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Hmm did steepster eat my review? I did a blog post about this matcha http://oolongowl.com/coconut-matcha-red-leaf-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/ and don’t see my post or cupboard action. Maybe I forgot? Anyways, check my blog review for straight up review of this matcha.
Today I did something amazing with this stuff – I did a smoothie with coconut matcha, Taro drink mix and soymilk. SOOO GOOOD! Better than the Taro Coconut bubble teas at the Boba shop. Now, if Taro mix was cheaper I could have this all the time!
Swap from Cheri
Oh. Em. Gee.
I found it. Liquid paradise.
This is so good. ^^
I made this as a hot milk-latte and it was like… I can’t even say it was like hot chocolate because it was like hot BELGIUM chocolate.
I mean when a drink says it’s flavor is “Belgium chocolate” I don’t believe it. I read that as “chocolate”. Because typically that’s all it is.
But I’ve HAD real Belgium chocolate before and it IS different from normal chocolate.
THIS is BELGIUM CHOCOLATE. And it’s delicious.
I … must… have this tea in my cupboard.
I will. I will own this tea.
Oh my goddess it was so good. I mean… just… perfect.
Thanks for sending it Cheri! I really love this one. ^^
In other news, my order from Misty Peak teas came in! It’s sample sized bits of the Autumn and Spring Yiwu Pu Erh. :D
This is the first time I’ve ever seen a Pu Erh in cake form. I can’t wait to try it!
It smells so fresh and the leaves are beautiful.
I can’t wait to try more Pu erhs in general.
The last week has been really busy for me but I want to drink more tea! MORE TEA!
I seriously need to invest in a good electric kettle so making tea would be quicker.
Btw, why can’t we input .5 tsp? Silly. I put 1 tsp/16 oz because I can’t put .5tsp/8oz. I really did the latter. :)
Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet
Oh, my goodness, I may have a new favorite matcha tea! Red Leaf Tea’s Almond Matcha Tea is amazing from the moment that you open the pouch. The sweet smell of almond wafts from the pouch to enlighten your senses. It smells like sweet almond extract vice the almond nuts. When brewed in tea, the tea still smells sweetly like almond extract, but does not taste that way. The taste is a more subtle nutty flavor – a complete change from the smell, but quite pleasing. It does leave a heavier aftertaste in my mouth compared to their other matcha teas – sort of like coffee might. Typically the taste of tea does not linger in my mouth too long after drinking it, so that was different about this tea compared to others I have drank. 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. (I can’t wait to order more from their website http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/almond-matcha.html ! )
I have not been drinking this, but I’ve been adding it to my yogurt – thanks to Variatea’s brilliant idea. So far, I’ve added just a bit to a variety of flavors and it comes out great each time (though I do need to premix and then add back in so it isn’t lumpy and bitter. I’ve tried it in Yoplait Light Boston Cream Pie, Light Banana Cream Pie (which is surprisingly delicious), Light Strawberry, Light Greek Strawberry… anyway, it works in all of them, just adds a bit of an extra oomph in the creamy taste department, which is something these low fat yogurts tend to lack. I’m not sure I’d purchase for the sole use of yogurt adjuster, but it’s been a nice addition!
PS Work has been sucking my soul. If I work one more 50+ hour week, I may very well keel over and no amount of tea will resuscitate me.
Another round of tea for another episode of BBAUS; that’ll make three episodes in total, meaning I will be officially caught up! I’m learning so much from Australian Big Brother – one of the coolest things so far being that the contestants are pretty expressly forbidden to talk about nominations/campaign for votes and, based on what I’ve seen so far, there’s no POV. That’s crazy.
I mean, in Canadian and American Big Brother campaigning for votes and talking about nominations and stuff like that is such an integral part of game play. That’s basically how you play the game other than competitions. Some of the best players (thinking Dr. Will as an example) basically got by on just social gameplay and manipulation. Wow. Such a different perspective on things…
Anyway; in addition to a few cups of tea for the episode (they’re long episodes!) I whisked some of this matcha into a vanilla pudding cup. I was thinking I’d totally be cool with this but on my first bite my gag reflex went into over drive and I almost immediately threw up my first bite. It’s not even that it tastes bad – because it doesn’t, but it’s the texture/consistency combined with the fact it’s vomit green. Shudder.
Mind over matter; this tastes good so I should be able to eat it! Coffee, cream, vanilla…
Come on body; these are good things!
Finished off the last of my milk
for now with a large mug of this one in my new matcha mug; I’ve had it once previously but that was in the vanilla milk I like to keep around which sometimes does really weird things to matcha.
This time around it was just regular old 2% – and this was so much better than the last way! It was like this light, fluffy chocolate/coffee and cream cup of delicious! But, like, heavy focus on the creaminess and lightness of the whole thing. It was so smooth, and rich without being… Weighty. Does that make sense? I’m going to pretend it makes sense.
And yeah, it wasn’t totally accurate to the flavour of Tiramisu, but it was pretty damn close and it was certainly enjoyable. Like an espresso cloud…
Best part? I got to enjoy sipping on this while Tre made me supper! He has all this week off from work so he’s had a whole lot of extra energy. I didn’t even have to ask
plead with him to cook for me; he just offered! So I got this very grand supper of Vegetarian Hamburger Helped with extra creamy sauce and added in pineapple!
Sometimes he is kinda the best roomie ever, though you’ll never catch me owning up to that.
Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee, Cream, Espresso, Vanilla
I was gonna do Pineapple matcha in vanilla milk this morning but last minute I decided to crack open my Tiramisu matcha instead and mix that in with the vanilla milk. It was a very spontaneous decision.
This is my first time trying the Tiramisu matcha so I don’t have any point of reference so I wont rate it because I know from experience that this vanilla milk can make things really sweet on a cloying level and it’s not how I usually choose to prepare my matcha.
So that said; this was really sweet and sugary in a borderline off putting way, but it did have distinct flavours to it: cream, chocolate, espresso. And obviously vanilla; I’ll have to try this in straight milk to see if the vanilla was solely because I prepared this one in vanilla milk. There were also more subtle flavours of liqueur and sorta cheesecake? But they were definitely gentle in contrast to everything else.
Overall, I did get a Tiramisu vibe from this. I just need to prepare it my usual way so I know how to fairly rate it!
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Espresso
[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.
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! (:
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
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
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)
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.
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.
Flavors: Honeysuckle, Milk, Vanilla, Vegetal
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!
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.
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.
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.