drank Blueberry Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
415 tasting notes

No one’s reviewed this yet? Strange.

Before I give my review, I’d like to admit I do not drink matcha and I hardly ever drink my tea sweetened. So I am a bit biased against this tea to start with. I actually bought this tea so I can throw a small spoonful in my morning smoothie on days where I need a bit of a caffeine kick and don’t have enough time for my breakfast AND a cup of tea. This is one of the cheaper options from DAVIDs (largely because cane sugar is the main ingredient!), but either way, it will work for my purposes.

I decided to try it out as an actual drink before using it in my smoothies. I followed the instructions and mixed 1.5 tsp in 8oz of water. I don’t have a matcha whisk so I stirred it with a fork, lol. The resulting taste is upfrontly sugary with a mix of blueberry flavouring and slightly bitter, grassy green tea. All together I must say I’m not loving this blend. Much too sweet, I don’t like fruit flavouring in my green tea, and the bitterness of the matcha is off-putting as well. Maybe I overleafed it? I didn’t even finish my cup- I dumped it down the drain. Either way I will use this up in my smoothies no problem (since I won’t be tasting it), but I would never buy it to drink as an actual drink. If I wanna try matcha again I will by plain matcha. This blend doesn’t work for me on any level.

Flavors: Bitter, Blueberry, Grass, Sugar, Sweet

160 °F / 71 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I used to drink coffee, but it started to hurt my stomach so I switched to tea. A friend of mine introduced me to DAVID’s TEA and I couldn’t stop after that! I’ve now been expanding my scope beyond DAVIDs away from “candy-like teas” into more natural teas or flavourings. Current favourite stores include International House of Tea (iHOT) and Verdant Tea.

When it comes to tea ratings, I usually only ever rate them once. I know a lot of people on steepster do many tasting notes for the same teas depending on their mood, but I prefer to rate once and if my opinion changes, I will delete the old note and rate again. How I rate teas goes as following:

1-49: Teas I won’t buy again. Either the taste is disgusting to me, or it’s too bland, etc. I’m most likely not even going to finish the tin/bag.

50-59: Teas I wouldn’t buy again; I have to force myself to drink the whole cup to not waste it.

60-69: I’ll finish the cup and even the bag/tin, but I wouldn’t buy these teas again. Teas of this rating are “lacking something”.

70-79:Teas that are pretty good and ones I might buy again. Usually these teas are ones I have to be “in the mood for” and drink occasionally.

80-89: Great teas! Ones I will drink several times a week and often have in my stash :).

90-100: Favourite must-have teas!

My favourite types of tea are green tea and different types of “natural” herbal tea (different herbs, natural flavourings, etc). I cannot drink black or oolong teas due a sensitive stomach. I don’t really go for white tea due to its cost and the fact that it has just a little caffeine (if I want caffeine I’ll just go for a green tea and if I don’t I’ll go for a herbal-no sense on just having a little caffeine). I also like to do iced teas in the summer time, and then I’ll gravitate towards herbal fruit blends that are bagged to cut costs and convenience (it’s easier to throw out bags than clean a filter). Flavours I don’t care for include anything too tart, bitter, artificial, overly spicy or overly sweet.
Also, when I have time (usually when I’m not working much) I like to make tea lattes out of different rooibos blends.

My everyday green tea is Gunpowder since it is strong and not sensitive to temperatures or steeping time which is something I cannot be bothered with when I’m getting ready for work. Other greens I enjoy are dragonwell, sencha, and different Chinese greens. I’m not the biggest fan of yunnan greens since they are so finicky (although I do like gyokuro)

On a day to day basis I usually have 2-3 cups of green tea and several more cups of different herbal blends.

Besides tea I also work at a couple libraries (I am finishing my library tech diploma),am in my early 20s and got married in Oct 2014.


Northwestern Ontario

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