163 Tasting Notes
I just received French Vanilla Matcha and Madagascar Vanilla Matcha and a generous sample of Cheesecake Matcha from Red Leaf yesterday. The vanilla flavors were both on sale and I thought it would be fun to compare them, since I knew I liked French Vanilla from a previous sample. I’ve lost count of how many flavors of Red Leaf Matcha I’ve tried-I loved all but one. Madagascar Vanilla is the 2nd I’ve tried of their vanilla Matchas and does not disappoint. I’m not sure if I have a favorite between the two. Often I order the robust flavor strength, but with Madagascar, I got distinctive with green basic base, and found it to be just right. I find cold lattes made with Matcha to be a satisfactory (and more healthy) alternative to milkshakes. My recipe for a Madagascar Vanilla latte is ¾ tsp matcha in 10 oz of cold organic milk with some Stevia. I use my Aerolatte to froth it up. I’m sure it would be good with almond milk and intend to try it that way next. On the website, there is usually at least one Matcha on sale, plus the opportunity to get free samples. The service from Red Leaf has been outstanding for me and you can hardly go wrong with any of their flavors. Here is the link for this one: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/madagascar-vanilla-matcha.html
I found an overlooked sample packet of this today and will have to add to the already positive comments. I’ve enjoyed many black teas from Teavivre. This one is a really nice surprise because of its great price, yet it still tastes like a good quality tea. I brewed it just under boiling for 2 minutes, then re-steeped for 2 1/2 minutes. No bitterness and good hot or cold. I will include it in my next Teavivre for an every day drinking tea.
Thanks to Teavivre for the oolong samples. Sweet, floral, fruity, vegetal are the words that come to mind on this one. Reminds me of a Tieguanyin-maybe a little sweeter. I am more of a black tea lover but enjoy an oolong once in awhile for a change. This one is pretty good, but so far my favorite Teavivre sample has been the Superfine Taiwan Moderately-Roasted Dong Ding Oolong. Still have a few more to go though.
Really enjoying this refreshing Earl Grey variation today- I made a quart and have been sipping along for several hours. I find that with most S&V flavored blacks, brewing just under 3 minutes works best. Although I enjoy Citrus Paradisi hot, I like it even more as it cools down to room temperature. Bergamot and grapefruit notes are both there-grapefruit may be more dominant. I like it best with a little stevia.
I’m starting my morning off with this yummy concoction. The very popular Laoshan black is skillfully blended with organic lemon peel, orange peel, rose petals, and bergamot. The nuances shift as the tea cools, with the bergamot becoming more pronounced. The rose is very subtle. I actually enjoy Laoshan Black in blends such as this and Laoshan Village Chai more than straight up. I sweetened this with some stevia, but my husband enjoyed it unsweetened. I’d like to try it iced next summer, as the website suggests.