1237 Tasting Notes

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drank Ice Cream Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1237 tasting notes

Nom. Nom nom nom nom nom. Gah, I was so excited for this tea and it lived up to the hype. I’m not one for milk in my tea, but a touch of rice milk in these cake teas takes them to a whole new delicious level. Even without the milk, it’s creamy and the sips are different! On one sip I get chocolate and on the next I get strawberry…oh my goodness, I have missed strawberry ice cream. This is a beautiful tea I can’t wait to stock up on.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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(posting this for both teas as I feel EVERYONE should know about it!)

I’m sure you’re all waiting on pins and needles for me to try the Shamrock Shake wannabe I’ve been talking about for ages XD. Well, I did it this morning with the following recipe:

1/4 t Mint Matcha
1/2 t Madagascar Vanilla Matcha
2 oz hot (but not boiling) water
4 oz vanilla soy milk
2 t of sugar because I like overkill

So I dumped the matcha and sugar into a Perfect Mug from Davids and whisked in the water with my handheld milk frother. I added the milk to the mix and…

OH

MY

BOB.

There are not words. Seriously, all I can say is that if you are a vanilla mint fan, buy these two matchas and get to mixing. Now. I’ll wait.

You ready? Awesome. It’s creamy, it’s sweet, it’s minty without being harsh, it’s creamy without being too sweet, it is heaven in a mug. Heaven.

Bumping my rating to the ceiling for this glorious mix.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C
DaisyChubb

ah it sounds sooooo good!!!
You are amazing! Man I wish I would have picked up the mint.. haha!
I did get the vanilla though.. and blueberry and mango. Figured they would make good smoothie mixers ^^

aisling of tea

I totally recommend getting it in your next round ;) Because it is amazing stuff, lemme tell you. I put blueberry in my most recent order and mango just made it onto my wishlist, so I look forward to your reviews!!

Kittenna

As my resolve to not buy more tea goes down the drain very quickly…. Darn you and your reviews! :P

aisling of tea

I do my best ;). But this mix blew my mind this morning.

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100
drank Mint Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1237 tasting notes

I’m sure you’re all waiting on pins and needles for me to try the Shamrock Shake wannabe I’ve been talking about for ages XD. Well, I did it this morning with the following recipe:

1/4 t Mint Matcha
1/2 t Madagascar Vanilla Matcha
2 oz hot (but not boiling) water
4 oz vanilla soy milk
2 t of sugar because I like overkill

So I dumped the matcha and sugar into a Perfect Mug from Davids and whisked in the water with my handheld milk frother. I added the milk to the mix and…

OH

MY

BOB.

There are not words. Seriously, all I can say is that if you are a vanilla mint fan, buy these two matchas and get to mixing. Now. I’ll wait.

You ready? Awesome. It’s creamy, it’s sweet, it’s minty without being harsh, it’s creamy without being too sweet, it is heaven in a mug. Heaven.

Bumping my rating to the ceiling for this glorious mix.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C

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96
drank Peach Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1237 tasting notes

Millions of peaches…peaches for me! Millions of peaches….peaches for free! Yay! Flashback to the nineties, y’all. This time I’ve tried the Peach Matcha from Red leaf Tea (found here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/peach-matcha.html), and yum…it takes a bit of fiddling, but once you get it right, it is delicious. A welcome addition to any collection! And keep in mind that I’m still new to matcha and trying to figure it all out.

As any good Southern girl would, I have a deep love in my heart for peaches. Deep, deep love. That fruity sweetness…is there anything better? There are few things in this life better than a fresh, juicy peach. A close second is ice cold peach tea. Peach cobbler, peach pie…summer is a good time to be in the South!

I opened my package of this matcha and, my wife will back me up on this, my first words were “Whoa, momma!” It smells so good. Like juicy peach candy….nom. It smells painfully delicious.

The taste certainly follows up on that scent! It tastes like a big, juicy peach lollipop. It’s not a fresh peach, but it’s a peach candy. It reminds me of the peach soda I used to get in high school at the local Food Lion to take to our weekly slumber party with my best friend. So I’m grateful for those memories. Makes me want to pop a big bag of popcorn and dip it in nacho cheese. Oh yes, we were super healthy.

Anyway, this matcha has the same bitter kick as the lemon matcha, but a touch of sugar chased that away. I think that’s just a matcha thing. It’s definitely one I want to try again and see how it goes. Maybe cut it with a touch of the vanilla…peaches and cream! Yes please! This would be good in my smoothies this summer, maybe a peach raspberry smoothie dream…nom.

I made a second cup with different parameters (12 ounces of water instead of 8 to one half teaspoon of matcha, as well as a bit more sugar) and it is heavenly. Juicy enough to satisfy this Southern gal! Finishing off my sample of this will be no great hardship, I assure you. It tastes like a fuzzy navel without the alcoholic bite! Or those peach gummy candies…yum!

I let some of this chill and GAH. Cold, this is beyond amazing. This is what I needed, cold and fruity and peachy! It’s not too sweet, it’s not too bitter, it’s just a beautifully refreshing cold drink for summer…I have a feeling this will be a staple in my cupboard this summer.

Jessie

Oh. Dear. This sounds INCREDIBLE. I’ve been eying a Red Leaf matcha order for months and months now, and you’re pushing me towards the edge! I won’t even know where to start. They all sound so good.

aisling of tea

You know my cupboard is your cupboard. Feel free to let me know which ones you want to try that I have (Lemon, Madagascar Vanilla, Cinnamon, Bee Pollen, Peach, Goji Berry, and Mint) and I’ll bring some on the 20th!

Jessie

Ack! You are the best. Just a tiny bit of the peach and vanilla would be amazing. I need to stock up on things to offer in return! My cupboard has been so boring lately.

aisling of tea

My pleasure! And please, you know our cupboard. Like I really need more teas to sample! I’m happy to share with friends.

Tina S.

I suspect there is a matcha party in our near future . . . I’m willing to host!

aisling of tea

I’ll bring the matcha! We will all vibrate to bits! MATCHAAAAAAAAAA

Tina S.

My mind so went to an interesting place there. Don’t mind me . . .

aisling of tea

Behave, you. Also, I am cracking up at our names in this conversation.

Tina S.

Behaving is no fun! And I know, right? I love our new mediocre tea bag handles!

Red Leaf Tea

Thank you for the great review. I just wanted to add that we only use natural flavoring, and as such it’s more heat sensitive as opposed to its artificial counterpart. That is way fruit flavored Matcha tea will have more prominent flavor the closer they get to room temperature. We refused to use artificial flavoring since it would be like eating diet pills coated with chocolate :-)

aisling of tea

Awesome! I’ll definitely have to try this again at a lower temperature!

Jessie

That’s great to know! I was so thrilled to see it explicitly stated that these matchas aren’t sweetened. A lot of others seem to be, or it’s impossible to tell.

Bigelow and Red Rose: matcha party. Yes.

Missy

Moving to the country gonna eat a lot peaches, moving to the country gonna eat a lot of peaches…..

aisling of tea

Twinings: We were thinking May? We can have it here too, we’re kinda halfway between everybody.

Missy: <3!

Uniquity

I can’t stop singing the Presidents of the USA now!

aisling of tea

That is my gift to you, m’dear <3

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drank Lemon Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Now, I haven’t hidden this fact, but I am writing these reviews in exchange for free matcha. Free matcha! If you buy a matcha from Red Leaf Tea and review it with either 250 or 400 words, they’ll give you a credit for a free 30 g or 60 g of matcha. Which is why these reviews are soooo much longer than the others. But I like it, I like pushing myself to get those 400 words. It forces me to sit down and really focus on the tea and think about it. As a result of these reviews, I can’t stop thinking about the Madagascar Vanilla and I drink it all the time. And I mean, really, if the tea weren’t good, I wouldn’t work so hard to get more of it. And it really does offer those of us on a budget a good way to increase our stash (like I need any help with that!). I can’t stop raving about these matchas to every tea lover I know, and I do know that several people have purchased these teas based on these reviews. So it’s win-win. But I would never hesitate to give a matcha a bad review if I didn’t like it, free matcha or no.

Which brings me to this tea, Lemon Matcha (found here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/lemon-matcha-tea-organic.html). I wasn’t really sure of it. I ordered it for my wife in the hopes that it would be her gateway matcha drug, but she really doesn’t like matcha, so it will likely be a bust (though she’ll be a good sport and try it anyway). But I’m only a citrus fan to a point, that point usually being grapefruit. Mmm, grapefruit.

When I first started mixing it, it smelled like a mix between Lemonheads and lemon cleaner. But the sip is pure lemonhead. It tingles down my tongue! It’s tasty in its own way, and if you’re into Lemonheads and the like, I would definitely recommend this to you. My wife has a coworker who loves lemon, so this matcha might be hers after another cup or two. It has a lemony bite that someone who enjoys lemons and sour candy might love. It’s more of a mild vegetal flavor than a stronger matcha, which my wife appreciates in a matcha. The lemony bite can be cut with a touch of sugar, so while I can see that this matcha would be right up the alley of a lemonhead lover, it’s just not the tea for me. I am extremely grateful to have tried it, though!

For more information about the free matcha promotion, look here: http://www.redleaftea.com/free-matcha/

Tina S.

I wonder what this would be like if you blended it with a black . . .

aisling of tea

You are welcome to try it, m’dear!

momo

I sent them my review for my first matcha and haven’t heard back since Sunday. How long has it usually been between you sending all the links and them responding with the code?

aisling of tea

Did you send it to info (at) redleaftea (dot) com, or did you use the communication box on the website? I find I get faster answers from the info e-mail, last time I got a reply within 20-30 minutes.

momo

I first sent it through the website, but I had forgotten the social media link part. I replied immediately with that to the actual email address now. I will just send it again, I wasn’t even expecting to hear anything from someone on Sunday so maybe it just got lost in the start of the week.

aisling of tea

Yeah, it can take a while for them to respond. Give it a bit of time and if they don’t reply, try resending.

Kittenna

What’s shipping to Canada like? This sounds interesting, since I’m just getting into matcha!

aisling of tea

Well, if you order over 60g of matcha, the shipping is free, or if you order over 75 dollars worth of tea. I’ve only ever explored those two options!

Kittenna

Over 60g of matcha sounds a lot more doable than $75 of tea! Although I reeaaally shouldn’t be ordering more of anything right now :|

aisling of tea

Yeah, I feel ya, it took me forever to decide to order those first matchas, but let me put it this way. With my first order, I bought 3 30g packages of matcha for 47.97. I wrote three 400+ word reviews for those three and got enough for 4 30g packages for free, shipping free because I was ordering 120 g of matcha. I reviewed those 4 and just received a gift certificate for $95, enough for 6 30 g packages for free. So at this point I’ve paid 47.97 for 13 different matchas, 390 g. This breaks down to 3.69 a package. So that first order is pricey, but if you do the reviews, it’s totally worth it.

However, I would never, ever encourage someone to buy tea when they can’t really afford it/find room for it. Maybe it’s something to work towards!

Red Leaf Tea

I’m sorry it took us a bit longer to answer some of the email, but we are catching up…The Free Matcha review program has been a great success and not it seems like we are giving gift certificates left and right :-). It’s getting more and more time consuming to check on the reviews.
As far for the Lemon Matcha: we like all reviews, the good ones and the bad ones, especially that the bad ones help us improve. After all, it’s not only our taste buds that must be satisfied.
Also, please note that you earn free Matcha for your honest review, not only the good ones. It’s OK not to like some of our products.
Additional note: We also offer our collection of Matcha teas at Amazon and currently working on program to get some reviews there. It seems that the products that don’t have any reviews are hard to sell, but as soon as you get 1-2, people gain more trust and are willing to buy it. We are looking for ideas on how to incorporate adding reviews to Amazon into existing program. Any suggestion would be welcomed since we could not come up with any good ones…

Red Leaf Tea

Did you know?
We now offer Madagascar Vanilla Matcha and French Vanilla Matcha. Did we go to far with the vanilla? :-)

aisling of tea

There is absolutely no such thing as too much vanilla, I ordered the French Vanilla with my latest order, I am beyond excited to get it. French Vanilla is my one true love. Also, I love doing these reviews. My tea friends will tell you, I can’t stop raving about these teas, even the one I don’t really care for. But I’m kind of shocked by the response my reviews are getting here on Steepster, I guess I never really believed in the power of reviews until I starting putting thought into mine LOL.

Also, I’d be more than happy to post my reviews over on Amazon! Maybe offer it as an option in the social network step?

momo

I like the idea of a choice between writing say, a short paragraph review on Amazon or the social media post.

DaisyChubb

Yes, I second the above two ideas as having a choice between Amazon or Social Media post :)

Kittenna

@*Bigelow/aislingoftea* – It’s definitely less of an issue of affordability and more an issue of cupboard space/I have so much tea already! That being said, I have virtually no matcha, just the remnants of my sample from DavidsTea, and a couple samples from LiberTEAS and Den’s Tea… (you just watch, I will have talked myself into this by next week, I’m sure of it).

aisling of tea

lol You’re talking to a girl with over 250 teas, I feel your pain. But matcha is small and compact ;). I cannot recommend this company or these matchas enough…they’re well worth finding the space!

Kittenna

Weeelll looks like I’m going to go through your recommendations now to figure out my three… hahaha…

aisling of tea

XD My favorite so far is the Madagascar Vanilla, but I get a feeling that will change when my French Vanilla comes in.

Red Leaf Tea

Great! Thank you for your recommendation. We would definitely love to get some Amazon reviews and trading it for Social Media is fine with us. Now I’m trying to think of a way to get those lovely reviews already posted to Amazon. We can not offer you Matcha since you already get it free. Maybe some additional credit for each Amazon review? Any thoughts?

aisling of tea

I’d be more than happy to post my reviews over on Amazon for additional credit and I’m sure others would be as well!

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One other thing Red Leaf Tea has going for them is incredibly reasonable shipping, which is very important to me, since I live in Canada and international shipping can be a nightmare. And orders over $75 are free, which is easy to do! My wife lives for their Earl Greys, their Earl Grey Oolong is a staple in our household. When the raspberry Earl Grey was no longer available, she nearly went into mourning. So between the two of us, it’s almost dangerously easy for us to build a $75 cart. The first time we ordered, we spent $80 and got 16 different teas, about an ounce of each. Enough to try it several times and make a decision as to whether you want to restock it or not.

Anyway, on to the tea! I’m a sucker for cinnamon, so of course I had to try the Cinnamon Matcha (found here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/cinnamon-matcha.html) It smells so good. Sooooo good. Not like fake cinnamon hearts (which I adore too), but like real cinnamon. I want to slather this matcha on toast…but that would be weird. This is another matcha that inspires me to bake. Matcha snickerdoodles? Don’t mind if I do! I need to start actually trying some of these recipe ideas. Like cinnamon matcha cinnamon toast! Or a cinnamon matcha apple pie! Nom nom nom.

At first sip, it was delicious. At second sip, it was delicious. At third sip…well, you get the idea. There is something I don’t care for about it, a bit of a tangy aftertaste, but that’s not enough to keep me from drinking it! I’m excited to see how it will taste when blended with the vanilla. Ooooh, I should see if they have an apple matcha, that would be yummy mixed with this. Or pear! Oh dear, my list of desired matchas is growing longer and longer…

But really, I just want to dump a whole mess of sugar into this and make some cinnamon raisin toast. And bake my little heart out! I think this is a matcha I will end up mixing more than making straight, but that’s okay. I am seeing a wide world of possibilities coming from this little beauty. Cinnamon and I were good friends before, but I think is safe to say that this tea has pushed us over the edge into best friend territory. Plays well with others, makes me feel better, and encourages me to eat tasty, tasty sweets! I can see this becoming a staple in my cupboard, sitting right next to my beloved vanilla.

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100
drank Mint Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1237 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

aisling of tea

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

aisling of tea

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 :-)

aisling of tea

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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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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“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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