I love this matcha so much. Its lightly sweet and smells so good
Hot – yes
Cold – Yes
Latte – Hot and Cold
“I love this matcha so much. Its lightly sweet and smells so good Hot – yes Cold – Yes Latte – Hot and Cold” Read full tasting note
“I grabbed a bunch of matcha samples from a recent tea box, and this week, I’ve taken the chance to try them. I don’t follow the DavidsTea matcha instructions. I just mix the powder with a bit of...” Read full tasting note
“My final advent sampler! Full packet wisked in plain oat milk, cold. Of the floral flavors, this is my least favorite… Don’t get me wrong, I love sakura, but that tends to be the problem with...” Read full tasting note
“DavidsTEA Matcha Advent Calendar 2020 – Day 19 Backlog from yesterday – so I’m in a tea chat with some tea people on Instagram for this Advent calendar, and everyone has been hyping this one up soo...” Read full tasting note
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I grabbed a bunch of matcha samples from a recent tea box, and this week, I’ve taken the chance to try them. I don’t follow the DavidsTea matcha instructions. I just mix the powder with a bit of cold water and fake sugar, then I add a few ounces of milk. It makes a nice concentrated matcha so I can really get a sense of the flavor.
The flavor here is super floral and a little vegetal and savory. It’s a really strong flavor, so I don’t taste the matcha itself much. Nice aftertaste – I like it more the more sips I have. I wouldn’t want it again, but I was pleasantly surprised.
My final advent sampler! Full packet wisked in plain oat milk, cold.
Of the floral flavors, this is my least favorite… Don’t get me wrong, I love sakura, but that tends to be the problem with outside-of-Japan “cherry blossom” flavors/blends. They always taste like a combination of artificial cherry flavoring and some floral flavoring (usually rose) and that just doesn’t really equate to actual Japanese sakura flavor to me, and I was getting that here, as well. The cherry at least wasn’t trending medicinal (as I have seen in some “cherry blossom” teas) but, like the other fruity matchas, it tasted like candy from all the sweetness. The floral mixed with the sweetness just read to me as honey, like the flavor of the Wild Honey matcha. So really, rather than tasting cherry blossoms, I was tasting cherry candies drizzled in wild flower honey. It didn’t taste bad, but… that just isn’t sakura! I also wasn’t getting any matcha notes this time, and in theory, I think I would really like the grassy/umami notes of matcha paired with the sweeter florals of sakura. If I can ever find a Japanese-produced sakura matcha, I would be wildly curious to try it…
Blended it with a berry mix and some yogurt for my breakfast smoothie. Tasted like I’d added the Wild Honey Matcha to my smoothie (I really liked that one!), since the actual berries toned down the cherry candy note and what was left was a sort of wildflower sweetness.
Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Cherry, Floral, Honey, Sweet
DavidsTEA Matcha Advent Calendar 2020 – Day 19
Backlog from yesterday – so I’m in a tea chat with some tea people on Instagram for this Advent calendar, and everyone has been hyping this one up soo much, so when I saw it come up I was like YAY!! I get to try this floral bombshell!
Well, for me, it did not disappoint! I do enjoy floral teas, and this one has that sweetness that DT puts in their cherry blossom teas that makes it perfection!! I loved their cherry blossom tea from a while back (which of course is not available anymore sadface), and this brought me back to that one! Sweet, floral, and delicious! This was another I did not want to finish my cup of as it was SO GOOD I WANTED IT TO LAST FOREVER! I also see it’s no longer available on the website :( ah well at least I have 1-2 cups left!!
Prepared the usual way, 175 degree water, whisk, top up with hot water, enjoy. Yummy and good Saturday morning treat!
DAVIDsTEA Matcha Advent Calendar – Day 19
I know Roswell Strange and some others over on Instagram were looking forward to this but as someone who doesn’t love floral teas, I was sort of indifferent to it being in the calendar.
I made it as an iced latte. I don’t love it. it’s candy-like but maybe a touch too much. Plus its floral so its like candied flowers, which is not particularly appealing to me. It also has a bit of a texture issue for me because this is the first time I feel like its leaving a bit of chalkiness on my tongue.
DAVIDsTEA Matcha Advent Calendar – Day 19
Yay, it’s the weekend! And I was actually quite intrigued to see this flavor, as I really enjoy sencha with sakura. Even though I’m not a big floral fan, I find sakura to be very different from other florals and I really like it. So hopefully this is yummy!
Dry scent is very cherry candy-like. Not a good sign…
Prepared this straight and iced, as I figured this flavor would be better that way, plus I hadn’t tried that preparation yet.
To be honest, I hate this. It tastes like a cloying and powdery cherry candy, maybe cherry Smarties, mixed with a little bit of sakura. It has a weird powdery mouthfeel as well, though I’m not sure if that’s just because of my preparation so I won’t hold it against it. The cherry flavor is very cough medicine-like as well… I don’t get much in the way of matcha flavor, though that’s a bit expected with these mixes. There’s a bit of grassiness and a hint of vegetal spinach. I don’t get much bitterness, which is a plus.
But overall, I think this is gross, and to call it “cherry blossom” makes me frown. I’m not able to finish the glass, unfortunately.
Jam time, jam time! Today we’re having Lemon-Yuzu Spread. I love yuzu in tea, though I’ll be curious to see how it is in jam, as I find it to be somewhat more savory than other citrus. Well, it’s very interesting… There are definitely grapefruit notes, and also quite a bit of bitterness from the included peel. I’m also getting a piney note from the yuzu, which I’m not sure I enjoy in jam form. It goes great with green tea, but I don’t really like the sweetness of jam combined with the evergreen note… Definitely an interesting one to try though!
(today’s advent teas: https://www.instagram.com/p/CI_SUdFAQD3/)
Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Cherry, Medicinal, Powdered Sugar, Sakura, Sugar, Sweet
I did 1 tsp matcha powder in ~1/2 cup of vanilla soy milk (cold) and it made a lovely drink. It was fairly sweet and had a very fruity cherry flavour. It wasn’t the cough syrup artificial cherry flavour, though, it was very pleasant. I was worried cherry blossom would mean artificial cherry + rose but I think they did capture a fruity floral combo similar to cherry blossoms.
Flavors: Cherry, Cherry Blossom, Floral, Fruity, Sweet
Adventaggedon Day 19 – Tea 5/6
Finally! I think I’ve been craving this matcha since like December 3rd so I wanted to scream in excitement when I saw it was today’s matcha! That is a several weeks old craving that I got to scratch!
I whisked it today cold in straight milk and I got the absolute thickest froth on it. I swear I could have stuck a finger in it and got a good taste like dipping a finger in a pot of frosting. It was so creamy and sweet, but with a soft floral character. It’s like cherry blossom meets mild, sweet cherry candy. Actually, it reminds me a a little bit of the floral cherry notes in Des Roses et Des Bonbons – a long since discontinued black tea from Camellia Sinensis that I miss dearly.
Best tea of the day – and while not my favourite matcha (top five, maybe?) it was SO satisfying after waiting for impatiently for it for so long.
Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CI_pDY_AA7m/
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