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I really, really appreciate the free monthly samples that Red Leaf Tea is offering. It’s giving me a chance to try things I might have otherwise put off or ignored completely.

Hmmm, this was delicious but it tasted very similar to the caramel matcha. It was creamier and maybe even a little sweeter, but a bit less buttery. It definitely had that burnt sugar caramel/toffee note going on, though. I didn’t really pick up any chocolate like others are mentioning, but with the sweetened vanilla almond milk I tried with it, I definitely got a delicious nutty toffee flavor.

While I really enjoyed this one, I think the caramel inches it out as the better dessert matcha for me (And the acai one is still my favorite overall).

Stephanie

I’ve been really loving the samples too! I always want to taste the flavors before I purchase them :)

boychik

so, if you want to get 3+1 free deal what would you pick? ;)

Stephanie

Me or moraiwe? I would definitely get Coconut- it is in my opinion the best matcha flavor of all! I’d probably also get the French Butter Cookie because I’ve been hearing how amazing it is, the Almond because it is very highly rated and I love nutty things, and maybe Cheesecake for the last one because it seems to go really well in fruit smoothies. What about you guys? :)

boychik

I only tried Cheesecake sample and i love it :)

moraiwe

Right now? I’m totally stocked on Caramel, so I’d probably hold off on that, but I’d replace Cheesecake with it normally.

So, I’d go Acai because it’s amazing, Cheesecake because Fiance likes it and I like it in smoothies, Coconut because I keep hearing everyone rave about it, and probably Tiramisu because it’s my favorite dessert ever and I really want to try it.

The Eggnog one is surprisingly good too, but I think I’d burn out of it fast when not over the holidays.

boychik

Coconut mmmm… i love it. everywhere. i’m so glad Chobani started making coconut yogurt. i need to visit RLT website;)

Cheri

Cheesecake is on sale on their site right now. I’m debating placing another order because I enjoyed the sample, but I’d like to up the flavor to a stronger level. And then I could get the English Toffee sample…

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Stephanie

I’ve been really loving the samples too! I always want to taste the flavors before I purchase them :)

boychik

so, if you want to get 3+1 free deal what would you pick? ;)

Stephanie

Me or moraiwe? I would definitely get Coconut- it is in my opinion the best matcha flavor of all! I’d probably also get the French Butter Cookie because I’ve been hearing how amazing it is, the Almond because it is very highly rated and I love nutty things, and maybe Cheesecake for the last one because it seems to go really well in fruit smoothies. What about you guys? :)

boychik

I only tried Cheesecake sample and i love it :)

moraiwe

Right now? I’m totally stocked on Caramel, so I’d probably hold off on that, but I’d replace Cheesecake with it normally.

So, I’d go Acai because it’s amazing, Cheesecake because Fiance likes it and I like it in smoothies, Coconut because I keep hearing everyone rave about it, and probably Tiramisu because it’s my favorite dessert ever and I really want to try it.

The Eggnog one is surprisingly good too, but I think I’d burn out of it fast when not over the holidays.

boychik

Coconut mmmm… i love it. everywhere. i’m so glad Chobani started making coconut yogurt. i need to visit RLT website;)

Cheri

Cheesecake is on sale on their site right now. I’m debating placing another order because I enjoyed the sample, but I’d like to up the flavor to a stronger level. And then I could get the English Toffee sample…

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Name: Lauren
Location: Wisconsin (previously a Chicago girl)
Occupation: Student by day and super hero by night
Super Hero? Yep!
Which One? I can’t tell you that! Secret identities and such. Just know I’m not the hero they want, but the hero they need.
Sidekicks: Fiance and two budgies, Skitter and Gandalf

Hobbies:

Reading, writing, cooking, video games, computers, drawing, crafting, papercraft. Oh and tea.

A brief history:

I grew up in a family where the only working coffee maker was in my dad’s office. So the name of the game for my mother and I quickly became (bagged) tea. In 2004/2005, I discovered Adagio Teas. I don’t remember how it happened, or why I decided to pursue a purchase but here we are. I haven’t looked back.

My tea tastes have changed over time and I’ve moved from liking solely flavored teas (mostly black and white) to enjoying Darjeelings primarily, though malty unflavored blacks, fresh tasting greens, and lightly oxidized oolongs come in pretty high on my list, too. Of course, I still enjoy a good cup of flavored tea. I prefer caffeinated teas, as I have a horrible caffeine addiction that I don’t plan on kicking any time soon.

Red rooibos and lapsang souchong (or other strongly smoky teas) are my arch nemeses and I will see them defeated and removed by force from my cupboard. Like all thing, there are exceptions, but I assume they’re guilty until proven innocent.

I really don’t like negatively rating things, because I feel like if you don’t have something nice to say, you probably shouldn’t say it. But in the interest of non-biased tea reviews I’m going to give it a shot. I view every tea as a potential adventure so I’ll try most things at least once.

I love trading and swaps are always welcome! Please note, though, what it in my cupboard includes amounts ranging from a couple cups to 4 ounces or more, so please PM me to find out if what you’re seeking is available in that trade amount.

According to my spreadsheet, I also have about 100 other 1-4 cup samples that are not in my cupboard.. Feel free to message if you’re interested in see the spreadsheet for possible swap options as well.

Tea Ratings:

100-95 Nectar of the teagods that has been bestowed upon my unworthy tongue. I will never let this tin run empty.

86-94 These are the teas I would like to keep regularly stocked, but sometimes life gets in the way. Lovely teas, but not quite god tier. I still get cravings for these.

74-85 Good teas, but not amazing. I enjoy these, but may or may not restock once they run out. I would still recommend these to others.

60-73 Not bad. I’ll gladly keep drinking my cup, and wouldn’t say no if someone offered me this tea. I probably won’t rebuy these as there is likely something else that is comparable and better.

47-59 Certainly drinkable and might even have some characteristics that I enjoy, but I won’t pick it up again

30-46 I’ll probably finish my cup, but this tea isn’t to my taste OR it’s just overwhemingly mediocre. Life’s too short for bad tea.

11-29 This cup is in the sink now and I will never willingly consume this again. If you see a tea rated this way, I probably followed it with mouthwash.

0-10 Please say a prayer for the cup I destroyed in the process of disposing of this tea in the quickest manner possible. I may need tea therapy before I drink a similar tea again.

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