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This was one of the flavours I picked up when Red Leaf was clearing out some incorrectly made orders, and I’m sure glad I did. This is delicious, natural, juicy cherry flavour well balanced with the grassiness of matcha. I’m pretty sure the flavour is robust and the matcha quality is royal, though I’d have to double check.
I could drink this as a latte all day long.
Flavors: Cherry, Grass
I’ve been waiting for this red leaf order for a while now so despite the fact that I really (really) should be studying now and not writing tea reviews, I had to open up this package.
Holy smokes this tea has one potent smell. Hella strong. And I love it. All things almond/marzipan/cherry/amaretto you name it – I’ll consume it. I am not a matcha drinker by any means so I was skeptical of all these amazing reviews and kind of intimidated by matcha. (You’re scary, matcha – deal with it) .
Anyways… I made this cold and with milk as per the directions in my magic bullet and I was pleasantly surprised! Albeit the flavour wasn’t too strong for “robust” but I’d blame myself for being scared and not using enough…… Whoops.
Anyways, I’ll write a proper review (later?!) but I wanted to
procrastinate document my first thoughts on it while I still had it in my hands. Yay, almondy goodness.
Flavors: Almond, Marzipan
Hm, kind of bummed about this one. There is basically no coffee flavor noticeable in this matcha. If I concentrate really hard on it I can just make out a bit of coffee in the aftertaste, but I may just be tricking myself into it. I almost wonder if I got sent a plain matcha by mistake.
I appreciate that RedLeaf offers multiple customization options, but I feel like a few of their base options are much too light. It’s especially a bummer that the next flavor option costs $4 more, while after that it’s only $1. It makes me feel like they should maybe charge a dollar or two more and offer better flavoring in the base options. After all why buy flavored matcha if the flavor isn’t noticeable? I would really love a coffee matcha, but if I order from them again I think I’ll pick the espresso matcha.
I just placed an order with 3 Leaf Tea, so fingers-crossed that their flavors are better. It will be great having another option for flavored matcha.
A small baggie of this came to me courtesy of the Great Canadian Travelling Teabox. It was great because I’ve tried a few of Red Leaf Tea’s matchas before but with shipping they’re a bit pricy for my budget so I don’t get the opportunity to try all the flavours I want.
This marks the first time ever making my own matcha latté. I got a milk frother for Christmas this year and I was eager to put it to use. This one was very much trial and error and uber unprofessional – I started with about 2 of those bamboo scoops of matcha sifted and whisked into an oz or so of 75ºC water. Then I added 8 oz of skim milk, heated in the microwave and frothed. The flavour wasn’t quite strong enough so I added another scoop and a half (-ish) of matcha and a drizzle of agave nectar. The end result wasn’t half bad – not coffee-shop quality by a long shot – but certainly drinkable. I found that I mostly got raspberry flavour from the matcha and very little chocolate, but that might be the barista’s fault. ;)
So how do the rest of you make your DYI lattés?
I have never thought of flavored matcha before I got this as a taste test sample from Red Leaf tea. I have had their loose leaf before and have been interested in their matcha since.
I love the combination of rich, sweet caramel flavor blending with the greeness and vegetal flavor of the matcha. I made two bowls of this the good olé fashioned way, with two chasen scoops blended with my bamboo whisk in my Chawan. MMM!
I have read the rave reviews of this tea iced, so I think I will make it that way next time!
Flavors: Bitter, Caramel, Vegetal
Well, I finished it off. Err, sort of. It wasn’t exactly me who finished it – though I did have a couple sips when I was preparing it.
I made this one for my Dad yesterday; he came up for a few hours in the morning to visit – and he brought some of my dental refund money with him! Hooray! I made this one specifically for him because I wanted him to get to see the chawan he bought me for my birthday in action! And why not take advantage of the easy sipdown!?
The whole process was captivating to him; from measuring to whisking to just drinking it. I went with a more traditional prep method; simple hot water instead of cold milk which is my preference. I personally, just based on the few sips I had, thought that apart from feeling thinner the flavour was a lot more cinnamon than berry.
Dad couldn’t pinpoint the flavour at all though; but to be fair “Rich Berry Pie” isn’t exactly the easiest thing to guess. He knew there was fruit – but that’s about all he was able to narrow down. He did enjoy it though!
I ended setting almost all of it aside for some more ink though; first thing I did in the morning was a tattoo consultation: I’ll be adding a Mrs. Marvel quote, my siblings names, one of the panels from Shel Silverstein’s poem “The Thinker of Tender Thoughts”, and a banner of binary code to my quickly building accumulation of tattoos. I have a three hour session to get everything done booked in for about a week from now…
Timolino with cold milk.
I definitely thought the berry was a little bitter stronger than the ‘pie crust’ (cinnamon, butter, phillo dough) elements this time around. It was delicious as per usual; I think that when I finish this one I’m definitely going to have to add it to my next matcha order…
So far I’m looking at Pistachio, Champagne, Apricot and now this tea for that order. Cashew is another that’d be interesting, though. We’ll see though; I need to finish off some more matcha before I can even think about placing it.
I am running out of unique ways to prepare this one though…
Good thing I’ve only got about another chawan/timolino worth though before it’s gone. Thanks again Stephanie for this one – I’ve really enjoyed it!
Happy Belated Pi(e) Day!
For people who don’t/didn’t know – Pi Day is March. 14th, and named so because the date is “03/14” – like the mathematical term. And, this year was extra special because the date was 03/14/15! I think I first learned about this fun pseudo holiday from a math teacher in highschool? But, ever since it’s been something fun to celebrate by going out and buying a pie and eating the whole thing with a few friends. Which is what I did yesterday; bought an apple pie after work and shared it with Tre.
I also wanted to drink pie tea – but couldn’t actually think of anything I owned that was pie related. That is, until this morning when it struck me that, duh, I have this! So, I drank it a day late – but it’s still in spirit of the holiday, so it totally still counts, right? I think so.
Whisked up in matcha; was really tasting the cinnamon pastry notes, with more of a berry aftertaste. It was good though; super frothy!
And – not Pi(e) day related, but it is matcha related! We got confirmation from Rikyu today that Birthday Chawan choice #2 is now officially mine! Hooray! It’s gorgeous, and I’m so excited for it to show up! Now just the hard part; waiting for it to arrive…
(This is the one I got: http://www.rikyucha.com/item/list2/104031/)
Oh, and PS. Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes! Definitely added a lot to my day!
I have major ‘sick brain’ going on right now. I’ve just had a one-sided conversation with Tre where I basically mocked him for having a second shower in one day. I was talking through the bathroom door while I believed he was showering on the other side. Except, I literally just realized he’s not even home and the sound of running water I was perceiving was him showering was, well, the washing machine.
I made this into matcha soda last night; I had this shining moment of clarity upon getting home from work after drinking the dregs of a bottle of Buckley’s where, for an hour or so, I didn’t feel sick. I took that time to drink something a little more fun that the repetitive sick teas I’ve been drowning myself in this week.
As a soda, this was surprisingly good! The berry was clear, and it worked because, well, most carbonated fruit drinks just seem to work. At least the ratio of good fruit flavoured “pop” compared with bad fruit flavoured “pop” leans heavily towards good, anyway. I still don’t really taste any one berry flavour more than another, though I did keep coming back to raspberries/blackberries last night but I believe that’s less of a flavour thing and more of a “me wanting that flavour to be present” thing.
I’m kind of head over heels for the “crust” aspect of this matcha though; the buttery, pastry like cinnamon flavour captured in this one is spot on and really ties the “pie” altogether – though it was definitely weird tasting it carbonated. I’m trying to think if I’ve ever had carbonated cinnamon/spice before and I think the answer is no, I haven’t – but it did work for me, so I may just have to try another cinnamon/spice heavy tea soda when I’m feeling better again.
So thank you again stephanie for the sample! This is only the second way I’ve prepped this one, but I’m already having a lot of fun playing with it. I have it in my head that this would go great with banana matcha, so I think that’s what’s next up to try!
EDIT: Today’s word of the day is dextrous. Dextrous means: 1. Skillful or adroit in the use of the hands or body. 2. having mental adroitness or skill; clever.
Fun fact; my spellchecker disagrees with my calendar because, according to spellcheck, ‘dextrous’ isn’t actually a word.
From miss Stephanie!
The art I commissioned from her and tea samples made it to me not even twenty minutes before I left to go to the bus depot; so I didn’t have time to take pictures for you guys or add any of the tea samples into what I packed for my trip. I don’t know if she took any pictures before mailing stuff off, but if she did I have no problem with her sharing them so you guys can see!
The whole packaged smelled like this matcha; despite all the bags she had it in. So fruity; and so much berry! Even though I was really rushed to leave, I quickly opened up the sample baggie and measured out about 1 tsp. to shake up and add to the bottle of vanilla Milk2Go I was bringing with me. I’m a little sad my first impression of this one wont be straight; but it smelled too good to not try as soon as possible.
If I’m being honest, I’ve never had a rich berry pie before. I mean, yes I’ve had all sorts of pies with berries – my favourite of which is Saskatoon Berry (Robert; I will be tickled pink if you make me a Saskatoon Berry matcha), but never rich berry. My understanding is that it’s basically sort of an amalgamation of every sort of berry pie? Someone correct me if I’m wrong about that though. If that’s what it is, it sounds delightful and yummy!
Initial thought upon drinking this one: Man I hope we don’t hit a bump in the road! It’d suck to spill matcha milk all over myself on the bus when I still have like two hours left in my trip. But then after I had finished with that thought and successfully not spilled anything my next thought was something along the lines of “man, what I rich berry flavour! Oh – I get it. I get the name.” Yeah, I can’t say the berry in this is anything really descript but if it’s just sort of meant to be “all berries” then I can understand and accept why that is. In the vanilla milk, it’s exceptionally creamy and smooth too – like a mixed berry milkshake, sort of.
Still working on drinking this and I’m noticing something else too; there’s a buttery cinnamon note to this matcha as well. At first I didn’t really get why, but then it clicked that it must be meant to taste like a cinnamon dusted pastry crust! And once I realized that I totally tasted it; it just comes together to create this very complete and well rounded flavour of pie! It’s not just “an assortment of berries dumped together” – it’s berry pie. And I’ve had other pie matchas (Pumpkin) from RLT before – I can say confidently that the crust element in that blend is not as well executed as it is in this one. And now that I’m really getting into the pie aspect of the matcha and not just the berry, the vanilla in the milk is reminding me of a dallop of vanilla ice cream on top. Perfection!
This is cool! I’m happy Stephanie sent a fair amount of it, because I know I’m going to have fun experimenting with it! One of the better “fruit” matchas I’ve had, for sure!
Flavors: Berries, Butter, Cinnamon, Pastries
For anyone who is familiar with my ‘favorite’ type of teas, you are aware that I love jasmine. I absolutely adore it. So long as it’s done right … unfortunately, this one wasn’t done right. Just no.
It’s way too floral and tastes perfume-y. It tastes like it was flavored with jasmine oil, not scented with jasmine blossoms.
The green tea – beneath the strong floral notes – is a soft, buttery, silky tea and I think it would be great if it hadn’t been done so wrong with the jasmine.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/28/jasmine-supreme-green-tea-from-red-leaf-tea/
Morning matcha milk! This sample came from cookies, thank you dear! I’ve been using my lovely new Blender Bottle for these, and it works beautifully (plus I love that it has measurement marks along the side and a really wide mouth so I can sift right into it). This matcha milk was 1/2 teaspoon of matcha and 4 ounces of unsweetened soy milk.
The verdict: very tasty! I can actually taste the pumpkin part instead of just spices (although the nuttiness of the soy milk itself probably helps with that). The spicing is quite mild, so honestly this reminds me more of a roasted piece of squash or a baked sweet potato with a bit of brown sugar and spice over the top. Delish! :)
Flavors: Clove, Creamy, Nutmeg, Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes
This smells amazing, but the taste leaves little to be desired.
I used 1 teaspoon to 2 oz of water, then added steamed milk to make a latte. This had no flavor whatsoever.
This was a free sample I got from the company and the packet I received actually said to use 1/2 a teaspoon. When I looked on their website later, it calls for 1 Tablespoon.
Maybe I’ll try again using a full tablespoon to see if that makes a difference.
Thank you again Sil for sharing some Red Leaf with me a while back.
I saved my last serving of this for a day like today, because out of all the flavours I was able to try, this was the one that felt like a cup of hugs and smiles. A liquid teddy bear of sorts.
I tossed some fresh goat’s milk (that I got from a friend yesterday) in the microwave to warm up, put a light froth to it with my electic frothing wand, added the matcha and a pinch of brown sugar, and frothed til it was green and foamy. It’s sweet and very much irish creamy, the goat’s milk has just enough tang to cut the thickness that teeny bit so it doesn’t simply coat my tongue, but not so tangy that it overpowers the sweet creaminess either.
So thank you again Sil for the cup of comfort on a really uncomfortable day.
So, this is me finally jumping on the matcha bandwagon. I’ve read reviews for a while now, and I’ve been very curious about it. Unfortunately, I’ve had a couple of really bad matcha experiences (both in restaurants) that kept me from placing an order, but I decided it’s time to give matcha a try at my home where I have control over the quality of the tea I drink.
I tried this hot, and I tried this as an iced latte. The hot tea was incredibly creamy and smooth. There was a cheesecake note, but it wasn’t as strong as I was expecting. Instead, the flavor of the matcha itself really came through, and it was lovely. I’m having a hard time finding words other than ‘clean’ and ‘green’ to describe it. That said, it was a creamy, smooth, green, clean tasting cup that I found super comforting.
As an iced latte the cheesecake flavor really came out. I used skim milk, and I did add two teaspoons of sugar to the 12 oz latte. The result was a wonderfully yummy drink with creamy cheesecake notes. I also liked that I could still taste the matcha even though the flavor wasn’t as easily detected as it was in the hot tea. I can see why this matcha would be fun to add to smoothies and frappes, and I’ll probably do the same once the weather warms. I really liked the cheesecake flavor, and I can see myself mixing it with other flavors in the future just to have some fun (and tasty!) lattes.
I’m still really new to matcha, but I can see myself totally falling in love with it.
Name: Cheesecake Matcha
You can find the tea here:
Sipdown! Thanks for the sample Marzipan, I enjoyed trying this one. I have to say I didn’t get cheesecake from this at all. It was just kind of creamy and rich tasting, but not particularly cheesecake like. Not bad at all, but compared to the super rich French Vanilla flavor this just doesn’t compare.
I know I reviewed this as an matcha latte but I don’t see it now, nor was this listed as in my cupboard. Drat it, Steepster!
Inspired by the pictures that Red Leaf posts on Facebook, I made some matcha ice cream with a twist. The twist – I used homemade kefir, which generally produces a frozen yogurt like dessert that tastes like cheesecake. My only ingredients were 12 ounces kefir, 1 1/2 TBLSP sugar, and a scant teaspoon of matcha. I froze it in my Zoku cup since it was a small batch. I froze it in two batches successively, adding it to my teacup.
It was very tasty, and healthy, though that is a lot of matcha at one time for me since I ate it all by myself!
Thank you, Red Leaf, for the matcha surprise! My student who shared some with me has emailed three times for help in choosing their flavors as they are requesting your matcha as their birthday gift at home!