drank Yuzu Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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DAVIDsTEA Matcha Advent Calendar – Day 14

Ooh, well this is an exciting flavor. I happen to love yuzu, especially in green tea, for its sharp lemon/grapefruit-like flavor and its yummy evergreen notes. So yuzu matcha sounds like a good combination to me! Prepared this straight with 12 ounces of warm water.

Wow, this is a strongly flavored one! The citrus just punches you right in the face, hah. I’m not sure I would know right away that it’s yuzu, versus just lemon. I get some some of the pine notes at the end of the sip, though.

My issue with this is the sugar is really odd with the other flavors IMO. It takes something that should be aromatic and fresh, and makes it taste like Country Time lemonade mix. The yuzu/lemon and matcha combination has an almost savory note due to the umami in the matcha and the pine in the yuzu, and the sugar just doesn’t go with it and tastes very cloying.

Nope, not for me.

Almost forgot the jam! :O

Today it’s Orange-Cinnamon Spread. Now, I am not a marmalade lover, it’s always too bitter for me. But I think the cinnamon really helps in that regard, because this was much more enjoyable! The cinnamon adds a lovely warmth and sweetness and really makes it taste like a holiday jam. :3

(today’s advent teas: https://www.instagram.com/p/CIyI3bGAi3z/)

Flavors: Citrus, Grass, Lemon, Pine, Seaweed, Spinach, Sugar, Sweet, Tart, Umami, Vegetal

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

I always crave yuzu but it’s so hard to find just in general here.

Cameron B.

I’ve never had a real one! That would be fun to try…

Martin Bednář

I never tried yuzu nor tea with it, so I can’t really tell. But for some reason I want to try it. And I think I would try a spead as well. It screams Holidays for me somehow.

Cameron B.

Definitely, orange spice is very holiday to me as well!

Courtney

So funny! I first had yuzu mixed with coconut water as a summer drink and now that’s what it makes me think of (which is not such a bad thing when it’s freezing cold and snowy here haha)!

ashmanra

I am kicking myself for not buying the jam advent when I saw it…maybe next year if Homegoods has it again,

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Courtney

I always crave yuzu but it’s so hard to find just in general here.

Cameron B.

I’ve never had a real one! That would be fun to try…

Martin Bednář

I never tried yuzu nor tea with it, so I can’t really tell. But for some reason I want to try it. And I think I would try a spead as well. It screams Holidays for me somehow.

Cameron B.

Definitely, orange spice is very holiday to me as well!

Courtney

So funny! I first had yuzu mixed with coconut water as a summer drink and now that’s what it makes me think of (which is not such a bad thing when it’s freezing cold and snowy here haha)!

ashmanra

I am kicking myself for not buying the jam advent when I saw it…maybe next year if Homegoods has it again,

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Hi, I’m Cameron!

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