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Another wonderful sample from VariaTEA and this is my favourite one yet, if only because it was a nice surprise compared to the other two. Don’t get me wrong, I really dig the Cookies & Cream and Banana & Cream flavours but this one was less sweet and so it was a nice break from the trend. Less sweet, but still so delicious. Buttery caramel flavours but still such matcha. YEAH!
I got super pumped for a mug of this last night for dessert and then as I was microwaving the almond milk (I’m a classy broad) I remembered I was holding off on matcha until my whisk arrives. Oops.
Another great flavoured matcha! Smells and tastes like banana candy. No added sweetness needed thanks to the flavour, bed it’s just a real treat. Perfect for a dessert latte. I’m only two matchas in and it’s already reinforcing that I’m gonna have to make a Red Leaf order in the future.
Thanks so much for these samples VariaTEA — they’re knocking it out of my park.
Being different than the standard rating name that red leaf tea had, I went forth to meet this anonymous matcha with a blank slate on my tongue. Its color is a little more yellow than what the picture shows, I thought of the color seaweed green, more of a muted green. With hot water, it retains its color, froths easily in a few strokes of the whisk, and has no astringent taste to it. Its has a marine vegetable scent, a white canvas taste, such as what broccoli stalk has.
In comparison to the old matcha, Connoisseur is better, at the minimum, preferred.
Flavors: Hay, Vegetal
I was so SO excited to finally try a Red Leaf matcha, it was probably the main reason I leapt at a swap with VariaTEA because she put one on her list—and then sent me another THREE to try as well! I’ve been so overwhelmed that I haven’t gotten around to them yet.
I opened some almond milk and made a quick latte and it was a perfect desserty treat, which is exactly what I expected of this. Awesome!
I got this tea in a swap from Ost. She sent me a huge amount of it, I guess she didn’t like it much. Well, more for me! I’m not really a wine person, but I do like some sparkling wines (the sweet ones). The tea itself is mostly leaves with some silvery buds mixed in along with some thin red flower petals. It smells like candy! Very sweet and slightly tart raspberry with a definite effervescent quality. There’s white grape juice in there as well. I followed the instructions on Red Leaf’s website and did a 4 minute steep at (about) 180 degrees.
The brewed aroma is very similar to the dry but a bit milder. Woo, this tea! The first thing I notice about it is the effervescent champagne quality it has. Very bubbly! The raspberry flavor is still very candy-like in my opinion, but that’s okay. I’m definitely getting that white grape juice flavor that I smelled before. I added sugar to mine, as the tea wasn’t as sweet as I expected plain.
I can see this being fantastic and refreshing iced! Must try that later! :D Thanks Ost!
Flavors: Candy, Champagne, Hay, Raspberry, Sweet, White Grapes
From GCTTB Round 3 VariaTEA
This is my first time having flavored matcha, and this is super yummy! Smells like rich, buttery caramel, not exactly sure about the popcorn though. I had half a teaspoon of this in cold milk – soo good! Also feeling a bit of a energy high.. maybe should have had this in the morning instead :P
Whisked in milk to finish off this sample I got a while back from Courtney.
It was like a cup of maple walnut milk with that sort of dry nut sweetness to it. This definitely hasn’t been my favourite matcha overall but it was still good and I liked having it around, and it will be missed.
So I mixed this one with Coconut matcha in a timolino to take to work, and even though I didn’t use a 50/50 ratio (I actually used a 2:1 ration in favour of the maple matcha) I could still taste the coconut matcha more strongly than the maple!
The whole point of using more maple, other than bringing me closer to a sipdown, was to exaggerate the taste of the maple matcha. Coconut dominates everything. Not that I’m complaining too strongly.
This is how I started off my morning yesterday; with a cool glass of maple matcha milk! My Grandma came in for the day from out of town to visit, and I knew I was going to be heading off the spend time with her very early into the day so I didn’t have much time for anything all too elaborate so this was a quick fix and a good way to make sure I got some sort of breakfast in.
It was very good; I’ve learned from past cups that this can come off a little on the light side for my own personal tastes so I used about a 1/4 of a teaspoon more matcha in the cup and it made enough of a difference that I could taste a much richer maple flavour. That might just be all the tweaking this one needs!
2 tsp. of Matcha
1 Cup of Milk
1 1/2 scoops of Vanilla Icecream
1 Slightly Under ripe Banana
First a side bar about my banana; I went grocery shopping for milkshake supplies and I bought three bananas; one for this milkshake and two to freeze and use some other time. On the walk home from the grocery store my grocery bag started to slightly tear. Well, at some point on the walk home one of the bananas separated itself from the bunch_ and fell out of the bag. Silently. I had no clue I was missing a banana until I got home and unpacked my supplies.
I’m just so frustrated and confused though. How does my walking and carrying this bag result in a single banana separating from the other two and falling out of my bag WITHOUT ME NOTICING. And I know I didn’t lose a lot of money but still, I payed for that banana and I am not exactly the most “well off” person. Gah! I want my banana!
But anyway the milkshake; mostly it was just a banana milkshake with a tinge of green under ripe banana flavour to it (and I say that not because the matcha made it look green) but there was some maple sweetness in the aftertaste so this one wasn’t a total loss. Still, it probably wont be repeated. There are better combinations out there.
Tasting note number 1700! Woot!
Anyway, I added a tsp. of this matcha into a pudding cup of caramel pudding; honestly I didn’t expect to be able to taste the matcha but I just wanted that matcha buzz and I thought that out of the matcha I own this one would clash the least with caramel flavour. At I was pretty right; I couldn’t taste this one at all until the after taste and then surprisingly it tasted distinctly like maple.
Big thanks to Courtney for giving this one to me!
For the first try, I whisked it into cold milk. Overall it was good but a little weak; next time I think I’ll up the amount of matcha I use (Courtney, what flavour level is this one?). But, that said, despite being a bit weaker than I was anticipating it was nice and did deliver a nice maple flavour. It reminded me of the maple leaf shaped sugar cookies with the slight walnut nuttiness to them and that yummy maple icing! Mmm!
I look forward to playing around with this one!
Flavors: Maple Syrup, Walnut
When I first started seeing fluorescent-green matcha drinks on the internet, I was admittedly quite skeptical. Green tea in general had always ranked lower than my prized Earl Grey, and the sugar-laden matcha latte I tried at starbucks left me perplexed more than anything else.
But the more I read about the health benefits and energy boost matcha could provide, the more I wanted to give it a chance.
Enter Red Leaf Tea.
After seeing all the flavors offered and the fantastic reviews on this very site, I decided to order the much-lauded caramel matcha in the “special blend”.
Size : 30g
Matcha Quality: Classic (Basic Grade)
Matcha Type: Organic
Immediately when I opened the packet, the aroma of caramel poured out. I might have stood there sniffing my tea for a good minute, it was so deliciously scented. A promising start.
In a very non-traditional way, I prepared my matcha in my bullet blender, before adding ice to fight the summer heat. The tea foamed nicely, not too much, and the bubbles resided a bit with the addition of ice. And of course, the signature green color!
At the first sip, I was in heaven. How could it be so sweet without any sweetener added? The rich and buttery caramel flavor was like a dessert, and the faint vegetal undertones of the matcha were surprisingly well suited to the caramel flavor. Even my roommate, who is most definitely not a fan of tea, wanted to give it a try, and confessed that she enjoyed it quite a bit!
I will absolutely be buying more. Rather soon, I fear, for that 30g packet, while it has lasted for many cups, is going far faster than I’d anticipated.
I highly recommend this tea!
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Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Sweet
Thank you Dinosara for sending this to me. I love nuts, and I especially love hazelnuts. When I smelled this, I knew I was going to like it. It smell sweet and nutty and almost like a dessert. I made it up latte style with milk and a bit of sweetener, and it was delicious. Sweet and nutty and creamy and mouth watering.
The hazelnut is the star of the show here, but that doesn’t mean that the matcha doesn’t make an appearance.
This is a new favorite flavor for matchas, and I can only imagine how decadent this would be blended with a bit of cocoa powder, or even chocolate chip ice cream.
Breakfast is getting so much easier now that my 13 month old daughter has been adamant about feeding herself messily with a spoon! I can enjoy a cup of tea every morning while she eats her yogurt.
I had opened this up last night and enjoyed it so much that I had it again this morning. I made this with just milk! I heated the milk and added 1.5 heaping teaspoons of caramel matcha and 1 teaspoon of sugar. MmmMmmMmmmmm! The light green frothy brew was delicious. The caramel and orange come through in a gentle manner. The creaminess and sweetness add to this delicious breakfast. Again… dessert for breakfast? I can’t argue with that! I love this tea. I have to make this matcha with just plain hot water next time. I am sure it tastes equally good!
Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Orange
I wasn’t really sure what a sea buckthorn was until I did a little search on wiki about it. It’s a berry with lots of health benefits. But really, I didn’t order this Sea Buckthorn Matcha because of health benefits, I ordered it mostly out of curiosity. I didn’t think I’d ever encounter a sea buckthorn in the produce section of my local market, so I figured, hey … this is a chance to try something I probably won’t have the opportunity to try otherwise. Right?
It’s tart with notes of citrus-like flavor toward the finish. I described it in my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/27/sea-buckthorn-flavored-matcha-red-leaf-tea/ as a lemon, a lime, and a berry had a love child.
It’s a bright and flavorful Matcha, and I enjoyed it. My specs for this Matcha were the classic grade with distinctive level of flavoring. If I were to order this in the future, I’d probably go with the delicate flavoring because I think I’d want more Matcha taste in it.