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drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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DAVIDsTEA Matcha Advent Calendar – Day 9

Ooh, another desserty one! I actually have a sample packet of this already that I haven’t opened – I think it was from a Sips by box? I hadn’t been drinking matcha much before this advent, so I just never got to it. Prepared this one with 8 ounces of warm water and 4 ounces of milk.

I feel like the matcha comes through a bit more in this flavor than in some of the others, and the flavoring seems slightly lighter. It’s a good thing, in my book. I don’t think I can really tell the difference between the coconut sugar in this one versus the usual cane sugar, especially with the milk added. There’s a light and sweet vanilla flavor here, I would assume it’s probably creamy as well but since I added milk, I can’t know that for sure. The sweetness level is about normal for these DAVIDsTEA flavored matchas, so far only the peach one has seemed really sweet.

Although I bet if I did add milk, I would find this one way too sweet as well… I’ll have to suck it up and try an all-water preparation again with the next flavor.

So for the Bonne Maman advent calendar, today’s jam is Rhubarb-Strawberry Spread. I quite like that rhubarb is first for once, and the rhubarb is quite strong in the jam as well. It starts off tasting like a slightly tart strawberry, and then the rhubarb comes forward more and more until the end is all rhubarb. A bit of strawberry comes back in the aftertaste. I love rhubarb and wish it were used more, so I find this one to be absolutely scrumptious! :3

(today’s advent teas: https://www.instagram.com/p/CIlVZ7VAeAO/)

Flavors: Bitter, Broccoli, Creamy, Grass, Sugar, Sweet, Vanilla, Vegetal

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

That jam sounds great! Rhubarb is so difficult to find in stores here for some reason!

Cameron B.

I love rhubarb everything! :3

Courtney

Rhubarb is the best! You can only get it here fresh during the summer, but we always make sure to make the best of it!

tea-sipper

Ah! That photo!!

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AJRimmer

That jam sounds great! Rhubarb is so difficult to find in stores here for some reason!

Cameron B.

I love rhubarb everything! :3

Courtney

Rhubarb is the best! You can only get it here fresh during the summer, but we always make sure to make the best of it!

tea-sipper

Ah! That photo!!

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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.

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. Osmanthus is also a favorite of mine. 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.

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90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
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60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
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