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I’m not big on alcohol, and while I have enjoyed the alcohol flavored/infused teas that I’ve tried (most of them anyway!) I can’t really tell you with expert opinion that what I’m trying is an alcohol infused or flavored tea because I really don’t know enough about the nuances of different wines/spirits to make that determination. I can only really say what I taste, and base that opinion on my memory of what I remember a certain alcoholic beverage to taste like (I did have some college days, and I spent more time drinking alcohol back then than I do now).
That said: this sangria matcha is sweet and fruity, and I did enjoy it. A hint of brandy-like flavor, but mostly what I taste is fruit notes. This was a robust flavored matcha (classic grade), and I think that a little less flavoring would be better for this blend. I think that the flavors overpower the matcha flavor, but I can taste the buttery sweetness of the matcha and a hint of creamy vegetative taste.
This is better cold than hot. Much better!
Overall, an enjoyable matcha, but not my favorite from Red Leaf Tea.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/07/sangria-flavored-matcha-red-leaf-tea/
Ok, this is funny. I just mentioned I had this to a friend this morning, and she said she just finished her matcha flavoured peanut butter. So, that is a thing!
Anyways, this was much better this morning. I added 1 tsp sugar to 1 cup of hot unsweetened almond milk, about 1/4 cup warm water and 1 tsp matcha.
Mmm. Still not sure if the flavour was really peanut butter, but it was good.
Not enjoying this cup as much as I did the other day. Added more sweetener and matcha to the mix in the hopes I could amp up the flavor of the peanut butter pie. Nope. Bad choice. I just have more matcha in my cup now.
Perhaps it’s that I’m fighting a cold though, so I’ll leave the rating as-is.
Made with 1.5 scoops of matcha, 2 tsp Truvia and 9 oz coconut milk, mixed with a chasen.
Another matcha gone. Sadly, I am quickly running out of my matcha. I plan on restocking but I am waiting to see if my review qualifies for a reviewers discount. Does anyone know how long it usually takes for Red Leaf to get back to you?
Anyways, having this in a cold glass of milk. It is a sweet, tasty, matcha version of chocolate milk. Though it may not be as richly chocolate as chocolate milk, it also doesn’t have the calories so that is nice. For all intents and purposes, it does the trick of satisfying my cravings. Belgium chocolate matcha, you will be missed! Thank you Cavocorax for so generously sharing with me :)
This is my first try at Matcha, and I didn’t follow directions EXACTLY… I thought I would want extra matcha to have a stronger flavor, but it made it slightly bitter. The flavor is dead on for Egg Nog, so I am going to try again later. Also, I tried it hot just to see if I would like it that way…NOPE…I think I want some whole milk in this…may award higher numbers later after I learn to follow directions & use whole milk :~)
thanks so much to Sil for this one!
red leaf really is a wonder…. i have no clue how they accomplish the nuance of flavours in their matcha without preservatives or sugar.
honestly, this flavour is not my favourite…. the madegascar vanilla has been my favourite so far, but the components of this were very clear! easily a moana loa nut praline! i am hugely impressed.
i wouldn’t buy it…. but red leaf, you have my full attention. this is what i drank on the day of my last exam… the one i sleep walked through? the one i barely remember? somehow, with a fever and sick as a dog i got through with a B+. as far as i’m concerned that’s a 3 way effort: mine, Sil’s and yours, red leaf. because i have no other explanation.
still enjoying these matcha powders with cold milk….
I’m so proud of Tre! It seems like, fingers crossed, he’s maybe starting to get more explorative with tea – and he’s finally making some for himself when I’m not around. Which, I suppose could be a bad thing too because there are some blends I’m not super keen to share…
Anyway, earlier in the day while I was at work I guess he resteeped the leaf from the Vanilla Orchid I made (I’m super impressed he even retained that leaf can be resteeped), and then while I was baking he told me he’d had some matcha.. That threw me off because I keep the matcha in a seperate location from all the other tea, and I haven’t shown him where that spot is. Turns out he meant mate (close enough), but him bringing up matcha reminded me that I wanted to try this as a tea soda! So, that’s what I did!
Because club soda has a taste all its own, I decided I would use more matcha today to compensate for that and cover up the slightly more salty taste of the club soda. So instead of the 1/2 tsp. I used yesterday I used a full tsp. today. This was dissolved into about 2 oz. of hot water, and from there I just poured in the full can of club soda (in my water bottle, because I find matcha easier to drink when I can’t see the colour).
And, it’s really good! Basically, I’ve recreated the taste of those fizzy vitamin C tablets that dissolve into water and make it all carbonated. I love those! I bet with sugar I could make this a little bit closer to orange crush type soda. Actually, knowing that it’s not all matcha I dislike and after having pretty good success make this into a soda, it makes me want to buy some more of the fruity matcha flavours to keep doing this…
I do have some Pineapple matcha on the way from VariaTEA, so I’ll definitely make sure I try it this way!
Hm. Cream inside a donut? Okay, I’ll try that.
Size: Small (30g)
Made with 8oz cold coconut milk, 1 tsp of Truvia and mixed with a chasen.
It’s been a while since I’ve had a donut of any kind, much less one with cream in it. Still, I like pudding/cream and I used to eat eclairs with bavarian cream in them like they were something I needed to survive.
Out of the bag it smells light and creamy, and it tastes pretty much the same. There’s a hint of lemon, but it’s mostly cream and butter. While I like it, it definitely requires more stronger flavoring. This would be fun to mix with maraschino cherry and belgium chocolate to see if I could make my own version of a black forest cake.
So I read a few reviews where people said they mixed matcha in cold water and so I decided to give that a try. I figured a fruity tea would probably taste best this way and since Sil gave me such a generous sample of Pineapple matcha, I figured this would be the best choice.
I used 1 tsp in a 500 mL water bottle and though this is a very juicy drink, there is also a slight saltiness and artificial quality to the drink that I don’t get when it is made in hot water. With that in mind, I probably won’t be having matcha like this again. Nonetheless, it is still fairly tasty and I am pretty sure I will be able to get through the bottle. Plus, I still have one 1/2 tsp left of this matcha to enjoy hot. Thank you Sil!!
Trying this cold this time around. Made a double batch because I put a few too many ice cubes into the blender so 16 oz of skim milk, 2 Tbs of matchaccino and a bunch of ice cubes. Blended it all up and WOW. I can see why Red Leaf Tea says that this is the best way to go. I can totally just drink this whole thing down stat. It’s amazing. Just wow.
I don’t know what it is about this particular cup today but having 1/2 tsp of the sample Sil gave me in a glass of cold milk is really hitting the spot. It is so caramel-y and deliciously sweet – it almost tastes as though I put melted caramel in my cup as the flavor is that spot on. This is tasting like an amazingly decadent afternoon snack. Thank you Sil!!
ETA: The first cup was so tasty that I decided to have another. That makes this yet another sipdown!! (165)
Ok, so this is my first attempt ever to make a matcha latte. Seeing how I don’t have any of the proper equipment like a bamboo whisk or whatever, I think I did okay. I think I could have used more matcha to milk ratio because it tastes mostly like warm caramel-flavored milk to me. I was reading online about matcha lattes and how some people opt to add sugar. I’m glad that I tasted it before I did because it is extremely sweet on its own. Maybe it’s because I didn’t add enough matcha, but I am not getting much of the matcha taste itself. I am, however, getting an overwhelming caramel, so maybe it is just the caramel masking other tastes. Anyway, I still have enough to go at it again, so I will try try again!
This is one of a four pack we ordered over last weekend. I am pretty sure it is the one my son was most excited about. Unfortunately, it is not what he expected. I guess I have this one all to myself. Ours is classic base, distinctive flavor, prepared with milk, ice, and sweetener in the mini-blender.
The flavor in this one is average. I now think one should stick to robust flavors for coffee types as that is how coffee is. Robust. I get light chocolate and coffee, just what you’d expect, but because it is light it starts tasting like something is wrong with it rather than it is mocha flavored. I am sure it would be better stronger. I am not sure I will take a chance on ordering a different flavor level as I am no longer that adventurous with my tea dollars and there are definitely a few we love.
I have to say that taking a chance on a flavor is not all that fun for me at this point. I don’t like spending money on something I/we might like. I do appreciate the sample program and can’t wait to see what they offer in January.
I feel like I accomplished none of the things I wanted to this evening to make up for my horrible work day, and that just leaves me feeling kind of defeated (as if I let the day get the better of me). I was going to start my Christmas baking (which I REALLY need to have finished before Saturday evening) and reward myself which yummy cookies, and I also had two new teas set aside to try (this one and 52Tea’s Cucumber Mango Shou Mei) as well. I guess I just didn’t realize how physically exhausted I was from work on top of feeling mentally exhausted, and I just never started my baking and I kept putting off trying the teas I had set aside…
Eventually Tre and I started to have a really good conversation that lasted several hours, and by the time we were done it and I had thought “hmm, lets go try that shou mei!” I looked at the clock and it was midnight. No more time for baking, and definitely not time to properly enjoy two new teas…
So, I am making a note for myself that tomorrow I need to start my baking before work and actually finish at least two of the five recipes, otherwise they will not be done in time!!!.
I decided I had to pull at least something out of the wasted evening though, so I’m having one of the teas and that will have to be enough. This is the one I picked, primarily because I figured making it would require the least amount of effort. I received this matcha in the “take it away” thread from Iridium who, I believe, received it from Lala in the same thread. Pair that with the fact that my only two other matcha experiences were definitely both negative ones (funnily enough, both other ones I’ve tried were from Lala as well), and I did not have high hopes.
Dry, the matcha actually smells pretty good. It reminds me of fizzy vitamin C tablets you put in water to make them dissolve, and then the water got all carbonated. My dad used to make my brother and I drink those all the time back when he was going through his “super health junkie” type phase and obsessing over my brother and I having poor eating habits and being obese. Normally, the stupid shit he used to try on us (so many vitamins…) really pissed me off and tasted disgusting, but I actually really liked those fizzy vitamin C tablets. They tasted kinda like orange pop but less sweet.
I should note I have NO clue what the “specifications” of this matcha are (whether it’s robust or distinctive or otherwise)…
For preparation, I decided to cold shake this because it’s probably the easiest way I know how to do this given I don’t really have any of the “tools” to make matcha. Also, it’s fast to do. So, I used 1/2 tsp (I think last time I was using full teaspoons, but I was really cautious this time so I definitely made sure to use less) of the matcha for a grand total of 20 oz. of water. I’m pretty sure that’s watered down from where it’s supposed to be at.
I’m actually gonna admit that a small part of why I cold shook it has to do with the fact my water bottle is not see through, and this small superficial part of me cannot get over drinking something that is green (and not an appetizing shade of it) that – in my mind – should not be green. Oranges are not supposed to be green, eggnog is not supposed to be green, etc. It’s hard for me to get over that – and by drinking it this way, I visually can’t see the green. It’s easier to forget that way…
As far as smell goes, I’m still getting “fizzy vitamin C tablets”. It actually smells quite nice, in my opinion.
As far as taste goes, this is more akin to chewable orange flavoured vitamins. There’s actually even a “chalky” taste to it that I associate with those kind of vitamins. And really, those are my favorite vitamins – and I, oddly enough, am loving the taste here! Although, I think in my unflavoured matchaccino review I said something to the effect of “yuck, YUCK, YUCK_, *_YUCK*” – so suppose it’s not really hard for this to be much of a step up.
But no – I don’t think I’m gonna have any issues getting through this! Which, I’m frankly finding really odd…
Also, has anyone tried making matcha tea soda? I feel like this would be really easy to do in comparison to regular tea soda because it’d be much more easy to manage the concentration level. I bet with some club soda in here, I could really make it taste like fizzy vitamin C tablets…
Maybe I’ll have to try that tomorrow?
Another sample from Cavocorax. :)
This one tastes buttery, too. Why do they all taste so buttery?!
Anyways, I really like this one. I’m not getting as much chocolate as I expected from it, but I definitely get Vanilla Girl Guide Cookies, or Vanilla K-Toos. Mmm. I want to drink it ALL.
Edit: In unsweetened almond milk, with 1/2 tsp sugar.
I definitely got this right this time. Holy matcha!
Size: Small (30g)
Made with an oversized scoop of matcha, 8oz. coconut milk and 1 tsp of Truvia. Mixed with a chasen.
This is, by far, the best matcha I’ve had from Red Leaf. If I could give it a higher rating, I would! I tried this the other day and it tasted ‘off’ to me. My daughter said it was how almond/coconut milk tastes, and yet… just wasn’t right, especially knowing how many of you love this one.
So, I tried again today. Pure coconut milk, mixed with a chasen, added more milk, some Truvia… and I gulped the whole cup down in less than three minutes. For someone who had to swear off sugar a while ago, this is the best possible fix for a caramel-lover. It’s exactly like biting into a caramel, minus the sticking-to-your-teeth gooeyness.
Additional notes: Oh no! I threw about a cup of ice cream, a banana and milk in the magic bullet with some of this and it was so so good! This is bad because I will want to make it like this every time. I even had it with whipped cream on top like the Red Leaf picture shows. So so so good! I used up the last of one of the big bags of this, though most of it went into trades and teaboxes. Luckily, I have one big bag (30 servings) and two smaller bags (10 servings each) remaining. Creamy banana caramel goodness!
Well after reading the discussion thread Lala posted about matcha smoothies, I caved and decided to try one for myself. I used 1/2 tsp of this matcha combined with 1/2 tsp of Madagascar Vanilla matcha (both provided by the ever so generous Sil), one frozen and VERY ripe banana, and a glass of cold 1% milk.
More than anything I am tasting the banana but there is the slightest hint of Pineapple. It is also very creamy. However, I think my venture into matcha smoothies was not particularly successful this time around. Next time, I will try with some more matcha in order to bring out the flavors. Oh well, you live and you learn.
ETA: I found the vanilla flavor right at the bottom of the cup. Hmmm…
Steepster app lost my note again. :(
- with almond milk and a little sugar
- need to try plain and with lots of sugar
Matcha of the day…..
Well, the kids and I chose some flavors and put in an order. Pretty sweet that it only took a few days to get here. We were not sure of the flavor level in the free samples we got, so we chose distinctive level for flavor (ours is the classic base). I have to say, the amount of flavor in this one seems kind of light, but it does have hints of a cookies & cream milkshake when made with milk and ice. I probably would have liked the flavor a little stronger. In no way does this come close to the caramel, french vanilla, or egg nog for me, though. I am pretty sure it will not be a staple, but we will enjoy it while we have it. I will have to ask my daughter’s opinion on this one.
Well now that I have finished my exam and was finally able to go to the grocery store, I am celebrating having milk by having yet another glass of matcha! I wanted something creamy but not overly sweet and so I decided to go with peanut butter. It is smooth, creamy, nutty goodness and definitely hitting the spot as I package up some swaps :) Thank you Cavocorax!
I picked some of this up when it was 1/2 price on Red Tea Leaf’s website. The specifics of what I purchased are:
Flavor Level: Delicate
Size: Small (30g)
Grade: Classic (Basic Grade)
Buy it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/cookies-and-cream-matcha.html
I first tried this matcha when Cavocorax generously sent me a sample. From my very first sip, I knew that I wanted more of this flavor. Of course when I saw the matcha on sale for 50% off, I could not pass up the opportunity to buy some more. I also lucked out and was able to pick up some Bavarian Cream, a flavor I have wanted to try since discovering flavored matcha, at the same discount.
Anyways, when I opened the package, I was immediately in love with the smell. It has a very creamy scent with just a hint of the fudge-y chocolate cookie lingering in the mix. I was so excited to have a cup so I grabbed out my measuring spoon, my milk frother, and a glass. Of course I also needed my milk to make my drink complete.
I excitedly measured out 1/2 tsp of matcha and used my milk frother to combine it with 8 oz of cold milk, with just a hint of froth. I watched as the milk quickly took on a pale green color and released the decadent smell of cookies and cream.
Finally getting to drink my milky snack and I am definitely happy to announce that this is an oreo in a cup. It is amazingly creamy and that hint of chocolate cookie adds another level to the cup. Not to mention, it is matcha so it is definitely a guilt free treat. Yum!!
Holy moly this is phenomenal! I got a free packet of this through Red Leaf’s monthly sample offer. After my disappointing experience with Peppermint Matcha, I felt rather cautious about trying this out.
Oh my goodness, this is fabulous! It tastes incredibly creamy with just the right nudge of spice. I drank this as a hot latte, but am planning to try it cold as well, being that I don’t usually heat up regular eggnog anyways. There is a highly probably chance this will be one of my main Christmas beverage staples in the next couple weeks. Yum!
After having quite a few of Red Leaf’s matcha’s, I’m learning that some really do need a much stronger flavoring than delicate. Lesson learned.
Size: Large (60g)
Made with 8oz coconut milk, 1 tsp Truvia, and mixed with a chasen.
This smells like matcha to me out of the bag, even though I was hoping for something a bit more cocoa-like. Taste-wise, I wanted a whallop of chocolate flavoring, yet really only felt like it was somewhat cocoa-y at the very end of the cup, when it was more sweetened than the rest. I can tell it is a chocolate matcha, however I need to ramp this one up to robust next time. Good, and likely great with a different base or flavoring.