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drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
989 tasting notes

So I am very pleased that Red Leaf included a sample of this for me to try with my last order. I have a severe peanut allergy and have avoided all other nuts as well to be safe in case of contamination. However, I emailed Red Leaf to check that their teas are nut free and they told me that even their nut teas are nut free! The natural flavorings are not actually made with the nut extracts! So since I have avoided almonds all my life for fear of them being contaminated by peanuts, I finally decided to see what they taste like in the form of a safe matcha before I actually try the real thing. I still don’t think I will chance trying a peanut matcha, but I thought this would at least be a step into trying nuts that I am not allergic to without fear. And tonight, I got up my nerves to make this matcha.

So I have never had almonds before lol, except for amaretto coffee flavoring on a few rare occasions, so bear with me for this review! At first, I thought this smelled an awful lot like cherries! LOL, I asked my boyfriend to smell it and he says “no, no, it’s like that almond topping they put on cakes”. Ah, marzipan, which I have never had lol. And then I remembered that amaretto is supposed to taste like almond-y, and that’s what this smells like to me. Yummy!

As for the taste, well, I don’t have a lot to base it off of, but it is super creamy and smooth! A bit of the amaretto flavor and what I expect to be almonds in there too! This is sweet and yummy! And I finally tried something with almonds (kind of)!! I am grateful that I finally have gotten the chance to try an almond flavored item that I am not afraid of getting sick from. Once again, thank you Red Leaf Tea for allowing me to branch out in trying new foods!

ETA: This is really good. I might actually have to order some more of this! It is just so tasty and creamy! Perfect amount of sweetness for me too :)

Sil

thats awesome that they did that for you! :)

MissLena

I know! I still am too afraid to brave any of the peanut ones haha but this is a pretty big step for me! Maybe I will try an actual almond soon haha then I could buy the delicious almond teas I see on here :D

Alphakitty

My bf is allergic to nuts, and even though he knows there is no nut additive in my peanut butter matchas he is scared of trying them! I might ease him in with the hazelnut haha

MissLena

Yeah I don’t know if I would really like the peanut one haha id feel so weird having it, I once had that fake peanut butter and thought I would get sick eating it! Lol just the smell would make it seem wrong haha. Hazelnut would be tasty, i might have to try that one too I’ve never had them either!

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Sil

thats awesome that they did that for you! :)

MissLena

I know! I still am too afraid to brave any of the peanut ones haha but this is a pretty big step for me! Maybe I will try an actual almond soon haha then I could buy the delicious almond teas I see on here :D

Alphakitty

My bf is allergic to nuts, and even though he knows there is no nut additive in my peanut butter matchas he is scared of trying them! I might ease him in with the hazelnut haha

MissLena

Yeah I don’t know if I would really like the peanut one haha id feel so weird having it, I once had that fake peanut butter and thought I would get sick eating it! Lol just the smell would make it seem wrong haha. Hazelnut would be tasty, i might have to try that one too I’ve never had them either!

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

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95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
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70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
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-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

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