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Bird & Blend Matcha Advent Calendar – Day 4

Another single-serve stick. Sigh…

I don’t know if I’m just being entitled, but these single serves in the matcha advent are really irritating me. At the price I paid (£65 + shipping) they really should have just made all of these mini tins. I’m four days in and so far, two of the days have been single servings…

Anyway, on to the matcha. Prepared the half-teaspoon serving with 4 ounces of plain soy milk.

I quite like this one. The lemon flavor reminds me of lemon drops without the sugar. It’s definitely not authentic lemon, more of a candy flavor. But I like it! It’s not overpoweringly flavored either. The matcha base is quite weak (as usual), but at least I can taste it a little under the lemon. I would consider buying this one (though in all likelihood, I’ll just order a lemon matcha from 3 Leaf, as I like their base much better).

From Bonne Maman, we have Orange-Cinnamon (Orange-Cannelle) spread. I’m not a huge fan of marmalade, but this smells delicious. The smell actually reminds me more of honey than jam. There are some orange rind pieces mixed in. The spread itself is a bit bitter (being a maramalade), but the cinnamon really helps to sweeten it and counteract the bitterness a bit. A delicious combination! :D

Flavors: Candy, Creamy, Grass, Lemon, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 4 OZ / 118 ML
Kawaii433

Now I’m going to have to try Bird & Blend Tea Co., Cameron. My first Lupicia should be here any day now too.

Cameron B.

I can send you a sampling of their teas! The matchas I only have a serving or two, so that’s a bit tougher.

Their shipping to the States is cray cray.

Kawaii433

Awww that sucks. I’ve never traded tea before, but that sounds good. I will send you some What-Cha teas that I saw on your wishlist. :D

Kawaii433

I’m new to all of this. ^^

Mastress Alita

Ya, they don’t make it easy for us international Teabirds. :-(

Kawaii433

:( I know I had to order a LOT to get the VAT and free shipping from Theodor >.<. I’ll have enough of their milk oolong for an army lol.

Nattie

If it works out any cheaper I’m happy to send stuff on to you. Not sure how much their international shipping is but it’s way cheaper to me for sure.

Cameron B.

They just added a free shipping threshold for international orders! It is quite high though (£64) but I’m excited nonetheless. :D

Nattie

Ooh awesome! (:

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Kawaii433

Now I’m going to have to try Bird & Blend Tea Co., Cameron. My first Lupicia should be here any day now too.

Cameron B.

I can send you a sampling of their teas! The matchas I only have a serving or two, so that’s a bit tougher.

Their shipping to the States is cray cray.

Kawaii433

Awww that sucks. I’ve never traded tea before, but that sounds good. I will send you some What-Cha teas that I saw on your wishlist. :D

Kawaii433

I’m new to all of this. ^^

Mastress Alita

Ya, they don’t make it easy for us international Teabirds. :-(

Kawaii433

:( I know I had to order a LOT to get the VAT and free shipping from Theodor >.<. I’ll have enough of their milk oolong for an army lol.

Nattie

If it works out any cheaper I’m happy to send stuff on to you. Not sure how much their international shipping is but it’s way cheaper to me for sure.

Cameron B.

They just added a free shipping threshold for international orders! It is quite high though (£64) but I’m excited nonetheless. :D

Nattie

Ooh awesome! (:

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m 29 years old and currently living in Austin, Texas with my boyfriend of 5 years. We’re both software engineers, currently working in the field of Machine Learning. I am a staunch lover of pugs and other squishy-faced dogs, although sadly I do not currently have one.

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. I have recently started to brew gongfu cha style!

I love swaps! If you see something in my cupboard that you’d like to try, just let me know via PM!

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms, including black, green, oolong, and white teas, as well as maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I am open to more exploration of puerh, but it’s not generally one of my favorites. I am not often a fan of fruit-based tisanes.

My very favorite straight teas tend to be from China, Japan, or Taiwan. I also enjoy matcha!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially mango and pineapple.

Dessert: Again, all the things! I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I do very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. But I’m not crazy about rose and lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a main flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea. Smoke can be tasty when it’s not heavy-handed.

Favorite Purveyors:
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Lupicia
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre
Yunnan Sourcing
Yunomi

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90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
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60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
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I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age.

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