Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Red Leaf Tea Eggnog Matcha Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Red Leaf Tea Eggnog Matcha

I can never get enough green tea. When I saw the opportunity to review a flavored matcha from Red Leaf Tea on Tomoson, I just couldn’t resist. I received a couple different flavors. One was the eggnog flavor, which I’ll be covering in this review and offering up for a giveaway! The other was a caramel matchacinno, which I’ll have a review up for later this week.

Red Leaf Tea is a company that specializes in exotic and unique teas from around the globe. They sell not only on their own site, but on Etsy, as well. They carry a wide selection of white, black, herbal, green, red, oolong, and even wine-infused tea. The eggnog matcha is available via their website, and has a number of options to choose from. Below is a snapshot of their current options for the eggnog matcha as of 1/14/2014

Red Leaf Tea Eggnog Matcha Options

The sample bag that I received was the basic grade, regular matcha with delicate flavor. This is also what you will receive, should you win the giveaway.

I received my eggnog matcha in a shiny gold, non-resealable packet, along with instructions on how to prepare it bot hot and cold. It’s very easy to prepare either way.

Red Leaf Tea Eggnog Matcha Sample

I was excited for my husband to try this, since he’s such a big fan of eggnog. Whenever he sees it start to be stocked in the stores, he has to stock up on it. So, I figured he would love this. Upon opening the bag, it didn’t smell much like eggnog. It was a bit more like coconut and matcha, but it still smelled good and actually made the whole kitchen smell lovely. I prepared it hot for him, and he said there really wasn’t much flavor to it. I tried it myself and agreed. So, I added a bit more than what was recommended. That helped, but the eggnog flavor still wasn’t that noticeable. And, to me, it was more coconut than eggnog, although my husband disagrees. I also had my mother try it. She agrees with me on the smell and taste, and also added that the sweetness of eggnog is missing. So, we tried it cold and added some honey in. That helped, but it still wasn’t quite right. Unlike the caramel matchacinno, we all felt that the eggnog matcha left a bit of a strange taste in our mouth.

Unfortunately, none of us were that impressed with it. The caramel matchacinno, which I’ll be reviewing soon, was amazing, though! So, maybe the eggnog matcha just wasn’t for us. I’ve seen reviews from others saying that it’s best to get the robust flavoring to fully enjoy the eggnog flavor. So, I think the “delicate” flavoring was a bit too delicate for all of us.

If you’d like to try out this festive matcha yourself, please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway.

There’s only one mandatory entry. All other options are completely optional. One winner will be drawn via a random number generator. US residents only please. If you have any issues with the widget, click “contact” in my menu bar and let me know what’s wrong. No worries if it doesn’t record an entry or something. Just let me know, and I’ll jot it down in my notes for you. Good luck!

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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.

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