cup, add milk, insert hand mixer and viola! Latte! According to the website it is organic and that it is good for Lattes and Frappes, and that is all the info we get, so it is an adventure! The color and the aroma is pale and faint, notes of sugar and grass, fresh vegetation, and hay waft off the very fluffy powder.

So, that is what I did, after photographing and sniffing the powder I tossed it into my hand-mixer’s mixing cup with some whole milk and mixed it up with great vigor. With such a mild aroma I was a bit dubious, but it is actually pretty rich and very sweet. Refreshing grassy notes, broken fresh hay, and bright green sweetness, it tastes like Matcha ice cream that has melted into my cup. I admit I have a bit of an addiction to this stuff, I tend to make it strong, to really bring out the grassy greenness. Of course that does make it extra sweet, which I wish I could dial down a bit. I serve lattes made from the Sweet Matcha to my friends when they are in the mood for a sugary treat rather than a bowl of Matcha. I enjoy this stuff immensely, I just really wish it was not so sweet, but to counter that I just toss in some culinary grade Matcha to keep it as rich while cutting down on the sugary sweetness a bit.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2015/08/red-leaf-tea-sweet-matcha-matcha-monday.html

Flavors: Grass, Hay, Sugar

Kirkoneill1988

Best review ever!

I love this stuff in hot water. Maybe when I order more I’ll try a smoothie with it

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50

an ok tea:

when i smell the matcha powder, i smell vanilla and slight grassy notes.

when i smell the brewed tea , the smell is a bit diluted.

when i taste the brewed tea, the vanilla is very diluted and the grassyness is a tad bit stronger.

even though i used a half a teaspoon, the tea is so diluted i the vanilla is not strong enough to really enjoy it. if i were to use more tea it would probably become bitter and even less enjoyable.

since i was kinda disapointed, i rate this a 50

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 OZ / 250 ML

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100

This stuff is awesome in hot water alone!

Specs as I’m doing this on my iPod

1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon.

250ml mug.

Below boiling water temp.

When I smell the matcha powder, I smell fresh cut grass with a lovely sweet smell.

When I smell the brewed tea, the smell is intensified.

When I taste the brewed tea, It tastes fantastic! :D. Freshly cut grass and awesome sweetness!

It’s not as good as matcha deluxe but I still rate a 100

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Sweet

Kirkoneill1988

A note to kittylovestea

Please see my review of matcha deluxe too :)

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10

a not too good tea. :(

when i smell the matcha power, i smell cheese cake.

when i smell the brewed tea, i smell cheese cake and a hint of orange peels.

when i taste the brewed tea, the orange peel taste way overpowers the cheese cake. :(

i rate this a 10 instead of a 1 because it wasen’t too bad but its something i don’t like and will not order again

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100

all i can say now is, THIS IS THE BEST MATCHA EVER!

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100

i just tried a cold latte with this stuff. it was quite good, but i prefer it in hot water

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100

so my “Red Leaf Tea” order came in:

what an amazing tea:

when i smell the matcha powder, i smell sweetness and green grass

when i smell the brewed tea, the smell is intensified.

when i taste the brewed tea, i taste strong and lovely sweetness and fresh cut grass. mmmm :D

i rate this a 100 because this is the perfect matcha for me :D

i definitely recommend trying this tea!

this is best with 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Green, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 OZ / 250 ML
Kristal

sounds like a really nice, high quality matcha :)

Kirkoneill1988

It is! :D I never expected high quality to come from china :)

Kirkoneill1988

In the form of matcha that is lol

Kristal

I believe Japan is the original creator of matcha, yes?

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91

I need some whip cream. Currently drinking this cold because it’s warm out. Just threw 6 oz in the blender followed by 1tsp of matcha. Great chocolate smell emits itself from the package. The taste is also much better then I was expecting. Oh man…. I just had a great thought! Mix this with the orange matcha. Oh that is so happening!

Nichole

Oh, this makes me crave matcha!

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85

I had a sample of this and prepared it the same way I did the Belgium Chocolate one.

*with a few ounces of hot water and whisked in a chawan
*stirred with a few tablespoons of cold water and topped with cold, unsweetened cashew milk
*stirred with a few tablespoons of hot water and topped with hot, unsweetened cashew milk

I added sweetener to all three preparations. Again, as with the chocolate one, I felt like it was strange to have a candy-like flavour without significant sweetness. I’d have to try these again with dairy milk, to see if that provides enough sweetness on its own.

I liked this a lot better than the chocolate and would consider restocking. The flavour is good, very butterscotch-y. The matcha is a bit bitter, but not unpleasantly so.

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drank Sweet Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1281 tasting notes

I’ve tried this twice and both times not according to instructions, quite frankly the recommended 1 tablespoon is too much in my opinion. The first one was half hot water (80C) and half milk, mixed well with 1 heaped teaspoon of matcha. I found this to be rather bitter after a while and while it was sweet at times it tasted too strong and not evenly balanced.

So I tried warm water (50C) with 1 level teaspoon of matcha and 4/5 water to 1/5 milk. This was almost perfect. The sweetness is enhanced with cream and sweet but lightly bitter grass. The sweetness is like honey, not too much but a nice level. Overall flavour is lighter but the matcha flavour is distinct and as it settles towards the bottom of my cup it becomes stronger with each sip. Plus I also found that it tastes lighter and stays foamier with most water in the mix.

Next time I may try a bit more matcha but it makes for a nice treat every now and then. I picked up a pound in their sale :D Should give me enough time to perfect the brew.

ashmanra

I use less of the mix than they call for, or just increase the amount of milk over what they recommend. I agree with you! I just have the caramel one.

Kirkoneill1988

i usually use 1/4 or 1/2 a teaspoon when dealing with matcha unless its a smoothie or matcha pancakes

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89

This is my fourth sample from the flavored matcha sampler. It’s delicate flavoring with the classic base. The flavor is very subtle. It doesn’t actually taste like flavored matcha. It doesn’t taste like unflavored matcha either. It’s somewhere in between.

This tea is very smooth and less grassy than most other matcha. It’s a little creamy but doesn’t taste like cream per say. I can’t really describe it but it’s good. I definitely recommend getting a higher flavoring level if you want to really taste the cream. Unlike other reviewers, I’m not getting anything even remotely lemon-flavored or citrusy here.

I also tried mixing it with Vanilla Bean Matcha because I thought that would be stellar! Ironically, it wasn’t super amazing like I was expecting. This is a good matcha for people who like smooth, creamy matcha that isn’t heavily flavored. Personally, I think I’ll stick to other flavors for future purchases.

Flavors: Smooth

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
Fjellrev

I totally know what you mean by a flavoured matcha not tasting flavoured or unflavoured, but in between. I haven’t tried this one, but I swear a few of their desserty ones wind up like that.

ashmanra

I bought this one in Robust I think. I loved it. I think it was one of my favorites, even though when I ordered it I thought all Bavarian Cream was just vanilla flavored. That light lemon taste was so yummy…

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100

this stuff is great with milk and bananna made into a smoothie!

Flavors: Caramel, Milk, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Shokuku Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1571 tasting notes

I used this in a latte – cold milk and Splenda. I really enjoyed it. Adding 12 oz of milk to 2 tsp of powder tends to overpower the taste of most matcha. I thought this stood up really well. Grassy and vegetal.

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90

This is my third sample from the flavored matcha sampler. It’s delicate flavoring with the classic base. The dry leaf aroma is full of beautiful vanilla goodness. The flavor is gently sweet vanilla bean. The aftertaste is really lovely and the best part of this tea in my opinion. The natural-tasting vanilla flavoring lingers long after the sip.

This is delicious but I think I’d prefer vanilla as a component in a flavoring rather than the only thing going on. I can recommend this one, even in the lower flavoring level. I think vanilla may be one of those flavors that you want to be delicate. Although I’m really on a vanilla kick right now and I almost always prefer for it to be punched up about 100 notches. So that I enjoy this in delicate flavoring level is saying something!

Flavors: Sweet, warm grass, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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100

i tried this with just milk in a blender, tastes good

Preparation
Iced 1 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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100

so i tried something new.

putting a teaspoon of this matcha in hot water, stir and drinking it. then using the stuff left on the bottom, i would add more water and stir and repeat.

the experience is: somewhat bitter then gets sweeter over 3 to 4 refills :D

i suggest trying this

Preparation
Boiling

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100

tried a different smoothie:

starter matcha + 2 strawberries + milk = a smoothie that’s good but not as good as banana version

starter matcha info can be found here --> http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/starter-matcha-en.html#.VbuNgvlViko

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100

so, since my other review left me with a good feeling, I trie this tea just now with water and it was great!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 g 8 OZ / 225 ML

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100

love this matcha! it’s great for matcha smoothies and matcha pancakes! I have yet to try it with hot water

Flavors: Grass, Green, Vegetables, Vegetal

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85

This was a free sample that someone kindly gave me but I cannot remember whom, there is also a possibility this came from the EU TTB. Unfortunately it got mixed with some other stuff so I may never know. Either way thank you!

This says it can make 5 cups which sounds rather nice for a sample amount.

As I open the packet there is an overwhelming scent of toffee, definable as toffee as well, the type of toffee that I used to have sweets of as a child. A large block that I would buy on holiday at the seaside and break pieces apart with a hammer. Such good childhood memories all come rushing back as I smell this. As nice and creamy as it does smell there is little to no Matcha or green tea among it.

Putting one serving of this ie one scoop into my bowl and filling with a combination of 3/4 warm water and 1/4 milk. Whisking produced a nice level of bubbles and froth, more than expected though they didn’t last long.

Flavour was more subtle but the toffee notes were there, so was a slightly bitter undertone from the Matcha. Some dryness though subtle and the after taste is creamy though short lived.

Overall the scent is stronger than the taste but regardless this was a pleasant flavoured Matcha. One that I would consider purchasing should the chance arise.

Flavors: Cream, Toffee

Kirkoneill1988

I shall try this someday! :D and if it helps, it’s not me who sent it.

I use 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon and matcha is best like this

Kirkoneill1988

(BTW, I don’t own the site. just letting you know)

Kirkoneill1988

I ordered their almond matcha with royal matcha when almond was half off

KittyLovesTea

Thanks Kirk. I saw it on offer but am pretty low on funds at the moment until payday which is Friday. Hoping it stays on sale until then, will pick some up if it does. Finishing off the sample now as a latte. :)

Kirkoneill1988

almond was half off for like two weeks :)

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70

I prepared this three ways:

*with a few ounces of hot water and whisked in a chawan
*stirred with a few tablespoons of cold water and topped with cold, unsweetened cashew milk
*stirred with a few tablespoons of hot water and topped with hot, unsweetened cashew milk

I wasn’t crazy about this in any preparation and I definitely had to sweeten it all three times. The matcha itself is only slightly bitter, but the chocolate flavour just seems to demand sweetness. It’s sort of unpleasant and weird to drink unsweetened chocolate. I’m also not sure that chocolate and matcha flavours mesh that well together.

The preparations with cashew milk were both better than with water alone. I think the extra creaminess really works with the chocolate. Dairy milk would probably be even better since it would bring a lot of its own sweetness to the mix.

I didn’t have any trouble finishing my sample pack, but I won’t be re-ordering this.

Flavors: Bitter, Dark Chocolate

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