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I was really waiting for this one in the mail. I could hardly wait to tear open the package and take a waft! My anticipation was met with perfection in a cup. The delicate spice level of a well made pumpkin pie matched with Matcha and I am in heaven.
When I first made this, the cloves seemed to be at the forefront. But, today vanilla creaminess followed by cinnamon woke up my senses. I always make my matcha with half water and half milk. I am going to go through this one fast, as it so good you just slurp it all down in no time I got the delicate level of flavoring with the basic matcha base and I am so happy that I caved in last weekend and picked this one up at a discounted rate. But, it is worth every penny on sale or not. YES, it is that good. Pie in a cup plus the health benefits of a matcha, that is a win-win in my book. Good job Red leaf Tea! Now that you have read to the end of this review, head on over to Red Tea Leaf website and pick up your own pouch of Pumpkin Pie Matcha: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/pumpkin-pie-matcha.html
Enjoy fall with this fantastic pumpkin flavored matcha.
The smell from the envelope is intoxicating Cinnamon, ginger, cloves and other chai spices are perfectly blended in the most amazing ratio. I can’t get enough of this matcha. I just got my order and already I am planning what my next BIG order will be and for sure a BIG pouch of Chai Matcha will be in my shopping cart! But, don’t just take my word for how delicious this one is, head on over to Red Leaf Tea and pick up your own pouch. One piece of advice, the delicate flavoring is perfection and just go ahead and buy the large pouch…30g will not be enough: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/chai-matcha.html
As I sat at a high school football game last night, all I could think about was how delicious this matcha was…you see I had a quick cup before going to the game. And the minute I got home, I was preparing yet another cup. And then again this morning, I just had to have that Chai Matcha. It is the spices that have me on a binge. The ratio is spot on and I just ordered the delicate flavor level. Plenty of spice for me and did I mention the cinnamon, yes it has the most amazing cinnamon flavoring I have ever tasted in a tea. This one earns a permanent place in my tea cupboard that is quickly being taken over by some pretty decadent matchas from the Red Leaf Tea company.
The richness of a caramel sauce (in a tea) without the guilt!
“Caramel Sauce is made by cooking sugar long enough to make it brown and then adding fresh cream.” This definition fits this blend to a tea…creamy, velvety and very delicious. I just made a cup and already I can see the bottom of my cup. I got the delicate flavoring and it is very tasty. I stored it in a tin in my refrigerator. I have noticed for a couple of days now that my frig smells very good. As I reached for this tin tonight, I realized it is this matcha Obviously, I need a better tin to wrangle all the decadent smells of this matcha to the four walls of a tea tin! I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of the products from the Red Leaf Tea company. Their matcha blends are affordable and very delicious, here is the link to this caramel matcha: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/caramel-matcha.html
Head on over there and pick up your own 30g of Caramel matcha. Keep in mind that you may want to invest in one of those tea tins that Red Leaf offers to house this treasure of a matcha blend.
This tea was gifted to me by my daughter. She was unsure if I would even drink a “green” drink. She left this with me with the instructions of how to mix with hot water and top off with milk. I felt assured that I could manage these directions. My first attempt at whipping up this matcha left me wondering, “What part of her instructions did I forget?” The taste was not as creamy as I remembered. As I was finishing off the last of my cup, I remembered that I had failed to add the half packet of raw sugar. Ah, the missing ingredient needed to really bring out the full raspberry freshness. I shared my mishap with her and she could not believe that I had actually drunk it without any sweetener added! I have pondered over her comment many times since that day. I drank it, I liked it. The quality of the matchas from Red Leaf Teas is top notch. This Raspberry Truffle matcha reminds me of a summer day picking ripe berries from the vine. Read more about this matcha here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/raspberry-truffle-matcha.html
The chocolate and matcha provide a rich backdrop to the ripe raspberries. I have been drinking tea for four years now. My tea drinking routine has greatly changed since I discovered Red Leaf Tea matchas. I went from drinking primarily black Ceylon teas to an almost exclusive daily matcha habit. Thank you Red Leaf Teas for opening the matcha door!
Once upon a time ago, I was away at a conference. I found myself in the elevator talking away to total strangers. I was the only person talking in the elevator. When it was apparent that no one was going to talk to me, I said, “oh well, just call me a nut.” Then I heard this lone voice say, “ Hello Hazel” as he exited the elevator. I died laughing and ever since that day Hazelnut has long been a favorite flavoring. I was thrilled to find it available in a matcha, I could hardly wait to get my order. Upon getting my order, I poured the bright green matcha powder into a tin. The smell from this endeavor almost took my breath away. This is one strong flavored matcha! Hazelnut is typically nutty and aromatic. This particular blend is extremely roasty. Perhaps a coffee drinker could more appreciate the roast on this blend.
To say the least, I was disappointed. I could certainly drink the tea and I did, but it was not as tasty as I had hoped. It was a bit too roasty for my taste and left an aftertaste in my mouth.
I contemplated this tea all week long. Every Matcha I have sampled from Red Leaf have been superb. I just could not stand to turn my back on this one. I searched recipe after recipe and finially decided upon making scones.
Today, I made a Hazelnut matcha scone from this tea from Red Leaf tea: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/hazelnut-matcha.html
My disappointment turned into elation! This strong flavored matcha is the perfect addition to a basic scone recipe. The scone is flaky, slightly sweet and is this beautiful pale green hue. I am drinking a Ceylon black tea with my Hazelnut Matcha scone and let me tell you I am in heaven. This is just what I was looking for, who knew that Matcha would be a great addition to baked recipes. Now, I can get all the health benefits of Matcha when I enjoy my black teas and not blow my diet on a cookie filled with fat. This is definitely a Win, Win for me in a tea ordering situation that I viewed as bleak. I am so thrilled that I took a chance and added that 1 tablespoon of matcha into my scone recipe. You read that right! Only 1 tablespoon was needed to bring out the nuttiness of the hazelnut and the smoothness of the matcha. Both are greatly enhanced in this flaky scone.
Let me start off by saying that I don’t like anything Green, until now! This matcha has captured my attention in an everyday sort of way. I don’t own a tea bowl, tea sifter or a bamboo spoon, but I can still enjoy this tea everyday.
When you first get your package, it is flat. Try to remember it is a powder chock full of antioxidants. I read the brochure that came with my order and then I got down to the business of adding this tea to my cupboard.
The first thing I did was to pour my matcha into a tea tin. I did not know (until I read that informative brochure) that I needed to store the tea in the refrigerator or freezer, so I figured the best way to protect it was to get it secured in a tea tin. I took a whiff and then admired the vibrant green color. The smell is intoxicating with toffee goodness. I quickly measured out ½ tsp of matcha into my coffee mug, ½ packet of raw sugar and 2 ounces of hot water. I used my mini wire whisk to create a nice foam, then I topped it all off with 2% milk.
Today, I had this tea without the added sugar. I liked it, but adding a wee bit of sugar really brings out the toffee flavor in this blend.
I have sampled a lot of different teas. Some I liked, some I hated. This English Toffee matcha by Red Leaf Tea is expertly blended to provide the tea drinker a unique experience. Here is the link on this matcha so you can read more about it on the official website: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/english-toffee-matcha.html
English Toffee Matcha is rich in flavor. It is not bitter or grassy. Remember I stated I have tried a lot of different teas, black and green. And the green teas have not been on the reorder list, but the tides turned when I discovered matcha from the Red Leaf Tea Company. I have been a tea drinker for the last four years. During this time, I have been looking for and longing for a tea that is creamy, milky and full of flavor. I tried a Milk Oolong, thinking it would fit the bill. But no, it did not. Let me tell you that my socks have been blown off by this blend and with the stellar customer service (I got my tea order in two days and I received a USPS tracking number by email) Red Leaf Tea provides, it only encourages me to keep drinking their teas. I have finally found my all time favorite tea and who knew that the answer to my tea dilemma would be green.
Thanks to mrawlins2 for this beauty. The creaminess is addictive. The bergamot is perfectly balanced. I added some rock crystals in the brew basket and a splash of milk. I thought I had found the earl grey that Jean Luke Picard enjoyed, but honestly this is probably the one on the captain’s shopping list, it is so enjoyable because it is NOT perfumy in any way and there is absolutely no bad after taste. If you are still looking for a drinkable earl grey, give this one a try.
I really enjoyed this tea last night and after reading the description of the tea this morning I can see why! The base is a Ceylon, which I love:) The apricot balance in the tea is spot on. I did not reinfuse the leaves as it was pretty light to begin with, but overall a good cup of tea for the afternoon or after dinner.
The dry leaves smell of Assam, which worried me a bit. But after brewing that robustness was toned down by the Ceylon to create a mild morning cup of tea. Brisk enough for that first cup of tea, but not so over the top with astringency. The first cup I added a wee bit of milk, the second one plain. Lemon might be better than milk.