DAVIDsTEA Matcha Advent Calendar – Day 6
Yay, we’re back to actual matcha instead of treats! Not that I didn’t like the matcha white chocolate, but I admit to being a bit disappointed when I pulled it out of the little drawer yesterday morning… At least it gave me a chance to sip down one of my other lingering matcha samples! :P
Anyway! Prepared this with 12 ounces of water, then topped with 4 ounces of milk. DAVIDsTEA recommends waaaaay more milk, but I can’t imagine being able to taste the matcha that way since it’s already quite mild. I did taste this before I added the milk and it was pleasant enough (and not as sweet and the peach, whew), but I just really felt like having a nice blueberry muffin-esque beverage so I went ahead and made it creamy!
This is very yummy though. I can still taste the matcha and it has a nice grassy flavor with vegetal notes and I still get a hint of umami as well. The milk makes it taste like green tea Pocky, and I’m not complaining! There is a tinge of bitterness at the end of the sip as I would expect. The blueberry here is quite tasty, and I’m not sure I’d say it’s entirely authentic-tasting, but it’s a good balance of the fresh fruit with a slight candylike intensity that makes it pop a bit more. It’s sweet, but not over-the-top. The sweetness works well for this preparation, but I’m not sure I enjoy it when preparing these matchas plain. I’ll certainly try that preparation several more times over the course of the calendar, but today’s flavor just screamed “latte” to me! Or in my case, sort-of latte… ;)
Today’s Bonne Maman advent jam is Sweet Orange-Passion Fruit Spread. I’m not normally a big fan of marmalade, as I find it a bit too bitter from the peel, even though I generally enjoy orange. This mostly tastes like marmalade, with a bit of passion fruit as a top note. So it’s not a favorite for me, though I’m sure someone who enjoys marmalade would like this very much!
I love tasting the matcha after the jam, as it makes it taste less sweet and then I like it even more! ;)
(today’s advent teas: https://www.instagram.com/p/CIdqxdfAjbO/)
Flavors: Bitter, Blueberry, Broccoli, Candy, Grass, Seaweed, Sugar, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal