Red Leaf Tea
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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! :)
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
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!
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.
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. :)
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!
i kept getting an error and my note wouldn’t post.
i’ll have to look into that.
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)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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…..
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.
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!
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.
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.