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I woke up this morning in the mood for some delicious green tea and that’s when my package from Sil caught my eye. I realized there was still some matcha I hadn’t tried. Since I didn’t have any milk, I went the fruity root and chose the Pineapple Matcha – distinctive flavoring. I was amazed because it actually smelled just like pineapple! Steeped this made for a very smooth, slightly creamy cup. I noticed matcha more in this than I noticed in the other flavored matchas I tried but I thought it blended beautifully with the pineapple flavoring. All in all, this was a delicious cup so thank you Sil for this delicious treat!
ok, this is really good! I think matcha must go stale v fast because it seems much stronger in the foil. thanks cavocorax! :D drinking w/half&half water/milk because I am lazy & it’s easier to make this way. YUM. Smell is pinging my Kernel’s popcorn butter pecan addiction… oh jeez, I wonder if we have a Kernels local….. /o\
And that’s another matcha gone! (81) :O I try to drink one cup a day (a big one with 2 scoops!) and only keep 4 flavours open at a time to help out with the freshness.
What did I think? I like this – it’s creamy and sweet and enjoyable for times I don’t want to be overwhelmed by flavour (i.e., pumpkin matcha, or bubblegum). Would I get it again? Maybe. There are so many other options out there, but, I would’ve say no to more.
Sipdown! Thanks, Sil. This was sooooo good!
I’m just having it in water today. I think I prefer it as a latte. I might prefer ALL matcha as lattes.
It’s tart and green and pineappley. It’s nice, but I think I’ll add some warmed milk.
Don’t see this one on the Red Leaf website currently, but I am pleased to have found a couple of cups’ worth in a tin that woozled itself all the way to the bottom of the basket.
Because its fluffy and doesn’t stay in the teaspoon well, I doubled up, kept water temp coolish and time medium-ish (about 2:20). Honey colored and sweet grain flavored. Lovely for a crispy leaf-blowy afternoon at—finally after a long weary week at writers conference—home. (My back yard sounds like Chex.)
My matcha was composed of the following:
Size : Small
Matcha Quality: Starter (Basic Grade)
I have a soft spot for the pineapple flavour in life savers. It might be my favourite. Even if it’s not quite actual pineapple taste (which i LOVE), those life savers are my happy place. When i cracked open this matcha – it was like smelling an entire package of those delicious life savers. I was in my happy place. Now, I’ve shared this matcha with a few people but i haven’t yet gotten around to reviewing it. Today, i figured why the heck not!
I opted to drink this as a latte even if some part of me was a little wary about milk + pineapple. Honestly? SOOOOO Good! I think the distinctive level is the right way to go for this one, or possibly delicate. Robust would make this a little too artificial i think.
The milk actually helps to smooth out the edge of the pineapple. Each sip is like the first instant you put a life saver into your mouth. Before i knew it, i had finished up my double mug of this! Even after it was gone, i could taste it, lingering…the best part? the after taste is more like actual pineapple. I think this will likely be a reorder!
Buy it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/pineapple-matcha.html
I had to grab these Caramel Matchacchinos on sale! HUGE discount! They sounded delicious anyway!
First up: hot latte
I was surprised there was already a scoop in the big bag of bright green matcha! Very handy! Little things like that make my day. :D So, I heated up about nine ounces of milk, definitely not boiling, as that would ruin the matcha. Just about warm! One scoop of matchacchino in the bottom of the mug and I slowly pour the measuring cup with warm milk with one hand while I’m whisking the matcha with a fork in the other (yes, unofficial matcha mixing, I know!) The dry matcha has a lovely sweet fragrance. The taste is amazing! It’s like a healthier cappuccino! I could have used MORE matcha flavor and less sugar in this cup. Matchaccino is different from regular matcha in that it already has sugar in it. It definitely doesn’t need more added! My cup was gone in minutes. (Whoops! ) Honestly, if tea wasn’t typically too hot to gulp, I’d probably gulp that down too! Instantly I felt energized!
Second cup: brewed like a typical tea
With this cup, I really just wanted to taste the matchaccino without milk. So I cooled the water a while and slowly poured the water in the mug while whisking with a fork. This cup may have been even better than with milk because I get to taste more of the matcha – the milk hides the flavor a bit. I really liked this cup!
Luckily, I love this stuff since I bought a bunch of pouches. It will definitely increase my milk intake too, since I normally do not drink very much milk.
This morning I mixed half a scoop of this with half an avocado, 4 ice cubes and a cup of almond milk. TASTY SHAKE! The buttery avocado actually enhanced the caramel flavor I think! :)
This one was from the wonderful Stephanie who stashed this in the Here’s Hoping Tea Box for me to steal:) this definitely smelled just like pina colada! The notes of it were there but the matcha over powered it. Will have to change up the ratios here. :) to be continued…
Unfortunately I didn’t immediately fall in love with this flavor like I did with the caramel. I found it to be lacking just a little bit in the taste and texture department. I was really hoping for a little bit more sweetness and a creamy texture similar to pumpkin pie, but it was missing both of those things. Part of this could easily be solved by adding more sugar, but I’m trying to eliminate sugar from my diet and this already has a fair amount in it. Instead I decided to blend my pumpkin pie and caramel MATCHAccino together and the results were fantastic.
I found that a 1:1 ratio of pumpkin pie to caramel is nearly perfect for me. The caramel adds some of the sweetness back in that I was really missing without covering up the spices that make this taste like pumpkin pie. It also adds a wonderful creamy texture to the latte, although it is still missing the pumpkin flavor. Now the only thing that could make this better would be a huge dollop of whipped cream on top.
Come read the rest of the review over on my blog:
Apparently I forgot to review this tea until the last cup as I’ve been drinking it off and on for months. So, this is a sipdown and I have mixed feelings about this matcha blend. It is quite tasty as a stand alone flavored matcha, but in comparison to the French Vanilla, it is missing something. It has the tangy notes that I associate with cheesecake, but even as a chilled latte, I would not have guessed cheesecake unless I read it on the label. I don’t think it is the flavor level itself as it was ordered as robust, but rather that it just lacks the buttery creaminess that I associate with cheesecake. I think the caramel matchaccino may have also spoiled me to some extent. While I wanted to love this one, but I am not sure it will be a reorder unfortunately.
This is really refreshing served as an iced latte. It’s also alright hot, but I really prefer this one chilled, and it’s also good non-latte, but, I think that the milk adds a really nice component to give it a sort of “berries and cream” kind of taste that I really enjoyed.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/07/08/berry-flavored-matcha-from-red-leaf-tea/
So the difference between this and just caramel matcha is what?!? I think it’s sugar. When I added sugar to this, it was too sweet to drink it, I had to dilute it. I add the same amount of sugar to caramel matcha and it is fine. Also, the sample they sent me with purchase was way more than I normally would add to an 8 oz cup of cold matcha latte.
It is also a little chalky. But hey, it was free sample with purchase and if you let it sit a bit, the “chalk” settles and you can enjoy this decadent drink.
I added the matcha to a travel bottle and added a little warm water and a tsp of sugar. I shook the bottle to dissolve. I then added 8 oz cold milk and shook the bottle again. Poured over ice, stuck in a straw and …. Sluurppp!
Quite note: We’re running out the door and I needed a boost so I drank some of this with milk, whipped up. It was GREAT. Just, great! It was sweet and popcorny and for some reason that didn’t make THIS an odd combo.
(Mmmmm… love it)
Backlog: This is one of the matcha’s I won and wow. It’s unusual? Once I got past how strange it is to drink bubblegum, I enjoyed it, but it was still weird as a latte!
Sipdown, 120. Sil posted earlier about making a matcha milkshake and I couldn’t get it off my mind. So I used the rest of this matcha and made a strong matcha milkshake. It was perhaps too strong… The almond flavor in this is already excessive (the highest level), and I put a lot in (it didn’t look green enough, haha!). So there’s just a hint of almost alcoholic flavoring compound to this that doesn’t usually show up when a reasonable amount of matcha is used. Still, I slurped it down quickly. Mmmm.
so as some of you know, i often make matcha smoothies and lattes. Today i opted to try a matcha MILKSHAKE! Now you’re probably asking yourself how that’s much different than a smoothie..but oh.my.god. this is good. ice cream makes all the difference in the world. Creamy delicious french vanilla ice cream + frozen banana + matcha + milk + matcha = SOOOOO good!
The other great thing? This is a mini sipdown because it helped me finish off this package of matcha, though i do have more caramel in my cupboard. Baby steps!
Thank you to Sil for my sample of this matcha. I tried this both as a latte and plain and to be honest I was not as in love with it as I anticipated I would be. I think I am on the minority with this one but I did not really notice the caramel too much. I didn’t think it was bad just not the flavor I was expecting. However, I don’t think I blended the matcha too well because there was powder at the bottom of my cup so maybe that has something to do with it. I will finish up the sample but I don’t think I will be buying more of this flavor.
One scoop matcha, 3/4 almond milk, and 1/4 1% milk. Ran out of almond milk! :(
I think I may like this equally to, or even more than my caramel matcha. I’m putting this on my list as a “seasonal” repurchase. It’s so ridiculously creamy with the milk, and the spices are at a nice level.