Red Leaf Tea

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[1/2 tsp matcha + 8 oz (ish) of cold whole milk + 2 tsp raw sugar + handful of ice cubes]

I really, really want to like this matcha, but there’s something about how the chocolate comes across that’s just a little unpleasant. When compared to the caramel or french vanilla I’m afraid this one just falls a bit flat.

So it’s tasty, but not a favourite.

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80

Got this in a swap from Ost
Decided to follow Red Leaf’s cold latte directions for this. I added some sweetener, and I’m definitely digging this method of prep. The latte gets a delicious foamy head and everything. As far as the matcha itself, the base is got that typical yummy taste that I can only describe as matcha. I can drink a sweetened unflavored matcha latte and be perfectly pleased. As far the English Toffee, I’m not getting too much of that. I’m getting a kind of sweet butteriness, sort of caramelly, but less caramel than the Caramel Matcha. I see that some people had to add a little more to coax out the toffee flavors, so I’ll try that next time. Still delicious though! (:

Preparation
Iced 0 OZ / 0 ML
Arshness

I put milk in a shaker, add matcha and sweetner then shake it til frothy and well blended :) Cold or hot, delicious. :D

Mandy

I usually put milk and matcha in an old empty butter container (ghetto I know) and shake that, but I still get some little clumps. This time I did 1/2 tsp matcha, ~1 cup of milk, 4 ice cubes,and sweetener into a blender and blended away. Zero little clumps and a thick foamy head. I’ll still use the shake method when I don’t feel like washing the blender afterwards, but I prefer the blender.

albertocanfly

Ooo…I’m going to have to try to prepare matcha this way. That sounds incredibly delicious…Starbucks Green Tea Frappe, you better watch out:P tehe.

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Amaretto Matcha is my second favorite flavored matcha (over Caramel Matcha), and it tastes excellent! It has a strong and dominant almond and cherry taste exactly like Amaretto if you get it with at least the “Robust” flavor option, which I highly recommend, because you will not taste it nearly as well with the lighter flavor options. It makes a great dessert drink as well. Amaretto Matcha is also addicting, but do not worry, it will not get you drunk since it has no alcohol in it! Furthermore, it is much better made with lots of sugar than with Sweet ’N Low, and I prefer it iced. If you make it iced, make it by the pitcher to make it last longer, and use 1 tablespoon of matcha per pitcher. When buying this matcha, you have a choice between three grades of matcha: Starter (lowest), Royal, and Imperial (highest choice), but it tastes great with Starter matcha; the other two enhance the taste, but raise the price. I rarely drink it hot, but if you do, put 1 cup of water on the stove, but just wait until you see small bubbles in the pot, and use 1 teaspoon per cup of hot Amaretto matcha. Use 1 teaspoon per big glass of iced matcha too. I highly recommend Amaretto Matcha, and you can buy it at http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/amaretto-matcha.html#.U6pjSrWTiSo.

Flavors: Almond, Cherry

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80

OOOoooOooh this is GOOD! Yummy caramel and cream, what a great way to start my day. Thank you so much mj!

mj

I’m glad you liked it! Sorry for the vague instructions…that’s what it said on the package. One scoop. What size is a scoop?? Come on Red Leaf!

Virginia

Lol they prob mean one legitimate bamboo matcha scoop scoop ;)

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drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
384 tasting notes

This was the free sample at Red Leaf this month. I’ve never had matcha before, so I figured I’d order it and give it a try! Dry, the almond scent is extremely strong, which got me a little excited.

I don’t have any experience with matcha. I wanted to try it cold with milk so I looked around to see what other people had done. I ended up mixing about a half teaspoon of powder with an ounce or two of hot water, stirring to dissolve. Then I added 8 ounces of vanilla soymilk and mixed it all up. Overall, I thought it came out pretty tasty. I could definitely taste the almond, but it was overpowering, and I could just taste a hint of the matcha. Not going to rate it because I have no idea what I’m talking about! :D

Flavors: Almond, Marzipan

Preparation
0 OZ / 0 ML
Marzipan

I do 8 oz milk, 1 t matcha, a few ice cubes and sugar to taste in a blender.

Cameron B.

Maybe I’ll try that next time. Although with the vanilla soy milk, I probably wouldn’t need sugar. :D

Marzipan

I sort of went by the card that came with the matcha.

Skulleigh

I really like matcha, so I tend to throw extra in when I do a latte – 2 to 3 tablespoons. If I am just preparing it traditionally I follow the instructions. Also, did you sift it? It’s much easier to blend if you sift it- I have a special little sifter thing, but you could also use a brewing basket and sift it through there but smooshing it through the screen with a spoon.

mj

I like the verb “smooshing”

Arshness

I usually warm my milk then add matcha and shake it in a shaker. :) I add sugar before I shake. It comes out frothy, blended and delicious. :)

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this was Junes free sample of the month matcha tea :D it is AWESOME! tastes like almond extract that grandma makes her punch with :)

Flavors: Almond, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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55

Update:

it tastes a tad bit better with sugar :) sugar sticks that red leaf tea sells works too (no need to measure sugar) —→http://www.redleaftea.com/sugar/sugar-stiks-box.html#.U6X9L0A0-Vo

5 points added (up from 50)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 tsp 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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55

An ok tea :) i expected better. tastes kind of bland and a bit like oranges :P

Flavors: Caramel, Orange Zest

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 tsp 29 OZ / 850 ML

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75

a good tea :) tastes/smells (the dry powder too) more like green apple jolly rancher candy to me than apple pie :P

Flavors: Apple, Apple Candy

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 8 OZ / 250 ML

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SSTTB: Pick #5

Still haven’t bought milk yet, but today on break I went to Subway and got a couple bottles of vanilla flavoured milk to try with different matches. And when I got home I remembered this one was in the box, and I haven’t tried this flavour before so I thought “why not, that’ll go good with vanilla!”.

Since the milk is in bottles I just added a 1/2 tsp. of matcha to the bottle and shook it around a whole bunch with the cap on. It actually did a really good job blending it, and it was nice and frothy. I wasn’t totally wrong about this one being good with vanilla; it did have a definitely cookies and cream vibe, although to me it was more like Hershey’s Cookies and Cream chocolate bars than Oreos (like in the picture). The mail problem was just that it was very, very sweet! Cloying levels of sweet.

My hunch is that’s more because of milk than anything else though and since there’s pretty much a full 30g bag of this in here I may just take another tsp. or two to set aside for when I do have milk so that I can try it without the vanilla milk.

Holding off on rating.

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80

So I saw my new Rheumatologist today and I have some interesting news! Turns out I might not have Lupus, I might just have Hypothyroidism and Fibromyalgia (just like my mom, genetics!). He is not quite ready to rule out autoimmune disorders entirely since I show a lot of signs of Lupus, but my blood work came back negative and I have all the symptoms of Fibro (just an added bonus butterfly rash for fun?) and thyroid problems on the blood work. So new medicine to try for fatigue and pain management, and lots of monitoring my condition. I would be quite content with this diagnosis, the fear of Lupus trying to kill me was getting really old.

Today’s tea is another from the Red Leaf Tea 20 Teas Sampler, Milk Gao Shan Tea (number 5). I am slowly making my way through all the teas, ok actually I have long since tasted all the teas in this sampler and recorded my notes in my tea-notebook, so really I am slowly adding them to my blog. You can tell these tasting notes are a bit old since this was pre-gaiwan days, such nostalgia. From what I gathered from a quick skim of the internet, Gao Shan is translated to High Mountain, so this tea is essentially a Taiwanese High Mountain Milk Oolong. The aroma is very sweet, true to its name it smells very milky and creamy. In fact I would go as far as say this tea smells like vanilla ice cream with a touch of chestnut and hay. If you are unfamiliar with Milk Oolong’s distinct aroma, it can seem a little unreal. There is also, at the very finish of a particularly long sniff, a touch of pineapple.

After giving the tea a nice steeping and watching the leaves unfurl a bit, the aroma of them in their little steeping basket is less intensely sweet and creamy and much more like you would expect a green oolong to smell. There are notes of chestnut and fresh vegetation with an underlying aroma of sweet cream and honey. The liquid is a buttery mix of sweet cream and fresh vegetation. It is fairly mild and only slightly sweet.

First steeping time! The first thing I notice is that buttery smooth mouthfeel, I am such a sucker for oolongs that have that distinct mouthfeel. The taste starts out quite sweet and floral, like sweet cream and honeysuckles. This fades to vegetal, mixing notes of fresh vegetation and fresh spinach. After this my mouth is treated to a bit of chestnut and an aftertaste of cream.

The aroma of the second steep is really sweet and creamy, much more so than the aroma of the first steeping. The taste starts out a bit bitter, like kale, this very quickly fades to chestnut, sweet cream, and honeysuckles. The mouthfeel is also still pretty smooth and buttery, which I enjoy. As the tea cools, all bitterness fades and we are left with a mouth full of sweet, milky, goodness. This Milk Oolong is not bad, I have had better and I have had worse, this is a perfect example of adequate.

For photos and blog: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/06/red-leaf-tea-milk-gao-shan-tea-tea.html

Flavors: Honeysuckle, Milk, Vanilla, Vegetal

TeaBrat

ugh, health problems are such a drag. I hope you find some relief soon.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

they really are, with any luck this new pile of medication will do the trick :)

TheTeaFairy

I really hope they find a way to relieve you Amanda,

mj

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you!

yyz

Yay, for a more hopeful diagnosis, though. Best wishes as you seek to improve your health and get everything under control. We’ve had both hyper and hypo thyroidism in my family so I’ve seen some of my families struggles and the health conditions they can mirror. Hope this will all lead to improved health.

carol who

Can you congratulate someone on having a new disease instead of the old one? ;P Really though… that sounds hopeful and you have a really positive attitude and that helps a lot!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Thank you all so much! These well wishes really help make my morning :)

Nicole

That sounds promising. Keeping fingers crossed for you!

hapatite

This tea sounds quite yummy.

My fiance had/has (no-longer-juvenile) rheumatoid arthritis. When he was younger, one of the medications he was taking for the arthritis actually caused him to get drug-induced lupus. Is that something that could be happening for you? He’s on a few different medications now and they don’t seem to be helping too much. He has been trying oregano oil (applied topically to the sore parts) and he says that has been helping a bit. He starts physical therapy next week so we’ll see! RA is like a mystery disease that needs a witch doctor to solve. I hope you feel better soon! If it is fibermyalgia, I hear there are some good new medicines for that.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I had Juvenile RA as well, though apparently it is now osteo? I dunno. I doubt it is drug induced Lupus since I was off all medication for a few years because no insurance. I have had whatever is wrong with me since I was four, or at least that is when things started going bad.

I am really excited to try the new medications I was given for Fibro. I started the first one and so far so good, I start the other two tonight and later this week, so fingers crossed. Autuoimmune diseases are so hard to diagnose and so hard to treat, I really hoe the physical therapy works for your fiance :)

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drank Irish Cream by Red Leaf Tea
501 tasting notes

T&C TTB Tea # 12 – Backlog May 25

(My last TTB backlogged review for now.)

I really need to try this again because I may not have paid careful enough attention to the flavour. It didn’t taste boozy to me. I love Bailey’s Irish Cream… when I was a teenager I’d always buy it and mix it with milk. Or just with ice cubes. Because that’s what people who don’t love the taste of booze do, drink sweet ones that taste like dessert and contain 5999 calories.

It was desserty….eh. I definitely need a round two of this at some point.

No rating for now.

I’m going to watch Sons of Anarchy now! At this rate I should be done S1 in no time!

mj

As a teenager, I used to take a little bit from each bottle in my parents’ liquor cabinet and mix them all together so there wouldn’t be a noticeable about missing from any one bottle. So gross!! I was so stupid LOL

mj

*amount

Marzipan

Great series!

whatshesaid

I used to steal some booze out of all my parents’ bottles and replace it with water, haha

mj

I may have also done that lol

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The day has finally come where I mustered up the courage to try this tea. I got it in my very first swap with aisling of tea and De about 3 months ago.

I’ve never tried matcha before on my own. I’ve had fruit smoothies with matcha powder at the mall, and I’ve tried green tea ice cream, but this is still a new experience for me.

I ended up mixing a full David’s Perfect Teaspoon (about 2.5 tsp) with a cup of almond milk and a cup or so of vanilla ice cream.

Mixed up, I’m not quite sure what to make of this. It’s minty, but the green undertone of the tea isn’t quite meshing well for me. Also, it tastes kind of chemically, when I was really expecting just to get a clear sweet mint taste like lifesavers.

I’m not sure if I did this correctly. I took the powder, put a splash of almond milk in to make it a paste, mixed in the rest of the milk, and then added the powder/milk mix to the blender with the ice cream. Any pointers here? I’ve probably got at least a few tsp of this left to finish off and I’d feel bad just throwing it out.

Marzipan

David’s perfect teaspoon doesn’t measure a teaspoon?

mj

The matchas (except the Matchccino) that I’ve tried have all been labeled with these instructions: 0.5tsp matcha + 8oz milk + a few ice cubes and then blend. You can add sugar or sweetener if you want too.

Christina

I got them in a swap, so I wasn’t able to see the original packaging. I checked out the Red Leaf site, though, and their recipe for matcha lattes said to use 1 tbsp of matcha, so I followed that. I guess I should try less leaf next time.

@Marzipan – David’s Perfect Teaspoons are larger than the normal ones, and there was a thread on the forum a while back that said that their capacity is about 2.5 tsp, so that’s what I based my measurements on.

mj

Weird! I was just going by the directions on the inserts that come with the match…which are very different than the instructions on the website. I think someone else on Steepster told me the same instructions that I told you. But I could totally be crazy.

mj

*matcha

Ubacat

Did you ever try to see if there were 2.5 tsp in David’s Tea perfect teaspoon? I think it’s closer to a tablespoon but never measured myself.

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Red Leaf Tea’s Caramel Matcha Tea (available at their website http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/caramel-matcha.html) is the best flavored matcha that the company has created. It has a wonderful flavor that is sweet and extremely enjoyable to sip in the early morning. It’s not overly sweet, so sugar and milk could be added to make this an after dinner treat to melt the worries of the day away. This is the tastiest and most versatile of their teas being appropriate to drink at almost any time of day. Red Leaf Tea provides a high quality and delicious matcha tea that comes in assorted flavors. The flavored teas provide an interesting experience for the taste buds by keeping me from getting bored while still getting a daily dose of antioxidants to keep my body healthy. I make my tea each morning by mixing the matcha with boiling water from my teapot in a thermos I bring to work and enjoy throughout the morning. Perhaps it is a limitation of how I make the tea, but by the end of the thermos, the last cup from the bottom is very dense with tea despite mixing between refills. I often mix this with some additional water to make the right consistency for my last cup.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Red Leaf Tea’s Caramel Matcha Tea is the best flavored matcha that the company has created. It has a wonderful flavor that is sweet and extremely enjoyable to sip in the early morning. It’s not overly sweet, so sugar and milk could be added to make this an after dinner treat to melt the worries of the day away. This is the tastiest and most versatile of their teas being appropriate to drink at almost any time of day. Red Leaf Tea provides a high quality and delicious matcha tea that comes in assorted flavors. The flavored teas provide an interesting experience for the taste buds by keeping me from getting bored while still getting a daily dose of antioxidants to keep my body healthy. I make my tea each morning by mixing the matcha with boiling water from my teapot in a thermos I bring to work and enjoy throughout the morning. Perhaps it is a limitation of how I make the tea, but by the end of the thermos, the last cup from the bottom is very dense with tea despite mixing between refills. I often mix this with some additional water to make the right consistency for my last cup.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
974 tasting notes

Matcha!

I was so happy that Red Leaf made this the sample of the month. I have been waiting to try it for a while, and this was my big chance. I have to admit that the scent put me off at first. However, it tastes pretty yummy. I am to the point where I mix it up in about 8 oz of almond milk with just a little sweetener. I also had some chia seeds on hand, and threw about a half tablespoon in and then blended it all up. You know, this is not a bad combo at all. I may even put in half a frozen banana next time. Also, I would consider buying this, but I need to seriously drink some of the matcha I have. Sweet with the taste of almond. I wonder what flavoring level this is in the sample…..it is perfect.

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drank Peppermint Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
4875 tasting notes

thank you VariaTEA i added this to some milk today, since when you’re trying to drink the world, why not throw in some matcha as well lol this one is actually pretty tasty. It’s like liquid candy cane in my cup haha. I’m sort of in the same boat as OMGsrsly – in that i’ve gone off of flavoured matcha. however, since i haven’t had any in a while this was a nice treat :)

VariaTEA

Glad you enjoyed it. It came to me via Roswell Strange :)

Roswell Strange

And I got it from akgrowngirl :)

VariaTEA

The travelling matcha!

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Made this as a cold latte today, which seems to be the best way I can make them. I used the whole packet sample in my matcha mug, a little raw cane sugar, a little slightly cooled water, used my electric whisk frother for a few seconds (maybe 15?) and then slowly added about 1/3 cold milk and continued frothing. At that point I decided to try using more milk, so I turned the whisk brother off, added more milk, frothed again for another 15-20 seconds. The flavour is fairly mild behind all the milk, but creamy. Only it is a bit more artificial than I like, but tasty still.

Thanks for the sample, sil.

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80

I used homemade rice milk for the Belgian Chocolate Matcha this morning just to try something a little different.
It was crazy good but I can’t give it a rating till I drink it regular some more, I drank it once with regular milk and it was pretty good but it was so much better with the rice milk, it was creamy and sweet and quite chocolatey. My rice milk is already slightly sweet and has a slight vanilla flavor to it and that played a big part in the way it tasted this time.
It seems as if it didn’t have this much chocolately flavor the last time i tried it.

If ya got the Belgian Chocolate You should try it with some rice milk or maybe add vanilla sometime, it lends a extra creamy note to it :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I put an 80 on it for now:)

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The key to making a good flavored match is to use vanilla milk! At first this tea was rather bland using unsweetened soy milk.With the addition of vanilla soy milk it really had a great flavor not really chocolate it was just good. I had it as a cold drink,i dissolved the powder in hot water first then added the cold milk.

Preparation
1 tsp

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I’m declaring today Drink Whatever Makes Me Happiest Day.

So I started my day with this made with raw milk :)

Nom Nom Nom

Cheri

I am out of milk. I need to stop and get some on my way home because I’ve been craving a matcha latte all week. (Yes, I’ve been out of milk for a week now.)

Stephanie

I never think to buy it, but my husband gets it and if it is there I will totally drink some :)

TheTeaFairy

Have an awesome “DWMMH” tea day Stephanie ;-)

K S

Thursday is usually my SMGTF day at Starbucks. I was over ruled. Bagged tea at Steak & Shake instead. Glad one of us had a DWMMH day.

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I’m shocked no one has reviewed this yet!

My husband got me some for my birthday, and I tried it this morning. It DOES taste just like Starbucks! I know because on my actual birthday I went to Starbucks for my free drink (if you register any gift card online you get a free drink on your birthday!) and so I just had the real deal recently.

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drank Peach Earl Grey by Red Leaf Tea
1585 tasting notes

I’m really not sure what to think of this tea to be honest – it’s not outright unpleasant, but I don’t precisely love it either. The bergamot and peach flavours merge together in way that’s a bit like mango – but not quite – though mango is the closest analogy to what I’m actually tasting that I can think of. It’s distinctly tangy, especially when the tea is hot and gradually more sweetness creeps in as the temperature of liquid falls. It’s an interesting blend and I can honestly say I haven’t really tried a tea like this before. I may have to play around with it a bit before I can give a verdict.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
236 tasting notes

Me likes this!!! Oh, the beautiful Amaretto Flavour!

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