Bird & Blend Matcha Advent Calendar – Day 14

This one sounds intriguing – violet and cardamom matcha with lavender? I’m not generally a big fan of lavender, but I do like cardamom and I’d imagine the two would pair well together.

I will say, I really wish I’d sifted this one. I haven’t been bothering because as long as I start with a very small amount of warm water and whisk it into a paste, I never have an issue with lumps. But this seems to have actual tiny pieces of lavender in it, and it’s a little weird in the finished texture. But I guess they must not expect you to sift or you wouldn’t get any lavender? Strange.

Anyway, I do like this one. The lavender is a nice contrast with the creamy milk, and it’s strong but not quite too strong. I think it probably would be too strong for me prepared with water, though. I mostly taste the cardamom near the end of the sip, after the lavender has calmed down a little bit. Really, cardamom is rather floral as well, so it’s difficult to differentiate between the two.

There is some here that tastes almost candy-ish, though, which brings the whole blend down a little for me. I suppose it must be the violet flavoring, as I know violet-flavored candies are popular in Britain. But the candy element sort of clashes with the other flavors, which are more botanical.

Anyway, on to the Bonne Maman! Today’s jam is Raspberry-Lychee (Framboise-Litchi) spread. I’m excited for this one!

Hm, I will say to me, this needs more lychee. The raspberry is quite strong and overpowering. I’m not sure I would have even detected the lychee if I hadn’t known it was there. On some bites I taste it more than others, which is interesting.

I do like it, I would just vote for more lychee.

Flavors: Candy, Cardamon, Floral, Lavender, Perfume, Sweet

Iced 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

Hmm, I’ll have to try this one sometime. Lavender milk is one of my favorite things ever!

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Mastress Alita

Hmm, I’ll have to try this one sometime. Lavender milk is one of my favorite things ever!

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-year-old 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 knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby related-things… ;)

I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I also use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Current Subscriptions:
Bird & Blend
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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, and oolong varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes.

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a starring flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

Favorite Purveyors:
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Taiwan Tea Crafts
Yunnan Sourcing

Tea Rating Scale:
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.


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