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I’ve tried this twice and both times not according to instructions, quite frankly the recommended 1 tablespoon is too much in my opinion. The first one was half hot water (80C) and half milk, mixed well with 1 heaped teaspoon of matcha. I found this to be rather bitter after a while and while it was sweet at times it tasted too strong and not evenly balanced.
So I tried warm water (50C) with 1 level teaspoon of matcha and 4/5 water to 1/5 milk. This was almost perfect. The sweetness is enhanced with cream and sweet but lightly bitter grass. The sweetness is like honey, not too much but a nice level. Overall flavour is lighter but the matcha flavour is distinct and as it settles towards the bottom of my cup it becomes stronger with each sip. Plus I also found that it tastes lighter and stays foamier with most water in the mix.
Next time I may try a bit more matcha but it makes for a nice treat every now and then. I picked up a pound in their sale :D Should give me enough time to perfect the brew.
This is my fourth sample from the flavored matcha sampler. It’s delicate flavoring with the classic base. The flavor is very subtle. It doesn’t actually taste like flavored matcha. It doesn’t taste like unflavored matcha either. It’s somewhere in between.
This tea is very smooth and less grassy than most other matcha. It’s a little creamy but doesn’t taste like cream per say. I can’t really describe it but it’s good. I definitely recommend getting a higher flavoring level if you want to really taste the cream. Unlike other reviewers, I’m not getting anything even remotely lemon-flavored or citrusy here.
I also tried mixing it with Vanilla Bean Matcha because I thought that would be stellar! Ironically, it wasn’t super amazing like I was expecting. This is a good matcha for people who like smooth, creamy matcha that isn’t heavily flavored. Personally, I think I’ll stick to other flavors for future purchases.
This is my third sample from the flavored matcha sampler. It’s delicate flavoring with the classic base. The dry leaf aroma is full of beautiful vanilla goodness. The flavor is gently sweet vanilla bean. The aftertaste is really lovely and the best part of this tea in my opinion. The natural-tasting vanilla flavoring lingers long after the sip.
This is delicious but I think I’d prefer vanilla as a component in a flavoring rather than the only thing going on. I can recommend this one, even in the lower flavoring level. I think vanilla may be one of those flavors that you want to be delicate. Although I’m really on a vanilla kick right now and I almost always prefer for it to be punched up about 100 notches. So that I enjoy this in delicate flavoring level is saying something!
Flavors: Sweet, warm grass, Vanilla
tried a different smoothie:
starter matcha + 2 strawberries + milk = a smoothie that’s good but not as good as banana version
starter matcha info can be found here
When I didn’t think this tea could get much more perfect I found a way….by dipping ginger biscuits into it! Now it’s ginger toffee matcha :D
A beautiful aid while I watch Sixteen Candles. I adored Anthony Michael Hall when I was a teen. Always had a ‘thing’ for ‘geeks’ which probably explains why I married an IT professional. Well that and it comes in handy to have someone ‘in the know’ when my laptop/blog goes ‘tits up’. Oh and if you don’t know what ‘tits up’ means then check the link. http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/385050.html
Hopefully I will have a tea fuelled weekend with lots of reviews, and I hope you all do too! Hurrah for the wonders of tea.
I want to apologise for being inactive. A lot has been going on recently. I had my driving test and study before hand, of which I failed and have had to re-book. That was very upsetting, the nerves got the better of me and I made stupid mistakes. So this left me feeling down, as did the fact that if I want a car I need to find a job and save up for one. My husbands money is covering everything else but we can’t get a car as well, so for the last month or so I’ve been job hunting. After starting at one place and fainting on my first day, there has been no other progress. I was messed around a few times with training and supposing to start work but at the last minute they let me down. So needless to say everything has left me feeling about an inch small and my depression got the better of me. Hence no blog writing, no SS posts, no Steepster posts and so on. It’s been difficult and I’m just back on the road to recovery. This really is a long story put simply into a small paragraph, please know it was not my idea to leave the wonderful tea community for the time being but was rather something I needed to do. I was away from most online communities but continued to cross stitch as a sort of therapy, stitching away my problems.
Anyway that is enough of that, I’m not back to bloody depress people! So today I’m drinking this English Toffee Matcha which was with my last RLT order. I tried it originally in normal flavour but thought I would order distinct, to really see what the difference was. It actually does make a substantial difference, this one is creamier and more toffee flavoured though it does still have some of it’s Matcha flavour characteristics. In the background especially; for example it starts off creamy, sweet and toffee but turns stronger and slightly bitter with mild grass tones. Despite that it leaves a very creamy after taste in my mouth, making it seem that the Matcha qualities were just a figment of my imagination…until I take another sip and taste them again.
This truly is delightful and I’m glad I went for distinctive. It was worth the extra money for it :D And this still tastes like English Toffee so I’m happy on all levels.
I will be working on articles hopefully this weekend, if not the start of next week. I have 2300 Magic The Gathering cards coming tomorrow so I will be busy sorting them out before I go down on Sunday to play with people. So please forgive me for that additional delay, but believe that I am back and plan on staying. It’s time to stop letting my depression get the best of me.
This was a free sample that someone kindly gave me but I cannot remember whom, there is also a possibility this came from the EU TTB. Unfortunately it got mixed with some other stuff so I may never know. Either way thank you!
This says it can make 5 cups which sounds rather nice for a sample amount.
As I open the packet there is an overwhelming scent of toffee, definable as toffee as well, the type of toffee that I used to have sweets of as a child. A large block that I would buy on holiday at the seaside and break pieces apart with a hammer. Such good childhood memories all come rushing back as I smell this. As nice and creamy as it does smell there is little to no Matcha or green tea among it.
Putting one serving of this ie one scoop into my bowl and filling with a combination of 3/4 warm water and 1/4 milk. Whisking produced a nice level of bubbles and froth, more than expected though they didn’t last long.
Flavour was more subtle but the toffee notes were there, so was a slightly bitter undertone from the Matcha. Some dryness though subtle and the after taste is creamy though short lived.
Overall the scent is stronger than the taste but regardless this was a pleasant flavoured Matcha. One that I would consider purchasing should the chance arise.
Flavors: Cream, Toffee
I prepared this three ways:
*with a few ounces of hot water and whisked in a chawan
*stirred with a few tablespoons of cold water and topped with cold, unsweetened cashew milk
*stirred with a few tablespoons of hot water and topped with hot, unsweetened cashew milk
I wasn’t crazy about this in any preparation and I definitely had to sweeten it all three times. The matcha itself is only slightly bitter, but the chocolate flavour just seems to demand sweetness. It’s sort of unpleasant and weird to drink unsweetened chocolate. I’m also not sure that chocolate and matcha flavours mesh that well together.
The preparations with cashew milk were both better than with water alone. I think the extra creaminess really works with the chocolate. Dairy milk would probably be even better since it would bring a lot of its own sweetness to the mix.
I didn’t have any trouble finishing my sample pack, but I won’t be re-ordering this.
Flavors: Bitter, Dark Chocolate
I tried this tea back to back with Red Leaf’s Emperor Matcha. Both are some of their highest quality matches you can order. This is a warm green powder, velvety smooth and richly fragrant. It mixes up into a dark green liquid, and frothed well with my bamboo wisk. I really loved Red Leaf’s Emperor Matcha for it smooth creaminess. This one, the Manju Matcha, is the savory brother to that tea. This is much more vegetal, with mellow tones of kale and seaweed. It was a bit too strong at my usual mixing proportions, and found it to be preferable with a bit more water to matcha. I want to emphasize, this tea is FAR from sour or bitter, but definitely savory on the scale of matchas. If you prefer your matcha to be leafier, this will be a divine tea for you. I personally, prefer the Emperor Matcha, but both of these are high quality and well worth a try.
Flavors: Broth, Grass, Green, Kale, Seaweed, Vegetal
This matcha had a vegetal flavor that was quite similar to spinach. The hint of sweetness made it more appealing, but if you’re not a fan of vegetal flavors this might not be the best matcha to start with. This was our second place winner and pick for best budget matcha in Round 2 of the Matcha Blind Taste Test.
You can read the full results of the blind taste test on my blog:
This matcha was slightly sweet, with a somewhat nutty flavor and grainy texture. It ended up being the least expensive of the samples in the matcha blind taste test I’m taking part in, but isn’t among my top picks as far as matcha goes. I think it’s worth exploring some of the slightly more expensive options from Red Leaf Tea.
You can read the full results of the blind taste test on my blog:
Had this at work, before my shift, a few days ago: I worked out that with the bus ride to work I can get there half an hour early or five minutes late – obviously I’m gonna go with early. That gives me plenty of time to have a cup of tea before work though! And honestly, even with 30 minutes to kill it still takes less time to get to VV than it did to bus to Sobeys.
Drinking this hot in plain water, it was actually the best way I’ve tried it so far which surprises me a lot because Sangria is not something you drink hot. That said, it doesn’t taste like Sangria at all – more like orange rinds, grass, and some sort of super muddled red fruit with an odd sort of starchyness to the flavour. So maybe that’s why it works alright: it’s not a true Sangria flavour in the first place.
Regardless, I’m happy to have found a way of drinking this that’s not awful.
I’m adding Sangria matcha to the many flavours under my belt because I thought it would make for a really great summer flavour to have stock up; and obviously it’s not a flavour that screams “try me in milk” like how I normally prepare my matcha so I made it as a Matcha Soda instead.
This is the ‘recipe’ I used:
- 1 tsp of matcha whisked into approx. 2 ounce of hot water
- Dissolve approx. 1 tbsp. of sugar into the concentrated matcha to create a ‘matcha syrup’
- Cool down the syrup, and add a can of Club Soda
Just being perfectly honest, as soon as I took my first sip I knew that I didn’t like this flavour of matcha. There was a lot that I personally felt was wrong/off about it – for one the fruit flavours are incredibly muddled on top of tasting really artificial. I know Sangria is a combination of different fruits but I couldn’t pinpoint any of the individual fruits that traditionally make up Sangria. In addition, the vegetal/grassy notes of the matcha were far too pronounced for my liking (despite this being Distinctive flavour level) and took on a ‘swampy’ kind of flavour when compared with the weird/chemical tasting fruit notes.
I’m definitely disappointed by this flavour; it’s nothing like I’d hoped it would be and if you’re looking for an accurate Sangria flavour I think you’re best off looking elsewhere. The worst part is that I’m almost certain that Robust flavouring would taste even more chemical/artificial since that’s the way fruit flavoured matcha tends to go but, while delicate level flavouring might reduce the fake fruit flavour, I think it’d make the Sangria flavour even less distinct than it already is.
Using the rest of this will certainly be a challenge for me.
Porch sitting at 6:00 AM with a latte made with classic matcha. It is 60 F and there is a gentle rain. My latte was made with cold milk. Why am I not freezing? Oh, right, because my body doesn’t wake up until after 8. My brain loves this weather. Anyway, so the neat thing about participating in a blogging matcha tasting event is you get to try like a zillion different matchas. The bad part is they start tasting so much alike, when you aren’t real skilled in them yet. Such is the case with this one. I found it to be umami with popcorn notes, when testing. Today, with milk it is very smooth. There is little to no bitterness and the taste with milk leans towards nutty and green leafy. Makes a good sweetened latte.
I didn’t like this matcha in milk, but yesterday I used it for a matcha soda and I thought it was a wonderful improvement! Unfortunately, I couldn’t convince either sibling to try it: my brother couldn’t get over the gross, cloudy/opaque green colour and my sister said it smelled too sweet. Such a thing doesn’t exist!
I thought it was really great because it was clearly apricot flavoured, quite juicy, and just a little bit floral from the matcha itself. I think one of my complaints last time was that it tasted artificial, as well? If I’m remembering correctly, that is. And while it wasn’t a totally realistic/natural flavour in the context of a matcha ‘soda’ with sweetener and carbonation that’s not really a bad thing. It also wasn’t nearly as obvious, which helps.
From my latest RLT order;
I picked up a 30g size at distinctive level flavouring because I’ve found that’s what I enjoy most of my matcha at. I don’t actually know why I chose apricot though; I want to try a new fruit flavor, and I guess because this doesn’t have many reviews it seemed like an interesting gamble. The smell of the dry matcha was… Concerning.
There’s a very fake/artificial presence to it and my immediate thought was “Oh no, distinctive was definitely too strong of a flavour!”. It’s not really an uncommon thing for RLT fruit based flavours to taste very chemical, especially at the higher flavour levels. And, I also had no idea what sort of prep method would be the best one to use here. Ultimately I went with cold milk in the hope that it’d maybe mute the flavour of the matcha a little bit and taste creamy; I’ve had some really good creamy apricot teas so I know that flavour pairing can taste great is executed well.
Honestly; it’s not as bad as I’d have expected just based on the smell of the dry matcha. It doesn’t taste natural but it’s not overly artificial or chemical tasting either and I’m going to consider that a win! However, even though it’s not terrible there is something off about this. Fruity milk in general is so hit or miss though. If it was creamier, with perhaps some vanilla added in I think it could work splendidly but just plain milk? No.
Next time I make this I’m going to try a different prep method; hot water, making added in to cake or cookie mix? I sense there’s promise here – I just have to find the way to best utilize this flavour of matcha.
I did not participate in the matcha madness taste test, but I read lots of results, so don’t read on if you’re still trying not to be spoiled.
Between their name your price opportunity, and their blind matcha taste test, Red Leaf has been successful in making me their customer. After everyone’s thorough taste test reviews, I had to give their Deluxe Matcha a try. It has been on sale for a while now, at $20 a pound! I’d love to take advantage of that deal but, I worry that I just won’t drink that much matcha before it starts to go stale. (Or maybe I would, but who knows, I like to have variety in my my matcha). So far, the package sizing is my one complaint; I wish there was a medium size (say 40g or 3oz) The sample size can’t be resealed and the full pound bag is too much for me at the moment.
Other than that, this is a fantastic matcha, especially for the price. I have been drinking it iced, without milk. It is smooth, vibrant, fragrant. I haven’t had any problems mixing it together or frothing it up. This is the first matcha I’ve had in recent memory that tastes so specifically different from other matchas, rather than varying tones of green grass flavors (though Red Leaf’s Emperor Matcha is out of this world and distinct in a different, more delicate way).
This matcha is stunningly floral, almost as if it were a jasmine-flavored matcha. It is sweet in a natural-tasting way and gently vegetal, with no bitterness or savory/seaweed flavors. The mouthfeel is full and present, even made with water it does not feel thin or plain. If you have ever been skeptical of matcha or want to like it but have always ended up with something too sour or bitter, I highly encourage you to try this one. The smell and taste is like a spring day, not too girly or perfumey, but amazingly fresh and delicious. A powerful iced tea for this summer season and an amazing all-around matcha.
Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Grass, Green, Honey, Jasmine, Vegetal