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drank Wild Honey Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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DAVIDsTEA Matcha Advent Calendar – Day 15

Ugh, I’m having a hard time this morning… I really just wanted to stay in bed, and so did the puglets. They always look at me with such offense when I interrupt their snuggles and get up. XD Definitely my spirit animals…

Well, this is certainly an interesting flavor – wildflower honey? It doesn’t smell overly floral, thank goodness. I’m preparing it with 12 ounces of warm water and 4 ounces of warm milk as I just need some comfort this morning.

It’s quite mild in flavor, maybe I shouldn’t have added milk… Oh well, too late now! I’m not really sure whether I get a sense of honey, it’s difficult to tell with the sugar involved. I do get a bit of a floral lilt at the end of the sip, and I think it reminds me of fresh rose among other flowers. I’m no flower expert, so I have a hard time describing floral notes…

Even after taking a bite of toast with jam to cut the sweetness, I don’t think I taste honey. It’s more of a light, nectarous floral flavor. Honestly, I rather like it, which is surprising given I’m rather particular about floral flavors.

Speaking of jam, today’s is Fig-Cardamom Spread. I admit, I was very excited when I saw it, as I love figs and fig jam, and have a growing appreciation for cardamom lately. But to me, these two don’t work together… It comes out tasting a bit like menthol? Or dark molasses with menthol? Odd, and not very pleasant hah!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CI00RckApdR/

(today’s advent teas: https://www.instagram.com/p/CI0x3pugvaO/)

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Flowers, Grass, Nectar, Rose, Sugar, Sweet, Vegetal

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

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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 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… ;)

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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
Dessert by Deb
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms

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. I love matcha and drink it often!

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:
3 Leaf
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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