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So, this is me finally jumping on the matcha bandwagon. I’ve read reviews for a while now, and I’ve been very curious about it. Unfortunately, I’ve had a couple of really bad matcha experiences (both in restaurants) that kept me from placing an order, but I decided it’s time to give matcha a try at my home where I have control over the quality of the tea I drink.
I tried this hot, and I tried this as an iced latte. The hot tea was incredibly creamy and smooth. There was a cheesecake note, but it wasn’t as strong as I was expecting. Instead, the flavor of the matcha itself really came through, and it was lovely. I’m having a hard time finding words other than ‘clean’ and ‘green’ to describe it. That said, it was a creamy, smooth, green, clean tasting cup that I found super comforting.
As an iced latte the cheesecake flavor really came out. I used skim milk, and I did add two teaspoons of sugar to the 12 oz latte. The result was a wonderfully yummy drink with creamy cheesecake notes. I also liked that I could still taste the matcha even though the flavor wasn’t as easily detected as it was in the hot tea. I can see why this matcha would be fun to add to smoothies and frappes, and I’ll probably do the same once the weather warms. I really liked the cheesecake flavor, and I can see myself mixing it with other flavors in the future just to have some fun (and tasty!) lattes.
I’m still really new to matcha, but I can see myself totally falling in love with it.
Name: Cheesecake Matcha
You can find the tea here:
Sipdown! Thanks for the sample Marzipan, I enjoyed trying this one. I have to say I didn’t get cheesecake from this at all. It was just kind of creamy and rich tasting, but not particularly cheesecake like. Not bad at all, but compared to the super rich French Vanilla flavor this just doesn’t compare.
I know I reviewed this as an matcha latte but I don’t see it now, nor was this listed as in my cupboard. Drat it, Steepster!
Inspired by the pictures that Red Leaf posts on Facebook, I made some matcha ice cream with a twist. The twist – I used homemade kefir, which generally produces a frozen yogurt like dessert that tastes like cheesecake. My only ingredients were 12 ounces kefir, 1 1/2 TBLSP sugar, and a scant teaspoon of matcha. I froze it in my Zoku cup since it was a small batch. I froze it in two batches successively, adding it to my teacup.
It was very tasty, and healthy, though that is a lot of matcha at one time for me since I ate it all by myself!
Thank you, Red Leaf, for the matcha surprise! My student who shared some with me has emailed three times for help in choosing their flavors as they are requesting your matcha as their birthday gift at home!
My son asked for Black Cherry Matcha from Red Leaf Tea for Christmas, so I ordered 60 grams and upgraded the base because it really seems to make a difference to me. When the order arrived, there was also this pouch of 30 grams of Madagascar Vanilla Matcha! I panicked, wondering if I had ordered wrong, if my son’s pouch of tea was also just 30 grams and they had made a mistake but NO! It was a gift! A bonus! There was a little note on my invoice with a smiley face!
I had skipped lunch running errands so I wanted a latte to fill me up fast. I made a big glass and told my son to try a sip, and I was a little alarmed when the “sip” went on and on and greatly diminished my glass! He handed it back and said, “I’ll have one!” So I made another glass for him.
I used about eleven or twelve ounces of skim milk, one tablespoon of sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of matcha. I stirred with a spoon then further mixed and frothed with an Aerolatte, a little mixing tool that costs less than $20 and can easily be had for less using a coupon at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.It was like drinking a vanilla shake with a touch of creamy matcha flavor thrown in. Delicious, and thank you so much Red Leaf Tea for the bonus! I think my son may be hooked on a new flavor!
Also, I really like the new packaging. For a matcha that I will drink pretty quickly as lattes like this one, the new zipper pouch is perfectly good storage and I don’t have to be frantic about finding a tin or jar right away.
I’ve been seeing so many awesome reviews for Red Leaf flavoured matchas, so I was very excited to get this sample in the mail. It unfortunately did no fare very well in the postal system, and so rather than being contained to the sample packet, the matcha had exploded and coated everything in the envelope. I managed to salvage a good amount of it, but probably only enough for one large cup.
It smells and tastes delicious – very intensely caramel. I did this up as a hot latte – matcha, sugar, milk and some hot water, all into the blender for a few seconds. Everything is a soft, frothy, yellow green that reminds me of spring.
Caramel is the dominant flavour, but there’s definitely matcha notes in there too, toning it down and giving it complexity. I get a hit of the bitter, grassy aspect of matcha in the back of my throat towards the end of the sip. All in all well balanced.
I love how strong this smells – I really feel like I’m sitting in a confectionery, with hot butter and sugar being cooked into candy. The fragrance fills the room.
This is dangerously easy to drink. Love it. Need to try all the flavours! :P
Flavors: Bitter, Caramel, Grass, Sweet
Thanks for the sample Marzipan!
This isn’t bad, but I can’t say I get pumpkin pie out of it. It’s a nice light spicy matcha, more pumpkin spice than pumpkin pie. It’s heavy on the cloves with a bit of cinnamon and maybe a sprinkle of nutmeg. No discernible pumpkin unfortunately. But, still, it’s a lovely tea for a cool winter afternoon.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves
Accidentally opened package B first. The smell of roses and graham crackers hit my nose as soon as I opened the sample. Bit of an odd combination. The flavor is somewat floral as well. As far as graham cracker goes though…. I’m not really tasting it. This is probably going to the bottom of my list.
Advent Calendar day 19
I did this one gongfu. Very nice. Roasty and flavorful.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s available anymore, or I’d probably have ordered it.
I thought this was a white tea due to its appearance and had it sitting with my white tea samples. According to the vendor’s site, it’s a green tea. I don’t know the story behind this tea and why the needles appear to have been crimped. Is it part of the processing? Does this occur naturally? Is it dragon magic? I can’t be sure.
The infusion this tea created is very pale, almost colorless, with the slightest yellow. I’m still not convinced this isn’t a white tea. Okay… the smell and taste have convinced me. It has the sort of nutty and grassy smell of a chinese green tea. Taking a sip, it’s a really mellow and nutty kind of green flavor, with hints of green bean or sweet peas. It’s sweet and non-offensive, really easy to drink. I found myself drinking it very quickly because of this. It has a really smooth and juicy mouthfeel and a lingering taste. The flavor’s a little light.
Still almost colorless on a second infusion, there’s a lot less flavor this time. I’m tasting a hint of metallic flavor that I think is just a quality of the water I’m using when heated. There’s hardly anything there to taste at this point, so I’ll end my review here.
I don’t know what to think about this tea overall. The flavor was really nice, but nothing terribly unique. There’s a hint of a peach taste lingering in my mouth and the feeling after drinking this tea is very clean and fresh. It’s a really delicate and easy to enjoy tea, but so delicate that it seemed really lacking in flavor by the second infusion. I guess I’m a little underwhelmed since the appearance was so interesting! I had hoped the flavor would be as unique. Still, it wasn’t a bad tea.
Flavors: Green Beans, Nutty, Peas, Sweet
Water and almond milk
I’m using a scissors from now on… i ripped it open and it dusted the counter top. Not much spilled but still.
We’re enjoying this one. Think the milk and water milk is a bit off but luckily this matcha is good enough that you barely notice. The french vanilla makes me think of silk fabric. Everything about this matcha is so smooth.
1 tsp+ 1 cup cold whole milk*= OH MY LANTA.
*shaken, not stirred
I can’t believe that I am drinking matcha right now. This is not matcha, no way. As if the funny green color of my milk could trick me. Nope. This is not matcha, this is actually funfetti cake batter for astronauts.
The green powder just needs to be rehydrated in some milk for you to feel like your grandma handed you a bowl of funfetti mix to lick after she was done pouring the cupcakes. But all this is happening in an imaginary world without calories or salmonella. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, this is the reality created by Red Leaf Tea.
And oh my goodness, talk about an energy blast! I feel like the energizer bunny crushing through Ochem, cleaning the house top to bottom, and going for a run…and wait…it’s hardly 11 in the morning. And guess what? No crash. All the glorious caffeinated benefits of matcha without the matcha flavor. The flavor of the vanilla is definitely WHAM, in your face, ready to take your taste buds to a dance party. This is seriously the perfect matcha for dessert lovers who are afraid of the taste of matcha.
Get your hands on a cup here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/french-vanilla-matcha.html#.VInq4WTF-aE
Flavors: Cake, Vanilla
Yay, I got this as a free sample from Red Leaf Tea. Thanks so much, I really appreciate the chance to try some of your product before buying! I must confess, I am a matcha novice… I have really no experience with it, but I’ve heard good things from other people here on Steepster, and when I saw that the French Vanilla was available for sampling, I had to give it a go! I decided to follow the directions for a cold latte, minus the ice cubes. So I put 8 ounces of vanilla soy milk in an empty water bottle and added a half teaspoon of the matcha, then shook it vigorously for a few seconds.
I must say, it came out very tasty! I think next time I might try it with 6 ounces of milk instead of 8 (the instructions recommended 6-8) just because I wouldn’t mind a stronger flavor. I figured I’d stick to the lower matcha:milk ratio this time, just because I was unsure whether I would like it or not. Next time, all bets are off! I will say, the vanilla of the soy milk combined with the vanilla of the matcha is lovely. However, I find that this has a light coconut flavor to it as well, so not sure if that’s from the matcha? Either way, delicious creamy vanilla-coconut goodness.
Flavors: Coconut, Vanilla
This is an expected combination Earl Grey. The Puerh adds a depth of smoky mushroom element to the body and tail notes. I was surprised to find that this combination really goes well together. There was not a point where the two strong flavors were fighting each other. Too bad this tea has been discontinued, even if I would not have bought this tea again, it was nice to know that offbeat blends like this existed.
Flavors: Bergamot, Mushrooms, Orange Zest
I am not particularly wowed by this tea. There was a lot more raspberry than I had anticipated. There is a distinct presence of flavorings added to this tea that may have turned me off to it. I know, I know, it is supposed to be and “infused” tea, but it becomes almost artificial in it’s quality. The one time that I over brewed the tea, I got a Grape Fanta flavor. After that I am careful to watch the steeping time, cause I don’t want to taste that again. Alone it is good without sweetener, for it is naturally sweet. When I am in the mood for a fruity light tea, this is what I go for. An interesting concept, but I don’t think I would buy it again. Red Leaf Teas are better for flavored matcha anyway.
Flavors: Apple Candy, Grapes, Raspberry, Sugarcane
This shouldn’t be this good… I didn’t expect it to be this good preparing it the traditional way matcha is prepared in a chawan with hwhisk (say it, HWHISK! haha), two chashaku scoops of matcha and about 2.5 ounces of water.
The caramel flavor is rich and thick, it blends well with the really rich and vegetal matcha. The color looks like greenish mud. The sweet caramel flavor lingers on your tongue long after you’ve finished drinking it. I imagine this stuff is more intended to be used in lattes or the kitchen, but I quite enjoyed it this way. There are some tiny whitish rectangular pieces in the matcha that were left in the sifter, though some made it through. I don’t know what these are. At first I thought they were pieces of stem but there were no coarse pieces in the drink after mixing, so I must assume they were sugar crystals or some other solidified form of flavoring that dissolves in the tea.
While this matcha is definitely not my thing, I can’t help but give it a high rating. It isn’t something I’ll purchase, but I do enjoy the sample I have quite a bit. I would say this might be a good matcha to use if trying to get into preparing matcha with a whisk but you don’t like the taste of matcha much. It could be a good gateway, if it weren’t for the fact that it simply doesn’t hold a froth. The bubbles dissipate very quickly and the foam is very thin and unstable. Ah well. The flavor is what counts with this one, I imagine.
Flavors: Caramel, Green
This matcha whisked up in a jif and smells nice and sweet. The flavor is a nice balance of vegetal, sweet, and bitter. This is a very well-balanced matcha so it is aptly named if it’s considered the “classic”. The color is a deep foresty green. There’s a bit of tanginess or sourness that lingers on the tongue after a sip, similar to lemon juice.
This one is actually pretty good. It has all the qualities I’ve been finding in the different matcha teas from Red Leaf all rolled into one, a good intermediary.
Flavors: Astringent, Grass, Sour, Sweet, Tangy, Vegetal
Whoa! I have to admit I was not at all prepared for this. I almost spit the matcha out after whisking it up and drinking a deep sip of it simply because I did not expect the reaction it had in my mouth. As soon as I felt this very tingly, intense vegetal presence in my mouth I was expecting an intense bitterness to follow. It is definitely astringent, but surprisingly not in the bitter sense. It’s like biting into a grapefruit wedge. It makes your tongue prickle and your mouth pucker, though the flavor is much more akin to seaweed or bok choy.
This one was really shocking. My description probably sounds kind of wonky. As far as matcha goes, this was a close encounter of the Third Kind. Really unexpected. Very intense flavor.
The Anaconda Malt Liquor of matcha teas right here… Gives ya WOOO!
Flavors: Bok Choy, Grapefruit, Seaweed
This matcha had a very mouth-filling taste and texture. It is bold in a sense, but in a very easy-to-handle kind of way. I really can’t pin down what flavors this has. Mostly it is sort of green and reminds me of tree leaves and fresh tree wood. There’s also a bit of metallic or mineral taste and a very subtle bitterness in the aftertaste that is definitely not too much for me.
This one was interesting. Nothing particularly stood out to me. It all seemed like one big bold mouth-filling flavor. It was a really different experience than I’ve had with Red Leaf’s other matchas, so I liked it. On the other hand, nothing stood out enough to make me particularly enthusiastic about it.
Flavors: Forest Floor, Mineral
I may have to bring this one back home from work and try it where I can control the temperature more accurately more maybe cold brew it or just properly make it to ice. I LOVE passionfruit so I was really disappointed with how much I hated this.
I had it hot at work, I don’t think it was the base that was really the problem, it was the passionfruit flavor. It just tasted odd to me, I don’t know if it was a combination of the tea and the flavor or that it just tasted really fake.
After a few sips I completely gave up on it as a hot tea, so I left it and poured it over ice at lunch. Even then, I still couldn’t get myself to finish it. Having it cold made it a bit better but it was still very offputting.
Then I come here and see people who I think have similar tastes to mine liked it quite a bit, so I really want to give it a second try before I probably swap it. That’s another thing I’m trying to do, rather than just sell stuff, switch it out for things I might like better since I’m trying to drink tea a lot more than I have been.
I really wish in the morning I could just have tea in a mug but unfortunately they have us in this classroom that I mentioned prior, I use a travel mug since I don’t want to spill all over my laptop or someone else’s as we are so close together! And we will have class like this for another YEAR! I guess there is always just using it in the afternoon but then again I already have both the travel mug AND a cold tumbler for water so I don’t want to add a third thing when I can just keep using the travel mug.
I really hate making tea at work too. They have one of these Flavia machines and it basically only fits shorter cups. So I always have to waste a waxy paper cup to get water in the first place. But they’re such flimsy cups, the water is so hot it burns. Before I was bringing in the travel mug, I would have to double cup to not hurt myself! And I came from a job where it was normally to me to be pouring 190-200 degree water and coffee before even putting a sleeve around it.
So it almost might be better to use a mug because maybe then it would fit under that dumb machine.
This is one of the more complex tasting matcha from Red Leaf Tea. The flavor starts sweet and then it gets a little roasty tasting, finishing in more sweetness accompanied by a pretty moderate dose of bitterness. There are sweet bready notes to it and notes of fresh sweet grasses and flowers.
This matcha is pretty good overall. It whisks and foams well, the color is a nice deep emerald green, and the flavor is not dull or uninteresting. The one downside of it to me is the bitterness which lingers on your tongue for a while after the sip, but oddly there is a sweetness that lingers there too, so the flavor is two-fold.
I’d say it’s a good brisk wake-me-up matcha for people who like a stronger beverage. I tend to stray from bitter flavors though, so I’ll pass on purchasing this one. I will, however, savor the samples I have left. :3
Flavors: Baked Bread, Bitter, Sweet, Sweet, warm grass
Here is another tea from Red Leaf that just didn’t want to froth. The foam depleted and disappeared within moments, despite getting a pretty heavy froth going with very tiny bubbles. The color is sort of an olive drab.
This one has a sort of tangy bitterness to it. It’s hard to describe. There’s a really subtle hint of a honey like flavor but it gets overtaken by the bitterness in the finish of the sip. This tea has a bit of a sourness to it like biting into a lemon. It’s interesting. More unique in flavor than the Shokuku was, but also not as agreeable, and overall not one I would recommend for sitting and drinking. Might be good for the kitchen.
Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Sour