Red Leaf Tea

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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

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

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

VariaTEA

Glad you enjoyed this :)

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74

Matcha Milkshake!

2 tsp. of Matcha
1 Cup of Milk
1 1/2 scoops of Vanilla Icecream
1 Slightly Under ripe Banana

First a side bar about my banana; I went grocery shopping for milkshake supplies and I bought three bananas; one for this milkshake and two to freeze and use some other time. On the walk home from the grocery store my grocery bag started to slightly tear. Well, at some point on the walk home one of the bananas separated itself from the bunch_ and fell out of the bag. Silently. I had no clue I was missing a banana until I got home and unpacked my supplies.

I’m just so frustrated and confused though. How does my walking and carrying this bag result in a single banana separating from the other two and falling out of my bag WITHOUT ME NOTICING. And I know I didn’t lose a lot of money but still, I payed for that banana and I am not exactly the most “well off” person. Gah! I want my banana!

But anyway the milkshake; mostly it was just a banana milkshake with a tinge of green under ripe banana flavour to it (and I say that not because the matcha made it look green) but there was some maple sweetness in the aftertaste so this one wasn’t a total loss. Still, it probably wont be repeated. There are better combinations out there.

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74

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.

TheTeaFairy

That’s a wholotta notes, congrats!

mj

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

Roswell Strange

I joined Steepster on September 4th 2013

OMGsrsly

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

boychik

And your notes so detailed! Congrats!

caile

Wow, that’s great! :)

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74

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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98

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:
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/caramel-matcha.html#.U9iwc4BdXCU

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Sweet

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86
drank Hazelnut Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
248 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.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dinosara

FYI, this is actually on their black matcha base!

Mandy

That explains so much! xD

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90
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1592 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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85

Backlog:

I wasn’t really sure what a sea buckthorn was until I did a little search on wiki about it. It’s a berry with lots of health benefits. But really, I didn’t order this Sea Buckthorn Matcha because of health benefits, I ordered it mostly out of curiosity. I didn’t think I’d ever encounter a sea buckthorn in the produce section of my local market, so I figured, hey … this is a chance to try something I probably won’t have the opportunity to try otherwise. Right?

It’s tart with notes of citrus-like flavor toward the finish. I described it in my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/27/sea-buckthorn-flavored-matcha-red-leaf-tea/ as a lemon, a lime, and a berry had a love child.

It’s a bright and flavorful Matcha, and I enjoyed it. My specs for this Matcha were the classic grade with distinctive level of flavoring. If I were to order this in the future, I’d probably go with the delicate flavoring because I think I’d want more Matcha taste in it.

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drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
687 tasting notes

I had this one as a matcha milk last night. It was surprisingly tasty considering almonds are not my favourite thing as a general rule.

It had a natural sweetness to it that hinted at almond abstract, but not nearly as strong. It came across almost like a sweetened almond milk with a hint of matcha.

I don’t need it in my cupboard, but I wouldn’t turn down a cup.

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I thought the idea sounded great I love oreos but not this. As wonderful as chocolate tea sounds it is not for me, taste chemically fake. I forget I’m a little picky with real chocolate also.

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40

tried this with sugar…… still not too good :( i tried stirring well and using less matcha etc.

will not do a full review and i am bumping down the points 50 —> 40

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40

Not too good of a tea, :( it is kind of bitter. could use some sugar :)

Flavors: Hazelnut, Nuts, Nutty

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML
Indigobloom

Try using cooler water, and whisking for longer. Sometimes bitterness is caused by not enough mixing!

Kirkoneill1988

Oh, ok. I will keep that in mind. Maybe I should use less tea?

Indigobloom

That is another option to try as well. I’d go with whisking more first. Like when you whisk eggs, you know it is almost ready when the foam starts to build

Kirkoneill1988

i don’t have a whisker so i have to use a spoon lol. i live in a lodging home :P

Indigobloom

Ohhhh I see. In that case, do you have a mesh sieve that you can filter the matcha through? this will help reduce clumps and bitterness

Indigobloom

Also, try putting the matcha into a waterbottle with just a little water in it, and shake. Then add more water (as much as you need for it to taste good, so add a little at a time)

Kirkoneill1988

thankyou for the advice :)

Indigobloom

Good luck!

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I had no idea what to expect with this one. Part of my cringed at adding it to milk, but I wasn’t sure why.

I just cracked open my matcha milk in it’s mason jar and bizarrely enough it tastes just like something at Lush smells. It may be my “Honey I Washed The Kids” soap bar. Fascinating.

Not bad, but not something I need to stock.

Cameron B.

Maple matcha sounds like it would be amazing as a hot latte! Yum.

Courtney

I’m more than happy to send some along if you’re interested :)

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75

this is an OK tea, though the mushroom taste could be a tad bit stronger for the basic quality :(

Flavors: Mushrooms

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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88

This is delicious! And very interesting. Some sips are caramel first, popcorn after, some sips are popcorn first, caramel after, and some sips are one or the other with matcha after. Regardless it’s very clearly what it’s supposed to be and absolutely delicious. Despite its sweet name it manages not to taste too sugary. In fact, because of the popcorn flavor it toes the line between sweet and savory and manages to do so beautifully.

As usual I’m having this with milk, which I’ve found I prefer for most Red Leaf matchas. It’s just so good! I’m sad I didn’t try this just a little sooner because I could have snapped a larger size up while it was on sale, but..! Oh well, next time.

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100

I bought this a while back when it was on sale (options: classic, regular, distinctive), and have only just now gotten around to really trying it. I wanted to have a few cups of it before I wrote a review, but I think I can honestly say this is my favorite passion fruit flavored…anything that I’ve ever had (outside of a real passion fruit, that is!). From what I’ve seen it’s one of the hardest fruit flavors to imitate, and this matcha does it very well.

When mixed up with milk, this is smooth and creamy. The fruit flavor is tastes real and balances beautifully with the matcha, and the matcha sweetens the fruit and keeps it from being too tart—the only problem I sometimes have with passion fruit flavored things. I have not yet tried this mixed up with water, but I like the consistency of it with milk so much that I might not try it with water at all. It’s a little bit like deconstructed ice cream, and it’s a little bit addictive.

If you want to try this one for yourself, it’s here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/passion-fruit-matcha.html#.U8E36Kgt0us

As a side note, I have found a solution to clumpy matcha drinks: a cheap hand-pump milk frother. It’s much easier to deal with than the blender for making matcha every day, and I’ve found it wakes me up much better than black tea.

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drank Kennin Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1384 tasting notes

MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #3
I don’t even think this one is on Steepster yet. I had to look at what ‘kennin’ meant, it actually means it’s a Japanese matcha made with Japanese green tea. It kind of makes me wonder what the usual matcha is made out of. I made this matcha in my “no tools, no fancy” process: a mug and a spoon. I added matcha to the mug & slowly pour water that has cooled about thirty minutes after boiling while mixing it with the spoon. I could be imagining things, but it does seem like this matcha is different than usual: looks different, smells different, tastes different. The green color of the matcha seems like it is more of a sea foam green, but maybe that is my imagination since it actually smells more marine like that a usual matcha and also tastes more marine. But not in a bad way.. it’s a different flavor that I’m not describing very well. Seaweed, yum! That’s better, right? It just reminds me of seaweed. But I need a vacation. Well, it’s ground up Japanese green tea and it’s delicious… nutty, grassy, vegetal, very sweet. Very tasty and very healthy and I definitely think it’s slightly different than the usual matcha from Red Leaf. If it wasn’t for Red Leaf tea, I would have no idea where to get matcha. thanks!
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/kennin-matcha.html#.U8BlRMjD_VI

Dr Jim

Red Leaf tea just started selling ceremonial matcha labeled by source. I bought some during the initial sale. I really liked it but decided to share because I seldom see matcha in tea boxes, but it seemed perfect for this box.

Tea Sipper

I appreciate you sharing it especially since I liked seeing the difference in flavor that the usual matcha!

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40
drank Jasmine Supreme by Red Leaf Tea
45 tasting notes

I love most jasmines but this one doesn’t quite work for me. After trying a short brew which was too floral and a long brew which was too harsh I tired a medium brew but it seems to me the green tea is a harsh tea at war with a heaping dose of floral notes in this particular jasmine. It looks nice but just the dry leaves smell more like perfume than tea. I finally poured it over ice which tames some of the harshness. If I use a cooler water I get perfume, hotter harsh and acidic tea. Drat, I suppose I’ll keep trying or perhaps a cold brew is the way to go.

Flavors: Perfume, Tannic

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79

Thanks VariaTEA for this one. It made a tasty latte – sweet, smooth and very buttery! I really enjoyed it! It’s a fairly mild flavour though, so I’m not sure I would buy this one on it’s own, but maybe if I split it?

So this brings me down one tea, but because VariaTEA was kind enough to drop off samples for me while she picked up her half of the silly horse tea (from A&D), I’m now at 219!

VariaTEA

219 is better than 220 :P

VariaTEA

Also, I have lots of this one if you ever want more :)

Sil

bwahahahahahaha

Cavocorax

:P Thanks! I’ll keep that in mind once I get under 200!

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Something in here immediately reminded me of the disaster that was Belgium Chocolate matcha for me. Le sigh.

At least I can be happy about one less matcha to stock!

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My friend and I did a 5+2 order and decided to split 3 matchas we both wanted to try, but weren’t sure we wanted 30g of a piece. This one one of them.

I made this one as my usual matcha milk. I threw it in the fridge to ‘steep’ yesterday afternoon and just thought to try it now. I had no idea what to expect here, since I’d never even heard of a butternut pie, much less tasted one. I was pleasantly surprised with the initial sips though. There is a definite buttery-ness, though not quite the same as French Butter Cookie, and a subtle nuttiness too. There is also a sweetness that is akin to squash with just a touch of brown sugar on top.

Definitely a great choice. I could see ordering this one myself in the future.

VariaTEA

I have debating about doing an order and I don’t know if I want to just buy what I know I like or if I want to keep trying new ones. I was thinking I would just stick with the ones I know I like but then reviews like this make trying new ones so appealing

Courtney

Eep! Well, I did a 5+2 order myself and I only ended up truly loving 2 new ones. I’m personally just going to see if I can split ones I’m unsure of. I have two lists of matchas for trying – ones that the reviews are so great I’d consider 30g myself, or others that still have decent reviews, but not good enough to consider 30g myself.

VariaTEA

Fair enough. All I know is I want Coconut and caramel but I haven’t planned out the other ones I would get. I am debating pear and eggnog because they were pretty good in smoothies and are different than the creamier dessert type matchas I currently have but then I feel like there are others that would be fun to try.

Courtney

Always such a battle to decide haha. Well, I would recommend this one, and if you don’t love it, I can take it off your hands. :)

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