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Guys! Guys. This is a really good combination. You know how rooibos is kind of sweet, and kind of mild, and earthy, and almost spicy at times. And how pumpkin is also sweet, and mild and earthy, and then pumpkin pie has spices? You see where I’m going with this. There is some serious synergy in how the rooibos and the pumpkin pie flavor go together here, and the color is GORGEOUS and the whole thing is CAFFEINE-FREE so I get a pumpkin pie roobois latte for my bedtime snack.

The backstory is that I’d been over caffeinating a bit with Red Leaf’s matcha promotion so I decided to try the red matcha, which is powdered rooibos and thus caffeine free. It is very light and powdery,almost chalky in texture, and the color is a pastel version of normal rusty rooibos color. I’d say it has an even finer texture than the green matcha, and it mixes in really easily in comparison – a bit less tendency to clump.
This is ok plain, but it really shines latte-style with a bit of milk and sweetener (I like brown sugar or maples syrup); rooibos is slightly sweet on its own, definitely not bitter, but a little sweetener enhances the pumpkin pie flavor – less like just spices, and more like PIE! This is definitely one of my favorites so far!

You can buy this at http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/pumpkin-pie-matcha.html

Janefan

This sounds awesome! great tasting note

teabird

Thanks! I was kind of dubious about the “red matcha” so it was a pleasant surprise to like it so much :)

Alphakitty

For some reason the beginning of your post reminded me of this: http://imgur.com/gallery/EFbvm

I bet the pumpkin pie would be the perfect combo with this one! I might order it with the black base too, I think it’s my favorite flavor from them.

teabird

Hee, it may very well be a meme of some sort – those things get into your brain. And I’ve been wanting to try the black base! I think I got some with my next order.

Alphakitty

The black base is really good with chocolatey flavors like tiramisu, cookies & cream, mocha, etc. They really compliment each other well, though I don’t know how good it would be with fruity flavors.

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Janefan

This sounds awesome! great tasting note

teabird

Thanks! I was kind of dubious about the “red matcha” so it was a pleasant surprise to like it so much :)

Alphakitty

For some reason the beginning of your post reminded me of this: http://imgur.com/gallery/EFbvm

I bet the pumpkin pie would be the perfect combo with this one! I might order it with the black base too, I think it’s my favorite flavor from them.

teabird

Hee, it may very well be a meme of some sort – those things get into your brain. And I’ve been wanting to try the black base! I think I got some with my next order.

Alphakitty

The black base is really good with chocolatey flavors like tiramisu, cookies & cream, mocha, etc. They really compliment each other well, though I don’t know how good it would be with fruity flavors.

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Some notes on ratings:

I’d have separate rating scales for tea types if that were possible (probably Black, Flavored Black, Darjeeling/Dark Oolong, White/Green/Light Oolong, and Herbal) because the flavors and quality markers are just too different. A flavored black rated 100 isn’t better than every oolong I’ve ever drunk, just delicious for a flavored black.

Ratings are a combination of my enjoyment and the perceived quality – I do often demote teas a few points for artificial flavorings, small quantity of steeps supported, or weakness of flavor (requiring extra leaf).

I pay less attention to the number than the order of my ratings; I don’t necessarily keep a stock of everything rated 80+, but if two breakfast blends are rated 82 and 84 I consistently enjoy the 84 more.

And in case it’s not obvious? I am not an expert. I don’t even know what I like until I taste it sometimes, but I’m ok with that :) I like learning to like new teas, as well as enjoying the comfort of familiar ones.

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