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I did the thing again where I drank this and then proceeded to fail at taking notes, so I really only have a little blip of a flavour summary:

- Cold Shaken in water
- Quite floral
- A balance of natural grape and sweet candy grape

But at least my little jot notes are consistent! Last time I drank this I also made a point of pointing out that it tasted really floral so at least I’m making the same half-assed observations. Also, I need to know if anyone has tried this one in milk yet? Of the few people who Steepster says actually own it. That’s normally my go to, but admittedly I’m terrified to try it out. Grape milk seems so… wrong.

Eveleaf

I had a friend in the 6th grade who loved drinking grape juice and milk together. She called it a “purple cow.” It seemed wrong then…and it still seems wrong now.

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Well, this last week has been an absolute whirlwind!

But the important thing is that as of tonight, I am officially moved into the new house! I’m so excited to be moved out of my parents house yet again, and I think this new situation will be a really good one for me!

I actually don’t have a ton of queued posts from the week; most of my tea was actually packed up early into the week so I wasn’t drinking a lot of tea this last week. I’ll have to make up for that. The reality is, that I drank a lot of matcha because it was the last tea to get packed up (because I store it in the freezer). I’ll have to drink this one again more properly and at a time I can really focus on it because really none of the tea I had this week got any proper attention, and my notes from this week are shit…

Case and point, this is all I wrote for this tea:

- Floral forefront
- Grapey finish; a little mild but quite nice!

So, I will revisit this again. Also, I’m not gonna rate it until I get a chance to have it again as well because I just know I didn’t put the time into appreciating this new matcha to rate it with any semblance of precision.

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drank Sangria Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1555 tasting notes

This morning’s matcha was a 1/4 tsp whisked into a shot glass of hot water. It wasn’t my favourite combination, let’s say. A little too citrus peel/fresh cut grass for first thing, maybe, and it’s an odd combination to start with. I felt pretty horrible for about an hour afterwards, but I’m not sure whether the matcha had anything to do with that. I was feeling pretty rubbish to begin with, although not quite as nauseous. Not the combination for me!

Indigobloom

I wonder what it’d be like with OJ. Just saying :P

Fjellrev

Hope you’ll feel better soon!

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drank Sangria Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1555 tasting notes

I tried this as a latte this morning, and I was pretty impressed. I wasn’t sure how the flavour would work with milk, but it was actually okay. I got more of the “wine” flavour than I did with yesterday’s coconut water, but also a hint of berry and a touch of citrus rind. I have felt more awake the last couple of mornings, so maybe there’s something to this matcha thing after all. I’m enjoying this one – thanks again to Roswell Strange for sharing it with me!

ETA: I keep meaning to say that I’m drinking the basic grade, distinctive flavouring version of this one.

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drank Sangria Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1555 tasting notes

A sample from Roswell Strange. I still had some coconut water left after yesterday’s experiment, and I figured a sweeter/fruity matcha might pair better with it than plain. I used 1/2 tsp whisked into half a glass, and was a lot happier with the result. There’s a pleasant overall “orange rind” kind of flavour that works well with the sweet, tropical coconut. This turned out a lot more palatable than just plain matcha, and I was happy to sip on this first thing. A success!

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I haven’t had matcha before so I’m not sure what rating to give this tea. I sifted two teaspoons into a few ounces of not-quite-boiling water, then whisked as instructed (although I don’t have a bamboo whisk so I used a metal one, and I couldn’t figure out how long I was supposed to whisk it for). It was a really dark green and when I tasted it with a spoon it was the bitterest thing I’ve tasted in years (or ever?). I dumped the rest of a bag of sugar into it (okay, so the bag was mostly empty already) and thinned it down with a LOT more water. Like maybe two cups more. Then I tried it again and decided the flavor would be bearable if only it were cold, so I poured a little of it over a glassful of ice and now I have way more iced matcha than I know what to do with. I’m going to be drinking this batch for the rest of the day.

Like I say, I’ve never had matcha before so I don’t know if I’m just not used to the flavor yet or if this was a bad sample or if I prepared it wrong or what. I also got some cheesecake matcha in the same order so maybe I’ll try that tomorrow and see if it has a pleasanter flavor. Maybe after I learn what normal is for matcha I can come back and give this one a rating.

ashmanra

Believe it or not, one usually uses only about 1/4 teaspoon of sifted matcha per cup of tea! I can only imagine how bad that was! It would have given me the jitters, too.

ashmanra

Oh, and I usually use water between 160F and 170F. Matcha is also great shaken in milk with sugar, and an Aerolatte will mix it into an amazing frothy shake. So will a cocktail shaker with ice!

sensiblyscript

Haha, really? I had no idea! The instructions said to use one or two teaspoons in a few ounces of water and then dilute “to taste,” so I figured that meant I had to taste it before diluting. :P I’m not sure why I decided to go with two teaspoons rather than one, though. I’m thinking of making a latte-type concoction next time. :)

ashmanra

I looked at some other instructions. I saw one that said two matcha scoops each holding a bit of matcha the size of an almond. Another said to use about 1/2 tsp. for eight ounces. I know you have to have really high quality matcha for it to taste good served the traditional way! As a latte, most culinary grade matcha will do fine. I love KaiMatcha Premium but they sell out pretty fast and it is the only tea they sell. Basically they stay shut down most of the year! Ha! Breakaway Matcha has some great info on their site, but their tea is soooooo expensive. The good stuff is over $100 for 30 servings, I think.

BTW, I am also in NC and also majored in voice! I wasn’t raised as a farmhand, but I have chickens. Does that count? :)

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To say this one is growing on me is definitely not accurate, ‘cause I think that would mean saying that I like it. But something is definitely happening where I’m getting used to it in a way where I don’t heavily dislike it. That probably wont sell anyone on trying this one; but for me it’s kind of a positive thing.

I tried this cold shaken in almond milk; I feel like the nuttyness of the milk complimented the cinnamon/pie crust flavours well enough and the contrast of the apple against the almond milk wasn’t undesirable either. It just has a strong artificial quality I can’t seem to get rid of. It’s not nearly as bad as this, but it’s kind of comparable to that apple-cinnamon scented Febreeze. As far as Febreeze goes, that’s a pretty nice smelling one! But, you wouldn’t want someone to spray it in your mouth…

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Yesterday I spent the majority of the day studying and recording my presentation for class. For this presentation, we had to pick either the history, philosophy, production style, or manufacturing techniques of a tea growing region and discuss that in detail. I picked the philosophy (and how that ties into the tea ceremony) of Japan! Huge thanks to both James at t-ching and hokdor for helping me go through my presentation as well! It helped A LOT to have someone to go through everything with and it probably cut hours off the time it would have taken to perfect a recording as well!

But of course, if I’m gonna talk about Japanese tea philosophy I’m going to be drinking matcha while I study/record. This time I tried this in the more traditional way: hot in just plain water. It’s quite tasty, if I do say so myself. At least, compared to the super funky tasting latte this made. It still didn’t taste all that natural/realistic but was a huge step up. Apple notes and lots of cinnamon for sure! This is one I still need to tweak how I’m prepping it, but it’s getting better! And it’s hard to believe the first time I tried this one was less than a month ago. It feels like so much has happened in that short span of time!

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Happy National Pie Day!

To celebrate I finally tried out this matcha, from my most recent order. It seemed appropriate to have a pie tea on pie day. I’m debating drinking all my pie matcha today since I have three different pie flavours right now but I’m also just a little worried that might be caffeine overkill.

I had high hopes for this matcha, and it smells great in the package. However whisked up in a cup of cold milk it was a fair bit disappointing. There are definitely nice apple and cinnamon notes initially and I am totally reminded of apple pie in the best way. Things take a turn in the finish of the sip though; the flavour quickly falls apart and tastes very artificial and very chemical which is something I really wasn’t expecting: especially since this is only delicate level of flavouring. What it reminds me of is cheap cinnamon flavoured toothpaste. Gag.

I’m not calling this one a write off just yet: I’ve certainly had much worse flavours (such as the Sangria) but something about the way I’m prepping this or the amount of matcha I used no more than I normally would have DEFINTIELY needs to be adjusted for this to really be enjoyable.

Regardless, happy Pie Day!

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Sipdown (136)!

Finished this off last night whisked into cold matcha milk; it was creamy and smooth but personally I think this shines more as a hot latte. There was something about that hot latte that just had such a wonderful vanilla cakey-ness that wasn’t as evident in the cold version.

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This was a free sample in my most recent matcha order.

Made it up as my first drink of the day; hot matcha latte! It’s really delicious; the vanilla flavour is very smooth and creamy and it almost had like a vanilla cakeyness to it? Creamy, silky, vanilla custard type cake. Yes! That’s exactly it.

I can’t believe I hadn’t tried this matcha before either; or at least if I have I hadn’t rated it? It’s one of those flavours I definitely felt like I’d always tried too…

Tea In Spoons

I’ve been very tempted to order from them. I saw that they had a matcha sampler set.

Roswell Strange

If you’ve never ordered from them before I definitely recommend the sampler just to get a wide variety.

VariaTEA

What matchas did you get? Did you finally order your cheese pizza matcha?!?

OMGsrsly

Cheese. Pizza. Matcha.

Roswell Strange

No… I chickened out. Maybe someday, though.

I did get Grape, Apple Pie, Bubble Gum, and Butternut Pie though!

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drank Puerh Earl Grey by Red Leaf Tea
69 tasting notes

I wasn’t sure what to think of this tea, to be honest. Although it did have the bergamonty EG aroma to it, it was loaded with a strange astringency or bitterness that made me grimace. Since this is a puerh tea, I thankfully knew enough to go easy on the first steeping of it, and left it only for about a minute. The tea turned dark very quickly, and I don’t think I even left it in for that long. The strange bitter aroma unfortunately trasferred to the tea, and I just couldn’t finish the cup. I felt like the tea was battling itself with two different flavour profiles: the EG part that I knew and liked and the bitter, ashy puerh part that I couldn’t stomach.

Not my cup of tea I guess.

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100% honest review:
Sipping this three times to make sure of the taste was the closest I have ever came to tearing because of a tea. This is utterly terrible.
Here’s how I imagine this being created: tencha is sprayed with apricot flavoring, dried, grounded…

Resulting in a lingering chemical funk.

cookies

Some of the worst tea I’ve ever had has been from Red Leaf. When they’re good they’re GOOD, but when they’re bad… horrendous.

Liquid Proust

I couldn’t just taste it once to be fair… it was painful…

tea123

I recommend a little more leaf :)

Roswell Strange

Sorry your experience was so unpleasant LP; this one was definitely from me way back when. I definitely don’t think this is representative of RLT’s flavored matcha and hope that you’ll try some of the other flavours they carry (if we swap again I can send you a sampling of what I’ve got). I can’t say I’ve got a suggestion for you to make this one better though as I’ve been very back and forth on it myself: some cups are alright (not awesome) but others are down right AWFUL as well…

Liquid Proust

There are a few I am wanting to try and will eventually get to, but for now I have enough matcha from YUNOMI to last me awhile. I know that I will stay away from things like Pizza Matcha though. You’d think fruit would pair well, but as someone who blends tea… I know that if you don’t use the right kind of flavoring you will end up with something terrrrrrrrible. Their vanilla matcha is quite nice though, I drank a decent amount of it with my mom. I still have some chocolate matcha of theirs that I haven’t even opened.

Red Leaf Tea

I’m sorry for the bad experience. We have over 130 flavors. Some are great, some are good and apparently a few are not…
Please do not judge all of our products by this one.

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90

I like the warm, full-bodied taste of this tea. It is a good twist on an Earl Grey, especially when I don’t want something as dark as a traditional Earl Grey. Love this, would recommend!

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This is an impressive matcha if made correctly and by that I mean offsetting the slight dry taste with just water. I whisked this one up smelling the pumpkin spice which made me happy :)
The taste at first was a bit much so I adjusted it with two teaspoons of milk with a topping of whipped cream.
My mom and I both enjoy this. Adjusted, this is fantastic and I’ll be curious to see if their chocolate matchas are as good because that will sucker me in… chocolate…

Kirkoneill1988

i shall try this someday

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1678 tasting notes

Another one bites the dust. This one is rated highly on Steepster. There is certainly nothing wrong with it. That said, not sure why I got this as caramel isn’t a favorite of mine on its own. I enjoyed it but not as much as everyone else it seems.

carol who

Looks like you’ve been drinking a lot of matcha lately :) What a nice way to spend the day.

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1678 tasting notes

I am not a caramel enjoying person. At least not caramel ice cream topping or caramel candy. It is too sweet, even for the monkey, and just doesn’t move me… and yet, I’ve read so many positive reviews of this one over the years that I had to try some. I used 1 tsp in a mug with cold milk, cause that’s how I roll. Tasted. Kid of wondered what all the fuss was about. It was light and kind of reminded me of the French vanilla I had earlier. Then the monkey grabbed the liquid Splenda and added the equivalent of 1 tsp of sugar. Delicious! I could drink this everyday. It is sweet (obviously) but not gross sweet. It is buttery, and the flavor is really good and never gets overpowering. A perfect balance of sweet. texture, and flavor. I will have this one again – and it’s caramel.

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drank Deluxe Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
137 tasting notes

This Red Leaf matcha has a very unique flavor and aroma. It is strikingly floral and sweet, without the grassiness or vegetal flavors that typify most matchas. If you could grind a floral green oolong into powder form, I imagine this is what it would taste like.

Appearance wise, it leaves a bit to be desired. The color is a rather unappetizing mossy green unlike the nice, bright green Japanese matcha I’m used to. When prepared, it’s thin-ish with little viscosity and barely any froth.

Looks aside, this made a fantastic matcha latte. Deliciously sweet and luscious floral. It’s a real nice change of pace from grassy matchas. At $2.39 for a 15g sample it’s an incredible value and organic to boot.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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100

Yah…………….. Feeling Awesome after have a cup of tea.

Flavors: Cherry

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drank French Vanilla Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1678 tasting notes

Another I finished off. Possibly my personal favorite of flavored matcha I have tried. Tastes just like French Vanilla should.

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drank French Vanilla Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1678 tasting notes

Still loving this one. 1 tsp with 1/3 tumbler full of 2% milk, once frothed produces a full tumbler so thick and creamy the straw stands straight up. After settles a bit I add more milk. As others said, the powder smells like icing. The cold milk latte tastes like cake and icing tossed in a blender and liquefied. To me the French vanilla has an extra little kick that tastes like a nutmeg was lightly sprinkled on top. I can see consuming mass quantities.

Fjellrev

This one will always be a winner in my books.

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drank French Vanilla Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1678 tasting notes
Fjellrev

For sure!

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drank Banana Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1678 tasting notes

The last of this one for my morning wake up cold milk latte. This natural banana flavored but not quite actual banana in flavor. More candy like. I like it but don’t love it. Maybe I just used too much? It’s another that others rated higher than my opinion.

This leaves only pumpkin pie matcha to finish up my flavored matcha. That may wait. I can’t believe I am going to write this but, you can only have so much pumpkin pie in a one week span and I am already teetering over the line. I must be getting old.

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drank Banana Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1678 tasting notes

Man, everyone else rated this really high. I am glad I read the reviews first as it salvaged this one for me.

I prepared this with 1 tsp of powder and 8 ounces of cold 2% milk. I thought the taste was on the weird side. It was banana-ish but then there was another taste like rose water. It wasn’t real strong but distracting. I added a little sweetener (equivalent to 1 tsp of sugar). This reduced the rosewater note and brought the banana into the marshmallow candy range mentioned by others. With sweetener it is sweet but not too sweet for a dessert treat.

Sometime soon I plan to make this again and add ice cream, along with a drizzle of chocolate and caramel. This has potential!

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