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drank Mango Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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Stopped at DAVIDsTEA on the way home, after work, yesterday. I was hoping to get one of the samples of Peanut Butter Cup that they were giving away but I was a little too late and my store had run out; despite that I still ended up grabbing 10g of Midsummer Night’s Dream – a blend I used to love and wanted to revisit, and a free 50g of Ceremonial Matcha as well as this tea, as an iced latte!

To be perfectly honest, I really hated the last DT flavoured matcha that I tried and I hadn’t intended to try another one but when I saw that the ingredients for this blend didn’t include coconut sugar but instead used cane sugar I figured I would give this a chance to see if it was any better. Of course, since I had it in store I can’t really say too much about the dry leaf – one of my biggest problems with the mint matcha was how incredibly clumpy the dry leaf was and I don’t really know if that’s an issue with this tea. For what it’s worth, it did stay relatively suspended in my iced latte and at the bottom I wasn’t met with a whole bunch of matcha which had sunk back down. I mean, that could be because a lot of this tea isn’t ‘matcha’ but the sugar acting as a filler but that’s a whole ’nother thing…

One thing about matcha in milk is of course it always kind of mutes the flavour of the matcha and I definitely was surprised how mild the mango tasted in comparison to everything else, and while I do believe that was partially because of the milk I also watched the barista include four perfect teaspoons of matcha which is so much more than I ever would have myself so you can’t entirely blame the milk for the mild mango flavour.

That in mind, I really enjoyed the flavour of the matcha – it was very creamy with pronounced marine notes like seaweed and a kind of ‘ocean’ freshness as well as a bit of a grassy or ‘hay’ flavour. Really delicious; and a huge step up from the Mint Matcha. I also just have to note how pretty this latte looked; it was this really lovely pastel green kind of colour and just really aesthetically breathtaking.

Overall; I’m still not jumping on the DT ‘flavored matcha’ bandwagon but I do think this is an improvement (though I’d be happier if DT stopped presweetening my teas for me) on their first batch of matchas which used that coconut sugar.

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer originally from the prairies, but recently relocated to Quebec. I was introduced to DAVIDsTEA and started drinking tea fairly casually about six years ago. At some point, that casual hobby became an ingrained part of my daily life; I became a part of a greater community, incorporated tea into my daily routine, and it became my career.

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

I’m a TAC certified Tea Sommelier!

I drink a balance of flavoured tea and straight/traditional teas – in all formats. I prefer to have a wide, and general knowledge over many types of teas and catagories rather than focus on any one specific tea: a jack of all teas, master of none. Loose, bagged, matcha, Western style, iced, latted, Gong Fu…

You name it, I probably drink it.

In that vein, I’ll drink just about any type of tea – those only ones I have a particularly strong distaste for are green teas and Chai, with some exceptions of course. I have a weird relationship with Sheng pu’erh, but have been gradually increasing the amount of it I consume – currently I have a particular fascination with Yiwu Sheng. Other types of tea that I greatly enjoy are Yancha and other dark, heavily oxidized or roasted oolongs, most shou, black tea, and compressed/aged white teas. I’ll absolutely try anything once though; and I like to have an open mind and explore lots of tea types, even if I have reservations. I’ll probably never leave that “Exploratory” phase…

Usually I drink my tea straight, but I’m not opposed to additions if I’m in the right mood. If I ever add something to a tea, I will ALWAYS call it out in the tasting note though. If I’ve not mentioned an addition, you’re safe to assume it’s been prepared straight up.

I like to listen to music when drinking tea, especially when I’m brewing a large pot at a time or steeping Gong Fu. Often I curate very intentional tea and music pairings, and sometimes I share them here in my tasting reviews. Music is something that I find can deeply affect the experience of having tea.

Favourite flavour notes/ingredients: Pear, lychee, cranberry, cream, melon, pineapple, malt, roasty, petrichor, sweet potato, heady florals like rose, walnut, sesame, honey (in moderation), and very woody shou.

Least favourite flavour notes/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, strong Chai spice profiles, mushrooms, seaweed, chamomile, artificial tasting mango or peach, stevia, saltiness, or anything that reminds me too much of meat that isn’t supposed to taste like meat…

Currently exploring/obsessed with: Sheng from Yiwu, Yancha (Qilan in particular), anything with a strong sweet potato note. Also, I need to try ALL the root beer teas! Searching for a really good caramel flavoured blend, ideally with a black tea base.

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Goldfish: Dot
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Jade Pixiu Dragon: Whitaker
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ruyao Dragon: Pablo
Ruyao Frog: Bebe
Sculpted Pig: Nelly
Sculpted Tuxedo Cat: Pekoe
Sculpted Tabby Cat: Marmalade
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Ceramic Cat: Saffron
Wood Fired Old Man: Leopold

Currently I’m employed in the tea department of the DAVIDsTEA head office. While I’m still sharing my own personal thoughts on new & existing DAVIDsTEA blends, I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any comments expressed are a reflection of my own thoughts and opinions, and do not reflect the thoughts and opinions of the company. Any DAVIDsTEA blends you currently see with a numeric score were reviewed prior to my being hired there and have not been adjusted since becoming a DAVIDsTEA employee.

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