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drank Coconut Matcha by 3 Leaf Tea
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Thanks for sharing this one Cameron!

I was happily making this up and thinking to myself “Look at you go, coincidentally making this into a matcha Monday!”…only to then realise it’s Thursday! We booked the last three days off to extend our time off, so it does feel like a Monday.

I whisked 1 tsp of this into a small amount of 160° F water, then topped up my mug with cold soy milk. It’s lovely and creamy with no bitterness, though I don’t get a lot of coconut flavour coming through in the taste. I did get a lovely coconut scent in the dry matcha though. However, this could be because I used my favourite mug, which holds ~13 oz. of liquid. Perhaps next time, I’ll go for 1.5 tsp of matcha.

Preparation
3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

That’s so interesting, I found this one to be crazy strong on the flavoring!

DrowningMySorrows

Haha! I’ve been trying to do Matcha Mondays to use up a bunch of older matcha in my collection and I think I’ve only managed to hit Monday maybe twice. I seem to have an “oh yeah, I was gonna drink matcha!” moment around Wednesday or Thursday. At least it still tastes good even if Matcha Thursday isn’t quite as catchy.

Courtney

Very true! I so rarely reach for matcha, but today it was so tasty! Maybe matcha Thursday is the real winner. :)

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, I think the purpose of matcha mondays is to remind you that you have matcha and to drink matcha sometime soon. #rebelchild

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This is a note a few months late in writing. Don’t let it stop you from trying it bu just note my palate prefers plain hojicha when reading. This one would be great while sick. Honey and lemon combined are a great healer. But right now…. not so much. The aroma and the flavor are far too medicinal for this one. Though there are some interesting lemon drop candy hints every now and then.
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I really don’t drink matcha often enough. So it feels really good to finish off one of my pouches from 3 Leaf!

I’ve been preparing these cold in oat milk, and it works really well for this flavor. So convenient in my milk frother as well. This is probably my least favorite of my current flavors, but only because I just tend to prefer fruit flavors in general. It does have a nice, rich cake flavor to it that’s not overpowering. The matcha itself is also quite smooth with only a touch of bitterness at the end of the sip. I also added a light drizzle of vanilla syrup to this glass, which gives it a nice subtle sweetness and enhances those yummy cakey notes.

Tasty! Not sure if I’ll order it again though since there are other flavors I like more. But variety is always nice too.

Flavors: Bitter, Butter, Cake, Grass, Smooth, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
Iced 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Another sample from Cameron, thank you! :)

I used all the powder (~2 tsp), which may have been overkill, but I have a big mug so I felt okay about it.

I heated the kettle to 185° F and poured just enough water to be able to whisk the powder. Then I steamed a wee bit of soy milk with our espresso machine steamer (!) and poured that on top. I took a sip and it seemed a bit bitter or something akin to bitter, so before drinking any more, I added 1/4 tsp of coconut sugar to the top.

This is pretty tasty, and does have lovely banana flavour. I do wonder if this would be better cold. The addition of the sugar I think adds to the banana-ness here, but maybe the hojicha makes it more toasty than I was imagining. Whenever I see a powder tea, my mind just thinks of matcha and it can’t seem to reconcile this as hojicha haha! Nevertheless, a fairly tasty cuppa, but not something I need for my own cupboard.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

I never drink hot lattes, and I love this one cold with oat milk.

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Homemade Advent Day 13
from AJRimmer
This one was prepared hot with a little bit of agave and almond milk. The flavor of this one is strong and roasty. It reminds me of coffee but is also leaning a little too close to tasting burnt. Perhaps I should have added more water? The banana is really nice though! I think this one just needs some more experimenting. I have some left to try it cold and with a different type of milk. I think maybe soy milk or oat milk would work better and I might water it down or use less hojicha next time.

Flavors: Banana, Burnt, Coffee, Roasted, Toasty

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML
Cameron B.

I love this one cold with oat milk. ❤

AJRimmer

Yeah, I prepare all matchas cold in entirely milk to tame them! Just personal preference though!

Lexie Aleah

Good to know for my next cup! :)

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2021 Homemade Advent Calendar Swap – Day 13
From Skysamurai.

A day behind again! I’ve made a mistake with this one, so I don’t even know if I can finish the cup. I noticed on the back of the package that one of the recommendations is to add 6 ounces of milk after mixing the powder with 2 ounces of water. The only milk I have at the moment is an unopened carton of coconut milk in the pantry. (It’s definitely time for a grocery run.) Anyway, I mixed it up, took a sip, and SOAP. I think my coconut milk has gone off. How incredibly disappointing. I will say that before I took that dreadful sip, the aroma was like a roasted matcha, very interesting. I could also smell the lemon – it was bright like lemon juice instead of zest. So unique! Luckily, I have enough for one more cup so I’ll be able to try this one again. Sad it didn’t work out today though.

Flavors: Lemon, Roasted

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Hojicha Powder by 3 Leaf Tea
2711 tasting notes

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First sipdown of December! Those rascally advents have been keeping me busy… But I would like to get to 500 by the end of the year, so I need to sneak in some more!

This was the lone survivor from the 3 Leaf hojicha sampler I bought a while back. Whizzed it up tonight with some cold oat milk and a glug of maple syrup, and it’s scrumptious. Roasty, nutty, hint of grassiness on the back of the palate. Little bit of smokiness as well. So rich and creamy with the oat milk. The texture is good but not perfect, there is a slight grittiness to it, but not enough to be very distracting for me. I used one teaspoon of powder for 16 ounces of cold oat milk, and it’s lovely.

I don’t think I’ll be ordering this, just because I don’t tend to drink powdered teas often lately. Poor matcha, languishing in a drawer… Plus I have a pouch of the banana version of this, which is plenty for now. :)

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Caramelized Sugar, Dry Grass, Grass, Nuts, Roasted, Smoke, Wood

Preparation
Iced 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
tea-sipper

Good luck on getting to 500 sipdowns! That is quite an accomplishment. I’m trying to squeak 4 more sipdowns in by the end of the year…

Cameron B.

We can do it! \o/

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Stepping out of my purist comfort zone to try this flavored, powdered version of the latte I generally adore. If it’s flavored and powdered I generally only trust 3 Leaf to make sure it’s not full of crap. Preparation is whisking in hot water and then adding warmed-up vanilla oat milk. But first! Let’s talk about the dry aroma. It reminds me of the Banana Foster dessert. Roasted banana. Caramelized banana. Delicious BANANA. So much banana. The flavor felt a little off at first but as I’ve gotten further into the session I’ve really taken a liking to it. The roasty / toasty notes of the hojicha mix incredibly well!

Cameron B.

I too dislike it when matcha and other powdered tea is full of crap (i.e. sugar lol). This one and the banana matcha are so good!

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I had a small single-serving packet of this from the 3 Leaf hojicha powder sampler that I bought a few months ago. After thinking about it a bit, I decided to prepare it cold brewed as the lemon sounded like it would be quite refreshing. So I shook the contents of the packet (about two teaspoons) with 16 ounces of water and a few ice cubes.

I love iced hojicha, so I find this quite tasty! It’s almost like an iced hojicha lemonade. The lemon flavor is sweet and somewhat candylike, but also has a nice bit of zing to it. I’m not really getting much of a honey flavor, more of a lemon drop note. The hojicha is smooth and sweet and has a lovely depth, and I really enjoy the juxtaposition of the darker notes with the bright lemon. I ended up adding a drizzle of honey just because I wanted that flavor as well, and I feel like it rounded the other notes out nicely.

I’m not sure I would order this, just because I really adore the banana version and I’m not sure I need multiple flavored hojicha powders in my cupboard. It’s just not something I use often. But I could imagine this flavor being lovely as a kind of hot toddy as well, and uber comforting for the fall.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Brown Sugar, Candy, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Roasted, Roasted Nuts, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Finding this one to be quite meh unfortunately.

I’m having it iced in oat milk and it just doesn’t compare to the banana version. I’m not sure I really get chocolate at all, and there’s a weird chalkiness to it. I don’t know if that’s coming from the flavoring or what.

Anyway, it’s not terrible or anything but definitely not one I would reorder…

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Chalk, Roasted, Straw

Preparation
Iced 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I made this with cold milk and sugar, and I’m starting to think that I might just not be a hojicha fan. This particular one tasted burned and fishy. I diluted it a little more than it called for and added some whipped cream to the top. Then, I did enjoy it, but it needed a little too much help. I didn’t taste any banana. The flavor was too strong and strange for me, unfortunately. I liked it more when I tried it with oat milk and whipped cream. Then it tasted toasty, but I still didn’t taste banana. I made a cup for my partner, who said it tasted like banana coffee and absolutely loved it. So I may be in the minority here, but I’m glad there’s someone in the house who can enjoy it!

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Had to immediately go back and try this again because I found it so novel and interesting the first time I tried it – and I have to say that the fascination with this uniquely juxtaposed flavour combination doesn’t seem to be wavering! I had it iced this time, and I thought the dark roasted and nutty flavours of the hojicha might be weird iced but it was kind of like having a hojicha lemonade!? Still strange, but also so good!

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Okay, out of all the matcha and hojicha from 3 Leaf Tea this is hands down the most unique of all of them and I fully expected it to not work.

I don’t have the warmest of feelings towards the Lemonade Matcha so I expected the lemon flavour here to be similar to that one – and I didn’t see how that could possibly be complimentary to the dark roast and caramelized nutty flavours of the hojicha. Thankfully, the lemon flavour itself is much better than what is used in the matcha. It’s actually very bright and lively, and almost has a playful tartness to it.

It’s certainly really strange to have such a sharp high note contrasted against all of the deep low notes and cozy flavours of the Hojicha – the juxtaposition is crazy. My first impression was only confusion, and after more sips and more mental processing I decided that as weird and harsh as the contrast is… I like it a lot!

They’re like foils of one another with the initial wave of sweet and punchy lemon highlighting the toasted grain and sweetly caramelized nut notes of the hojicha and those more mineral and bake-y dark roast notes pushing the sunny qualities of the lemon even higher and more to the forefront. On top of the unique taste, this is just really more of an experience and I like teas that excite me and make me feel like I’m trying something brand new a lot.

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This one didn’t land for me…

The hojicha powder base is tasty here because it’s the same one used throughout, but the chocolate is barely a whisper – and for how mild and easy to miss it is you really might as well just be drinking the plain hojicha powder. At least it’s more of a cacao chocolate though versus waxy dollar store chocolate. Some semblance of a win there…

I didn’t have great expectations purely because I found the normal chocolate matcha painfully underwhelming, so at least I wasn’t surprised here.

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I had very high expectations for this hojicha powder, but it totally lived up to them.

The banana flavour is lighter/milder than the regular banana matcha, but that makes sense because the flavour of the hojicha itself is strong and more dominating. Combined, there’s this very lovely and cozy profile that reminds me of banana bread but with the roast factor of the hojicha. The natural nuttiness of the hojicha really leans well into that too – and it just makes the illusion stronger.

So delicious, and I’m dreaming of a latte so badly right now!

Cameron B.

It makes such a good cold oat milk latte! ❤

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drank Hojicha Powder by 3 Leaf Tea
12453 tasting notes

Very, very excited to explore the Hojicha powders from 3 Leaf Tea because relative to the rest of their offerings it’s something very new to their site. Plus, I really can’t think of any other companies selling flavoured hojicha powder so the innovation there just gets me hella excited!!

On one level, I was incredibly impressed by this straight hojicha powder and on another I found myself disappointed. The disappointing part was, thankfully, the element that I don’t care about quite as much – the texture. I could feel, as I was drinking this, the slight grit of the powder on my palate from the much more course grind and I was a little sad to see that 3 Leaf Tea hadn’t really gone for a fine, fine grind like the rest of their matcha.

On the flip side, the taste was exceptional! Medium to deep roast with a natural sweetness – the taste gave me Cracker Jack vibes in the most excellent way. Buttery caramel corn and toffee and golden toasted peanuts! Really delicious and I can only imagine how cozy and tasty this would be done up in a latte. It also made me both excited and curious to see how this base would work with the few flavoured hojichas that they carry…

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Definitely not great but, in all honestly, my expectations for this flavour in particular were very, very low – I firmly believe that there is not a “chocolate matcha” on the market that actually taste good that doesn’t rely heavily on the addition of cocoa powder to convey that flavour…

This is very waxy and, despite using natural flavoring, artificial tasting to me. The best I can compare it to is a very surface level or superficial version of really cheap Easter chocolate but without any of the sweetness. It’s not really bad bad but there’s something about it that is just very off.

Chocolate is just such an incredibly challenging taste to convey using only flavouring and this just classicly falls prey to not getting it right, imo.

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Started this past Matcha Monday with a frothy cup of Cinnamon Matcha!! I love that the cinnamon flavour of this matcha is so woody and rough/unrefined – that kind of “raw” and more drying cinnamon/cassia is surprisingly rare in a lot of teas. I get so sick of that sweet “red hot” cinnamon heart candy inspired cinnamon, so this change of direction is greatly appreciated – plus it compliments the thick grassier umami of the matcha super well. It’s a bit like drinking cinnamon in a forest!!

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CQtMneTAzKW/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeb25qE1yqE&ab_channel=RareAmericans

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This is another flavour that really surprised me with how different it was from my expectations, but with that said I loved it! It was a very, very pleasant surprise!

I definitely expected more in the vein of “red hot” cinnamon, like the valentine’s heart candied or hot tamale candies. If not that, then I would have expected a more delicate/gentle cinnamon like a baked/warming/cozy vibe. Instead, this is more of a woody/cassia cinnamon with a lot of those dry heat spice notes that kind of taste like bark. Really, really natural and almost “unrefined” in, like… the most refined way!?

I think this would be so interesting as a latte, but it was just VERY interesting and unique having it hot and straight. Very distinctly cinnamon but, again, just such a different type/style than you usually see in tea – let alone matcha. So cool!

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drank Maple Matcha by 3 Leaf Tea
12453 tasting notes

I’m a Canadian so maybe my maple standards are higher than others, but this was another that I felt really didn’t match the name/hit the mark.

It’s not like I expected it to be sweet since all of these matchas are unsweetened – but it’s definitely possible to convey the taste of maple without it being sugary/syrupy. Instead this was drying and very woody without any of the darker/deeper “brown” round flavours of maple. It drew out more of the vegetal/grassy notes of the matcha as well, and overall I just found this to not be representative of the flavour it intended to taste like in any regard…

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This one was a huge let down for me…

I think it’s partially my fault – my expectations for a blueberry matcha were already pretty high and having this one after the raspberry matcha really only made them higher. However, there’s not much in this matcha that reminds me of blueberries at all. It’s really delicately flavoured and sort of drying/astringent – more so than most of 3 Leaf Tea’s selection which, I’m assuming, are all using the same matcha base. It’s not fresh or juicy or jammy, but rather “cooked” and in a way that is just off for a blueberry tea…

Sorry, pass on this one for me.

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drank Peach Matcha by 3 Leaf Tea
12453 tasting notes

This one was alright, but it just ultimately didn’t speak very strongly to me…

I found, of the fruit flavoured matchas, this to be the lightest in terms of flavour – and then on top of that it was similarly floral to the pear matcha but with a drying factor that exaggerated those floral peach notes to me to a point of borderline unpleasantness. I don’t think a floral interpretation on peach is a bad thing, but it’s definitely not the direction that I personally want in a peach matcha – give my juiciness or creaminess instead please!

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I feel like I don’t say it often enough, but the 3 Leaf Tea matchas are such absolute beasts when it come to making a super frothy bowl or cup of matcha. This one was nice – I added a small splash of an unsweetened oat milk which helped with body a touch, and creaminess. The flavour is mostly a whipped butter sort of thing with the grassier umami of the matcha and then a tiny touch of fruitier vanilla notes. Not a favourite, but nice!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CTNJy9eA0U9/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5rpumdC834&ab_channel=DavidDeanBurkhart

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Recently got to sample through a ton (in fact, most) of 3 Leaf Tea flavours so prepare for an incoming barrage of tasting notes for them – I shall try to keep them short!

As a flavour, “Birthday Cake” has always somewhat baffled me because technically any cake you have on your birthday is a birthday cake. However, most products that are a birthday cake flavour seem to follow a predictable pattern of tasting like sweet vanilla and often having sprinkles in them/on the packaging. So that’s what I expected here – basically a sweet vanilla matcha…

So, I was a little thrown when the steeped up tea tasted so buttery! It wasn’t unpleasant and the buttery flavour does make sense in the context of a cake flavoured thing, but I was just taken aback to see any actually literal interpretation of a “cake” matcha versus just that vanilla twist. I should have anticipated it at least a little though since the dry leaf smells very sweet and buttery. Not really any vanilla here at all – more like a yellow sheet cake/sponge cake. Mildly flavoured, also – but definitely present and detectable.

I liked it, though I think I’d like it MORE with milk/as a latte. Very different than expected.

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