Red Leaf Tea

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Getting reading to leave town so I had to finish up my vanilla almond milk. I had about 16 oz. of almond milk. Gosh, I’ve got a great idea! Mix in some French Vanilla matcha and pour over ice. Yum, yum, yum!

Flavors: Creamy, Vanilla

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drank Mandarin Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
280 tasting notes

Pass the Stash 2.0

Okay first thing…This is the FIFTH TTBs for the month of August. !! Are all the planets in the solar system aligning to bring together. All the TTBs started with different people, different order and different times.

I made this with vanilla almond milk and it was delicious. Not really orange, more just a fruity flavor but still really tasty. I can taste the matcha and it is definitely the distinctive matcha.

Flavors: Fruity


I know what you mean! Over the last two months I feel like I’ve had a TTB almost constantly. It hasn’t quite been that often, but I’ve had several.

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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

Iced 0 min, 15 sec 4 tsp

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I mixed 1 tsp matcha powder, 1 tsp sugar, and added just enough hot water so that it would mix. Then I filled the rest of my cup with cold milk. It tastes exactly like strawberry milk!

Flavors: Strawberry

1 tsp

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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!

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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.

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I like this one. It’s a good twist on a classic. I wouldn’t drink it every day, but it was a nice change from the norm. The taste is mildly ‘fake’ but still a great idea.

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I dont actually own this tea. My friend let me try it so I can only give a half review. Haha. The tea was really good when I had it. I had it with some ice and milk and no sweetner but the milk was a bit sweet. Great tea and worth the buy if someone is interested in this kind of tea.

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drank tenryu matcha by Red Leaf Tea
5 tasting notes

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

180 °F / 82 °C 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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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!


I’m glad you enjoyed it. Of the ones I sent you, this was my least favorite so hopefully you enjoy the others as well.

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drank Banana & Cream Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
36 tasting notes

Another one from GCTTB Round 3 VariaTEA

I used more milk than intended because I just wanted to finish up the last bit of it, so the flavor is not as strong as the camamel popcorn one that I tried before. Nevertheless, still very good. Oh no, I might have to buy myself some flavored matcha soon..


I am glad you are enjoying the matchas :)

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I got this tea in a swap from Ost. She sent me a huge amount of it, I guess she didn’t like it much. Well, more for me! I’m not really a wine person, but I do like some sparkling wines (the sweet ones). The tea itself is mostly leaves with some silvery buds mixed in along with some thin red flower petals. It smells like candy! Very sweet and slightly tart raspberry with a definite effervescent quality. There’s white grape juice in there as well. I followed the instructions on Red Leaf’s website and did a 4 minute steep at (about) 180 degrees.

The brewed aroma is very similar to the dry but a bit milder. Woo, this tea! The first thing I notice about it is the effervescent champagne quality it has. Very bubbly! The raspberry flavor is still very candy-like in my opinion, but that’s okay. I’m definitely getting that white grape juice flavor that I smelled before. I added sugar to mine, as the tea wasn’t as sweet as I expected plain.

I can see this being fantastic and refreshing iced! Must try that later! :D Thanks Ost!

Flavors: Candy, Champagne, Hay, Raspberry, Sweet, White Grapes

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Glad you enjoyed it! (:

Cameron B.

It’s tasty. I can’t wait to try it iced, I bet it’s wonderful! :D

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From GCTTB Round 3 VariaTEA

This is my first time having flavored matcha, and this is super yummy! Smells like rich, buttery caramel, not exactly sure about the popcorn though. I had half a teaspoon of this in cold milk – soo good! Also feeling a bit of a energy high.. maybe should have had this in the morning instead :P


Glad you enjoyed this :)

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Tasting note number 1700! Woot!

Anyway, I added a tsp. of this matcha into a pudding cup of caramel pudding; honestly I didn’t expect to be able to taste the matcha but I just wanted that matcha buzz and I thought that out of the matcha I own this one would clash the least with caramel flavour. At I was pretty right; I couldn’t taste this one at all until the after taste and then surprisingly it tasted distinctly like maple.


That’s a wholotta notes, congrats!


OMG, that is a HUGE number of notes. How long did that take you??

Roswell Strange

I joined Steepster on September 4th 2013


You drink so much tea! Congratulations on 1700. :)


And your notes so detailed! Congrats!


Wow, that’s great! :)

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Big thanks to Courtney for giving this one to me!

For the first try, I whisked it into cold milk. Overall it was good but a little weak; next time I think I’ll up the amount of matcha I use (Courtney, what flavour level is this one?). But, that said, despite being a bit weaker than I was anticipating it was nice and did deliver a nice maple flavour. It reminded me of the maple leaf shaped sugar cookies with the slight walnut nuttiness to them and that yummy maple icing! Mmm!

I look forward to playing around with this one!

Flavors: Maple Syrup, Walnut

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When I first started seeing fluorescent-green matcha drinks on the internet, I was admittedly quite skeptical. Green tea in general had always ranked lower than my prized Earl Grey, and the sugar-laden matcha latte I tried at starbucks left me perplexed more than anything else.
But the more I read about the health benefits and energy boost matcha could provide, the more I wanted to give it a chance.
Enter Red Leaf Tea.
After seeing all the flavors offered and the fantastic reviews on this very site, I decided to order the much-lauded caramel matcha in the “special blend”.
Order specs:
Size : 30g
Matcha Quality: Classic (Basic Grade)
Matcha Type: Organic
Flavor: Distinctive

Immediately when I opened the packet, the aroma of caramel poured out. I might have stood there sniffing my tea for a good minute, it was so deliciously scented. A promising start.
In a very non-traditional way, I prepared my matcha in my bullet blender, before adding ice to fight the summer heat. The tea foamed nicely, not too much, and the bubbles resided a bit with the addition of ice. And of course, the signature green color!
At the first sip, I was in heaven. How could it be so sweet without any sweetener added? The rich and buttery caramel flavor was like a dessert, and the faint vegetal undertones of the matcha were surprisingly well suited to the caramel flavor. Even my roommate, who is most definitely not a fan of tea, wanted to give it a try, and confessed that she enjoyed it quite a bit!
I will absolutely be buying more. Rather soon, I fear, for that 30g packet, while it has lasted for many cups, is going far faster than I’d anticipated.
I highly recommend this tea!
To buy it for yourself, order here:

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Sweet

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Hazelnut Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
236 tasting notes

Thank you Dinosara for sending this to me. I love nuts, and I especially love hazelnuts. When I smelled this, I knew I was going to like it. It smell sweet and nutty and almost like a dessert. I made it up latte style with milk and a bit of sweetener, and it was delicious. Sweet and nutty and creamy and mouth watering.

The hazelnut is the star of the show here, but that doesn’t mean that the matcha doesn’t make an appearance.

This is a new favorite flavor for matchas, and I can only imagine how decadent this would be blended with a bit of cocoa powder, or even chocolate chip ice cream.

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

FYI, this is actually on their black matcha base!


That explains so much! xD

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1589 tasting notes

Breakfast is getting so much easier now that my 13 month old daughter has been adamant about feeding herself messily with a spoon! I can enjoy a cup of tea every morning while she eats her yogurt.

I had opened this up last night and enjoyed it so much that I had it again this morning. I made this with just milk! I heated the milk and added 1.5 heaping teaspoons of caramel matcha and 1 teaspoon of sugar. MmmMmmMmmmmm! The light green frothy brew was delicious. The caramel and orange come through in a gentle manner. The creaminess and sweetness add to this delicious breakfast. Again… dessert for breakfast? I can’t argue with that! I love this tea. I have to make this matcha with just plain hot water next time. I am sure it tastes equally good!

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Orange

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