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First taste of matcha….
I have to admit, the free sample offering at Red Leaf Tea put me over the edge on finally giving matcha a try. Unfortunately, their offer was such a good deal that there were a few hiccups in processing. No fear, because I picked up a black tea matcha (what do you really call this?) during Black Friday and asked that she include my caramel free sample from November when she shipped my order. I am generally a black tea drinker, and thought I needed to give the black tea version a try, too, as I am not generally one to like green tea much, even though I really wanted to.
Call me thoroughly impressed. I made a latte version in my mini-blender with milk, ice, and just a little bit of sweetener. It did not taste bad without the sweetener, it is just that it tasted fantastic with it. I very much appreciated the clear instructions on how to prepare the matcha that were included with the free sample. I think I have found a way I can love green tea! Huzzah! Thank you, Red Leaf! You have won another customer.
Some jerkwad decided it would be funny to pull the fire alarm at 6am, and we didn’t get back in until 6:30. Took me forever to fall back asleep, and accidentally slept until 1:30. AHH! I just finished writing over two craptacular pages for my paper and decided, finally, at nearly 5:30pm to have my first cup of tea today.
I ordered this with the “There’s Matcha in There?!” level of flavouring, basic grade. The matcha is mossy green in colour and smells slightly honey-ish, but not like bee pollen, really.
I combined the matcha with a teaspoon of honey and half a cup of milk, and am sitting here enjoying this hot. I know the honey will compromise the flavour, but I’ve actually had it plain before, and the bee pollen flavouring is ultra mild. I think it’s here for its health benefits more than anything else.
Ah, peanut butter. I LOVE it. A bit too much in fact. There were days not that long ago where I’d down a whole container of Peanut Butter Chocolate Haagen Daz in less than fifteen minutes. I would do (almost) anything to have that flavor again. And so, I bought this matcha. I have some Bavarian Chocolate as well, and will mix them eventually.. once I’ve had them both solo.
Size: Large (60g)
Preparation: one heaping matcha spoon of matcha mixed 9oz cold coconut milk using a chasen
This is definitely one I want to try as a Distinctive or even Robust flavoring, because I can barely taste any flavoring at the Delicate level. Having said that, it definitely smells like peanut butter, and the taste teases me. As I demolish the cup, it tastes more and more like peanut butter, and I want to see if I can get the flavoring to pop a bit more so that I love this, instead of just like it.
EDIT: Once I got to the bottom of the cup, it was most definitely a peanut butter matcha, including mouthfeel. It’s almost like this one needs massive sweetener to bring out the flavors, which surprised me. Upping rating, because at the end? Amazing!
Yum! Sweet, creamy, and I can taste hints of coffee with the whiskey notes. I don’t notice a whole lot of the artificial note that I sometimes taste with Red Leaf Tea’s flavored Matchas and I think that might have something to do with the type of flavoring used here … the alcohol-esque note seems to minimize the “chemical” note that comes from the flavor crystals or whatever is used to flavor the matcha. It just tastes like … Matcha that’s been spiked with Irish Cream!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/09/02/irish-cream-flavored-matcha-red-leaf-tea/
Backlogged from earlier today.
Was out with a former colleague and friend at Cafe Deux Soleils (gosh I love that place!) and decided I had to have some matcha to perk me up. So, I brought my chasen, scoop and matcha with me in my bag, and then mixed it up at the table in some almond milk. Because I’m weird like that, and because really… it was one of the most normal things going on in hipsterville.
Size: 60g (Large)
It smells delicious – like toffee – however I felt that this tasted similarly to many of the other matchas I’ve had of late. Still super yummy, and I’m glad I have a lot left so that I can try out other combinations to see if I just missed something. I also added zero sweetener (forgot it at home), so that may be a part of the story there. May even try more tomorrow, just to see what’s what.
Having said all of that, it’s still buttery and delicious!
I had this today mixed in a glass of cold milk. Though I think it was better than when I made it hot, it is still not my favorite. The flavor does not really come through that much and I get more of a vegetal taste from the matcha itself. I think in future I will be mixing this with other matchas rather than drinking it by itself. Thank you Sil for this sample. This is definitely one I would have bought and now I know it is just not for me.
My new weird morning drink:
matcha + white hot chocolate mix + 175f hot water + frother
YUM! Totally not as healthy as a straight matcha latte (the white chocolate mix has more calories than my milk and sugar) but is very creamy tasty. The white chocolate base is really good and combines well with any matcha flavor. Today was Creme Brulee for more of a white chocolate custard taste.
After tasting the Cookies & Cream matcha, one of my friends was very interested in trying other flavors. I showed her all the ones I had and she selected this out of the bunch. So I got to work on making her a cup. As I made it, my other friends became more and more curious about it. I guess my one friends love for it made them realize I was not drinking weird diet powder. They all started asking me questions about what matcha was and what I was mixing it in and it was really fun to introduce them to something I love so much.
Anyways, this cup ended up being passed around the table because everyone wanted a taste. One friend, who dislikes chocolate, thought this was quite pleasant. Another told me it tasted like whiskey with plants and mint. The friend who this cup was made for loved it and as for me, I am still in awe how simply changing the method can bring out flavors I never found when I made this in hot water. Something about mixing it in a cold cup of milk makes this creamy and deliciously chocolate tasting. A wonderful cup to share with my friends.
Something tells me there will be a lot more tea shared this weekend and I can’t wait. I love introducing my friends to so many new teas. Especially when so many of them only ever drink Orange Pekoe and are hesitant to drink my “weird, fancy” teas but always end up falling in love. Until then I get to tuck in to my mom’s king size bed (my mom is in Florida and a friend, who needs to wake up early, is sleeping over in my bed so I took the opportunity to roll around in the giant comfy bed) cuddled up with my little puppy. Sometimes it is just good to be home!
Thank you Cavocorax for sharing this with me!
So I am now back in Markham until the end of the weekend and it is definitely nice to be home. I love Montreal but sometimes it is nice to return to the suburbs and be in a busy household with dogs running under foot and siblings yelling at each other. I actually came back as a surprise for my brother as his Hannukah gift. As an added bonus, I actually ended up getting to surprise a few friends too who were at my house visiting my sister. So it was nice to be back with people I love, sitting around and playing games. And of course, I immediately broke out my tea stash to share with everyone.
The first thing I grabbed was the pack of this matcha and when I offered it to others no one seemed interested so I made myself a cup in cold milk. One of the friends visiting actually asks me about my teas each day so anytime I make a cup she is always excited to try it. She ended up loving it and told me she would definitely buy more, even after I told her how pricy it could be she was still interested. Everyone else called it my weird green milk and told me they avoid healthy drinks. Oh well, more for me!
This was so creamy with a hint of the chocolatey goodness associated with an oreo cookie. I always love this tea and tonight was no exception. I can not thank Cavocorax enough for sharing this with me!!
Busted out the matcha again this ‘morning’ (it’s 1pm here), because I’m devoted to trying all of my various incarnations of these delicious drinks before I manage to share them all in swaps.
So cheesecake it is today, although there may have been some pineapple on the spoon as well from having just packaged up some for JennyFur.
Size: Small (30g)
Quantity used: one matcha scoop in 8oz of cold coconut milk
Mixed with a chasen
All I smell when I open the package is butter. Creamy butter. Lovely, however not what I normally associate with cheesecake. Drinking it also gives me butter at the start – which is delicious! Still, I want more cheesecake-y tang. After about half of the cup is finished however, I start to get the tang – so maybe I just needed to use more chasen-whipping skills to get this right. Yum….
Hey, did anyone see the newest offering on Red Leaf yet? Starbucks-comparable green tea frappuchino. Oh.. this makes me excited. I used to down those things like nobody’s business…
And another matcha gone! (74) This time I had it with hot water, as usually intended. It’s more bitter than I’m used to when I drink it in milk, and the chocolate isn’t quite as stand-out-ish, but it’s still a little creamy and sweet.
I would definitely restock this.
I saw this in the Traveling Teabox B and decided I needed to try it. I fell in love D: I made it as a hot latte with warm milk and a couple scoops and shook it in my tumbler. Mmmm it’s so creamy. The caramel flavor is there, but not too much. I just can’t get over the creaminess. This would be nice to take to work when I work the early shifts and its chilly :D
Ok, if you like Eggnog you will love this. I wasnt to sure about flavored matcha in the begining but I was proved wrong. The second I opened this the smell just filled the room. I was in shock. It smelled amazing, and sure enough I immediately made a drink with it. Its tastes exactly like it smells which is amazing. All I did was add 1/2 a teaspoom to a cup of nonfat milk and a packet of sweetnlow and it was amazing. I was so happy with it. It also comes in a cute little package that is easy to get matcha from without making a mess, which is great for someone like me who is super klutzy. Red Leaf never fails to amaze me, Their matcha is so good, and also very reasonably priced. They also have made me a true believer in flavored matcha, which is great for those even starting out or for those who dont like the real taste of it. It tastes like eggnog, but is so much healthier!! Absolutely love it and will definitely be buying more.
If you are interested you can get it here:
So the first time I had this, I was not a huge fan but mixed with a cold glass of milk, this is pure caramel-y goodness. It is rich and creamy and tastes like a cup of liquid caramel. I was worried when I got a whiff of the powder because it smelled sort of chemically but there is no chemical taste here. Definitely raising the rating on this one. Thank you Sil for sharing!
Oh my, this is so delicious. I think I’ve figured out how to make this to my liking now. Yay!
Size: Large (60g)
Mixed up a heaping matcha spoon of matcha with about 8oz of coconut milk, and whisked it all together with my new chasen (thanks Zen Tea, for shipping that in record time, yet again!) The chasen made all the difference and it took me less than 15 seconds to get all the globs out.
Out of the bag, this definitely smells like a ooey, gooey caramel popcorn. My mouth watered immediately. So good! Mixed up, this tastes almost exactly as it’s described: buttery, caramel-y popcorn. My only complaint is that I didn’t order it with a stronger flavor level. I’ll order it as distinctive next time – which I’m definitely doing. Ordering more, that is… when I’m done the massive amount that I have now.
Oh Cavocorax your mixing with milk method has done it again. Though the flavor is not strong, I am definitely detecting a smooth and creamy nuttiness that is distinctly peanut butter right at the end of my sip. It makes for a delightful finish and a pleasant aftertaste. Thank you Cavocorax for both your matcha wisdom and your matcha sample.
I’ve had this a couple times now and keep forgetting to write a note. Sadly i just looked at the time and realised i don’t have tie right this second, but i WILL come back to this tonight/tomorrow morning. Especially since this is a sipdown lol
My matcha was composed of the following:
Size : Small
Matcha Quality: Starter (Basic Grade)
Now that I have two moments to breath, i really wanted to come back and review the Madagascar vanilla matcha that i finished up last weekend. I’m very partial to the French vanilla flavour from Red Leaf so i wanted to try and see how the two compare. I’ve had this a number of times now, straight, in a smoothie and as a latte. I have to say, my favourite was as a latte but even then, I found myself wishing it were more like French Vanilla. Now to be fair, i have NO clue how their supposed to be different, but i found the Madagascar Vanilla to be less smooth, with a bit of an edge to it, while the french vanilla is on the creamier side. It might be that i need to try this as a Robust flavouring level, but for now I’m leaning towards just sticking with the French vanilla.
What i have to say though, is that honestly, Red Leaf does a pretty bang up job with their more creamy flavours – the ones i would associate with Coffee or with milk. Vanilla, Caramel, Cheesecake, Chocolate…they’re all decent and the customer service is pretty bang on!
Buy it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/madagascar-vanilla-matcha.html
Inspired by VariaTea and her desiring some of this, I opened up the package (just received this morning!) to try it out.
Flavor Level: Delicate
Size: Large (60g)
Buy it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/cookies-and-cream-matcha.html
Opening the bag was a pleasant experience. I smelled mostly cream, with a hint of something chocolatey and cripsy, if you can smell crispy. Mixed it up in some coconut milk with the FREE wooden matcha spoon included in this order (thank you!), and started sipping away.
The first thing I taste is the cream, and then a very much oreo-like chocolate cookie. I haven’t had an actual oreo in many years due to grain intolerances, so I can only go on memory – and it actually feels like I’ve eaten an oreo cookie.
There is something that tastes a bit off to me though, and I can’t quite place it. Maybe a chemical-ness to the vanilla/cream? It may however be my coconut milk (the kids have a tendency to leave it out on the counter), so I’ll leave it at that.
A tasty treat, and one I’ll definitely have more of.
I found the chocolate!! Thanks to Cavocorax’s wonderful suggestion of making this in cold milk, I was able to start my morning with a delicious chocolate-y snack. Though it was not quite chocolate milk level of chocolate flavor, there was enough flavor to still be noticeable and delightful. Thank you Cavocorax for both sending me the sample and for the cold milk suggestion (I feel like I am the only one who did not know this was a good way to have matcha haha).Something tells me I will be going through the matcha faster now that I don’t need to wait for boiling water to cool in order to make it.
This is yet one more from the very generous swap package sent to me by Cavocorax. Unfortunately, this is another matcha that I am not really getting the flavor that I am promised by the name. This is creamy for sure but not so much Irish Cream flavored. It is sweet matcha as opposed to a more vegetal matcha flavor. As much as I enjoy it, it is not irish cream to me. Still quite tasty though so thank you Cavocorax for sharing this with me!
Noooooo! I’ve got one little scoop of this left after this cup. I will surely miss it once it’s gone. I think it’s my favourite out of all the matcha’s I’ve tried so far…
Cavocorax shared some of this with me in a swap package. I am super excited to finally try it because (1) it just seems so interesting and (2) it is my first 50/50 matcha. After tasting my first sip, “interesting” really hits the nail on the head because this is definitely reminiscent of bubblegum. Unlike some of the other matchas, the flavor is a bit more subtle but it is definitely there and I think I prefer it that way otherwise it might be bubblegum overload. Would I buy this? No, probably not. Nevertheless, as it is now, this makes for a tasty matcha treat and I doubt I will have any problems getting through the sample I have. Thank you Cavocorax for sharing this with me :)
This came from me in a generous swap package from Cavocorax. I pulled out the box she sent to try SoHo and when I saw the matchas I decided I would make myself a cup of this too with whatever water was left in the kettle. Unfortunately, I overestimated how much water there was so I probably ended up having 1/2 teaspoon of matcha for about 4-6 oz of water.
As for taste, I did not really pick up much peanut butter flavor. I tasted mostly sweet matcha. There was a nice creaminess to the tea that was reminiscent of smooth peanut butter. Even adding some milk did not bring out the peanut butter flavor. I am holding off on numbers though until I try this properly. It was still an enjoyable cup though so thank you Cavocorax for sharing with me!!