drank Coconut Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
13714 tasting notes

Oh, hello new matcha friend!

There are a few returning matcha flavours and matcha dusted teas online now, but this bad boy is brand new – and also… unsweetened!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely still a sucker for a sweet matcha but I don’t always want my matcha to be sweet and I personally really believe that unsweetened flavoured matcha can be just as good at the sweetened stuff. This technically isn’t DT’s first unsweetened flavoured matcha, but it might as well be – the others we’ve carried were Kale Matcha (which had actual kale in it) and Sunset Matcha (which had strawberry and orange powder). So, this is kind of the first “pure play” flavoured matcha we’ve done…

I feel like coconut matcha was a good flavour to start with to “dip our toes” into this zone. We’ve had the Coconut Water Matcha before, but not a true coconut. I find the flavouring pretty mild, but that’s to be expected – when you go from something where the flavour is being considerably carried/made richer from the sugar the unsweetened version is bound to feel a lot more subtle/delicate. What I really like about it is the creaminess – the matcha base here is already preeettyyy naturally creamy but the addition of coconut just makes it seem all the more light, fluffy and refreshing to me.

I decided not to take any of this one home for myself, as hard as that way, because I just don’t crave coconut flavoured things too frequently and I already have a frankly excessive amount of the Coconut Water Matcha – but it was a hard call! I’m really working this tea at being disciplined with the tea I take home given how accessible it is for me just within the office. So, I’m patting myself on the back for making that call.

I just really hope that this matcha resonates with people – I would really like to push more towards diversifying the sweet and unsweet matcha options in the DT line up, but there has to be a clear interest in that before it’ll happen. So far my favourite way to enjoy this is iced with a good splash of milk – it’s just a really refreshing cup that way!

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

tea-sipper

YAY for unsweetened matcha options!

Lexie Aleah

Yay Indeed

Lizzie

I am hoping for more unsweetened!

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tea-sipper

YAY for unsweetened matcha options!

Lexie Aleah

Yay Indeed

Lizzie

I am hoping for more unsweetened!

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Hello! My name is Kelly, though many people in the tea community call me Ros or Roswell.

I am a mid-twenties tea addict, blogger, and all around nerd. I grew up in the Prairies, but a few years ago I relocated to Quebec to pursue a career with DAVIDsTEA in the tea industry! I’m still working on getting my French language skills down…

My first introduction to tea, in any form outside of instant and bottled iced tea, was about seven years ago when I happened to stumble upon DAVIDsTEA while looking for a birthday present for a friend! I tried their Birthday Cake rooibos blend, and I’ve been hooked on tea ever since! In those seven years; I was introduced to the online tea community, expanded my interest in flavoured teas to include a deep love and appreciation for straight teas and traditional brewing methods, got a tea themed tattoo, started reviewing teas, amassed a sizable tea and teaware collection, became a TAC certified Tea Sommelier, & even came full circle by beginning a career in the tea industry with DAVIDsTEA!

I consider myself a Jack of all Teas, and strive to have a knowledge and appreciation of all tea types, formats, and styles of drinking. I don’t like to feel boxed in to just being a “flavoured tea” or “straight tea” drinker – my expectations may vary depending on the type of tea or how it’s been processed/prepared but if it’s good tea, it’s good tea no matter how it’s been made!

You name it, I probably drink it- and I’ll absolutely try anything at least once.

My default method of preparation is hot, Western style, and straight – but I’m not opposed to additions if I’m in the right mood. If I ever add something to a tea or use a different method of preparation I will ALWAYS call it out in the tasting note though.

I like to listen to music when drinking tea, especially when I’m brewing a large pot at a time or steeping Gongfu. 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.

I’m also one half of the “tea and fandom” podcast GeekSteep where, weekly, we discuss newly explored fandoms over tea as well as try to figure out the perfect tea to pair with each fandom. You can find us on Spotify and Apple & Google podcasts.

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

Least favourite flavour notes/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, strongly spiced profiles (and most Chai in general), mushrooms, seaweed, chamomile, 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.

Please contact me at the instagram account listed below if you would like me to review your teas.

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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