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88

This is delicious and hit the spot this morning. I’m so glad I bought it, however many years ago that was.

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88

Opened this one up this morning. Exploded it everywhere as usual while trying to pour it into the little container. My hand smelled like english toffee for a long time but since it’s a good smell, I didn’t bother to wash it off until I needed to.

Made as a hot sweetened latte and yum, this is good. It has survived the years well in my extra cold freezer and still tastes quite delicious. I am a fan.

Preparation
0 tsp

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81
drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by Matcha Outlet
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I enjoyed this a lot because it has lots of flavourful spices. It is a lot like the pumpkin chai from DT. This is also a sipdown.

I can taste a slightly floral, but pleasant green tea matcha base. Cinnamon, pepper, clove, and desserty graham cracker. Overall, not something I need to drink regularly but it is a very good once-in-a-while. Drink this as a latte, it brings out the creaminess and desserty aspects of the matcha.

Mastress Alita

I’m a bit sad Matcha Outlet (formerly Red Leaf Tea) no longer has all the crazy flavored matchas (this one included) that they once had. I’d always wanted to grab this one and the lavender one and am now sad I didn’t when I had the chance. They only have a few flavored matcha listed now and none of them are terribly unique.

Kirkoneill1988

i forget if i’ve tried this tea. sounds tasty

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80

Green March! This is the only matcha in my collection; I ordered it from Matcha Outlet, but from what I can tell, they used to be Red Leaf Tea. I don’t have any “proper” matcha gear yet (I finally ordered some today with my b-day funds!) so I’ve just been frothing it up in my milk frother (eh, it gets the job done in a pinch). I like it latte-style, so usually I froth the matcha up in a bit of water first, move it to a mug, and then froth up the milk and add it second.

The matcha is quite thick, rich, and very grassy in flavor! I find that it has some sweeter floral notes just beneath the grassy taste, and a very subtle fruitiness, with a bit of a vegetal astringency on the finish. When prepared as a latte, the almond milk removes that astringent bite on the finish, and brings out more of the sweetness in the cup, as well as adds a lovely creaminess, and since the grassy flavor is very rich and strong, it holds up well through the almond milk.

This was a beautiful, rich creamy green cup on a rainy St. Pattie’s Day!

(For the record, this matcha also makes a delicious pumpkin spice latte during the winter months, too!)

Full Review: https://teatimetuesdayreviews.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/tea42/

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Fruity, Grass, Sweet, Thick, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Lexie Aleah

I only have a whisk myself. Do you use an electric hand frother?

Mastress Alita

It’s an electric milk frother, but it’s stationary and has an option to heat the milk as it froths inside the canister (there is also an option to not heat as well, if you want to froth cold milk). When I use it for matcha, I typically heat the water to the temperature I want in my kettle (since the frother uses a certain temperature for milk) and just use the “cold froth” function just to mix up the matcha and water. Then I move the matcha to a mug, and then do a “warm froth” of the milk to heat and froth the milk at the same time. You can also remove the frothing coil attachment from it to just heat up milk to add to tea, or to mix up cocoas. I use it quite a bit!

This is the model: https://www.amazon.com/Epica-Automatic-Electric-Frother-Heater/dp/B00I8WFKR0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1521360019&sr=8-3&keywords=epica+frother

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70

Just had this for a morning pick-me-up and it seems to have done the trick. The chocolate flavour is pretty weak but the matcha itself is still okay so it’s drinkable. Maybe next time I will just add more of it.

AND, I just completely updated my steepster cupboard to be accurate. I feel so productive :p Except Second Breakfast by Whispering Pines isn’t on there yet because the page is having one of their mobile caching issues and won’t let me add it. Ah well, for later.

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70
drank Rooibos Matcha by Matcha Outlet
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Grainy, but definitely nicer than a lot of matchas I have had. No bitterness.

It tastes like a normal red rooibos: minerals, woody, honey/nectar, fruity, dry wood chips. It is much better made with milk, which makes it considerably smoother.

Flavors: Mineral, Rooibos, Wood

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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84
drank English Toffee Matcha by Matcha Outlet
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84
drank English Toffee Matcha by Matcha Outlet
2424 tasting notes

hmm my sample package just says “Toffee Matcha”, so I’m not sure if it is the same as English Toffee.

The base is bitter, but the brown sugar and caramel notes are really good. This is on of the few matchas where I can say I would buy it again.

Flavors: Bitter, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Cream, Nutty, Sweet, Toffee, Vanilla, Vegetal

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64
drank Bavarian Cream Matcha by Matcha Outlet
2424 tasting notes

Even though this is some-what creamy, I didn’t find it tasted like Baverian cream. I’m honestly quite dissapointed. I get a few custard notes, but they are fleeting and quickly overwhelmed by the base (typical green matcha flavour) and some generic vanilla notes.

Flavors: Bitter, Cream, Green, Vanilla, Vegetal

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100

My favorite green tea iteration when in Canada.

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drank Oishi Japanese Matcha by Matcha Outlet
1719 tasting notes

This has become the clear favorite from the three Japanese matcha I have been trying out. Initially I found them pretty close. More tasting is causing the divide between them to grow. I’ve mentioned before almost all my matcha is mixed cold with milk and a little sweetener. I don’t bother with anything above culinary grade because why, and I have used almost exclusively Chinese green tea powder rather than true matcha. Chinese powder is cheap and while not usually tasty straight it does stand up well to mixing. So, here the tea does manage to hold up well to milk while staying very smooth. This has a fresh leafy green taste and a healthy meaty seaweed umami note. It is slightly sweet on its own. I still add sweetener anyway because that’s how I roll. Though I don’t drink it straight regularly it does taste nice to me without bitterness.

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drank Oishi Japanese Matcha by Matcha Outlet
1719 tasting notes

I am writing one review for three offerings from Matcha Outlet (formerly Red Leaf Tea). All three are of Japanese origin. All three are culinary grade.

First a little background – I have sampled literally dozens of powder green teas. While I enjoy most tea types, I find I personally have never gotten the matcha bug. I just never crave a bowl of straight matcha. So I am possibly not the best source of guidance on the subject. I do drink a daily cold latte made with milk, sweetener, and culinary grade green tea powder. For the last couple years I have been using Deluxe Matcha which started as a highly floral powder from China. Lately it has become more earthy and far less floral. So, time to see if I want to keep it or find a replacement. On to the review -

All three samples are a deeper green than any Chinese tea I’ve sampled. They are pretty much identical in appearance. All three mix easily and foam well. One thing about the foam, it is a light foam. What I mean is that while the whole cup of tea foams, it is not dense compared to the Chinese tea I’ve been using. No explanation or understanding of why.
I’ve used all three to make multiple lattes and today I made individual cups of straight matcha to try and get a better feel for the differences. I think I have a bit more understanding now. Initial tasting shows very little variation between the three. Really they are very close.

Without knowing the price, my order of preference matched up with cost. That helped reassure my experience with each was at least on the right track. Again these are very close.

The Ryori is like the base model of the three. As a straight cup it has just a small amount of bitter, and is slightly sweet. It is vegetal, green, and seaweed in flavor.

The Haru is step up to my palette. It is more umami in taste. That makes it seem slightly drier. This is more what I expected.

The Oishi raises the bar just a bit higher by being a little more green tasting or possibly it is just a little sweeter while retaining the umami note.

All three are drinkable on there own. That kind of surprised me. Most culinary grade teas are not suitable for drinking straight. What I also notice is compared to Chinese powder, these can easily get lost in a latte. Or probably I just used to a more outspoken variety.

Is this going to be my replacement matcha? All three are as good as and better than most other culinary grade teas I’ve tried. All except the Deluxe Matcha from Matcha Outlet, which I still prefer even if the taste has changed with time. Until DM gets retired I’ll stick with it. If you prefer a more traditional and less floral flavor then any of these will be a good option.

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drank Haru Japanese Matcha by Matcha Outlet
1719 tasting notes

I am writing one review for three offerings from Matcha Outlet (formerly Red Leaf Tea). All three are of Japanese origin. All three are culinary grade.

First a little background – I have sampled literally dozens of powder green teas. While I enjoy most tea types, I find I personally have never gotten the matcha bug. I just never crave a bowl of straight matcha. So I am possibly not the best source of guidance on the subject. I do drink a daily cold latte made with milk, sweetener, and culinary grade green tea powder. For the last couple years I have been using Deluxe Matcha which started as a highly floral powder from China. Lately it has become more earthy and far less floral. So, time to see if I want to keep it or find a replacement. On to the review -

All three samples are a deeper green than any Chinese tea I’ve sampled. They are pretty much identical in appearance. All three mix easily and foam well. One thing about the foam, it is a light foam. What I mean is that while the whole cup of tea foams, it is not dense compared to the Chinese tea I’ve been using. No explanation or understanding of why.
I’ve used all three to make multiple lattes and today I made individual cups of straight matcha to try and get a better feel for the differences. I think I have a bit more understanding now. Initial tasting shows very little variation between the three. Really they are very close.

Without knowing the price, my order of preference matched up with cost. That helped reassure my experience with each was at least on the right track. Again these are very close.

The Ryori is like the base model of the three. As a straight cup it has just a small amount of bitter, and is slightly sweet. It is vegetal, green, and seaweed in flavor.

The Haru is step up to my palette. It is more umami in taste. That makes it seem slightly drier. This is more what I expected.

The Oishi raises the bar just a bit higher by being a little more green tasting or possibly it is just a little sweeter while retaining the umami note.

All three are drinkable on there own. That kind of surprised me. Most culinary grade teas are not suitable for drinking straight. What I also notice is compared to Chinese powder, these can easily get lost in a latte. Or probably I just used to a more outspoken variety.

Is this going to be my replacement matcha? All three are as good as and better than most other culinary grade teas I’ve tried. All except the Deluxe Matcha from Matcha Outlet, which I still prefer even if the taste has changed with time. Until DM gets retired I’ll stick with it. If you prefer a more traditional and less floral flavor then any of these will be a good option.

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drank Japanese Matcha Ryori by Matcha Outlet
1719 tasting notes

I am writing one review for three offerings from Matcha Outlet (formerly Red Leaf Tea). All three are of Japanese origin. All three are culinary grade.

First a little background – I have sampled literally dozens of powder green teas. While I enjoy most tea types, I find I personally have never gotten the matcha bug. I just never crave a bowl of straight matcha. So I am possibly not the best source of guidance on the subject. I do drink a daily cold latte made with milk, sweetener, and culinary grade green tea powder. For the last couple years I have been using Deluxe Matcha which started as a highly floral powder from China. Lately it has become more earthy and far less floral. So, time to see if I want to keep it or find a replacement. On to the review -

All three samples are a deeper green than any Chinese tea I’ve sampled. They are pretty much identical in appearance. All three mix easily and foam well. One thing about the foam, it is a light foam. What I mean is that while the whole cup of tea foams, it is not dense compared to the Chinese tea I’ve been using. No explanation or understanding of why.
I’ve used all three to make multiple lattes and today I made individual cups of straight matcha to try and get a better feel for the differences. I think I have a bit more understanding now. Initial tasting shows very little variation between the three. Really they are very close.

Without knowing the price, my order of preference matched up with cost. That helped reassure my experience with each was at least on the right track. Again these are very close.

The Ryori is like the base model of the three. As a straight cup it has just a small amount of bitter, and is slightly sweet. It is vegetal, green, and seaweed in flavor.

The Haru is step up to my palette. It is more umami in taste. That makes it seem slightly drier. This is more what I expected.

The Oishi raises the bar just a bit higher by being a little more green tasting or possibly it is just a little sweeter while retaining the umami note.

All three are drinkable on there own. That kind of surprised me. Most culinary grade teas are not suitable for drinking straight. What I also notice is compared to Chinese powder, these can easily get lost in a latte. Or probably I just used to a more outspoken variety.

Is this going to be my replacement matcha? All three are as good as and better than most other culinary grade teas I’ve tried. All except the Deluxe Matcha from Matcha Outlet, which I still prefer even if the taste has changed with time. Until DM gets retired I’ll stick with it. If you prefer a more traditional and less floral flavor then any of these will be a good option.

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78

As a Barista, its my go to on a shift. Sugar is already mixed with the powder, so you can’t have a just straight matcha, which is disappointing, but it can’t be beaten on the go.

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100

I really enjoyed this, what I would recommend for taste is skim milk or almond milk! Tastes heavenly. Would 10/10 recommend this tea.

Flavors: Almond, Honey, Sugarcane

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69

fine. but did not get any of the Bavarian cream

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88
drank Caramel Matcha by Matcha Outlet
751 tasting notes

I tried to update the Caramel Matcha from Red Leaf Tea to Matcha Outlet but it wouldn’t let me because this tea page exists… So for anyone that doesn’t know Redleaf Tea is now Matcha Outlet they made the change awhile ago. This is really awesome matcha. Nice sweet caramelly goodness.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
Iced 16 OZ / 473 ML
ashmanra

One of their best flavored matcha, IMO.

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85

Singing and playing 5 services plus rehearsals this weekend, so I backed off the normal coffee and several pots of tea thing. Hydrating with some home-blended tisane based in roobios, with some ginger and lemon. (It’s pretty good, by the way!)

But I still like a little boost in the cup, so when a trusted friend suggested matcha, and then pointed me toward a sale at Matcha Outlet (formerly Red Leaf Tea), I bought my first ever matcha.

Preparing in the total non-Japanese way using a cup and battery-operated frother, I seasoned the cup at 165° then sifted about a gram into the warmed cup and added about 2 oz 165° water. After “whisking” it into a thick green paste I added the remaining water before drinking.

The resulting cup has an aroma similar to fresh cut grass and is lightly sweet to the taste. A very pleasant drink and I did notice a caffeine-like effect. Though it wasn’t the jolt I get when starting the day with a black tea or coffee, it was mild and pleasantly stimulating..

Flavors: Grass, Honey, Spinach

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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84

So this is not my favourite, I actually got it for Mom but she like me preferred the Madagascar Vanilla instead. So I got stuck with this one. This one is sweeter I think. It has more in common with DT Vanilla Matcha minus the sugar of course.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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84

While this is not my favourite vanilla matcha from Matcha Outlet (formerly Red Leaf Tea) it is however a pleasant drink to help you wake up in the morning. Of course anything vanilla is fine with me. I admit that I woke up ages before my alarm only to yawn this morning. It rained last night so I’m not cycling into work today. I feel so lazy taking a car but I know if I don’t I will just get splashed with dirty water the second some car comes speeding by. Ah well at least I have my yummy matcha.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

GCTTB

I had pulled this one from the GCTTB because I had purchased a DT’s matcha shaker and had wanted to give it a whirl. It’s been months now that the matcha shaker has sat unused and unopened. Until this moment. The shaker works really really well, btw, and it is totally a simple thing, so I would recommend it to anyone who was looking for such.

This matcha, as others have noted, is lovely. It has a sweet buttery caramel flavour and a bitter note. I may have added a touch more leaf than necessary which has contributed an unwelcome artificial flavour. Also, I am drinking this straight up. I am sure that milk or cream would be a welcome addition and would smooth out the bitterness.

Thank you, VariaTEA, for adding this to the box.

Flavors: Bitter, Butter, Caramel, Green

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
VariaTEA

YAY!!! I am glad you liked it. It is a bit old but I tried it just before I put it in the TTB to make sure it was still good.

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