Only my second Matcha but this was much nicer than the first, better foam and certainly a better flavour.
“Only my second Matcha but this was much nicer than the first, better foam and certainly a better flavour.” Read full tasting note
“This one is mostly matcha flavored with a strong tang of lemon. It’s really fresh tasting like lemon zest. Sometimes the matcha takes over and is a little too savory and overwhelming, but I love...” Read full tasting note
“I have a half-gallon of coconut milk that was unopened in the fridge but getting close enough to the date that if I don’t start working through it now, most of it is going to be wasted, so I...” Read full tasting note
“Sipdown (719)! One of the other free samples from Bird & Blend that they sent w/ my advent calendar package! I was really excited to see this one because I’ve not tried it yet and it’s one of...” Read full tasting note
Lemon Matcha was our first ever fruity and zesty matcha flavour. It’s super refreshing in the morning and is our favourite matcha blend to make an iced matcha lemonade with!
Ingredients: Japanese green tea powder with lemon peel, lemon essential oil
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This one is mostly matcha flavored with a strong tang of lemon. It’s really fresh tasting like lemon zest. Sometimes the matcha takes over and is a little too savory and overwhelming, but I love when I can taste that awesome lemon. Weirdly enough, about a third of the way through the cup, the lemon disappeared and I tasted only matcha for the remainder.
I have a half-gallon of coconut milk that was unopened in the fridge but getting close enough to the date that if I don’t start working through it now, most of it is going to be wasted, so I started looking through my teas for something that might go good with it. Found this matcha sampler I hadn’t opened yet, and thought that would be a solid flavor combo. I used a teaspoon in 350ml of coconut milk in my milk frother on the heated setting. I may have used a little more matcha than necessary but wanted to make sure the flavor would come through the strongly flavored milk, and it was pretty good! Oddly enough, it reminded me of pina colada, despite there being no pineapple flavor… something about the creaminess, and the sweetness of the coconut paired with the lemon flavor made the citrus read more as a pineapple flavor in my mind, I suppose? There was a touch of grassiness but mostly I tasted smooth and creamy pina colada latte. My only real issue was some issues with separation and having to open up my thermos and restir occassionally, which was annoying enough to keep me from rating this higher for how much I enjoyed the flavor.
Flavors: Creamy, Lemon Zest, Sweet, Sweet, Warm Grass
One of the other free samples from Bird & Blend that they sent w/ my advent calendar package! I was really excited to see this one because I’ve not tried it yet and it’s one of the few matchas I didn’t include in my BYO advent because there were just so many more that I was curious to try – as much as I wanted to include this one, it just didn’t quite make the cut…
But now I still get to taste it!
Honestly? It’s average – and that’s what I expected which also factors in to why I didn’t prioritize it in my advent. It’s certainly not bad or unpleasant – but really it’s just the taste of Bird & Blend’s straight matcha with a medium intensity, natural tasting lemon. This isn’t a “lemonade matcha” or anything like that so there’s no real, distinct sweetness pr tartness/pucker to the lemon flavour; it’s just classic lemon. Nothing wrong with that; it’s enjoyable and smooth. Very easy to drink.
I do like that there is actual lemon in the blend and not just flavouring – it’s also a win because the inclusion of that ground up lemon peel didn’t in any way seem to effect the texture of the matcha which is a HUGE win – my biggest issue with Bird & Blend’s matcha, most of the time, is that it tends to be a bit gritty/chewy when they include other ground up ingredients. That’s a non-issue with this blend.
Happy I tried it, but with so many other lemon matchas out there and the fact Bird & Blends teas are both harder for me to obtain and especially expensive giving international shipping and dollar conversion, it’s not something I’d get again…
Day 4 – Matcha Advent
Flavour is lemony but in a waxy sort of way. Some astringency also which adds to the waxy lemon rind taste. It’s not like, super lemony either considering the rind is so strong.
There is no sweetness to it either which I expect from lemon. It’s sour but sweet, yet all I can taste from this is waxy rind with a lingering aftertaste.
In comparison to this Lemon Matcha and the one I get from Pure Chimp I say I fully prefer the Pure Chimp blend. The Bird&Blend Lemon Matcha is heavy on the rind and waxy whereas the Pure Chimp Lemon Matcha uses lemongrass instead of the fruit so it’s fragrant and creamy but with full on flavour. For me lemongrass blends better with the Matcha base. (Plus it has to be said that Pure Chimp is a lot cheaper).
I feel a bit cheeky for the comparison but I have the Pure Chimp matcha often and have for a long time. This blend just doesn’t Matcha-up to that one. (Sorry, I had to).
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Bird & Blend Matcha Advent Calendar – Day 4
Another single-serve stick. Sigh…
I don’t know if I’m just being entitled, but these single serves in the matcha advent are really irritating me. At the price I paid (£65 + shipping) they really should have just made all of these mini tins. I’m four days in and so far, two of the days have been single servings…
Anyway, on to the matcha. Prepared the half-teaspoon serving with 4 ounces of plain soy milk.
I quite like this one. The lemon flavor reminds me of lemon drops without the sugar. It’s definitely not authentic lemon, more of a candy flavor. But I like it! It’s not overpoweringly flavored either. The matcha base is quite weak (as usual), but at least I can taste it a little under the lemon. I would consider buying this one (though in all likelihood, I’ll just order a lemon matcha from 3 Leaf, as I like their base much better).
From Bonne Maman, we have Orange-Cinnamon (Orange-Cannelle) spread. I’m not a huge fan of marmalade, but this smells delicious. The smell actually reminds me more of honey than jam. There are some orange rind pieces mixed in. The spread itself is a bit bitter (being a maramalade), but the cinnamon really helps to sweeten it and counteract the bitterness a bit. A delicious combination! :D
Flavors: Candy, Creamy, Grass, Lemon, Smooth, Sweet
Sipdown! Finished off my sample tin whisked into coconut milk; I was going for a kind of creamy-lemony-desserty kinda vibe. It almost succeeded. My main problem with this matcha is that it isn’t very lemony – and it’s not age; it just never was. It’s more vegetal in the way of plain matcha, with just a hint of lemon.
So – it was okay. Drinkable, but not as good as I’d hoped. I think I knew that, though. I might buy another sample in the future to see if anything’s changed – maybe it’s more lemony now than it used to be. I’ve read some reviews which make me think it might be. The best preparation method so far for me, though, has been as a lemonade – and I’ve added extra lemon juice every time. I’d be interested to experiment a bit more with this one in the future, though. It’s not one I’d rush out to buy, but it’ll probably make a return to my cupboard at some point.