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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

Preparation
Iced 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Courtney

It sounds like an interesting jam! I hope your chocolates at least made for a treat to start the day!

Cameron B.

I’m actually really excited about today’s chocolate! It’s a layered mini-bar with dark chocolate with crepe and passion fruit. Almost all of the chocolates have been nut-related so fruit will be nice!

Martin Bednář

Oh my, Cameron. Tha tsounds soo great — jam, chocolate. Unfortunately not the tea. I reckon that making tasty sakura flavour must be difficult.

Cameron B.

Martin, the ones I’ve liked have had actual sakura leaf or blossom in them…

Dustin

I think Lupicia has a salted sakura tea. I might actually have it somewhere in the depths of my cupboard now that I think about it. Sorry you struck out on tea and jam!

Cameron B.

I tried their Sakura & Berry and remember it being good. And no worries, I have plenty of advent teas to go! XD

Martin Bednář

But, it’s matcha after all, milling the sakura blossom/leaf won’t be very tasty I think. I could be wrong…

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Courtney

It sounds like an interesting jam! I hope your chocolates at least made for a treat to start the day!

Cameron B.

I’m actually really excited about today’s chocolate! It’s a layered mini-bar with dark chocolate with crepe and passion fruit. Almost all of the chocolates have been nut-related so fruit will be nice!

Martin Bednář

Oh my, Cameron. Tha tsounds soo great — jam, chocolate. Unfortunately not the tea. I reckon that making tasty sakura flavour must be difficult.

Cameron B.

Martin, the ones I’ve liked have had actual sakura leaf or blossom in them…

Dustin

I think Lupicia has a salted sakura tea. I might actually have it somewhere in the depths of my cupboard now that I think about it. Sorry you struck out on tea and jam!

Cameron B.

I tried their Sakura & Berry and remember it being good. And no worries, I have plenty of advent teas to go! XD

Martin Bednář

But, it’s matcha after all, milling the sakura blossom/leaf won’t be very tasty I think. I could be wrong…

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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.

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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
Kusmi
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre
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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