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Red Leaf Tea

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I got this as a sample and had been waiting for the perfect time to try this. So many here seem to love flavored matcha that I wanted to be sure I had time to enjoy this one and really see what it was about the first time I tried it.

Hubby was home yesterday morning, and I decided that I had the time to play with it and see how it went. I’m into smoothies, especially for morning breakfasts in the summertime. We’re certainly not nearing anything like summer yet, but hey, at least most of the snow is gone now. I decided to try this as a smoothie of sorts.. matcha, milk, a couple of ice cubes, a couple of strawberries, and a touch of sugar. I threw it all in the magic bullet and waited for the strawberries to get all chopped up.

First impression… cold frothy milk weirdness. Hubby had the same reaction. I added a bit more sugar, and although the flavor was good, we weren’t sure about the texture. I like frothed hot milk for hot coffees and such, but cold, it just wasn’t my thing. I think next time I will try blending it all with a bit of water, and then adding some milk/cream at the end so as not to have the frothing effect & maybe we’ll enjoy it more next time. I’ve had the same problem when I’ve tried to make blended chai’s w/milk before, so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised.

I will say once I got past the frothiness texture of it and added a little sugar, the flavor was good. I think I was glad I added the few strawberries for an added dimension to the flavor as well. I think I’ll hold off rating this until I give it another go.

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1340 tasting notes

I took a sip of my matcha milk today and got the caramel, as I expected I would, but was also surprised to get a hint of saltiness that reminded me of the caramel popcorn flavor. I actually had to do a double-take to make sure I grabbed the right package. However, after confirming it was just plain caramel and being confused for a moment, I realized I had just had peanut butter and the saltiness was remnants of that. Nonetheless, it made for a pretty tasty treat.

Stephanie

WHOA, next time I make a caramel matchaccino I’m going to add a pinch of salt…that sounds amazing.

VariaTEA

Or just eat peanut butter beforehand :P

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drank Tropical by Red Leaf Tea
53 tasting notes

I liked this one. It’s a strong black tea, with a pleasant mango smell and taste. Nothing artificial or overwhelming. I see this as an alternative to my normal breakfast teas (I tend to like things like Irish Breakfast or Earl Grey, something strong) since it adds a different flavor to the mix.

I have a rather large bag of this if anyone wants to swap samples!

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I really, really appreciate the free monthly samples that Red Leaf Tea is offering. It’s giving me a chance to try things I might have otherwise put off or ignored completely.

Hmmm, this was delicious but it tasted very similar to the caramel matcha. It was creamier and maybe even a little sweeter, but a bit less buttery. It definitely had that burnt sugar caramel/toffee note going on, though. I didn’t really pick up any chocolate like others are mentioning, but with the sweetened vanilla almond milk I tried with it, I definitely got a delicious nutty toffee flavor.

While I really enjoyed this one, I think the caramel inches it out as the better dessert matcha for me (And the acai one is still my favorite overall).

Stephanie

I’ve been really loving the samples too! I always want to taste the flavors before I purchase them :)

boychik

so, if you want to get 3+1 free deal what would you pick? ;)

Stephanie

Me or moraiwe? I would definitely get Coconut- it is in my opinion the best matcha flavor of all! I’d probably also get the French Butter Cookie because I’ve been hearing how amazing it is, the Almond because it is very highly rated and I love nutty things, and maybe Cheesecake for the last one because it seems to go really well in fruit smoothies. What about you guys? :)

boychik

I only tried Cheesecake sample and i love it :)

moraiwe

Right now? I’m totally stocked on Caramel, so I’d probably hold off on that, but I’d replace Cheesecake with it normally.

So, I’d go Acai because it’s amazing, Cheesecake because Fiance likes it and I like it in smoothies, Coconut because I keep hearing everyone rave about it, and probably Tiramisu because it’s my favorite dessert ever and I really want to try it.

The Eggnog one is surprisingly good too, but I think I’d burn out of it fast when not over the holidays.

boychik

Coconut mmmm… i love it. everywhere. i’m so glad Chobani started making coconut yogurt. i need to visit RLT website;)

Cheri

Cheesecake is on sale on their site right now. I’m debating placing another order because I enjoyed the sample, but I’d like to up the flavor to a stronger level. And then I could get the English Toffee sample…

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1340 tasting notes

Thank you Roswell Strange (and aisling of tea) for a generous sample of this tea. Once I had the milk and everything ready for matcha milk, I decided I should probably go ahead and make some. This was the first one I grabbed and so I got to work on prepping it. As I drink it though, I am noticing that more than anything, this tastes like cloves with a hint of nutmeg and not much else. It is not bad but I think there are many other matchas I far prefer. It is still nice to have variety though and this would probably be more appealing in the fall (as opposed to one of the first days where the temperature climbed above 10C).

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drank Watermelon Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1340 tasting notes

Thank you Roswell Strange (and aisling of tea) for sharing this with me. I was planning on making this as a matcha milk only to chicken out at the last second and decide watermelon soda sounded more appealing.

I am actually happy I went this route because it turned out to be a pretty refreshing drink. The watermelon flavor is sweet and fresh and would probably be super awesome in the summertime and/or in a tea cocktail perhaps (though a girly, fruity cocktail of course). Plus, it is flavorful enough to distract from the carbonated water taste that I usually find difficult to get past. Oh, and no vegetal base so I am a happy, happy girl.

TeaBrat

how do you make a matcha tea soda? simply mix with carbonated water?

VariaTEA

I use 1/2 tsp matcha, dissolve it in a little bit of hot water and then fill the glass with cold carbonated water.

Roswell Strange

That’s exactly what I do too – though occasionally I add a pinch of sugar as well.

VariaTEA

Of course it is. I learned from you :)

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drank Banana Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2164 tasting notes

We are having a beautiful warm and sunny day here…
I’m not back at work yet so I’ve been trying to relax and enjoy myself. I haven’t tried this one cold yet, so I thought I’d make a cold matcha latte, threw this in a blender with soymilk and some ice and it’s sheer perfection! The blender gave my matcha drink a nice frothy top. I love this and am seriously tempted to buy a few more from Red Leaf.

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Holy hannah, this matcha is SWEET. I mean, there’s no sugar in it as far as I can tell, but the flavouring is really candy-like.

I made some of this (from VariaTEA!) into a white chocolate matcha latte today, and although I used less white chocolate than I do for my plain matcha white chocolate lattes, it’s so sweet I actually can’t finish it. I drank about 3/4 of my latte while it was still hot.

I still really like the flavouring (it’s distinctive, I think), but WOW. No need for more sugar.

I guess I’ll have some tomorrow, but just shaken with almond milk… :)

VariaTEA

Oh no. I am sorry this was too sweet for you. The sample I shared with you was from Sil and it was distinctive flavoring. Perhaps I should have sent the delicate flavoring instead.

OMGsrsly

Sil gave me some of this before, actually. I do like it! Really! I just thought I’d be “clever” and make it into a white chocolate latte. :)

VariaTEA

Well it does sound appealing.

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I’ve awoken from my deep slumber and now I want nothing but cup after cup of tea and delicious breakfast food, such as the poptarts I’m currently devouring.

I made this up as a matcha soda since A) we’re out of milk again and B) when I opened my matcha box in the freezer all I could smell was this one, despite it being double bagged. It was delicious enough that I instantly switched my decision of having Watermelon soda to making this one.

Prepared the usual way; except this time I didn’t add sugar because my right leg is all crampy, and I didn’t want to have to strain it getting the sugar out of the top shelf of the cupboard. You know what though? This still tastes AMAZING – it doesn’t need the sugar one bit to have an intense, yummy flavour.

Mmm! Perfect start to my morning/afternoon.

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drank Irish Cream by Red Leaf Tea
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I got this sample from sil, and was eager to try it because of the good reviews. The dry leaf smells amazing. it kind of smells as though it should be one of those Irish cream cappuccinos you can get at coffee shops, that are boldly flavoured. i wanted so much for the taste of the brew to reflect the smell, but alas it fell short. It’s funny, because the brewed aroma is still of a reasonably strong Irish cream, but it tastes very much like a generic black tea, with perhaps a hint of cream at the end of the sip. I brewed for three minutes, and wonder if I should have perhaps brewed for longer. I have enough left for another cup, and might just do that. Those of you who enjoy this tea: how have you prepared it for maximum flavour?

Bottom line: I’m open to trying it again and brewing it differently, but for now at least, I’ll just build my cart on rlt’s site with matcha only. Thanks again, sil!

Sami Kelsh

I hope you figure out the formula for getting this tea all delicious, because man, Irish cream is the business, for real.

keychange

I hope so too! it must live up to its smell!

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I saw a post on Facebook for this tea recently witch a special offer of like 80% off So I had to check it out while it was on sale I got 2 of them :)
I’m really glad i got 2 because this stuff is really really good, one of the best Caramel flavored things that I’ve had.
I made this one our Usual way for doing Matcha here at our house, with cold milk and a little sugar and I also tried it hot the way matcha suppose to be made so i can try it both ways.
It as Delicious both ways, I really enjoyed it.
The aroma of this Caramel Matcha reminded me of Whiskey actually, read why on my Blog post :)
http://toadsteablog.blogspot.com/2014/04/caramel-matcha-by-red-leaf-tea_6.html

Flavors: Caramel

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
274 tasting notes

Flavored matcha usually comes with a steeper (heh) price tag than I am often willing to indulge in. So when I got the notice that Redleaf was doing a special offer on their caramel matcha, I had to give it a go. When I opened the bag, this wall of caramel scent rose to greet me! It was so rich and thick. I put a teaspoon in a cup with some sugar, poured a little hot water over it, whisked and then added milk. It is really tasty stuff! I’m not sure which grade matcha this is, but when it was warmer I couldn’t taste the matcha at all, only the creamy caramel flavor. As it gets colder there is a little matcha bitterness on the back of my tongue after each sip. It is super delicious stuff and I could see how someone could get hooked on this!

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I made a cup of this for my friend but I stole a sip. It is creamy but this package seems to be less like cookies & cream than I recall my last sample was which is sad. It was not bad but it wasn’t the first matcha experience I was hoping to give her. Nonetheless, she still enjoyed it and I was happy with my sip.

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My friend wanted to try matchas so I decided to let her pick one (she went for Cookies & Cream) and I would make one of the ones I know has flavor just in case she was not a fan of hers. So I went with French Butter Cookie because it was the first one I grabbed that I knew had a taste other than sweet matcha milk. Sipping on it now it is buttery cookie goodness as usual. Smooth and vanilla flavored and oh-so-yummy.

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Since this is my third straight day of a matcha after lunch, I am thinking this might be a new habit. I got cheesecake in a sample size from Red Leaf. I don’t love the little envelopes they come in, but that’s a minor inconvenience.

I had already read the reviews here, and liked the review from a person who added raspberries to hers, so I did that. It’s really good! I did 1/2 t matcha, 8 oz. milk, about 6 sugar cubes (this is a stand in for dessert after all), and somewhere between 1/4 and 1/3 cup of frozen raspberries. Since they were frozen, I didn’t add ice cubes, which I would normally do. Buzz in the blender and voila.

It’s nice. I don’t know if cheesecake is enough different from caramel for me to have them both on hand though. I think if they arm wrestled, caramel would win. But this is a nice stand in for a fruit smoothie.

As an added bonus, the raspberries made this a nice pink shade, so if you have someone who gets the ickies from the green, this is a nice way to trick them. I’m sure strawberries would work too.

Cheri

That’s a good idea with the raspberries.

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Having this with a teaspoon of hot chocolate mix and coconut milk. Interesting. Definitely still get the raspberry, but the chocolate overpowers the matcha. This isn’t my favorite hot chocolate mix so I may try it again with something different. Also not sure how much I’m liking the coconut milk.

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outrageous!!! this smells outrageous!

like Strawberry Quik, only better. the strawberry has a fruity freshness that blends perfectly with the fresh cream. here again, i must reference my beloved Strawberries ‘n Cream Oatmeal by Quaker. obviously, it’s not exact, but it’s reminiscent of this strawberry flavor, which is such a comforting thing. i’m really loving strawberries as of late.

it all started with Ahmad’s Strawberry Sensation (black tea) which is absolutely divine. then Nina’s Paris Demain, a light & buttery green tea with an abundant yet delicate strawberry flavoring. Now this matcha. i am sooo in trouble.

i ordered the large size, royal (premium grade) with distinctive flavoring. so glad i did.
i must make a cup, tout de suite!

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Decided to bust open the matcha package sent to me by Roswell Strange. Thanks so so much! You sent a ton for me to try, and I can’t wait to put together my rlt order.

I went with this one first because it seems to be a flavour associated with spring and summer, and although it feels anything unlike it outside, I’m still desperate to bring it about. This had an odd smell in the bag—not exactly chemically, but just…different. There was watermelon, but also something else. Actually, it sort of smelled as though a bottle of perfume had “turned”, and although that’s not the most appetizing description, it nonetheless stands. Not to be deterred though, I whipped it up in some milk. And the taste was definitely creamy watermelon, although like others have said it’s more of a candied watermelon than an authentic one. It tasted fine, but I found the whole thing to be a bit underwhelming. That being said, I downed the glass like it was no one’s business, and will have not a single problem either finishing off the sample or sending the last serving onto someone else who’s curious.
Bottom line: a good flavored matcha, although not my favourite.

Marzipan

You know, just from the name this isn’t something I would ever order, but after clicking through and reading the reviews, I might have to.

JustJames

i have a beautiful vanilla sent to me by MissB that i’m waiting to get into….. now with the blender =0) heh heh! no stopping me!

keychange

James, I hear the vanilla is delish! and marzipan, I can send you the wee bit of this I have left if that’ll help you decide.

Nxtdoor

Oh, keychange, I’m waiting for summer just like you. But first we must get spring! That groundhog, I wanna wring his little neck! 6 weeks my ass.

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
53 tasting notes

Made this again today. It’s a little ridiculous how quickly I finished it off. I want to make a big old honkin glass of it, forget this cup size stuff.

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Had this as a latte with rice milk for the sipdown. Lovely. Boosting the rating a couple points as this matcha grew even more on me as I figured out my matcha-liquid ratios. I think I may prefer rice milk to skim or almond. Will likely be buying this again, but I’m going to try the Madagascar Vanilla first as a comparison.

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Smells strongly of raspberry, and has a good amount of the flavor too. The chocolate note is very subtle, and I’d like more of it but I’m also a big chocolate lover. Creamy as a latte, not too sweet, and still has that matcha taste after the initial hit of raspberry.

Royal grade matcha, distinctive flavoring. 2 chasaku scoops sifted and mixed with about 2oz of 175F water, then 8oz of warm original rice milk added to make it a latte. Loving the addition of rice milk more than the unsweetened almond milk I was using.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
53 tasting notes

My first matcha. Where have you been all my life? I can’t stop sipping it. Lovely almost toffee like flavor. And, so different from my normal hot tea routine since I made it cold. This is a keeper.

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