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Yum yum yum. So I am trying (and often failing) to live a dairy free lifestyle, as dairy wreaks havoc on my system. But around this time of year, a mystical drink is brought out from shrouds of mystery…the Shamrock Shake. Long have I loved and adored this drink, my mother a huge fan of the creamy green goodness. We’re Scot-Irish, for heaven’s sake, it’s practically in our blood!

But after a few months of at least lessening the amount of dairy that enters my body, I know I cannot handle a milkshake, much less one of the ones from McDonalds. So my wife has been drinking them in secret, coming home with green lips and a minty fresh smile….the harlot!

But then I had a cup of this matcha. The vanilla-ness is right on, creamy, smooth and perfect. Intrigued, I dumped a scoop or two of it in with some soymilk and peppermint extract…oh my goodness. Shamrock Shake, I have missed you. It needs a bit of tweaking, I think I need the mint matcha from Red Leaf Teas to make this complete, the peppermint is too biting. And perhaps vanilla soy milk instead of unflavored…but yes. My quest for a Shamrock Shake has begun and it can only end in happy, happy tears! The matcha gives it the lovely green color and an added burst of energy as I spend my day researching and cooking a mass of dairy free soups. I am very impressed with Red Leaf Teas and their flavored matchas, and look forward to trying more! But I suspect vanilla will be a longstanding favorite.

potatowedges

oh my, this sounds delightful.

aisling of tea

It is wonderful. I highly recommend that all matcha fans order from Red Leaf Teas ASAP! They have a program for free matcha, they have free shipping on orders of matcha over 60g, and they have amazing bundle options!

potatowedges

I just saw that free matcha thing! I think I’m going to have to avail myself of it…muahaha

aisling of tea

Yup. I’m waiting to hear back from them about whether posting the review to Steepster counts or if it has to be a personal blog, but I already have two reviews ready to go and a wishlist as long as my arm of matchas to try!

You can bundle the matchas too to get the free shipping, so 3 30g pouches of three different matchas is enough to get the shipping, it doesn’t have to be over 60g of just one!

TeaBrat

I need to try this – did you blend it or whisk it in?

aisling of tea

I just put it all in my blender.

Mercuryhime

I tried the matcha promo but they don’t accept reviews on Steepster. It needs to be a specific kind of link you post to the product and Steepster does not allow those types of links because spammers are attracted to sites that allow them.
Try Googling “dofollow” and “nofollow” links. I was pretty disappointed but if you find a way to get the promo let me know! :) I have everything ready to go except for the dofollow link.

aisling of tea

Thanks! Fortunately I do have a wordpress blog devoted to tea stuffs, and it looks fairly easy to do a dofollow link there. I will let you know as things progress!

teaNsympathy

I was scheming up different re-mixes to the shamrock shake but this is far superior than any ideas I had! Thanks for sharing it!!!!

Mercuryhime

Aisling, I just learned that they removed the need for a dofollow link so posting on Steepster might be ok. Though they seem to want a link within the text of your review. Can you do that on Steepster? I never tried.

aisling of tea

Yeah, they just e-mailed me about that too, unfortunately you still can’t do an embedded link on Steepster, boooo. Might be something to talk to Jason about.

Mercuryhime

Ah well. I still have my personal blog that no one reads. I might make a suggestion to Red Leaf though. Being visible on Steepster will probably help them more than embedded links on blogs with no traffic.

teaNsympathy

Just ordered this! So beyond excited to try it! Thanks again for the great review!

Indigobloom

I’m curious.. I’ve only tried a few matchas. In what way does one taste better than the other?

aisling of tea

Well, for one, this one is flavored? >.<

aisling of tea

@teaNsympathy YAY!!! I am so falling in love with this green goodness!

aisling of tea

@Mercuryhime Okay! So guess who just got her first gift certificate for free matcha? So all I did was e-mail info[at]redleaftea.com, sent them links to my twitter post about the matcha, told them the name I used for the review on their site, and a link to my post here. 20 minutes later, the gift certificate was sent (and spent). One of the reviews I sent was this one: http://steepster.com/teas/red-leaf-teas/26171-bee-pollen-matcha?post=107333 and they accepted it, so yay! Good luck!

Dinosara

Awesome to hear that worked, aisling! Now I am tempted for free matcha…

Mercuryhime

Thank you Aisling. I had actually sent them a message encouraging them to accept Steepster reviews even without embedded links and they were prompt to reply and tell me that they would change their expectations. :) I’m glad it worked for you. Now I can write my reviews here instead of at my blog that no one reads. Everyone wins!

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potatowedges

oh my, this sounds delightful.

aisling of tea

It is wonderful. I highly recommend that all matcha fans order from Red Leaf Teas ASAP! They have a program for free matcha, they have free shipping on orders of matcha over 60g, and they have amazing bundle options!

potatowedges

I just saw that free matcha thing! I think I’m going to have to avail myself of it…muahaha

aisling of tea

Yup. I’m waiting to hear back from them about whether posting the review to Steepster counts or if it has to be a personal blog, but I already have two reviews ready to go and a wishlist as long as my arm of matchas to try!

You can bundle the matchas too to get the free shipping, so 3 30g pouches of three different matchas is enough to get the shipping, it doesn’t have to be over 60g of just one!

TeaBrat

I need to try this – did you blend it or whisk it in?

aisling of tea

I just put it all in my blender.

Mercuryhime

I tried the matcha promo but they don’t accept reviews on Steepster. It needs to be a specific kind of link you post to the product and Steepster does not allow those types of links because spammers are attracted to sites that allow them.
Try Googling “dofollow” and “nofollow” links. I was pretty disappointed but if you find a way to get the promo let me know! :) I have everything ready to go except for the dofollow link.

aisling of tea

Thanks! Fortunately I do have a wordpress blog devoted to tea stuffs, and it looks fairly easy to do a dofollow link there. I will let you know as things progress!

teaNsympathy

I was scheming up different re-mixes to the shamrock shake but this is far superior than any ideas I had! Thanks for sharing it!!!!

Mercuryhime

Aisling, I just learned that they removed the need for a dofollow link so posting on Steepster might be ok. Though they seem to want a link within the text of your review. Can you do that on Steepster? I never tried.

aisling of tea

Yeah, they just e-mailed me about that too, unfortunately you still can’t do an embedded link on Steepster, boooo. Might be something to talk to Jason about.

Mercuryhime

Ah well. I still have my personal blog that no one reads. I might make a suggestion to Red Leaf though. Being visible on Steepster will probably help them more than embedded links on blogs with no traffic.

teaNsympathy

Just ordered this! So beyond excited to try it! Thanks again for the great review!

Indigobloom

I’m curious.. I’ve only tried a few matchas. In what way does one taste better than the other?

aisling of tea

Well, for one, this one is flavored? >.<

aisling of tea

@teaNsympathy YAY!!! I am so falling in love with this green goodness!

aisling of tea

@Mercuryhime Okay! So guess who just got her first gift certificate for free matcha? So all I did was e-mail info[at]redleaftea.com, sent them links to my twitter post about the matcha, told them the name I used for the review on their site, and a link to my post here. 20 minutes later, the gift certificate was sent (and spent). One of the reviews I sent was this one: http://steepster.com/teas/red-leaf-teas/26171-bee-pollen-matcha?post=107333 and they accepted it, so yay! Good luck!

Dinosara

Awesome to hear that worked, aisling! Now I am tempted for free matcha…

Mercuryhime

Thank you Aisling. I had actually sent them a message encouraging them to accept Steepster reviews even without embedded links and they were prompt to reply and tell me that they would change their expectations. :) I’m glad it worked for you. Now I can write my reviews here instead of at my blog that no one reads. Everyone wins!

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My tastes in tea have changed, so I should update this as well. I find myself leaning more towards rooibos and herbals, if only for their great ability to chill in my travel mug for hours and not get weird on me. When I have time to properly brew a cuppa, I lean towards white teas (which I only steep for 30 seconds) and black teas (which only get 2-3 minutes from me). I cannot stand green teas, they’re too fiddly for my tastes. Oolongs are great, but a bit fiddly as well. However, I love watching oolongs open up in my looseleaf brewer. I’m slowly discovering mates and falling for them…there are many I look forward to trying!

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