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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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20

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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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
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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
1614 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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Guys, tea friends, fellow geeks and gamers…I am getting a new phone. So funny story, Ben, for all that he is a tech lover, hates smart phones, he has a garbage flip phone that he paid like $10 for, it is so retro. His new job has required a lot of driving around and he keeps using me as a GPS, so I came up with a genius idea: buy me a new and better phone, and he can have my functional but kinda lame phone. So yay! It has a 8 megapixel camera (ooh so much better than my 5) and more memory. Yeah, it is still a low end phone, but I can take slightly better photos and with more memory I can go back to playing games while still keeping the apps I like around. Exciting!

Ever wondered how I first tried Matcha? Back when I was a teenager, I went through an obsessed with Japan phase (hilariously did not start with anime, though it led to it, it started with sushi and other food) and in my exploration of the culture (ok I never really outgrew that phase, it just calmed…a bit) and food, I stumbled across Matcha Mochi ice cream, that green sweetness was truly a love at first bite. Exploration led me to the beautiful Chado and Matcha in its ‘pure’ form. I had a treasured canister of Matcha and Chasen and had no real idea what I was doing, but I enjoyed myself immensely. Of course even though I love and drink Matcha in the ceremonial way, I still love that sweet ice-cream filling inside a Mochi, and of course the oh so famous Matcha latte. Which brings me to Red Leaf Tea’s Sweet Matcha! This is one of those Matcha that is sweetened, it is very much so a toss powder into a cup, add milk, insert hand mixer and viola! Latte! According to the website it is organic and that it is good for Lattes and Frappes, and that is all the info we get, so it is an adventure! The color and the aroma is pale and faint, notes of sugar and grass, fresh vegetation, and hay waft off the very fluffy powder.

So, that is what I did, after photographing and sniffing the powder I tossed it into my hand-mixer’s mixing cup with some whole milk and mixed it up with great vigor. With such a mild aroma I was a bit dubious, but it is actually pretty rich and very sweet. Refreshing grassy notes, broken fresh hay, and bright green sweetness, it tastes like Matcha ice cream that has melted into my cup. I admit I have a bit of an addiction to this stuff, I tend to make it strong, to really bring out the grassy greenness. Of course that does make it extra sweet, which I wish I could dial down a bit. I serve lattes made from the Sweet Matcha to my friends when they are in the mood for a sugary treat rather than a bowl of Matcha. I enjoy this stuff immensely, I just really wish it was not so sweet, but to counter that I just toss in some culinary grade Matcha to keep it as rich while cutting down on the sugary sweetness a bit.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2015/08/red-leaf-tea-sweet-matcha-matcha-monday.html

Flavors: Grass, Hay, Sugar

Kirkoneill1988

Best review ever!

I love this stuff in hot water. Maybe when I order more I’ll try a smoothie with it

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50

an ok tea:

when i smell the matcha powder, i smell vanilla and slight grassy notes.

when i smell the brewed tea , the smell is a bit diluted.

when i taste the brewed tea, the vanilla is very diluted and the grassyness is a tad bit stronger.

even though i used a half a teaspoon, the tea is so diluted i the vanilla is not strong enough to really enjoy it. if i were to use more tea it would probably become bitter and even less enjoyable.

since i was kinda disapointed, i rate this a 50

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 OZ / 250 ML

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100

still under the weather, so i needed some vitamins. So i had a Cantaloupe ‘N’ Honeydew smoothing with milk, ice and this matcha :)

IT….. WAS…. AWESOME!!!!

Preparation
Iced 4 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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100

This stuff is awesome in hot water alone!

Specs as I’m doing this on my iPod

1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon.

250ml mug.

Below boiling water temp.

When I smell the matcha powder, I smell fresh cut grass with a lovely sweet smell.

When I smell the brewed tea, the smell is intensified.

When I taste the brewed tea, It tastes fantastic! :D. Freshly cut grass and awesome sweetness!

It’s not as good as matcha deluxe but I still rate a 100

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Sweet

Kirkoneill1988

A note to kittylovestea

Please see my review of matcha deluxe too :)

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10

a not too good tea. :(

when i smell the matcha power, i smell cheese cake.

when i smell the brewed tea, i smell cheese cake and a hint of orange peels.

when i taste the brewed tea, the orange peel taste way overpowers the cheese cake. :(

i rate this a 10 instead of a 1 because it wasen’t too bad but its something i don’t like and will not order again

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100

all i can say now is, THIS IS THE BEST MATCHA EVER!

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100

i just tried a cold latte with this stuff. it was quite good, but i prefer it in hot water

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