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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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62

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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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
110 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
1695 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
1695 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
174 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
1695 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
1695 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
1695 tasting notes
Fjellrev

For sure!

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drank Banana Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1695 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
1695 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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drank Strawberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1695 tasting notes

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
1695 tasting notes

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
7 tasting notes

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
721 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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