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

Flavors: Cherry

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drank French Vanilla Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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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
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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
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Fjellrev

For sure!

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drank Banana Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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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
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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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drank Strawberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Finished this one off as well. The strawberry flavor is spot on. I love strawberry tea anyway, but this really is a step above most I have tried. Yum.

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drank Strawberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I love strawberry black tea, even (maybe, especially) the cheap stuff in bags. I was a little hesitant to try this one as a cold latte. I mean, it sounds good in theory, I was just afraid it would taste like the powdered stuff we added to milk when we were kids. The reality is this is totally awesome. The strawberry tastes so natural I looked to see if any of the green tops were floating in my mug. Move over strawberry black tea, strawberry matcha is moving in.

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90

Delicious, a sweet smooth matcha with a creamy cheesy taste and a delightful after taste of graham crackers, try it as a hot latte you will be pleased you did.

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This was a miss for me, the flavour sounded amazing, Tiramisu is one of my favourite desserts and matcha is amazing, mix the two together it should be even better right? Wrong. The matcha barely tasted of coffee or cheese or anything remotely similar to the dessert, it just tasted bad.

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drank Banana Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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This matcha was really good, sweet but not to sweet and tasted of artificial banana, which i’m not complaining about. I drink my matcha iced and with a splash of milk so it made me think of a banana milkshake.

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drank Deluxe Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
708 tasting notes

I wish matcha came with better instructions on how much to mix with how much water. I had to add creamer to mellow out the bite I was getting, which I think is a result of adding to much matcha. Once I work through that issue, I’m getting a fairly decent cup. The aftertaste might be my favorite part. It lingers with a pleasant fragrance. The sip is pretty mellow and smooth with a light matcha flavor. I get the floral notes on the sip. It is really nice, but I’m not head over heel for it like I am with Red Leaf’s cheesecake matcha.

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drank Pina Colada Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
708 tasting notes

I keep doing the same thing and making my matcha to strong! I end up with a bitter mess of flavors and have to add some creamer to mellow and even it out. Once I get that issue worked out, I can taste the pina colada. I also pick up on a little bit of soapiness which I’m wondering is the coconut flavoring going bad. I’m trying this from a traveling tea box, so there is no way to tell how old this sample is. I can’t really pick out the matcha flavor, but I bet this would be great in a vanilla smoothie.

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Got a nice sample from the Green TTB and in all honesty I tried this and said “HELL NA”
Maybe everyone else got a different batch or something… what I have is olive green (dark) and I suppose that’s okay because it isn’t tencha from Japan so I don’t expect bright green. My problem is the taste is quite bitter and really rough. I whisked the hell out of this like I would with any other matcha, but it just isn’t working for me. Reviews here say floral and that is the final tip that must mean I got a mislabeled, old, or weird version of Deluxe Matcha because mine had zero floral; and I pick up floral very easily.

I have enough for at least 12 tea bowl whiskings, but I am not so sure that I can do that to myself. Does anyone have a picture of theirs because I am curious if I have something different.

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drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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From yesterday. Found a sample I forgot I had. Made a cold latte with sweetener. To me it isn’t any pumpkin pie I’ve ever had. Not really a chai either. More like pumpkin spices. It is a comforting flavor even cold. I’m glad I was too lazy to get my normal matcha out of the freezer and refill my tin.

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drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I read through some of the reviews on this one. The majority seemed to think this captured the essence of pumpkin pie. I had it as a cold milk latte. My opinion is it gets pumpkin spice but does not capture the pie filling or crust. It more reminds me of a powdered chai mix a friend and I use to buy. Really sweet and heavy on the spice. Liked it fine but it is not pie. I will try Sil’s suggestion of adding French Vanilla matcha.

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drank Sicilian Vespers by Red Leaf Tea
708 tasting notes

Wow, this is really nice! I want to say this is the first not matcha that I have tried from Red Leaf. It is light, well balanced and has almost a fragrance like flavor; present, but not full on. It has a fruity/floral way about it that changes and morphs through the sip with a smooth aftertaste that makes me think of candied cherries. I could see buying this someday.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90

This has become my new daily matcha from the legendary Red Leaf Tea. This is a mid to high grade matcha from Red Leaf, and reasonably priced. It’s hard for me to describe this matcha, as it doesn’t have any notes that are too forward. I liken to what I have heard people say about vodka, that “good” vodka really shouldn’t taste like much of anything. This matcha is supremely smooth and gentle, not too grassy, not too floral, not too savory. I have been drinking it iced, and it is simple and refreshing, cool, airy, green tea. All sweet and not bitter. It doesn’t have as diverse of a flavor profile as some of the higher grades, but this is definitely one of my favorite day to day matchas.

Flavors: Creamy, Green, Smooth

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Matcha Traveling Box

I must have made this too strong at first because I got a bitter perfume unpleasantness. After adding a little creamer it was much better. I get a little bit of popcorn on the sip with some mild caramel. The popcorn is a little more present in the after taste. It is a fun flavor, but not one I’m compelled to run out and pick up. Glad to have gotten the change to try it!

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drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I thought I reviewed this one??? Well it’s gone and I liked it. Not sure how much it makes me think cheesecake as the real experience isn’t just taste, but texture as well. To me its more custard like. Point is it was tasty.

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drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1686 tasting notes

I got this because it sounded fun. Using my frother turned this into a foam filled buttery and creamy sweet delight. I followed the directions on the product page and used only 1/2 tsp for 8 oz of cold milk. That’s it. Normally I use 2 tsp in 12 oz and add a packet of Splenda and a splash of vanilla and caramel syrups. None of that is needed here. To me, the taste bounces between actual cheesecake and Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. OK, you know I stockpile Sleigh Ride so I have a year round supply, so I am more than good with this taste. In fact, my occasional nighttime Sleigh Ride may now have a morning companion. Cheesecake Matcha makes this dinosaur happy.

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drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1621 tasting notes

This is absolutely delicious. I have to play around with how much to put in my matcha bowl. The first time I tried this it was too bitter at toward the end. I also tried this with milk and a bit of brown sugar, and that combination was DELICIOUS. I love the almond flavor and taste. It reminds me a bit of amaretto.

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90

Thank you Nichole! This one certainly catches my fancy as a sweeter green tea.

When I smelled it, I instantly got the vanilla and it definitely has a coconut character to it in smell and taste. The notes on here already describe it perfectly.

I like it on it’s own, but sugar is not a bad compliment. A lot of people would like this, especially newer drinkers. More experienced drinkers would love the deep green powder color, but want the liquid to be a little bit frothier. Flavor though is fresh and rejuvenating-it’s almost a desert tea to me.

Nichole

Glad you like it!

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