Hey there Teacups.. Happy Matcha Monday! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Bird & Blends – Mermaid Matcha. This matcha stick was a sample and wasn’t gifted to me for the purpose of this review but because I’ve seen so many interesting recipes featuring it I wanted to take the time to review it and tell you what my unbiased opinion of it is. If like me you’re interested in Bird & Blend’s vast selection of matchas & tea / tisane powders I know you’ll be looking for reviews of them before you commit to buying them so I thought why not take the time to review it so you can all make more informed orders in the future, there’s nothing more annoying than spending your ”tea money” on something and then not enjoying it so I hope this review will help you to be able to avoid that.Here’s what Bird & Blend themselves have to say about this matcha over on their website: ”Magical blue matcha infused with blue pea flower! For fans of our famous colour changing Blue Raspberry tea blend! This magical blue matcha is infused with blue flower, to create a deep sea blue brew!”
Blue pea flower, Japanese matcha green tea, carob powder, natural flavouring.
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this matcha two ways: on its own (hot) and then as a latte (hot- with just soya milk and no honey). Normally I would make sure I try it a few more ways but seen as I only had one stick of this matcha and I didn’t want to water it down by trying it iced, but if in the future I do get the chance to have this again I’ll definitely try it iced as I have heard its nice with lemonade. I’ll be honest going into this tasting session I wasn’t sure what to expect from this matcha as before I tried this I had never actually had a blend with pea flower in it so I wasn’t sure what It was going to add the blend.
I like the matcha that Bird & Blend use so I knew I was going to enjoy that part of it but honestly all the pea flower added when I had it on its own was a little bit of an earthy note but other than that not much. I could taste the matcha when I had it on its own but it wasn’t as strong of a ”matcha” flavour profile as I would have like which was disappointing. To me this tasted very very similar to their Ice Cream Matcha only with that one you can taste the matcha more so if I were picking between the two despite this having being beautiful when it comes to aesthetics I would definitely go for the Ice Cream Matcha as it was much more well balanced. This one definitely could have done with so work when it came to balance and I would forgo a bit of that blue colour for more matcha in this but I understand that with this matcha its selling point is its aesthetics.As a latte the matcha element of this blend was incredibly overpowered and this just tasted like hot, sweet vanilla milk with a cream soda like note to it which was nice don’t get me wrong but the matcha in this needs to be stronger in my opinion, I get that the colour wouldn’t be as pretty but that’s a small price to pay for a much more well balanced blend. Had the matcha element been a little bit stronger I would have loved this but it much less unique in flavour profile than a lot of other Bird & Blend matchas I have tried as it just tastes far too similar to their Ice Cream one so the only truly unique thing about this matcha is its colour.
Its fun and I can definitely see why people would enjoy it especially for tea parties and things like that but as a matcha lover this just seems like a bit of a novelty product to me. For that reason I can’t honestly say this is a product I would buy again and keep in my stash, If I were planning a themed party or something along those lines I could see this being a fun addition but not for every day drinking. But please remember that these are just my personal opinions, everyone is different so don’t let this put you off giving it a go for yourself, because you might just end up loving it.
Overall Teacup Rating: 3.75/5 | If this had more of a distinct flavour and didn’t taste incredibly similar to their ice cream matcha, and I had actually been able to taste the matcha in it (both on its own and as a latte) it would have gotten a 5/5 from me.
If you want to find out more about Bird and Blend and give this matcha a try for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I possibly can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The Tea featured in this post was gifted to me as a sample but I was not asked to review it. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*