DavidsTea’s Vanilla Matcha

Vanilla Matcha by DavidsTea
Green Tea (Matcha) / Flavoured
$9.98 for 50g

First Impressions

What’s this? Another matcha post on a Monday? I’m impressing even myself! This week’s #matchamonday review is DavidsTea’s Vanilla Matcha, which is a flavoured matcha drink mix that came in the Matcha Discovery Kit (first discussed in my review of Pumpkin Pie Matcha). In a familiar green-tone foil pouch (it comes sealed, and is resealable!) with the information about the ingredients and steeping instructions on the back.

Vanilla Matcha has a bit of a dull olive-ish sheen to it. The aroma is primarily that of vanilla. The packaging mentions that there is coconut in it somewhere, but I don’t smell anything that reminds me of coconut. Vanilla Matcha consists of: coconut nectar, matcha green tea, and natural vanilla flavouring.

Preparation

DavidsTea recommends whisking Vanilla Matcha in 85°C (185°F) water. I opted to follow the preparation instructions.

First Taste

Vanilla Matcha whisks to a bit of a dark green. It’s not as bright as I’m used to when it comes to matcha, but nonetheless it has a strong vanilla aroma to it. The taste of the matcha is primarily vanilla and sweet. I don’t really taste coconut still, and the flavour has a bit of grassy quality to it. The tea is was smooth, and the flavour is pleasant. I find that the vanilla and sweetness overpowers the grassy notes from the matcha base.

A Second Cup?

As matcha is a suspension and all of it is drunk on the first go-around, there are no second cups.

My Overall Impression

I thought that DavidsTea’s Vanilla Matcha was just okay. There was just something about it that didn’t speak to me as a personal preference. While I found the sweetness and the vanilla flavour was good, I wasn’t that fond of the grassy qualities in the blend because the vanilla flavour overwhelms the matcha base and it wasn’t the most enjoyable. I can see this blending easily as an iced matcha latte and it did whisk easily, so using a blender bottle would be easy if you were making matcha on the go.

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Recipe: Lemon & Cranberry Scones

When life gives you lemons… you zest it and make some scones! At least that’s what I did – and why not? I love the flavours and smells of citrus, and using the zest from a lemon is always a good idea (bonus, you could juice the lemon afterwards to make yourself an Iced Tea Lemonade or a Matcha Lemonade!). Plus, scones are always an excellent accompaniment to a cup of tea to have a little treat yo’self moment or to start off an afternoon tea.

Lemon & Cranberry Scones – Makes 18-24

3½ cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt¹
½ cup butter (cold, diced)
⅓ cup white granulated sugar
2 egg yolks
1 cup milk (plus extra for glaze)
Zest from 1 lemon
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup dried cranberries

¹ Optional, so if you’re watching your salt intake, feel free to omit!

Preheat oven to 425°F.
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
When will mixed, add in butter. Use 2 butter knives or a pastry cutter to incorporate the butter with the flour.
Add sugar – mix in. You should still see butter not fully mixed in.
Add 1 egg yolk, milk, lemon zest and lemon juice – mix some more.
Fold in dried cranberries until well mixed in.
Dump dough out onto a floured surface (e.g. your kitchen counter).
Pat the dough down or roll out until approximately 1¼” (~3cm) thick.
Using a floured round cookie cutter (or a smooth glass or jar), cut out scones.
Mix remaining egg yolk with ~1 tablespoon of milk, brush onto tops of scones as a glaze.
Place onto a lined cookie sheet and into the oven they go!
Bake for 12-15mins or until the tops are golden brown.

Recipe adapted from Will Torrent’s Afternoon tea at home, “Classic scones”

If you make these Lemon & Cranberry Scones, I’d love to see your photos! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@onemoresteep #onemoresteep) or comment below with a link to the photo!

Tea By C’s Rose Buds

Rose Buds by Tea By C
Herbal Infusion / Straight
$10.00USD for 1oz

Tea By C has provided me with Rose Buds for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

Rose Buds came to me in a now-familiar kraft paper pouch from Tea By C. It came with an information card that includes the health benefits, tasting notes, steeping guide, as well as the information about flower anatomy on the back (definitely takes me back to my biology undergrad days!). The tisane itself solely consists of rose buds, which I think is well reflected in the name.

Rose Buds is an herbal tisane, consisting of rose buds from France. It’s naturally caffeine-free, which makes for a nice any-time-of-day drink. The rose buds themselves are lightly pink and pretty delicate looking. The aroma is all roses, which shouldn’t be that big of a surprise.

Preparation

Tea By C recommends steeping Rose Buds in boiling water (100°C/212°F) for 1 to 2 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep for 90 seconds.

First Taste

Rose Buds steeps to a pale yellow. The aroma is definitely roses throughout. On first taste, I taste both sweetness, and the rose floral notes. It’s not as heavily perfume-like as I had expected, which I think has a lot to do with the steeping time. It has a very soothing aroma to it, which I appreciated when I had it as a post-dinner drink.

A Second Cup?

Tea By C suggests that Rose Buds can been steeped 1 to 2 times. I attempted a second resteep, and opted to steep it for 3 minutes. I found that the flavour was fairly close to the initial steep, but it was just a touch weaker. I would recommend doing at least one more steep with Rose Buds to get all that rose flavour.

My Overall Impression

I loved Tea By C’s Rose Buds. I really enjoyed the overall experience of this tisane – from admiring the dry buds to smelling the steeped tisane to the first taste. The surprise for me was the fact that it didn’t remind me of potpourri when I was drinking it, which is always a potential hazard when it comes to flower-dominate tisanes. I loved that Rose Buds handled being resteeped once and the flavour wasn’t too far off from the initial steep.

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