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So I posted a review of this tea on my blog because Steepster doesn’t allow “dofollow” links. Regardless, I am in love with this tea! Read more about it here, where I get painfully Southern! http://wp.me/p1GKE7-3r

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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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drank Matcha Matsu by DAVIDsTEA
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Today my lovely wife surprised me at work with another cup of tea! This is why she’s my favorite. A matcha latte with soy! t be craving matcha lattes in the near or distant future, which is fine by me…and my wallet!

Now I want matcha. Dang it!

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drank Pink Dragonfruit by Tealish
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I forgot I had this until today when I excitedly exclaimed to Tina “OMG I’M TAKING PINK DRAGONFRUIT TO WORK TODAAAAAY”. Love this blend, will definitely be stocking up next time we’re downtown. It’s just so fruity and juicy and amazing…guh. Yum. Tart without being hibiscus-y tart and sweet and love. LOVE.

Erin

….Aaand, adding this to my tealish shopping list.

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So I had this iced today…yum! I was so pleased! It did taste fruity and light and tasty. It was still weak, and it could have used more sugar, but I don’t think it will be quite as much of a hardship to finish the 60g we have.

You know what’s cruel? Receiving a shipment of matcha at 8:30 pm. Boo.

Jessie

That just calls for an all-nighter!

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drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
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So my lovely, wonderful wife brought this to me while I was at work yesterday. She picked this based on my oh-so-clear request for “Something cold and yummy.”

She chose wisely.

I didn’t know what it was at first, the flavors brought to mind being those of a cotton candy hard sucker or bubblegum. But eventually the orange flavors broke through and I clued in. I was extremely happy to remember that I have a tin of this at home. Love. Just so much love for this tea.

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drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
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This one would be glorious if the hibiscus weren’t as tart. Sigh. It’s fruity and juicy, but then the hibiscus steps in and crashed the tasty party with its tartness. It’s good, and if you’re a fan of hibiscus, this tea is definitely one I would recommend, but it is not the tea for me. It’s sad because I keep taking sips, loving how good the tea is until the hibiscus takes over, but then it’s so tart it turns my stomach. Sadness.

Not rating because I went into it knowing that I wouldn’t like the hibiscus.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I tried this as a sample in store, along with the Strawberry ginger. They tasted almost the same! and they’re totally different types of tea… ugh… darn you hibiscus :(

Tina S.

Wow, I definitely didn’t get a same tea vibe. I dislike them both in very different ways.

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So it is getting late and despite spending the afternoon in bed (so sick…blegh), I am exhausted. But craving a cuppa to round out my day. So I asked my wife to make me a cup of an herbal we had to drink down, something we need to get rid of, and then I decided on this.

Lovely, lovely choice. I was never much of a dessert girl, I’ve always preferred savory foods over sweet, but I can see now why people get into the habit of dessert teas. This is just a lovely, minty way to end my day. I love the vanilla and the mint and the chocolate is present, but not overwhelming. I’m sad to see this one come off the wall. I think when I finish my little 26 g, I will likely replace it, if it is still available.

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drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
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Meh. This one was good, nice and fruity, but nothing to write home about. I feel like I’ve had this tea before, you know? It is a refreshing treat, and I think I’ll use the rest of our sample to make a pitcher of iced tea, but I don’t see this having a home in our cupboard. If I want a mango tea, I’ll reach for the Yerba Mate Mango from Tea Haus. I am enjoying this one, but it’s….unremarkable.

Jessie

I haven’t tried this yet, and it sounds good, but when reading the ingredients it definitely sounded like something (or many things) I’ve had before!

teaNsympathy

Thank you for reviewing most of these new spring teas! I was on the fence about which to try, and which not. This one was definitely a front-runner based on the description, but I can totally see what you’re saying. Now, I may just try some to-go when I go to pick up some Organic Gold Rush :)

Tamm

I’m always glad that there are people who try teas out soon after their release! I keep feeling tempted by the Gold Rush as well. Teas like this one that have “exotic” type flavors (lychee, mangousteen, and dragonfruit) are difficult to place because most people I know don’t actually know what these taste like. Many times these flavors are a bit off from what I actually have tasted from the fruit itself.

aisling of tea

@teaNsympathy – It’s my pleasure, trust me! I’m kind of disappointed in the whole spring line, it’s a hibiscus love-fest! Blegh. But oh yes, Gold Rush is love!!

@Tamm – There’s a DT around the corner from where I work, so I try to get the new teas ASAP. I’m going to try the last of the new ones, Paradise Found, (Pink Flamingo is an old favorite), but I don’t hold out a lot of hope for it. I do highly recommend the Gold Rush, though!

Tamm

You’re super lucky to live by a David’s! I have a Teavana, but I like David’s a lot more. I also am surprised because David’s actually seems to release new/updated blends more frequently. Paradise Found did sound tasty!

aisling of tea

I love Davids, despite not being too horribly impressed with most of their recent blends. But I do love having new teas to try all the time!

DaisyChubb

Hibiscus love fest indeed!
But yes, thank you for you and De being our review forerunners. I haven’t had a chance to try any yet, but I don’t think I’ll buy the Spring Collection box. I’ll probably do 10g for the better sounding ones. One. haha!
Same my money for Gold rush!

DaisyChubb

and Save!

teaNsympathy

Yeah I wish my David’s was closer too! I think I’ll save my money for gold rush as well! Let’s hope for a brighter summer collection!!!

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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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