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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!
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!
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…
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.
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…
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.