Bird & Blend Matcha Advent Calendar – Day 18

I’m up early this morning. I blame jet lag. At least it’s a reasonable time – sometimes after we get home from Europe, my boyfriend wakes up at 4-5:00 for a week, LOL! So 7:00 is perfectly reasonable as far as I’m concerned…

I’ve no idea why they called this one “swampthing”. Yes, it’s green, but matcha is normally green… I would expect brown with this name. (shrug) Prepared with 8 ounces of plain soy milk for 1 teaspoon of matcha.

This one is very lightly flavored, which surprised me. Upfront, I mostly taste the matcha, and its creamy and sweet flavor sort of reminds me of banana for some reason. There is some soft grassiness as well. The lime comes out in the middle and end of the sip, and it does taste of actual lime juice to me. The lavender is even lighter, and only detectable in the aftertaste for me. I don’t really get pear at all.

It’s good, I’m just surprised at how lightly flavored it is, even in comparison to their other citrus matchas. I’ll have to try this one with water next time.

From Bonne Maman, today it’s Raspberry-Redcurrant (Framboise-Groseille) spread. I had their strawberry-redcurrant version previously in the calendar, and commented that I’d like to see a plain redcurrant jam as I don’t really have a good idea of what redcurrant tastes like. This mostly tastes of raspberry, with perhaps just a touch of something extra. There’s also a little hint of floral at the end?

It’s extremely delicious, but I’m not sure I would know that it wasn’t just raspberry jam.

Flavors: Banana, Creamy, Grass, Lavender, Lime, Smooth, Sweet

Iced 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I love the name lol. Sounds delicious too. :)

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I love the name lol. Sounds delicious too. :)

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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 piano, knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, planners, bento, KBeauty, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is “collecting” hobby-related things… ;)

- May Sipdowns: 30
- Total 2024 Sipdowns: 43

I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I steep Western style, and fluctuate between using big mugs or small teapots depending on the season.

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

I tend to reach for fruitier flavors rather than desserty ones these days, but I do have favorites from both categories. Willing to try anything once! There are a few ingredients/flavors that aren’t generally my jam, such as coconut, rose, lavender, and chocolate flavoring. But I also have teas that I love with some of those things, too! :)

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3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Harney & Sons
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Old Barrel Tea Co
Simpson & Vail
Taiwan Tea Crafts

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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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