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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.
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.
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!
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…
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.
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!
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…
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.
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!
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.
Had this iced recently and thought it was okay, but likely better suited to be made hot. Now that I’ve tried it hot, I agree with that sentiment – it’s still mild with floral undertones but the pear comes off as a bit fresher to me and less perfume-y. Of the offerings I tried, this is somewhere in the middle of the pack for me. It’s nice, but not amazing – and a full cup could be a bit much to drink through with the florals…
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this matcha since there are so many interpretations of pear – it can be juicy and sweet, floral, baked, creamy…
There’s just a lot to choose from!
When I smelled the dry matcha, it didn’t really give any hint either since there wasn’t really a smell. So, when I whisked this one up and then made it iced I was a bit surprised at first how much it did actually distinctly taste like pear! It’s definitely the floral style of pear, and not really sweet at all – but that last part doesn’t surprise me since all of 3 Leaf Tea’s matchas aren’t sweetened, so you just kind of have to expect a dryer/more muted flavour without the boost of sugar. It’s still not a strong flavour, it’s just strong_er_ than I thought it would be.
I think I probably would have prefer something more in the vein of creamy pear, personally – I couldn’t really decide as I drank it if I liked the floral elements or if it was just too much for me. Maybe hot they would have been better as that would have been more soothing, but iced it gets a smidge perfume-y after a while. Still, overall I thought this was a nice interpretation of “pear matcha” and I enjoyed my drink!
Tried this one for the first time today so just wanted to drop a little note!
I prepared it “cold brewed”, meaning shaken with water and ice. I will say, the flavoring is a bit lighter than the other fruit flavors I’ve tried (banana, peach, and raspberry). So I’m not sure I would try it as a latte as I feel like the pear would be overpowered by the milk. However, I really enjoyed it cold. It was nice and refreshing, with a smooth, grassy matcha flavor and a sweet, lightly floral pear note.
I don’t know if this is one that I would order every time, as I really like the raspberry for an iced matcha, but I’ll happily drink it when I do have it!
Flavors: Floral, Grass, Pear, Smooth, Sweet, Umami
Had this recently as a latte and loved it, but trying it again just hot and plain is really making me appreciate even more that it’s quite delicious on its own too. Very creamy and rich coconut, that plays well with the natural creaminess of the matcha itself too. Tastes so fresh! Also, I think this is arguably one of the strongest flavoured matchas from 3 Leaf Tea! Since they only carry unsweetened matcha, it’s pretty normal for the flavours to be softer/milder – but if you’re used to the punch of a sweetened flavoured matcha this might be one of the best options for you.
Matcha Latte Sipdown (1388)!
Thank you Cameron B. for sending this sample my way. It was the perfect latte size amount for this morning, and I loved getting to start #matchamonday with a sipdown!
I find this very good for an unsweetened matcha – it’s very flavourful to me and a lot creamier/sweeter than I would typically expect from something without sugar or alternative sweeteners in it, even without the added in milk. Super dreamy and lush! I don’t know if I’m totally ready to say this is the “best” coconut matcha I’ve had but it is definitely up there for sure.
Sipdown! (35 | 239)
I recently ordered 3 Leaf’s new hojicha sampler pack, which comes with plain, banana, chocolate, and their newest honey lemon hojicha powders. I think it’s very limited, so if you’re interested, be sure to grab one!
Anyway, this is a sipdown of the little sample packet of this tea. I also have a full-sized pouch of this one, so it’s not goodbye yet, thankfully!
I really love this one in oat milk. It has the same lovely authentic-tasting banana flavor as their matcha, which goes so perfectly with the mellow toasty hojicha powder. It’s sort of banana bread-esque I suppose, though with the oat milk it reminds me more of a banana smoothie. I generally use a teaspoon for each 8 ounces of liquid, and in this case the liquid was cold extra creamy oat milk from Planet Oat. I added some dark brown sugar syrup as my sweetener, and yum! Just like a ripe banana smoothie with a touch of extra caramel notes from the syrup.
Love it so much, this will definitely be a reorder. I need to try it iced as well, as iced hojicha is always super delicious. I assume I can cold brew it like matcha…? We’ll soon find out!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Banana, Creamy, Nuts, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet, Toast
I finally tried this one! For some reason I’d just never gotten around to it…
I prepared it as an iced latte, with 1.5 teaspoons of powder for 4 ounces of warm water. Then I added 8 ounces of milk and a bit of brown sugar syrup.
It’s yummy! The hojicha has a nice smooth roasty, nutty flavor without being overwhelming, and just the right amount of banana! I really like 3 Leaf’s banana flavoring.
I will say that there is a very slight grittiness that’s a bit distracting… But it’s still very enjoyable overall!
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Banana, Creamy, Nuts, Roasted, Roasted Nuts, Smooth, Sweet
Happy Matcha Monday!
As soon as I opened the pouch, the peach scent was so mouthwatering… Perhaps a touch candy-ish, but also with some authentic peach there as well.
Prepared this hot and plain, with a teaspoon of matcha for 8 ounces of water. I really enjoyed it! The peach tastes very authentic to me, juicy but not super overripe but with a nice tinge of tartness to it. It wasn’t an overwhelming amount of peach either, I could still taste the matcha perfectly.
The matcha base they use for these flavored blends is very fresh-tasting, with a bright grassiness and soft umami notes. It’s not super creamy or rich because it’s not a ceremonial grade matcha. But I really love the lighter, brighter taste with these fruit flavors. And there’s barely a hint of bitterness!
I can’t wait to try this one iced or as an iced latte for a nice peaches ‘n’ cream vibe…
Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Peach, Seaweed, Smooth, Sweet, Tart, Umami, Vegetal
Hmm, this one is just not for me.
I like coconut, but I don’t love it. I added this flavor to my last order because it’s 3 Leaf’s bestseller, and it’s their best-rated flavor here on Steepster.
But, to me, the coconut flavoring is too strong here. It’s far stronger than the other flavors I’ve tried, and it really comes off as a suntan lotion sort of coconut in my opinion. I can barely taste the matcha underneath it, and still having that matcha taste as a foundation is one of my favorite things about 3 Leaf’s other flavors.
So into the rehoming box it goes!
Flavors: Artificial, Coconut, Creamy, Sweet
New flavored matcha! Yay!
I prepared this one straight and hot this morning, with a teaspoon of matcha for 8 ounces of warm water.
For me, the coconut flavor is too strong for this preparation. The matcha is fine, quite grassy with just a touch of bitterness. But the coconut flavor is like WHAM in your face! It’s a very creamy and rich coconut, and it lingers on my tongue for what seems like forever.
I added a glug of oat milk to the second half of the bowl, and like it much more. Can’t wait to try this one as a hot or cold latte! Which, to be fair, is how I would normally prepare a flavored matcha – I just wanted to try all of these plain first.
Flavors: Bitter, Coconut, Creamy, Grass, Sweet, Umami
So normally I just dump a bunch of davidstea matcha into my morning smoothie and today I reached for this instead. However, I forgot this isn’t quite as sugared as davidstea so when I dumped the usual amount it ended up being a shitton of matcha and a whole lot of actual matcha flavor. As such, I had a fairly grassy smoothie, which is not what I hoped for but oh well. Thanks Roswell Strange for sharing this one. I will use a lot more care next time I make it.
L is for…Lemonade Matcha
Thank you for sharing this with me, Roswell Strange! It was fun to break out not one but two Lemonade Matchas to try side-by-side for #MatchaMonday and “L” day. Both came from you, so thank you so much!
This one I made hot…hours ago. So it’s cooled. Oops.
As for the matcha itself, it’s very grassy. I am getting hardly any lemon here and any I am getting is coming off Pledge-like when mixed with the thicker grassiness. It’s also a touch chalky. If I am being honest, a lot of these 3 Leaf Tea matchas haven’t been for me because my favourite part of flavored matchas is the flavouring. These are light on flavor and just not for me.