Slowly making my way through catching up on tasting notes…
This was a new matcha from last Friday’s collection – definitely one of the more unique ones that have come out in a while, though I think all the matcha this year has been pretty solid. Well, except for Bubble Gum Matcha – I wasn’t a huge fan of that one. I feel like this is almost as far away from a Bubble Gum Matcha that you can get, though!
It’s not as out there as Kale Matcha (I did like that one though), but this matcha has some cool ingredients – including both ginger powder and apple cider vinegar powder. As such, there’s some kick to it! Both in terms of ginger heat/tickle in the back of your throat as well as some tang from the ACV powder. So, it’s really appropriately named in my opinion. I know that Ginger is associated with digestion, and I know that ACV has a TON of associated wellness benefits too – but I don’t really care about any of them on a personal level at all. I just get excited whenever we’re carrying a new ingredient in a tea blend, and as someone who loves vinegar in just about every form I love the flavour in this tea too! The apple just tastes fresh, zingy and crisp. It reminds me a little bit of hard ciders in pubs after long shifts at work – but just a bit healthier/without the hangovers.
Things of note, at least in my opinion – this is a sweetened matcha but it is considerably less sweetened than the typical flavoured matcha from DT so don’t expect that same level of sweetness from the blend. I’m not actually sure what steeping recommendations we’re putting on the web labels for this one, in terms of matcha spoon amount, but my personal preference is to use just a TINY bit more than what I would typically use for a straight matcha. If you dose this one heavily, like a flavoured matcha, you’re in for a world of hurt because the flavour of this one can get INTENSE!
Also – you can’t really make this one into a latte and honestly, even if you could, I can’t really picture the flavour translating well with milk. I like it hot and plain or hot with honey, but it’s okay iced too. A coworker tried it as a tea pop the other day and enjoyed it made that was as well, for what it’s worth.
It takes a lot to get me on board with intense ginger flavours, but I think in this case my love of apple cider vinegar outweighs my complicated relationship with ginger.
Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.