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100
drank Mint Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1191 tasting notes

Ah mint. My wife and I both adore mint, but I’m a spearmint girl, where she’s a peppermint lover. And these are two very different mints.

But I have love in my heart for mint teas. My childhood summers were fueled by Lipton tea bags with fresh mint set out on the porch to brew in the sun. Picking mint and just chewing on it as we played in the sun. Heck, my college days were fueled by mint juleps and raspberry mojitos. Mint and I are good, good friends. And a Shamrock Shake is a must-have for me every March! At least, it was until I found out about my dairy allergy.

Which is what brought me to this tea, Mint Matcha (found here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/mint-matcha.html), was a desire to make my own version of the Shamrock Shake (which is essentially a vanilla-mint milkshake from McDonalds) with vanilla and mint matchas and soy milk or ice cream. But for the sake of this review, I’m drinking this matcha the way I drink all my tea, no milk and some sugar.

Earlier today I made a cup of this for a friend of my wife’s, who I am eagerly trying to seduce to the ways of matcha with my Red Leaf Tea collection, and I fell in love the second I opened the package. It smells like a smooth creamy mint. When I commented on how good it smells, my wife agreed with me…and she doesn’t even like matcha! I can’t wait to have a cup of this myself!

My wife’s friend (who needs to be on Steepster, darn it!) says this tea tastes like Christmas (which may have something to do with the Rudolph travel mug I sent it to her in!). This made me think of my favorite tea of all time, Santa’s Secret, which is a vanilla-mint black tea, so I have high hopes for this one.

Holy mint, batman! This is definitely a peppermint tea, with just a hint of the smoothness that reminds me of spearmint tea. Wow. I am definitely craving a raspberry-mint matcha mojito now. Yum, yum, yum. It’s mega minty in a non medicinal way and now I am dying to try it with the vanilla, but if I have any more matcha today, I’m going to explode XD. I love it! The burst of strong mint really helps wake you up too, and can definitely see myself adding this to my collection. And mint mixes so well with berries and fruit that I can see endless smoothie options here. If you’re a mint fan, I definitely recommend this one.

DaisyChubb

Your reviews are seriously making me want to make an order tonight. So you deserve every bit of free matcha you get darling :D

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awww, thanks! It’s true, I can’t stop gushing about these matchas to every tea lover I know and it’s partially because I sat down and took the time to do these reviews. And hey, if you order over 60g of matcha, the shipping is free! tempts

DaisyChubb

New comment!
I am placing an order tonight after checking the bank and seeing that there is a perfect amount in the tea budget.

But now the dilemma is which one to start with ; 3; I’ll just read your reviews again. :D

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XD I recommend the Madagascar Vanilla. Seriously, heaven on earth. Also, if you’re going for the free shipping, you can get 30g of three different matchas, it doesn’t have to be over 60g of a single flavor.

Happy hunting!

DaisyChubb

Thanks for your help!
I totally have the Madagascar Vanilla in my cart, so now I know it’s staying there for sure! :)

Red Leaf Tea

We are currently working on having 2 Mint Matcha tea since we have found 2 different ways to flavor it. We are looking for a new name for our second Mint Matcha. Any suggestions? If you like your new name and use it, we’ll send you a FREE 30g packaging :-)

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Oooooh! Well, what does the second mint taste like? Is it a sweeter mint? Maybe a Bold Mint (the current one) and a Mild Mint?

Tina S.

Wintermint and/or (Re)freshmint?

Red Leaf Tea

One will have natural mint flavor and second one will have mint powder only, so the flavor would come from the herb itself.

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100
drank Mint Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Used this to make Earl Grey lemon squares for the wifey today. It’s nice, just a hint of Earl, not in your face like others. I am very pleased.

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90
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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This was lovely. I sipped some hot in store and eagerly got a cup to go iced. There is a reason why I had over 5 different vanilla rooibos in my cupboard at one point and this is why. I was searching for the perfect French vanilla rooibos and this certainly delivers. Here’s just hoping the ice cream bits aren’t enough to set off my dairy sickness.

Smooth, creamy, perfect.

Jessie

Oh, man! I will probably have to wait till Thursday to try this but it sounds so good.

Amariel

It sounds good, but man am I scared of the ingredient list on this one. I try to avoid high fructose corn syrup when I can.

Jessie

Yeah. I rarely consume HFCS (same with the veg oil and soy lecithin and colourings in this one!), but I’m figuring that since it’s just the ice cream bits and sprinkles the amount I get will be negligible.

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100

In preparation of a day spent running about with Miss Red Rose (TinaS), I made us a pair of matcha lattes. I dumped some matcha into the blender, added some super strong spearmint tea and cold soy milk and there we go! A super tasty (dairy free) vanilla mint matcha latte! So much love. So very tasty. Send my energy level through the roof! (poor Tina)

Tina S.

Lol! I certainly kept up with you okay. And the matcha was nommy!

Uniquity

Hm, three of you have changed your names to bagged tea brands. What did I miss??

Uniquity

Four! I feel like I’m hunting for Easter Eggs or something.. : )

Tina S.

It’s kind of an inside thing for the Toronto Tea(bag) Party. Do you like it?

Uniquity

I thought it might be TTP related from comments I had seen. I frequently forget that you can change your name on Steepster, so when I logged on yesterday morning I spent a while trying to figure out who Celestial Seasonings was. Then I clued in. : )

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95

Guh. I love raspberry, I love grape and I love this tea. Cold brewed this yesterday and it’s just lovely. I don’t think I’ll ever drink another white hot, it’s all cold brewing for me! It’s a touch bitter, but overall it’s delicious. Fruity and grapey and just plain beautiful.

Tina S.

I am super curious about this one! It sounds nommy!

Kittenna

Did I miss something with the name changes? I was so confused when I got an email notification from the above comment!

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It’s a joke for the Toronto Tea(bag) Party

Kittenna

Ah! Thanks for the explanation :D

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65
drank Citrus Grove by Tealish
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Meh. Just…meh. It’s good enough, but it doesn’t wow me, but I don’t have the same tastes as my wife, De. This is right up her alley, so I’m glad she likes it. But the spices are a bit strong for me, and I don’t care for the cardamom.

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97
drank Bella Berry by Tealish
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Tried this one cold steeped at the Toronto Tea Party of Awesomeness and Sleepovers, and it was…okay. Like Tina said, the fruit notes were lovely, but the tea seemed off. This is a hot tea for me. Cold, I took one sip, made a face, and didn’t touch it again.

Tina S.

So that’s why I found it in the window! ;)

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Twas gross. Blegh.

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90

Dear Tina, you rock. Thank you so much for showing me the joys of cold brewing. This is beyond delicious and nice and cold and everything lovely. The ginger bite is just enough to keep this from being an overly juicy tea, and the white tea flavor really came through too.

So much love for this tea! Definitely restocking when we return in April.

At second sip (aka mu second cup), I’m not so keen on replacing this. I’d prefer it without the ginger.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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90

I’m trying some of this cold (aka I forgot about half of my cup) and it just pops. The peach flavor I’d been looking for came through just beautifully. Lovely and fruity with just a touch of zing…yum. I am so excited for my first foray to The Tea Haus with some of my favorite girls, the ladies of the Toronto Tea Party! I asked for the day off earlier today, so it should be a go! So excited!

Preparation
Iced
Tina S.

Wheee! I can’t wait to thank her in person for the present she mailed me!

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“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

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!

So…yeah. That’s me and my tea!

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