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drank Citrus Chamomile by Red Leaf Tea
217 tasting notes

I have an awfully big package of this, it might be time to trade some away. This is a backlog from last night (mainly because I prefer typing on my computer to my iPad). I liked this a lot when I got it, but last night the citrus part just wasn’t doing it for me.

Although, I had sort of a fun thought process. When I was picking it out, I thought, “I’m feeling ‘chamomilly.’” In my brain that evolved into “Camo Millie” who I totally think should be an action figure. She would be dressed in camo and she would have weapons like tiny chamomile needles that she would throw at her enemies and some sort of hibiscus weapon too.

This is your brain. This is your brain on Nyquil.

Cheri

I really liked this one a lot when I got it, but I haven’t had it in ages. I think you’re right, it should probably start going away.

JennyFur

Camo Mille sounds like someone I’d totally watch on a t.v. show lol. :)

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I was inspired by DAVIDs Caramel Corn and decided to combine this matcha with my mango smoothie. Unfortunately, the outcome is not as delicious as the herbal blend. The matcha and fruit competed for center stage as opposed to performing a beautiful duet. Well, now I know.

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I’m declaring today Drink Whatever Makes Me Happiest Day.

So I started my day with this made with raw milk :)

Nom Nom Nom

Cheri

I am out of milk. I need to stop and get some on my way home because I’ve been craving a matcha latte all week. (Yes, I’ve been out of milk for a week now.)

Stephanie

I never think to buy it, but my husband gets it and if it is there I will totally drink some :)

TheTeaFairy

Have an awesome “DWMMH” tea day Stephanie ;-)

K S

Thursday is usually my SMGTF day at Starbucks. I was over ruled. Bagged tea at Steak & Shake instead. Glad one of us had a DWMMH day.

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drank Watermelon Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1815 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (145)

Thank you Roswell Strange for the chance to try something delicious and new. I finished this off in a mango smoothie because I really enjoyed it the last time I had it. It comes out creamy, summery, and oh so refreshing. It was great while it lasted but I don’t know if this is one I would order again. I think perhaps I would order pear for the fruity route over this one.

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Sipdown (150/157)!

I used up the last of this one last night when I got home in a matcha milkshake! Here’s the formula:

- 2 Tbsp. of match
- 1/2 Cup of Raspberries
- Two Scoops of Vanilla Greek Yogurt
- 2 Cups of Milk

I only drank half of what I made though; I thought this tasted really gross; very grassy (which is definitely from the matcha; I haven’t been able to escape the gross grassiness of this one in anything I’ve had it in) and the chocolate didn’t mix and well with the raspberries as you’d think it would. Plus, the matcha kept seperating from the rest of the mix super quickly instead of staying blended like has been the case with the other ones I’ve made.

Pretty gross overall. At least this one is gone though! I don’t ever plan to get it again, heh…

Flavors: Grass

Arshness

Strange. I get rich Belgium chocolate from this. :D

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Enjoyed a concoction of this one, a bottle of Vanilla Milk, and a few tbsp. of Pina Colada drink mix at work a few days back. It was nothing short of heavenly; pretty much it was super rich, juicy pineapple and lots of thick vanilla and cream flavour with the lightest touch (but still present) of Coconut.

I need to start stocking up on Vanilla Milk just so I can enjoy using this matcha in it. I could drink that sweet tropical ambrosia every day of the week and be happy!

VariaTEA

It sounds tasty

Arshness

That sounds delish. I can’t wait to try this one.

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drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
50 tasting notes

To be honest I couldn’t drink this. The aroma was too strong for me, it was a sickly sweet candy smell. It was overpowering soo much so that I couldn’t bring myself to drink it, my mother had a cup & said it wasn’t good at all.

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Swap from Cheri

Oh. Em. Gee.

I found it. Liquid paradise.

This is so good. ^^
I made this as a hot milk-latte and it was like… I can’t even say it was like hot chocolate because it was like hot BELGIUM chocolate.

I mean when a drink says it’s flavor is “Belgium chocolate” I don’t believe it. I read that as “chocolate”. Because typically that’s all it is.
But I’ve HAD real Belgium chocolate before and it IS different from normal chocolate.

THIS is BELGIUM CHOCOLATE. And it’s delicious.

I … must… have this tea in my cupboard.

I will. I will own this tea.

Oh my goddess it was so good. I mean… just… perfect.

Thanks for sending it Cheri! I really love this one. ^^

In other news, my order from Misty Peak teas came in! It’s sample sized bits of the Autumn and Spring Yiwu Pu Erh. :D
This is the first time I’ve ever seen a Pu Erh in cake form. I can’t wait to try it!
It smells so fresh and the leaves are beautiful.

I can’t wait to try more Pu erhs in general.
The last week has been really busy for me but I want to drink more tea! MORE TEA!
I seriously need to invest in a good electric kettle so making tea would be quicker.

Btw, why can’t we input .5 tsp? Silly. I put 1 tsp/16 oz because I can’t put .5tsp/8oz. I really did the latter. :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TheTeaFairy

You got the good pu’erh stuff, enjoy!

Arshness

Thank you! The samples were all I could afford but that 50% off sale made it doubly worth it. I couldn’t believe they had free shipping with no minimum!

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Oh, my goodness, I may have a new favorite matcha tea! Red Leaf Tea’s Almond Matcha Tea is amazing from the moment that you open the pouch. The sweet smell of almond wafts from the pouch to enlighten your senses. It smells like sweet almond extract vice the almond nuts. When brewed in tea, the tea still smells sweetly like almond extract, but does not taste that way. The taste is a more subtle nutty flavor – a complete change from the smell, but quite pleasing. It does leave a heavier aftertaste in my mouth compared to their other matcha teas – sort of like coffee might. Typically the taste of tea does not linger in my mouth too long after drinking it, so that was different about this tea compared to others I have drank. I make my tea each morning by mixing the matcha with boiling water from my teapot in a thermos I bring to work and enjoy throughout the morning. Perhaps it is a limitation of how I make the tea, but by the end of the thermos, the last cup from the bottom is very dense with tea despite mixing between refills. I often mix this with some additional water to make the right consistency for my last cup. (I can’t wait to order more from their website http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/almond-matcha.html ! )

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Watermelon Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1815 tasting notes

I have been putting off drinking this because my soda stream is trapped in a box somewhere in my basement and milky watermelon beverages just sound weird. However, today I was prepping a smoothie and had to use frozen mango since I am out of bananas and for some reason, a mango watermelon smoothie sounded awesome. The result? A smoothie that is creamy, fruity, and very, very thick. Apparently frozen mango makes for an incredible thick smoothie while the mango is giving it a sweet, fresh, summery taste. Thank you Roswell Strange

OMGsrsly

Mango smoothies are one of my favourites. I totally forgot to add matcha this morning tho.

VariaTEA

It was still probably delicious without matcha. For me, matcha is a way to get variation in my (seemingly) daily smoothie

OMGsrsly

Matcha makes them true energy drinks, though. :)

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This is best enjoyed in a smoothie with peanut butter and banana. So good!

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
154 tasting notes

Backlog
Thanks Ost for sending me some more of this!
I have some apple that have lost their crispness, so I decided to make a caramel about shake for breakfast yesterday. 1 apple, 1/2 banana, 1 cup milk, 4 ice cubes, and a little over 1/2 tsp of this matcha.
Even with the added fruits, the caramel still came through. Definitely a keeper!

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I have not been drinking this, but I’ve been adding it to my yogurt – thanks to Variatea’s brilliant idea. So far, I’ve added just a bit to a variety of flavors and it comes out great each time (though I do need to premix and then add back in so it isn’t lumpy and bitter. I’ve tried it in Yoplait Light Boston Cream Pie, Light Banana Cream Pie (which is surprisingly delicious), Light Strawberry, Light Greek Strawberry… anyway, it works in all of them, just adds a bit of an extra oomph in the creamy taste department, which is something these low fat yogurts tend to lack. I’m not sure I’d purchase for the sole use of yogurt adjuster, but it’s been a nice addition!

PS Work has been sucking my soul. If I work one more 50+ hour week, I may very well keel over and no amount of tea will resuscitate me.

Kaylee

Sorry work is so crazy! Hope it gets better!

Meanwhile, this yogurt idea is brilliant.

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Although I really can’t say I got chocolate out of this, I always enjoy matcha and this makes me happy. Thank you so much mj!

mj

I didn’t get much chocolate out of this either :-(. Maybe they default to delicate taste level for samples?

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I was gonna do Pineapple matcha in vanilla milk this morning but last minute I decided to crack open my Tiramisu matcha instead and mix that in with the vanilla milk. It was a very spontaneous decision.

This is my first time trying the Tiramisu matcha so I don’t have any point of reference so I wont rate it because I know from experience that this vanilla milk can make things really sweet on a cloying level and it’s not how I usually choose to prepare my matcha.

So that said; this was really sweet and sugary in a borderline off putting way, but it did have distinct flavours to it: cream, chocolate, espresso. And obviously vanilla; I’ll have to try this in straight milk to see if the vanilla was solely because I prepared this one in vanilla milk. There were also more subtle flavours of liqueur and sorta cheesecake? But they were definitely gentle in contrast to everything else.

Overall, I did get a Tiramisu vibe from this. I just need to prepare it my usual way so I know how to fairly rate it!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Espresso

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I thought belgium chocolate matcha would go great with coconut almond milk. Apparently, I was wrong. There is just something…not right in this mix :(. I guess I will stick to having this with peanut butter and banana in a smoothie.

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[1/2 tsp matcha + 8 oz (ish) of cold whole milk + 2 tsp raw sugar + handful of ice cubes]

I really, really want to like this matcha, but there’s something about how the chocolate comes across that’s just a little unpleasant. When compared to the caramel or french vanilla I’m afraid this one just falls a bit flat.

So it’s tasty, but not a favourite.

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Got this in a swap from Ost
Decided to follow Red Leaf’s cold latte directions for this. I added some sweetener, and I’m definitely digging this method of prep. The latte gets a delicious foamy head and everything. As far as the matcha itself, the base is got that typical yummy taste that I can only describe as matcha. I can drink a sweetened unflavored matcha latte and be perfectly pleased. As far the English Toffee, I’m not getting too much of that. I’m getting a kind of sweet butteriness, sort of caramelly, but less caramel than the Caramel Matcha. I see that some people had to add a little more to coax out the toffee flavors, so I’ll try that next time. Still delicious though! (:

Preparation
Iced 0 OZ / 0 ML
Arshness

I put milk in a shaker, add matcha and sweetner then shake it til frothy and well blended :) Cold or hot, delicious. :D

Mandy

I usually put milk and matcha in an old empty butter container (ghetto I know) and shake that, but I still get some little clumps. This time I did 1/2 tsp matcha, ~1 cup of milk, 4 ice cubes,and sweetener into a blender and blended away. Zero little clumps and a thick foamy head. I’ll still use the shake method when I don’t feel like washing the blender afterwards, but I prefer the blender.

albertocanfly

Ooo…I’m going to have to try to prepare matcha this way. That sounds incredibly delicious…Starbucks Green Tea Frappe, you better watch out:P tehe.

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Amaretto Matcha is my second favorite flavored matcha (over Caramel Matcha), and it tastes excellent! It has a strong and dominant almond and cherry taste exactly like Amaretto if you get it with at least the “Robust” flavor option, which I highly recommend, because you will not taste it nearly as well with the lighter flavor options. It makes a great dessert drink as well. Amaretto Matcha is also addicting, but do not worry, it will not get you drunk since it has no alcohol in it! Furthermore, it is much better made with lots of sugar than with Sweet ’N Low, and I prefer it iced. If you make it iced, make it by the pitcher to make it last longer, and use 1 tablespoon of matcha per pitcher. When buying this matcha, you have a choice between three grades of matcha: Starter (lowest), Royal, and Imperial (highest choice), but it tastes great with Starter matcha; the other two enhance the taste, but raise the price. I rarely drink it hot, but if you do, put 1 cup of water on the stove, but just wait until you see small bubbles in the pot, and use 1 teaspoon per cup of hot Amaretto matcha. Use 1 teaspoon per big glass of iced matcha too. I highly recommend Amaretto Matcha, and you can buy it at http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/amaretto-matcha.html#.U6pjSrWTiSo.

Flavors: Almond, Cherry

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OOOoooOooh this is GOOD! Yummy caramel and cream, what a great way to start my day. Thank you so much mj!

mj

I’m glad you liked it! Sorry for the vague instructions…that’s what it said on the package. One scoop. What size is a scoop?? Come on Red Leaf!

Virginia

Lol they prob mean one legitimate bamboo matcha scoop scoop ;)

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Update:

it tastes a tad bit better with sugar :) sugar sticks that red leaf tea sells works too (no need to measure sugar) —→http://www.redleaftea.com/sugar/sugar-stiks-box.html#.U6X9L0A0-Vo

5 points added (up from 50)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 tsp 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
215 tasting notes

This was the free sample at Red Leaf this month. I’ve never had matcha before, so I figured I’d order it and give it a try! Dry, the almond scent is extremely strong, which got me a little excited.

I don’t have any experience with matcha. I wanted to try it cold with milk so I looked around to see what other people had done. I ended up mixing about a half teaspoon of powder with an ounce or two of hot water, stirring to dissolve. Then I added 8 ounces of vanilla soymilk and mixed it all up. Overall, I thought it came out pretty tasty. I could definitely taste the almond, but it was overpowering, and I could just taste a hint of the matcha. Not going to rate it because I have no idea what I’m talking about! :D

Flavors: Almond, Marzipan

Preparation
0 OZ / 0 ML
Marzipan

I do 8 oz milk, 1 t matcha, a few ice cubes and sugar to taste in a blender.

Cameron B.

Maybe I’ll try that next time. Although with the vanilla soy milk, I probably wouldn’t need sugar. :D

Marzipan

I sort of went by the card that came with the matcha.

Skulleigh

I really like matcha, so I tend to throw extra in when I do a latte – 2 to 3 tablespoons. If I am just preparing it traditionally I follow the instructions. Also, did you sift it? It’s much easier to blend if you sift it- I have a special little sifter thing, but you could also use a brewing basket and sift it through there but smooshing it through the screen with a spoon.

mj

I like the verb “smooshing”

Arshness

I usually warm my milk then add matcha and shake it in a shaker. :) I add sugar before I shake. It comes out frothy, blended and delicious. :)

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This one is still so tasty. I’m in a bit of a tea rut, but I thought if anything a matcha milk would cut through that.

I let this one sit all day yesterday in the fridge and I’m just enjoying it this morning. Delightful. This is a sipdown of this particular package, but there’s more in the post currently. Phew.

P.S. guys I went to pick up lids for my mason jars at Canadian Tire and I saw they had mason jars with the lid and straw like David’s, but for a little less. I thought it was pretty neat because the one at my store was Aladdin themed hehe.

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Sipdown (156/161)!

Mixed this with some Caramel MATCHAccino to make a matcha milkshake. Unfortunately for me I thought this was very masked by the caramel, even though I think there was more of this than caramel? But Tre said he tasted the white chocolate more than the caramel.

You can read more on that here: http://steepster.com/roswellstrange/posts/250012#likes

Don’t think I’ll be restocking this one. It really wasn’t for me. I just couldn’t find a way to make the flavour pop or stand out, and “subtly creamier” is not what I’m looking for in my matcha.

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