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 Swampthing Matcha. Those of you who follow me over on Instagram will know that recently when my blog hit 50K total views I broke my tea buying ban for the first time in a long time and treated myself to a bird and blend order. They very kindly included two matcha samples in my order which I thought was incredibly kind of them. Out of the two they sent I had to review this was first because a lavender & lime flavoured matcha sounded fantastic to me and I was eager to see if it was as a delicious as it sounded.
Here’s what Bird & Blend themselves have to say about this Matcha on their website: ”A potion of weird & wonderful flavours, our lavender, lime and pear matcha will undoubtedly be a fave. Why ‘swampthing’? Not all magical things are unicorn shaped… This matcha resembles Shrek’s swamp water but don’t judge a brew by its colour! One cup packs double the antioxidants… with spirulina AND matcha!”
Ingredients: Japanese matcha green tea, spirulina, nettle, natural lime & pear flavouring granules, lavender.
Tea Tasting Notes
The dry aroma of this matcha is vegetal and slightly sweet with a subtle citrus underpinning. I didn’t get any lavender from the aroma and the citrus note while present was also very subtle and very much a non specific citrus note. Going into this if I didn’t know this was supposed to have been a flavoured Matcha I would have no idea this was supposed to be lavender/lime as neither were present in the aroma. Aside from that non-descript citrus note this just smelt like a normal matcha. Colour wise the green is bright but not as vibrant as I would have liked it to be which I have found can be the case with most flavoured matchas.
After adding the water that non-descript citrus note did become much stronger and smelt a lot sweeter. It reminded me of the smell of citrus flavoured candy like green Starbursts. But, it still didn’t scream lime to me and even after adding the water the lavender was nowhere to be found which was very disappointing, as I really would have liked it to be stronger. Over the years I’ve grown to love blends with lavender so I would have liked that element to be much stronger. I thought that it would make an appearance when it came to taste but it wasn’t present at all so this matcha really does fall flat in that aspect. I think since finding out about this matcha I had really hyped up the combination of lavender and lime in my head and I had such high expectations for it so when it didn’t really deliver on either of those notes I was just incredibly disappointing.
For this tasting session (that I did over two days) I tried this matcha 4 ways: hot & iced (on its own), hot (with honey) and as an iced latte. Of the four ways I tried it my favourite by a country mile was the cup I had iced on it’s own because that subtle citrus candy like note was at its strongest and the matcha was able to shine as well both pairing fantastically together. The cup of this that I had hot was all matcha and very vegetal and I could pick out the nettles which I wasn’t able to taste in the iced version at all. However, that citrus candy like note was nowhere to be seen and was only really present in the aroma. Adding in a little honey just didn’t sit well with this matcha and I wouldn’t recommend it. Because this did work so well iced I decided to try it as an iced latte as well to see what it would turn out like.
The resulting cup was a pretty delicious iced matcha latte like all the other matcha lattes I make. It didn’t taste like a flavoured matcha and because that subtle citrus candy note is so subtle the milk drowned it out completely. I expected such great things from this and was just so let down by how lack lustre it is. It promised such great things and then just didn’t deliver on them. This could have been amazing but need some work when it comes to its added flavours. I’m all for flavoured matchas that have subtle yet present and delicious flavours added to them that still let the matcha shine but this one doesn’t do that it delivers on the matcha front but the added elements are far too subtle. The cup I had iced I did enjoy as that is where that citrus candy note was at its strongest but even then it was far too subtle and I guarantee I would’t have been able to pick that out if I did’t know it was supposed to be in there. I’m just disappointed because I know Bird & Blend can do so much better than this.
Overall Teacup Rating: 3.5/5
If you want to find out more about Bird & Blend and purchase some of this matcha for yourself, you can do both here
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Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tea featured in this post was a sample that came with a purchase I made. It was not gifted to me and I was not asked by Bird & Blend to review it. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*