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I don’t think this is where I posted my original sample note (can’t find it but then Steepster eats my notes often. I hope they’re tasty).
So I have a ton of this left over, and had promised my friends a tea mocktail. It was easy enough to do! Matcha, OJ, and some fizzy water. Perrier, but I used no-name last time, at home, and it was fine.
I was worried that they would all hate it. But to my surprise, everyone asked for more!
My friend’s boyfriend is Japanese, and knows matcha well enough to offer a true critique… I was most concerned about his opinion haha.
In the end, he delivered kindof a compliment. Apparently the tea was how you would expect OJ and Matcha to taste, only far better. Hey, I’ll take that as a win :D
This was a brunch event, so a few people added prosecco, and they said it was pretty good. I added some bluberry wine and that was a great pairing as well, though the berryness dominated the blend somewhat.
Ahhhh. Tea shared makes for a happy day!!
Also? I now have a giant tea thermos courtesy of the gift steal. Oh and my gift caused the recipient to literally squeal, which made me pretty gleeful heheeee (a micro drone. $25 at walmart!!)
This is one of the best (most accurant and pleasant) flavours from Red Leaf/Matcha Outet.
The coconut is pretty delicious and creamy, lightly floral (perfume) notes, fruity (mango, tropical fruit) flavours, and fragrant fresh coconut. No gross soapy coconut flavours like many other coconut teas (cough DAVIDSTEA cough). I really like this matcha and might purchase more on my next order. The creaminess is only intensified by making this with soy milk…double creamy!
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Fruity, Perfume, Smooth, Tropical
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
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
Tried this one cold, whisked into milk. I’d like to say it worked…but it didn’t really. It’s like someone accidentally tipped some cola into a matcha latte, and green tea isn’t a great match for that particular flavour really speaking.
I generally like cola flavoured things, so when I bought this I figured it’d be a hit with me. Sadly, not so much.
I’ve not yet become a fan of cold matcha, but there aren’t many ways I can conceive of drinking this particular matcha. I think, ultimately, I’m going to end up trying it hot (as a latte), but I figured I’d give cold another shot.
The recipe I used for this one is called “Matcha Fresh” (from T2’s website), and uses 1 tsp of matcha in 150ml 80 degree water, topped up with ice and soda water. It’s more palatable than some of the cold matcha I’ve prepared, although it’s still far more vegetal and grassy than I’m used to tasting. I could use less powder, but I fear that then the cola flavour would be lost – it’s not all that prominent currently as it is.
I’m not sure that cola matcha in a hot latte is going to work, but given that that’s really how I prefer my matcha, I think an attempt is in my future. Cold matcha, for some reason, makes me feel nauseous and lightheaded. I know it’s odd, and I don’t claim to understand it.
The cola flavour here is pretty good, reminiscent of the off-brand supermarket stuff. The soda water is a nice addition – the carbonation makes it that bit more realistic as a cola imitation, and of course it’s much healthier.
Great matcha; still not sold on drinking it cold.
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Flavors: Bitter, Caramel, Earth, Grass, Vegetal
Another sipdown , and a really tasty one at that. The caramel is slightly sweet, very creamy and buttery. I always make my matcha in frothed milk and this flavour goes well with the milk. The matcha itself is not bitter or overly vegetal, so it is very decadent. I would buy this flavour again over the others I have tried if I wanted to purchase more matcha.
Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Creamy, Green, Sweet
Tried this one as a latte first thing this morning, and it was as good as I’d hoped based on yesterday’s shot. Smooth, creamy, slightly nutty deliciousness. I’d like to get back to some kind of matcha routine, if I can, because it does make me feel more awake over time.
Unfortunately, once my sample of this one is gone, then it’s gone from my cupboard for good. Last time I looked, Matcha Outlet’s shipping prices to the UK had skyrocketed. Fortunately, Bluebird and Teapigs are beginning to come out with their own flavoured matcha, although I doubt they’re in quite the same league as these. Guess I’ll find out!
Made this one up as a matcha shot, with ¼ tsp whisked into whole milk. It was absolutely delicious, and I wish I’d made more! Usually, nut flavours on their own are not my favourite, but this was so creamy it was impossible not to enjoy. It tasted like liquid nougat, or something along those lines.
I should probably point out here that actual almonds are something I quite like, because they have a nutty creaminess all their own, a bit like this matcha. Almond things I don’t enjoy, except in the smallest quantities, are marzipan and amaretto. After more than a mouthful, I find there’s something artificially strong about them, even though I know that’s not actually the case. This matcha is much, much more mellow than either of those, more akin to actual almonds. It’s a strange distinction to make, perhaps, but one I find useful when it comes to almond-based things.
I’m sure this one’s going to work well as a latte, too. Can’t wait to try that!
This obviously isn’t the matcha for me. It tastes too much like strawberry protein powder. The fruit flavour tastes really artificial compared to blueberry acai juice and other acai flavoured teas. I know they do not use artificial flavourings, but it leaves a weird aftertaste. I think I’ll avoid fruity matchas in the future…except peach matcha of course (current favourite).
In an effort to maintain my current inspiration, I’m going to take a lead from the truly amazing Roswell Strange and attempt 365 days of tea. That should see me through my current cupboard (92, some of them older than I’d like to admit…), and into a whole, joyful world of brand new tea. What’s not to love?
Starting straightaway, as I obviously mean to go on, this is today’s tea. I haven’t had a matcha latte in fucking forever, so it felt good to finally do something other than dump a tea bag in a cup. I used 1/4 tsp of leaf, whisked into about an inch of boiling water, topped up with milk.
To taste, it’s maybe just a little on the artificial side, although mostly it reminds me of the jam you might find in a cherry bakewell. That, and cherry tunes, and maybe carmex. Let’s face it, there’s absolutely nothing natural about this cherry. Having said that, though, I do like it. It’s deliciously creamy as a latte (of course), and it’s got a candy-like vibe going on that suits my mood this evening. There is maybe a touch more grass to the overall flavour than I’d like, but it’s not too obtrusive.
Now I’m thinking of cherry bakewell, and as I also have a sample of Red Leaf’s Almond Matcha too, that’s something that could really happen…
Watch this space :)
So, I felt inspired the other day to do some sort of matcha and white chocolate kind of creation/baking – and I’ve done chocolate covered strawberries before and I just kind of felt like now that I’ve done it it’s also kind of overdone? So what I ended up doing was sort of a “reverse” chocolate covered strawberry – but with raspberry.
If you’re not following; I pretty well melted down two bars of Lindtt’s Vanilla White Chocolate and stirred in a tablespoon of this matcha powder until it was smooth/even and I had a Raspberry and Cream flavoured white chocolate and matcha mixture. Then, I filled the ‘cavity’ of raspberries with the chocolate and let it set. Here are some photos:
They were great though; tiny little morsels of delicious raspberry. You got the sweet, tangy flesh of the fruit first and then were hit with this really velvety, creamy raspberry and vanilla ‘filling’ (of sorts) that kind of offset some of that raspberry acidity. The perfect size for snacking on/just popping a few in your mouth – hard to just have a few and not just plow back a few dozen!
This one was really refreshing, with a thick mouthfeel. The flavour was mostly raspberry with a whole lotta creaminess. Not the most natural flavour in the world, but very delicious. I felt like I was channeling serious raspberry milkshake vibes whilst drinking it. Notes of vanilla, as well and a hint of floral in the undertones – probably from the matcha itself. Only downside was that the more I drank the more it started to pick up a bit of a chalky/artificial undertone. The only started being even slightly apparent about halfway through the cup, and never reached a point where it was actually unpleasant; just mildly annoying…
From my last Matcha Outlet order.
I picked this one out because I wanted both fruity and dessert flavour options and this definitely works as both. I’ve never actually tried the Raspberry & Cream flavour but I’ve had the cream versions of strawberry and banana and I really liked both, so I was sure this would probably work well for me too.
I’m trying it for the first time in a breakfast shake; pretty much my normal matcha milkshake recipe, but with a bit less ice cream and some fresh sliced strawberries tossed in as well. It’s not as pretty as the matcha milkshakes usually come out because the red of the strawberries and green matcha makes this gross green/brown colour – but as long as taste is there then that’s all that matters!
- Just a touch artificial/chalky tasting
- I think I was too heavy handed with the matcha
- Otherwise very sweet/creamy with good, bright raspberry notes!
- A touch grassy and floral
- And a slight hint of strawberry
I’ll be sure to try it straight and in just milk as well; I’m very curious to see if that chalky sort of element is the ‘cream’ in the flavour or if it’s just ‘cause I used too much matcha. Sometimes artificial vanilla tastes VERY chalky to me, so I have to at least acknowledge that it might be the flavouring in this even though I’ve never experienced that chalky quality with any of the other “and cream” matcha flavours I’ve tried…