If you now me, you'd know I'd much prefer tea than coffee any day! I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to try two Red Leaf Tea products: caramel matcha green tea & caramel matchaccino! Red Leaf Tea was established in 2008 & their mission was to be a trusted source for unique & exotic tea. They offer white, black, oolong, green tea along with matcha to name just a few of their products. I decided to combine both reviews into one so you can have a side by side comparison :)
Eye catching return address, haha!
The packaging is air tight to keep the matcha fresh! I love how each packet was attached to a little instruction sheet on how to make your drink in hot or cold.
Little packets of matcha goodness!
I ended up making the hot latte versions for both drinks as I didn't want to break out the blender & make a lot of noise, lol. I will try to in the future as I love fraps, yum!
Info sheet on matcha on the reverse
The also supplied me with a information packet on the health benefits of matcha. Here's a quick rundown on some of 'em:
- Rich in antioxidants
- High fiber content
- Energy boosting
- Assists with mood enhancement & weight loss
Pamphlet of all their different matchas & the health benefits!
Yes, below is a photo of the matcha powder & it is that green! Weird, huh? Both packets of matcha were very fragrant when I first opened their respective packages, almost sweet-like. To start either a cold or hot matcha drink, first scoop out the recommended amount (half a teaspoon) of matcha into your cup/mug. Then add 2 ounces of hot water & stir with a spoon until the powder is dissolved. Afterwards, you can add either hot or cold milk to it & enjoy!
Please do the second step or you'll have clumps of matcha like I did with my first attempt! No one likes clumps of powder in their drink :(
Also, please store your matcha in the fridge/freezer so that it maintains its freshness. Keep it away from moisture & direct sunlight as well.
Image from Red Tea of matcha powder
CARAMEL MATCHA GREEN TEA: Sweet would be the word to describe this drink. Not sweet as in it just tastes like sugar, but it definitely is sweet even with the milk added to it. Very smooth & easy to drink otherwise.
CARAMEL MATCHACCINO: Less sweet that the caramel matcha green tea & more to my liking! Just the right amount of sweetness, but doesn't overpower the drink as a whole. Also very smooth & easy to drink.
One thing I didn't quite like was that it left a slight aftertaste in my mouth, but it wasn't anything too icky. I just don't like aftertastes so just something to be mindful of. Otherwise, I'd totally recommend checking out & trying some matcha for yourself :)
DISCLAIMER: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.