DavidsTea’s Raspberry Matcha

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

First Impressions

Another Monday, another matcha review! Raspberry Matcha comes in a sealed, resealable silver pouch. I just mentioned my opinions two reviews ago about the labelling colours and text, so I won’t flog a dead horse here (but feel free to read my review on DavidsTea’s Earl Grey Matcha for more opinions…). I love a good matcha blend, and the idea of a Raspberry Matcha intrigued me, so here we are!

The aroma is very fruity and does remind me of berries, but not necessarily raspberry. If anything, it reminds me of blue raspberry candy (which is also pretty much acceptable in my eyes). The powder itself has a bit of a olive green colour to it, and I can see the sugar crystals from the cane sugar so I am expecting this one to be on the sweeter side. Raspberry Matcha consists of: cane sugar, matcha green tea, and natural raspberry flavouring.

Preparation

DavidsTea recommends whisking Raspberry Matcha in 85°C (185°F) water. I followed the preparation instructions for this matcha drink mix.

First Taste

Raspberry Matcha mixes up to a dark green, easily forms a layer of bubbles on top when I whisked it up using a hand held frother. The aroma is very much a sweet, fruity/berry aroma, and it screams blue raspberry candy to it rather than a natural raspberry aroma. The flavour is (very) sweet and has that blue raspberry candy taste to it. I think it may almost be too sweet for me, which isn’t necessarily a terrible thing as I can still turn it into a tea latte (which I did), but it’s too sweet for me to drink straight.

Raspberry Matcha takes to being turned into a tea latte pretty well. The addition of frothed milk helps temper down that cloying sweetness from all that cane sugar in the blend. It definitely reminds me of drinking candy when straight, but as a tea latte it reminds me of a dessert because it’s not nearly as sweet.

A Second Cup?

As it is a suspension, as all matcha are, there were no second steeps with the same Raspberry Matcha powder.

My Overall Impression

I liked DavidsTea’s Raspberry Matcha. I did find it to be on the overly sweet side, which is why I think I just had to dock some points there. I love sweets of all sorts, but there’s sometimes just too much and that’s what I found here when I was drinking Raspberry Matcha straight. Once it was a tea latte, I found it delightful, like drinking liquid blue raspberry candy. I do wish that there was more of a natural raspberry flavour to it – more fruity, less candy-like, but it does make for a nice dessert-esque cup of tea.

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DavidsTea’s Earl Grey Matcha

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

First Impressions 

Have you ever come across a tea that you needed to try – not because you actually thought it might taste good, but because you hoped it would? This is one of those teas. I love Earl Grey and I love matcha – what could possibly go wrong? Well, I’m sure a lot. I didn’t really get this tea with a lot of high hopes because I was anticipating it being not that great. I had high hopes, but low expectations. Part of this is because sometimes flavoured matcha mixes can often just fall short, or I’m just super picky – take your pick.

Earl Grey Matcha comes in a very similar sealed, resealable silver pouch. It has the green label on the front – with the same pitifully difficult to read white text on a green background (again, nobody asks my opinion before committing to print something, but I’ll still mention this from an accessibility point of view). The matcha drink mix (as it is called) has a really nice aroma to it – very bright citrus notes that do make me think of bergamot and a hint of black tea, perhaps, lingering in the background. There are some grassy undertones to this matcha blend from the matcha base itself. Whatever was used for the Earl Grey flavouring, it smells right.

Earl Grey Matcha consists of: cane sugar, matcha green tea, and natural Earl Grey flavouring. Not sure what is in that flavouring, but the aroma is spot on and I’m a bit impressed about it over here. The colour of the powder drink mix itself is a light grassy green colour. I can definitely see the sugar crystals in the light from the cane sugar, so I am expecting it to be sweet (and hopeful that it’s not too sweet).

Preparation

DavidsTea recommends whisking Earl Grey Matcha in 85°C (185°F) water, and that’s what I ended up doing.

Instead of using a traditional bamboo whisk, I ended up using a handheld milk frother. I find that drink mixes, because they’re not pure, unadulterated matcha, they tend to mix easier in warm water and don’t require sifting as often. So I did skip that step as well. If you are preparing a traditional matcha, I highly recommend sifting to help get rid of the clumps before you begin. Head over to my post on The Basics of Preparing Matcha for more tips and tricks on whisking up your cup of matcha.

First Taste

Earl Grey Matcha whisks up to be a dark grassy green colour. It does still have the Earl Grey aroma, the nice bright citrus notes of the bergamot flavouring are quite evident in the tea when prepared. The things that I noticed when sipping this is that it’s quite sweet, almost too much for me and I have a sweet tooth. There’s some pleasant grassy undertones in the flavour profile, but primarily I do taste the sugar, bergamot notes, and just something about that flavouring that was used that reminds me of the robustness of a strong Earl Grey.

Because I did found it a bit sweet when drinking it straight, I ended up trying out Earl Grey Matcha as a tea latte because… why not? I found it to be pleasant because the addition of frothed milk allowed the cane sugar to be more diluted and help temper down that sweetness, plus the extra level of creaminess from the milk just helped elevate the drink as a whole. Not a necessary step in enjoying this tea, however.

A Second Cup?

As Earl Grey Matcha is a matcha, there are no second steeps with the same matcha drink mix.

My Overall Impression

I loved DavidsTea’s Earl Grey Matcha. I found myself impressed with the level of Earl Grey aroma and flavour in this matcha drink mix because it is at a strength that I really appreciate. There’s just a nice sunshine brightness with the bergamot, and something in it that hints of being black tea. I do think that the amount of cane sugar could be less, but I’m not overly fussed about it because I know a lot of people don’t pick up a matcha drink mix expecting it to be health food product. I do recommend having it as a tea latte though, because you might as well go all out and treat yourself properly.

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Angry Alpaca’s Bohemian Raspberry

Bohemian Raspberry by Angry Alpaca
Green Tea & Oolong Tea / Flavoured

I received Bohemian Raspberry as a gift as part of a tea swap for the holidays in December 2020 from the lovely Jann of Tea With Jann (check her out on YouTube!). As it was a gift, I won’t be looking up the price, but I will include the link to the company’s Facebook page so you can check out their other available tea blends as well as Bohemian Raspberry.

First Impressions

Some things that really stood out to me was the feel of the packaging – it has a soft paper-feel to it with fibres that hang off a bit, and it’s resealable. The label is fun – bright colours with a crocodile?! I find the idea of a ‘naturally aggressive tea’ to be a bold statement, which makes me want to try the tea even more. The name of the blend itself is punny, which I do like. The back of the packaging has a clear window to see the tea, and a label that includes instructions, ingredients, the fact that this tea is made in River Hebert, Nova Scotia (hello, maritimes!), as well as including an artist credit to the cover art (a British Columbian artist by the handle @GOZNO. All in all, a very nice first impression with the packaging.

The tea itself has a really bright berry aroma to it. I can definitely see the leaves, petals, and berries mixed it. I can smell the green tea, not so much the oolong, but also the floral and berry aromas as well. It definitely reminds me of something that could be had iced and I’d probably be pretty happy about it. Bohemian Raspberry consists of: green tea, oolong tea, dried strawberries, dried raspberries, hibiscus, lime leaves, calendula, carthage and sunflower petals.

Preparation

Angry Alpaca recommends steeping Bohemian Raspberry in 90°C (194°F) water for 3 to 5 minutes. I followed the steeping instructions and did an initial steep for 4 minutes.

First Taste

Bohemian Raspberry steeps to a very pretty golden yellow colour. It has a strong berry aroma to it, and I can smell the oolong! The flavour of the tea itself is nice – get some grassiness from the green tea, some strong floral notes, I can definitely taste the berries, and there’s a buttery quality that lingers in the background that I believe to be from the oolong base. It’s well balanced with not a whole lot of sweetness, but it doesn’t seem to really need it. Bohemian Raspberry is pleasant hot, but I imagine it would be stellar as an iced tea with those fruity flavours. I’m a bit surprised that it didn’t end up steeping a bit more pink or more tart, given the presence of the hibiscus.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Bohemian Raspberry once by adding an additional 30 seconds to the steep time and found the flavour to be a bit lacking compared to the initial steep. The fruitiness from the berries just wasn’t as forward as I would have wanted it to be, but the green tea and oolong tea bases both shine a bit more. So I would recommend resteeping if you’re a fan of the base teas.

My Overall Impression

I loved Angry Alpaca’s Bohemian Raspberry. I really enjoyed the flavour profile that they were able to create with both the green tea and oolong tea base. I think the fruity flavours are nice and really shined in the initial steep. I’m definitely going to set aside the rest of the bag for some cold steeping/iced teas for this summer because I just really think it’ll do well iced or cold steeped. Plus, I do need to give bonus points to a company who takes such care in their design to include fun artwork, highlighting Canadian artists, and giving their tea blend a punny name.

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