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drank Mocha Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1162 tasting notes

Sil, this is WEIRD! It’s coffee, but it’s green, and it’s matcha. My brain doesn’t know what to do!

I’ve made it as a warm latte. It’s pretty good, but the flavour isn’t quite right, nor is the colour. :) I think if I want a coffee, I’ll just have a coffee.

Thank you for sharing, but this isn’t a flavour I’ll be keeping on my list! :)

Courtney

I have trouble with coffee flavoured teas too haha.

Sil

hahahahaha

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85

Having as a cold latte today. Two chasaku scoops dissolved in 175F water, added 8oz of cold light soy milk and shook it like a madwoman.

I’m unsure about this kind of preparation. The matcha taste is dimmed down by the coldness of the milk, but the raspberry is almost amplified. Interesting.

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
125 tasting notes

Like all the matchas from Red Leaf, it’s delicious! I make mine with 8 oz. of lite vanilla soy milk, 2 ice cubes, 3/4 tsp of powder. I put it in my little blender and, oh my, its wonderful and frothy and delicious. I used this as my bribe to get some work done… paying bills, doing taxes, etc. Thank you Cheri for this sample!

Flavors: Caramel, Cream

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93

For once in my chronology I actually remembered to have one of the teas that live at home while I was home on the weekend. More than one, even (more tasting notes to come).

I made myself a nice milk-ice-matchaccino blend today to have with lunch, and it was delicious. Why don’t I drink this more often? I really should be making it on my super early mornings that always make me drag all day. It’s really not that much effort to blend it with some milk in my single-serving blender. Caramelly, sweet but not too sweet, generally delicious! I have two gigantic bags of it so even if I drank it every morning it would probably take me forever to get through it. Must drink more matcha!

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85

Having this with about 8oz light soy milk. I’m getting a bit more of the cheesecake flavor, still very flavorful. Bumping the rating a little. Has a nice sweetness and the matcha base in the background.

2 chasaku scoops, enough 175F water to dissolve, then added ~8oz light vanilla soy milk.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Mandarin Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1162 tasting notes

D for Distinctive, I believe.

This sample is from Sil! Thank you! :D It’s been sent all over, and now I have ALL THE MATCHA in my apartment. My apartment smells like raspberry candy, wow that raspberry flavour is strong.

I’ve made it as a soda, per Roswell Strange. 1/2 tsp matcha and a bit of sugar dissolved in warm water, then mixed with club soda. And some ice.

Surprisingly tasty! Wow. I’m not really getting mandarin from this (all I can smell is raspberry – my WHOLE APARTMENT smells like raspberry!), but it’s tasty all the same. Maybe when it’s had a chance to air out more than just a few hours. :)

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Thanks to Cavocorax for this sample! So good! I had this tea for breakfast with agave and soymilk and then got my haircut at lunch and bought comic books (http://instagram.com/p/mqZeAxIc_q/) just cuz i can and now I’m using the steepster app to post for the first time yay friday!

ok. nope.
i kept getting an error and my note wouldn’t post.
i’ll have to look into that.

whatshesaid

There’s a Steepster app?! What??

whatshesaid

I looked in the App Store and couldn’t find one….

Nxtdoor

@whatshesaid I believe they are “testing” a beta app for iPhone. It was in the discussion thread a while back if I remember correctly. I don’t steepster on the phone cause it’s too small so I didn’t take part which is why I can’t give you more info. I am sure shmiracles will… :)

whatshesaid

Ohhhh ok. It would be nice to use on my iPad for sure!

Sil

it’s in beta atm

OMGsrsly

My notes won’t post either, so I’ve given up until another update comes out. :/

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
52 tasting notes

It’s matcha time! Oh we oh we oh!

Yes, I’m doing a matcha dance in my kitchen. It’s all yummy goodness. The doors are open, the birds are singing, it’s Friday and I have a (double sized) cold glass of yummy.

keychange

do you want to scream, and shout, and let it all out, singing owey owey owey owey?

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1162 tasting notes

I have the sads.

I got the special edition that was on sale a few weeks ago, but it smells like candy corn and tastes like butter. No caramel to be seen.

What is wrong? I remember the caramel being CARAMEL!!!!!!!

It’s still pretty tasty, but it isn’t what I was craving, really.

(3/4 tsp as a latte in almond milk)

Flavors: Butter

Preparation
16 OZ / 473 ML
OMGsrsly

That’s exactly it, Dexter!

OMGsrsly

(Oh! I forgot to take allergy pills. That might be it.)

OwenjMayer

Wasn’t that the organic matcha base too? Organic might be a bit more “earthy” tasting.

whatshesaid

Ohh nooo. I ordered it too, hopefully it’s not too bad….

moraiwe

I ordered this too. I’m glad it was tasty, though, even if it wasn’t caramel.

OMGsrsly

I have no idea what it was. I saw ‘caramel’ and ‘matcha’ and ordered. I got a caramel matcha sample from Sil today, that smells way more caramel than this. Idk.

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drank Plum Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1337 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (182)

Having this as a matcha soda. It is smooth and fruity but nothing special. It is nice to decrease my matcha stash just a touch as I really do have A LOT and each cup only uses 1/2 tsp.

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85

Hmm. Don’t really get a cheesecake taste, but it’s nicely creamy. Sweet matcha taste with a creamy background.

Royal grade, distinctive flavoring. 1 tsp matcha to 16oz nonfat milk.

Preparation
1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Mandarin Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
929 tasting notes

Excitedly opened this today, wanting to try it immediately. Yay, mandarin!

Sadly, it smelled little of mandarin and tasted little of it too. I don’t get it. It was sweet and sort of (?) fruity, but just generically so. Distinctive flavoring too.. must try again.

0.25 tsp in 2 oz.

Preparation
Iced 2 OZ / 59 ML
Stephanie

Matcha flavors seem pretty hit or miss

MissB

In my experience, I like the dessert flavored ones much more than the fruit-flavored ones, although it really depends on how strong the flavoring is.

Suziqzer

Oh.. Hope you get it working for you

Nattie

I’ve tried a couple of ‘delicate’ level matchas, and wasn’t able to pick anything out at all other than matcha. I should be getting my first proper order soon – amaretto matcha plus this month’s sample – and I’ve gone for ‘robust’ because in my experience I need strong flavours in order to be able to pick them up!

Nattie

(The matchaccino you sent, however, was totally perfect and sooo caramel-y. I wish I knew which flavouring level they use for the matchaccinos. Any idea?)

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91

Got my sample in the mail today and had a mug of this earlier. Just made it as a hot latte following the parameters recommended.

It’s really good.
I’m going to have to start reviewing in depth so I can get a discount in order to fund more matcha that I otherwise can’t really afford right now. Unless babies can drink matcha? Haha. I KID, obviously.

Dustin

Rooibos is said to help with diaper rash, so if you get the red base then yeah, babies can drink matcha!

whatshesaid

Haha no way! Weird fact!

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100

Yum. Put this in my magic bullet with some milk and one ice cube the other day and went to run some errands with it. Super tasty no matter how you make it!!

What a frothy, creamy, delectable treat!

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
273 tasting notes

I read VariaTEA’s tasting note on this the other day about drinking it after a bite of salty peanut butter and was inspired to try adding a touch of salt. Wow! I used over 1/4tsp matcha with some sugar, a pinch of salt and whisked it in a small amount of hot water. Then I added milk, ice cubes and shook. Holycrapit’ssogood! I decided to add a tiny bit more salt, which wasn’t bad, but wasn’t as good as the lesser amount, so there is a fine line there. It was just enough to get that salty caramel taste. I then took my mug outside an pulled prickly weeds for a half hour with no gloves on. My hands are now screaming mistake, but my taste buds are quite happy!

Stephanie

I’m totally doing that next time. Perhaps tomorrow for breakfast!

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70

Sipdown (175/177)!

I let Tre choose my matcha tonight because I was struggling with picking something, and this is what he selected. It just so happened it was also an unexpected sipdown!

Obviously it was whisked up in cold milk; that’s typically how I do my matcha unless it’s in club soda; and this one didn’t scream “tea soda” to me tonight. It was really good, though! I definitely got that extra creaminess/borderline caramel flavour from it. However, it wasn’t good enough to make me rethink the decision to not restock this one.

A very nice way to go out, though.

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Ok… I’m trying the cold latte thing (even though it scared the pants off me!).
I keep going to sip it, and my brain is saying, “This should be hot!”, but them my taste buds are saying, “yeah, we know, but, it’s really good, so just go with it!”…
I used 8oz of vanilla almond milk with 1/2 tsp of tea, along with a little drizzle of honey, since I figured if I’m going to go out of my comfort zone here, I better go all the way and add a sweetner…. When my metal whisk wouldn’t do the job (I didn’t want to dirty my blender, since I already have a pile of dishes waiting for me…), I used my stick blender to mix it up, and that seemed to work great!
I can see this being something I would crave (like those weird times when I HAVE to have chocolate soy milk, and there’s no getting around it…), and I love that it is totally different from what I’m used to.
I like this matcha better cold than warm, actually…. as I keep sipping, I’m liking it more and more…..

boychik

I felt the same way. Only cold. since I hate milk, imagine me drinking hot milk. Bleh

Marzipan

This sounds almost exactly like a review I wrote not long ago, I felt exactly the same way. I was almost afraid to try it at first, but then I could totally see it as a new craving!

Cheri

It is a great way to have matcha. I keep checking out the Red Leaf Teas site to see what matcha they have on sale, just in case it’s one I want to try as an iced latte. I’ve been doing them for “breakfast” on my way to work.

Marzipan

I put some fruit in my cheesecake mix up and it made it really good.

ifjuly

stick blender to the rescue!

DeliriumsFrogs

Yeah, it’s so weird that I like it cold! I never would have expected to…ever.

Definitely stick blender to the rescue! Whenever I wonder if it will work for the job, I hear you chanting an encouragement, ifjuly. haha Seriously, I think I’d be too afraid to use mine if it wasn’t for you.

And Marzipan, your post about matcha preferences is what really pushed me to try this. Thanks!

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drank Eggnog Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1337 tasting notes

Well my paper-writing marathon continues and having not slept, I was really in need of some caffeine to get me through. Alas, I finished all my milk yesterday so I was left to ponder what would make a tasty tea soda. In the end, I trusted my awesome tea triplet, Roswell Strange and went for the eggnog matcha. I am glad I did too because (a) this smelled absolutely AMAZING and (b) it has a delicious creamy, vanilla taste that I am really enjoying and don’t remember getting when I had this as a matcha milk. Perhaps, I should combine this with the Cola Matcha and see if it helps at all because this is really quite good.

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100

I had the Caramel Matcha earlier made my usual way but with Chocolate Milk instead, it was super good. Tasted like one of the simply caramel milky way bars. I couldn’t taste the matcha as much because of all the flavor going on but it was still super good.
very sweet!

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I really needed a hit of caffeine this morning, so matcha latte it was.

Prepared my usual way, 1 tsp matcha to 1.5 tbsp. hot water, stir to dissolve, then add cold milk. This was creamy and sweet as always. Strong notes of vanilla and burnt sugar.

Nothing like having dessert for breakfast to start your day off right!

Preparation
1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Tommy the Toad

I had this one the same way this morning but with chocolate milk instead just for fun, it was really tasty :)

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100

I mixed some of this earlier but overestimated how much milk I had and ended up with a pretty disproportionate cup. As in, I had my usual 1/2 tsp matcha to only 1/2 the milk I usually use thus it was overleafed and sort of vegetal. Still, once I got past that, it was strawberry deliciousness through and through.

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80

Had some of this this morning. Reg milk, a sprinkle of sugar.
Dang. I choose vanilla almond milk over regular milk okay.
Soooo I think from now on, I’ll have my matcha with vanilla almond milk :))

Stephanie

I love vanilla almond milk!

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I got this as a sample and had been waiting for the perfect time to try this. So many here seem to love flavored matcha that I wanted to be sure I had time to enjoy this one and really see what it was about the first time I tried it.

Hubby was home yesterday morning, and I decided that I had the time to play with it and see how it went. I’m into smoothies, especially for morning breakfasts in the summertime. We’re certainly not nearing anything like summer yet, but hey, at least most of the snow is gone now. I decided to try this as a smoothie of sorts.. matcha, milk, a couple of ice cubes, a couple of strawberries, and a touch of sugar. I threw it all in the magic bullet and waited for the strawberries to get all chopped up.

First impression… cold frothy milk weirdness. Hubby had the same reaction. I added a bit more sugar, and although the flavor was good, we weren’t sure about the texture. I like frothed hot milk for hot coffees and such, but cold, it just wasn’t my thing. I think next time I will try blending it all with a bit of water, and then adding some milk/cream at the end so as not to have the frothing effect & maybe we’ll enjoy it more next time. I’ve had the same problem when I’ve tried to make blended chai’s w/milk before, so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised.

I will say once I got past the frothiness texture of it and added a little sugar, the flavor was good. I think I was glad I added the few strawberries for an added dimension to the flavor as well. I think I’ll hold off rating this until I give it another go.

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