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I was so happy to find my envelope from Red Leaf Tea in my mailbox yesterday afternoon. I was hoping it would come before the long weekend, and alas, it did! I was impressed at how quickly my tea shipped to Canada.

Oh boy. I’ve been wanting to try a flavoured matcha for so long, and now I’m left wondering why I waited so long! This is truly delicious, easier to prepare than I expected, and gives me a lovely natural energy boost to boot.

When I was placing my order, I was delighted to find all of the customization options. It’s really a nice touch and allows you to have your matcha exactly the way you like it. I opted for the starter grade matcha with distinctive flavouring. I was hoping to have a nice punch of caramel flavour, but I didn’t want it to cover up the sweet, grassy loveliness of the matcha itself, and that’s exactly what I got!

I love that Red Leaf’s flavourings are all natural. And the caramel is so very true to its name! A rich, buttery, dark caramel scent and taste. It really does satisfy sweet cravings in a healthy way, as advertised. It reminds me of the scents in the kitchen when I make my grandma’s special brown sugar fudge recipe. Sweet caramelized sugar with cream and a touch of butter. I am picky when it comes to caramel flavoured things but this one hits the mark!

I am quite new to matcha, and I can’t wait to experiment with making all sorts of different drinks and incorporating it into baking. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to make a decent bowl of it myself, but it is actually pretty simple to prepare. I started with a large, wide-mouthed mug, a tea strainer, and a mid-size springy whisk. Even with these less than ideal tools, I was able to make a really nice bowl of matcha! I’m thinking of investing in a bamboo whisk to make the process go a little smoother. I might just add one to my next matcha order. Can’t wait to try the cheesecake matcha! And the cotton candy, and the french vanilla, bavarian cream, boysenberry, pear, coconut..so many possibilities! But back to my preparation. I simply sifted a generous teaspoon of matcha over my mug with my tea strainer. Then I added a small amount of very hot (but not boiling) water and whisked vigorously. After it was fully dissolved and some bubbles had formed, I topped it up with more hot water. Simple as that! It’s a bit fussier than preparing a regular cup of tea, but it is SO worth it.

I tasted it plain before adding any additions. I generally like a bit of milk and sugar in my tea, and this one is no exception. But I thought I’d try it in its natural state first to get a sense of the true flavour. It was a bit too much for me straight up, probably because I’m not used to the strong flavour of matcha. It had a slight natural sweetness, which was lovely, with a smooth green tea taste. I got a nice hit of caramel at the end of the sip. I’m sure if you love drinking teas straight, you’d enjoy it this way. Adding milk and sugar really brought the caramel taste to life, completing the sweet creamy texture.

I’ve only had this matcha for a day, but I already find myself craving it. I had a cup last night in the evening, and then another cup when I woke up this morning. I was feeling a bit sluggish this afternoon so I made a bowl of matcha, and it really gave me some pep and made me smile! I can see matcha becoming a part of my daily tea lineup very quickly.

If you want to get your hands on some of this goodness, head over to Red Leaf Tea and get yourself some Caramel Matcha. It is pretty magical stuff!

http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/caramel-matcha.html

softrevolution

Darn, I can’t get my link to be clickable! A hyperlink, is that what the kids these days are calling it? Haha I will forever be an internet newb. I tried using the html code and no dice. Help please :D

DaisyChubb

try just the http://www.redleafblahurlhere.com – as long as it has a space on either side it should work!

DaisyChubb

^ oops it made a real URL! lol – but there, a good example :D

softrevolution

Ohmagerd I unnecessarily complicated things hahaha. With my brackets and fancy href things and such and all I needed to do was put spaces next to it. Sigh. Thanks daisy!!

Daniel Scott

Yeah, this website doesn’t seem to allow you to make, for example, a link that say, “click here,” you’re just stuck putting the whole nasty URL in your post. I hate that, it looks messy to me.

More and more pleased I just ordered from this company! How long did it take to arrive? Mine shipped today when I ordered it (fast turnaround!) but right before the weekend, so…I’m thinking not next week but the week after it should get here.

softrevolution

Let’s see..it took 9 days all together from the day I ordered it to the day I got it. Not too bad, it felt so long though! Hope yours gets to you quickly :)

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softrevolution

Darn, I can’t get my link to be clickable! A hyperlink, is that what the kids these days are calling it? Haha I will forever be an internet newb. I tried using the html code and no dice. Help please :D

DaisyChubb

try just the http://www.redleafblahurlhere.com – as long as it has a space on either side it should work!

DaisyChubb

^ oops it made a real URL! lol – but there, a good example :D

softrevolution

Ohmagerd I unnecessarily complicated things hahaha. With my brackets and fancy href things and such and all I needed to do was put spaces next to it. Sigh. Thanks daisy!!

Daniel Scott

Yeah, this website doesn’t seem to allow you to make, for example, a link that say, “click here,” you’re just stuck putting the whole nasty URL in your post. I hate that, it looks messy to me.

More and more pleased I just ordered from this company! How long did it take to arrive? Mine shipped today when I ordered it (fast turnaround!) but right before the weekend, so…I’m thinking not next week but the week after it should get here.

softrevolution

Let’s see..it took 9 days all together from the day I ordered it to the day I got it. Not too bad, it felt so long though! Hope yours gets to you quickly :)

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Queer femme looking for love in the form of tea. Currently on a (seemingly never-ending) quest to convince my girlfriend of the magic of loose leaf.

Let’s see..I’m a 23 year old seemingly perma-student, having finished at university and moved on to college. I love reading. I love tea. I love reading while drinking tea. It really doesn’t take much to keep me happy.

Black tea is my all time favourite, preferably hot with milk and sugar. I like flavoured blacks the best, and my taste is embarrassingly unrefined. If it has some outlandish candy or dessert or fruity sounding name, I’m all over it. Especially things like coconut, caramel, chocolate (the usual suspects), bubblegum, cotton candy, and the list goes on. If it’s supposed to taste like something it’s not, odds are I’m going to love it. I also love a good earl grey, floral teas, and anything with currants. Love me some currants!

When it comes to iced teas I love fruity herbal blends and matés, for the most part. They are my hydration option of choice in the summer and I always have at least a glass ready for me in the fridge, if not a pitcher.

I am a self-proclaimed David’sTea fangirl, so please excuse the fact that most of my logs tend to be a little biased in their favour. I just can’t help myself, I must try all-the-tea from David’s!

I’m starting to get interested in matcha, and though I’ve loved the cups I’ve had prepared for me by others, I’ve never tried making it myself. I’m going to have to break down and order some soon, if only just to try.

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