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drank Strawberry Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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DAVIDsTEA Matcha Advent Calendar – Day 21

This smelled lovely when I pulled it out of its drawer this morning. Very candylike but I’m okay with candylike strawberry so was excited to try it. Prepared with 8 ounces of warm water and 4 ounces of warm milk.

Prepared this way, it tastes pretty much exactly like strawberry Pocky… Very creamy and decadent artificial candy strawberry. The flavoring rather overpowers the matcha here, which I can perhaps taste a hint of if I cross my eyes and concentrate. There is a touch of bitterness that pops up at the end of the sip.

I’m enjoying this cuppa this morning as a sort of “guilty pleasure” matcha due to it reminding me of Japanese strawberry sweets. :)

As for the jam, today’s selection is White Nectarine-Peach Spread. To be honest, I had no idea white nectarines were even a thing… But I love stonefruits, so this sounds delish to me! Yum, it has such a fresh nectarine and peach flavor. I will say there is little-to-no tartness here, and I feel like a little bit would really help punch up the crisp stonefruit flavors. Even so, this is scrumptious for an apricot jam lover like myself!

(today’s advent teas: https://www.instagram.com/p/CJELciWgFOJ/)

Flavors: Artificial, Bitter, Candy, Cookie, Grass, Strawberry, Sugar, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

Have you ever gotten to sample white peaches? Hard to find in my part of the world, but firmer and milder than regular “squooshy” peaches.

Cameron B.

Yes, I have tried white peaches! I remember them being more delicate, but not much else. :P

derk

White nectarines taste like candy to me, so delicate and sweet.

LuckyMe

I bet a Strawberry Pocky flavored matcha would make a delicious latte. Perhaps blending this with a straight matcha would balance out the flavoring.

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gmathis

Have you ever gotten to sample white peaches? Hard to find in my part of the world, but firmer and milder than regular “squooshy” peaches.

Cameron B.

Yes, I have tried white peaches! I remember them being more delicate, but not much else. :P

derk

White nectarines taste like candy to me, so delicate and sweet.

LuckyMe

I bet a Strawberry Pocky flavored matcha would make a delicious latte. Perhaps blending this with a straight matcha would balance out the flavoring.

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby-related things… ;)

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I steep Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I’ll also often use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, oolong, and herbal varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, and honeybush. I love matcha and drink it often! Fruit tisanes are not a favorite, but I’m always willing to try them.

I do not sweeten my teas, and pre-sweetened teas are usually too sweet for me. I also do not enjoy stevia.

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, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: 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 very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura, chamomile, and elderflower. Osmanthus is also a favorite of mine. But I’m not crazy about rose or 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 starring 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.

Favorite Companies:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Harney & Sons
Kusmi
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
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Taiwan Tea Crafts
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Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

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 or scent contamination.

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