Hey there Teacups… Happy Matcha Monday! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea review and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Bird & Blends – Peaches & Cream Matcha. I was gifted a sample tin in a recent order that I made and I’ve hidden it away from myself until I had free Matcha Monday review slot so because I knew I needed to review it and I didn’t trust myself not to drink my way through it before I did a tasting session for a review. I’ve had a bit of a bumpy ride with Bird & Blends flavoured matchas because some of them are amazing and some of them aren’t very good and there is no middle ground between. So I tried to go into this tasting session with that in mind and did my best not to form any expectations for this matcha so I wouldn’t be let down if it was bad.Here’s what Bird & Blend themselves have to say about this Matcha on their website: ”For 2019 we wanted to create some deliciously sweet matchas for matcha lovers to enjoy and for those new to matcha to discover! And, we think nothing beats the simple & classic combo of juicy peaches & cream! Juicy sweet & subtly creamy flavours compliment the Japanese matcha perfectly!”
Ingredients: Japanese matcha green tea, natural flavouring granules
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this matcha 4 ways: on its own (hot), on its own (iced), as a hot latte, as an iced latte. Out of all the ways I’ve tried it so far my favourites of them all were the iced versions. Something about this particular flavour profile for me just lends itself more to being iced than hot and it definitely works best that way. For me when I had it in its own hot there was a touch of cream to it but no peach at all and the same goes for the hot latte. I enjoyed the hot latte but for me the peaches and cream notes were lost in the hot versions so I would only really recommend having this iced. I also recommend using a little bit more matcha than you normally would when you make it iced on it own or iced as a latte so those flavours are able to come through a little stronger.
The matcha is of quite a decent quality and the flavours don’t over power it at all which is always nice when it comes to a flavoured matcha. I do wish that the peach elements of the ”peaches & cream” was a little bit more subtle, no matter how I prepared it and of the two the cream was always the strongest and it has quite a cream soda like taste to it which Bird & Blend I have found use in quite a few of their matchas. I don’t mind it but this did taste similar to their ice cream and mermaid matcha. I think it must be something to do with the flavour granules they use they just don’t sit completely right with me and just have a little bit of an artificial hint to them. I did enjoy this but I just think that the peach element could do with a bit of refining so you can tell it’s supposed to be peaches and cream and not just cream.
For me as nice as this was I have had better peach matchas that I would reach for over this. I enjoyed it for what it is though I just think some areas of it really could be improved. I enjoyed the sample I had but I’m not sure I would go out of my way to repurchase it in the future not unless it gets re-formulated anytime soon. I found that mixing this with my Adagio Peach matcha helped a little bit too bring out some more peach so after I added that it made for a really enjoyable iced latte. I would recommend it if you are looking for a creamy matcha with a hint of peach but not if you are wanting it more for the peach aspect for that I would turn to Adagio’s Peach matcha.
Overall Teacup Rating: 3.5/5
If you want to find out more about Bird & Blend and purchase some of this matcha to try yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all about this matcha either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll do my best to answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tea featured in the post was a free sample that came with a purchase I made from Bird & Blend. They did not ask me to review it. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*