Holiday Tea-son! I’ve been going through some car hell, but I won’t bitch about that here. I’ve been using tea to try to cope, and have sipped down my Coconut French Toast with Cardamom Maple Syrup and my Gingerbread Orange in the last few days as a coping mechanism… at least I got some sipdowns out of it?
So today is the eighth tea from my advent calendar, Ice Cream Matcha. I’m glad to get matcha on a weekend, otherwise I probably would’ve saved it until then anyway (I don’t really have time to get out the milk frother and make a matcha latte before work). I have a small sampler tin of this one, but since I’m such a terrible tea hoarder, I actually haven’t tried it yet. Prepared the same as the last single-serve packet, mixing the matcha in 100ml 175F water in my frother, which I mixed with 200ml vanilla almond milk which I warmed and frothed separately in the frother.
I’m actually getting a very mellow, sweet grassy flavor from this one, beneath a very sweet, sharp, rich vanilla note, with just a hint of something that tastes a little like honey or caramel to me. It’s quite nice, and the vanilla almond milk I use to make my tea lattes compliments this one well, since it seems to be pushing that vanilla note and creamy element and really adding to that “French Vanilla ice cream” feeling. I did notice this one seemed quite thick and there were a few areas in my frother that didn’t seem to mix up quite well, but folks who hand-froth “the proper way” (I, admittedly, have still not learned to do it “the proper way” with a bamboo whisk) may not have that issue.
Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Creamy, Honey, Sweet, Sweet, warm grass, Vanilla