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70
drank Strawberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2424 tasting notes

Made with cold vanilla soy milk and some ice. It was really good with the touch of vanilla and sweetness. Very creamy, some nice strawberry flavour. Overall, I enjoyed it prepared this way.

Flavors: Fruity, Strawberry, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
Iced

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70
drank Strawberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2424 tasting notes

Oh, way too bitter for my liking. I made this as a chocolate milk latte and found that it was still very bitter.I’ll have to try it plain or in baking (scones?) next.

Roswell Strange

Hooray chocolate milk latte experimentation!!!

Something I used to do a lot, but less so now just ’cause I have less time for baking, was mix matcha into plain, vanilla or sponge cake batter to flavour the cake but then also pick a complimenting flavour and do a matcha icing too. Very easy to incorporate and pairing aspect was fun :)

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72
drank Grape Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
717 tasting notes

I used more matcha this time in my sweetened matcha latte, but it’s still less grapey than I expected. The grape is present but only slightly in the sip and more in the aftertaste. It’s not bad though, but grape flavour (and this is definitely grape candy rather than grape grape) isn’t really my favourite thing. Not sure why I bought this really, except at the time I really wanted to try every single matcha flavour made by Red Leaf Tea/Matcha Outlet.

Still, I’ll up the rating a bit since I’m getting more of a handle on this one. It doesn’t really deserve a rating in the 60s from me, but not too much since I don’t actually like it terribly much. Still, I’ll drink this down without much problem, I think, and then get to move on to a new flavour! Getting a bit tired of the same 4 matcha flavours at work.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML

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72
drank Grape Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
717 tasting notes

Well, this is certainly an interesting flavoured matcha. I’m not sure I like it very much but it is indeed grape flavoured. The flavour has held on fairly well considering how old it is and how long it lived in my freezer before now. Still, I’m not too sure about it but I have almost 30 g to figure it out.

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78
drank Tropical Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
717 tasting notes

Made as a hot matcha latte. A little bitter today. Mostly tastes like milk. Not really sure what I did to it to make it this bleh but I’ll try hard not to do it again.

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78
drank Tropical Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
717 tasting notes

Had this again this morning. I think I’m adjusting to the fact that I can’t identify that one flavour. It’s still tasty and very ‘tropical’ so it’s well named. I was a bit distracted while drinking it though, so I didn’t give it my full attention. Perhaps it’s less annoying that way?

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78
drank Tropical Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
717 tasting notes

Trying this again. Lower temperature, less matcha, more sweetener and it’s much better. I didn’t pick up as much of the weird unidentified fruit this time, so it was just tasty, although I was distracted while I was drinking it. Still, quite good. Bumping my rating.

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78
drank Tropical Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
717 tasting notes

Dragged this out of the freezer to add to the morning work matcha rotation. It smells…weird. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Like some sort of green unripe fruit that I can’t identify.

As for taste, I made it as a hot sweetened matcha latte and it was decent. There was still a bit of that fruit I don’t know what it is but overall it’s fairly tasty. Staying in my freezer this whole time definitely preserved the flavour pretty well, for which I’m grateful.

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78
drank Banana Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
717 tasting notes

Banana taste was a bit mild but that might be age. I opened this one recently and it sat in my freezer for way too long, but it still quite tasty when made into a latte. Too bad I’m really limited to one of these per day if I want to sleep at night or I might go back for another one.

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72
drank Orange Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
717 tasting notes

Not sure what I keep doing to my matcha this week. I thought I prepared it the way I always do but it was a little bitter today compared to normal. Perhaps I should use less matcha, though I thought I usually use half a teaspoon. Otherwise good.

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72
drank Orange Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
717 tasting notes

Had this again this morning. Much better this time with only half a teaspoon of matcha in a cup of latte. Much more orange and less bitter. I’ve got quite a bit of this left so I’ll be drinking it down. i’ll try not to overwhelm you all with tasting notes about it. Assume I’m having it every morning, I suppose. Every workday morning anyway.

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72
drank Orange Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
717 tasting notes

Made this this morning at work, I think I put too much matcha in for the quantity of liquid because it’s a teensy bit bitter/strong. I’m used to my older matchas and although this is aged, it was in a sealed package in my freezer until very recently so it’s aged better than most of them. Still, the orange flavour is still strong and I’ll try again tomorrow with a bit less matcha, possibly lower temperature water/milk and see what happens.

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84

Google’s RNG said to drink this cherry matcha this morning (I have 4 to choose from at work since I drank my mint one up). I think I added too much matcha again, I need to watch that. I did used the lower temperature water and heated the milk up for the latte for only a minute instead of 1:15. Still, other than the very matcha-flavour heavy aftertaste, this is pretty good! I think the lower temperature is the trick to this one and I’ll have to keep using my kettle’s ‘white tea’ setting rather than the ‘green tea’ one.

I hope everyone’s having a good day on this evil Tuesday that should not exist because Tuesdays are evil.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C
Starfevre

Also, this was my 666th tasting note. :)

Dustin

LOL! Who knew the tea of the beast was cherry matcha!

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84

Increasing my rating on this since I used a lower temperature and less matcha and it was much smoother and sweeter. Light cherry taste, probably from age, but still very tasty. Nice little caffeine boost in the morning.

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84

Old but still decent. It was flavoured ‘robust’ so that’s probably why I can still taste the cherry despite it’s age. It spent most of it’s life in a sealed package in the freezer, but I’m trying to drink up my matcha, even if it doesn’t taste flavoured anymore. Thankfully this one does. I think I made the initial water a bit hot so it’s a teensy bit sharp tasting but otherwise good.

Made as a latte. Hopefully I’ll wake up now.

Starfevre

Also, just found out I’m an auntie again! My niece was born early this morning with all fingers and toes accounted for and a full head of hair.

Lexie Aleah

Congrats! Aww

tea-sipper

Congrats!

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76
drank Raspberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2424 tasting notes

This kind of tastes like Swedish Berries. The raspberry flavour is sweet, creamy, characteristically raspberry. I do find the green base used is bitter, but can be rounded out with milk.

Flavors: Berry, Bitter, Candy, Fruity, Green, Raspberry

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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drank Matcha Sample by Red Leaf Tea
1758 tasting notes

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!!)

Evol Ving Ness

The day sounds like a total win for you and everyone involved! Yay!

mrmopar

You did well for yourself!

Indigobloom

@Evol It really was a win!! I’m still riding the high :P

@mrmopar Definitely agreed on that one. I won the good day lottery it seems

mrmopar

:) indeed you did. I bet the BF was happy! Matcha is hard to prepare.

Indigobloom

@mrmopar, it was definitely a pain to make so many small bowls of it and pour it into the jug. Or maybe I just need a bigger whisk :D

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88
drank Coconut Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2424 tasting notes

Oops, I accidentally bought some teas from Amoda. (All are caffeine free, though, so they don’t count right?)

That means I really have to finish off some more caffinated teas and noncaffinated teas now. I had one sample of this left and it was definitely a good morning to do so.

Creamy, floral notes (like jade oolong type floral), the soy milk really rounds everything out. The coconut flavour is very strong, but I think that makes it ideal for a latte.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Floral

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88
drank Coconut Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2424 tasting notes

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

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C

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61
drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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61
drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2424 tasting notes

I don’t really get cheesecake from this, more like milk and cream. No desserty/rich cream cheese notes or sweetness other than the natural sweetness of the tea. The matcha is also a bit bitter without a lot of milk added.

Flavors: Cream, Milk

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60
drank Cola Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2063 tasting notes

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.

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