DAVIDsTEA Matcha Advent Calendar – Day 8
Yaaay, back to actual matcha today! I was excited to see this flavor as well, as I was hoping for a more dessert-y matcha after the last couple of fruity ones. I actually reduced the amount of liquid this time – the instructions recommend 16 ounces but I ended up doing 8 ounces of warm water and 4 ounces of milk. Hopefully I can taste the matcha better this way!
This is quite sweet, but I did use less liquid, and to be honest for something maple-flavored I don’t mind the sweetness. Sweetness is kind of part of the deal when it comes to maple syrup, so I’m fine with it in this case. This has a lovely maple flavor that stands up well to the milk! Sweet and rich but not artificial tasting. I can also taste the matcha better with less liquid, so I get more of the vegetal and grassy notes with a hint of toasted seaweed. I’m surprised it’s not more bitter with the increased potency, but somehow it’s not.
I’m a fan of this flavor. I likely won’t be purchasing any of these matchas as it’s just not practical for me to have them be pre-sweetened, but I’m really enjoying my cuppa this morning!
So the jam for Day 8 is Apricot-Bergamot Spread! I admit, I squealed with delight when I saw this one, as apricot is one of my all-time favorite jams and I love bergamot in tea, so it seemed like a great combination and it’s even somewhat tea-relevant! And it’s really good! Even though the bergamot does come off a bit more floral here, it also adds a lovely citrus tartness to the sweet apricot. I’m not a huge fan of floral, but it works nicely here as an accent for the fruit, sort of like it was a combination of apricot with apricot blossoms or something. Although really it’s more like a combination of jasmine and rose for me. Yum!
(today’s advent teas: https://www.instagram.com/p/CIirQD-Air7/)
Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Maple, Maple Syrup, Seaweed, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal