988 Tasting Notes
One cup away from a sipdown for this one! Once davidstea gets their spring teas out, I’ll go restock this one. Love the taste still, and im not going to have any caffeine today so I don’t freak out about my midterm too much, so this hits the spot. No tantalizing matcha reviews today :p hehe. See previous notes on this tea :)
So I used half a tsp of this and half a tsp of the French Vanilla matcha to make a hot water matcha today. Man I am on a matcha kick as of late!! Anyways, I thought I’d log this under blueberry since that is definitely the dominating flavor here. The french vanilla added a nice bit of creaminess, but in the future I would probably put more french vanilla and less blueberry. Also, think my blueberry might be getting a bit old, it is definitely stronger and a bit bitter today. But this was a nice experiment, and it smells heavenly! Will probably try making this with hot milk in the future as well, I have been lazy and not wanting to get my lactose intolerance going, so I’ve been just making hot water matchas. And they are so nice on my stomach! :)
Yumm I missed this tea last week. Today it has some intense ginger earthiness going on, and i added honey to my travel mug. Another interview today, unfortunately didn’t get the last one, so this is my interview day tea haha. Good for settling my stomach and enjoying! Can’t wait to get a bit of davidstea’s new totm, another with ginger! :) see previous notes on this tea.
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 :)
Third and final matcha of the day. Oh, and I left a bit of french vanilla in my cup earlier and it cooled off and was delicious! Will have to try making them with ice at some point :D anyways, onto this one.
The smell, yes,as DaisyChubb said, is spot on nibs, but leading into a juicier scent of black cherries. But yeah, mostly nibs, now I want nibs!! Haha, so I sifted and whisked 1 tsp of this delicious smelling matcha, which is basic grade, robust flavoring I should add, into hot water and am trying it this way first as per usual. Mmmm the smell is sooo good! I got a tiny bit of that cherry medicine in the smell, but only a bit, and it’s mostly delicious cherries. And as for taste, another delicious matcha! The flavoring is lovely here, nice and fresh matcha with a black cherry aftertaste. I love black cherry ice cream, and this hits the black cherry pretty good, so I can’t wait to try it with the cheesecake or vanilla to add the creaminess! I must say, the fruit matchas are a lot more fresh and natural to me with the matcha, but I really like the dessert ones too. I might add a bit of sugar, as I did with the blueberry, to see if it brings out the cherry a bit more.
Overall, I am really enjoying this one. And hopefully this will give me the kick to continue working on my giant project for my financial class. Another excellent matcha from Red Leaf! :D thanks Sil and ashmanra for the flavor suggestions again!!
ETA: I added a bit of sugar. Guhh. Now this is full on CHERRY. Yess. I cannot wait to mix this with the dessert matchas, as they will provide the perfect sweetness for this one sans sugar. But for now, I will sip this away and be content. :)
Matcha 2 of the day! I have to space these out quite a lot lol, my caffeine tolerance is not the best and if I down all of them quickly my stomach will heavily protest. But it is now the right time for another one, and oh my goodness, does this smell like vanilla! Sweet, soft, delicious…mmm, and so creamy! This is even creamier than the caramel, I think.
Once again, I am trying these just with hot water and whisking to taste them plain before I mix them with milk and sweeteners and such. I also got basic grade and robust flavoring for this one, with the 3 + 1 matcha deal that Red Leaf has, which is awesome! So yes, I whisked this up and the scent wasn’t quite as strong, but ohhh boy, does this taste good. I whisked this a tad longer than the caramel as there were a few lumps in that one from not enough whisking. This is smooth, fluffy and creamy! The vanilla flavor is PERFECT in this! It’s not an overpowering, ‘ugh too much frosting’ vanilla, but a rich, decadent yet light and fluffy vanilla flavor. Like a perfect little cupcake but so much better for you! I don’t taste the matcha as much in this one, in the caramel it was definitely a bit more present, but it works in this case as it did with the caramel. I got this one to mix with other flavors, but I definitely will drink this by itself quite often. And I haven’t even tried it with milk yet! This one can hold its own, and I like it a lot. Oooh that’s what it’s like!! DavidsTeas’s vanilla oolong! Yes. This is quite similar but less of the tea flavor and more vanilla :D
I really like this matcha. It’s creamy and satisfying. It’s light and soft. It’s excellent. If you like vanilla, I highly recommend this matcha. It’s awesome!
I am back in Canada! And yesss, my matcha order was awaiting me in the mailbox when I got back. So, like a crazed mad person, I immediately opened it and tried to decide which one to have first. They were all tempting, but this is the one that I had to try first. It’s so highly rated on here, and I had given it as a Christmas gift, so I had to see how it is myself!
I got 30 g, basic grade, with robust flavoring. And woah, this is definitely robust! Upon opening the package, BAM, caramel goodness whooshed out. Mmmm like some serious caramel candy. It smelled heavenly!! I made this by whisking with hot water then just topping with hot water. This reminds me, I need to get a matcha whisk soon haha. I also got a hint of a butterscotch smell in there while whisking too :D Anyways, this is SOOO YUMMMYYY. Delicious caramel flavor, but there still is that matcha green tea taste beneath it to make it very satisfying. The two flavors complement each other quite nicely actually! This actually doesn’t need sugar either, but I might add a bit at the end of the cup just to see what it does to the flavor. I cannot WAIT to make this with hot milk, and to mix this with cheesecake or blueberry at some point! The richness will be even more intensified! This is stellar, and I’m very happy I chose it for my order! Loving the rich caramel aftertaste so much!
Oh, and today may be a wired, matcha tasting day, which I’m ok with, as I have a TON of homework to catch up on that I did not do while away skiing. Hehe, bring on the caffeine and yummy flavors!
My last day skiing :( today was awesome! Soo much powder, ugh I don’t want to go back tomo :( anyways, having this cozy tea to warm up and relax my muscles, so much cinnamon today! But the coconut is also there in the aftertaste. This is almost a sipdown, but I will definitely be restocking this one, such a tasty caffeine free chai! See previous notes :)