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Bird & Blend Matcha Advent Calendar – Day 2

Morning matcha milk time! Prepared with 1 teaspoon of matcha for 8 ounces of soy milk. There were some little dark lumps that didn’t want to dissolve – I think maybe it’s the acai powder?

Hmm. For me, the flavoring is too strong here. I say that because with my usual ratio for a matcha milk, the added flavor is too strong, which makes it seem artificial, and the matcha is too weak at the same time. I get a big wallop of dried blueberry and almost nothing from the matcha itself. There’s also some bitterness at the end of the sip, either from the matcha or the added flavoring.

I’m not saying it’s terrible, I can easily just use less matcha for the amount of milk and not have the overwhelming blueberry flavor. But then it wouldn’t taste like matcha at all. Maybe I’ll try this one with water to see if the matcha flavor stands up better that way.

Today’s Bonne Maman advent jam is Mango-Peach (Mangue-Pêche) spread. To me, it’s a peach jam with just a little bit of mango as an accent. In fact, I’m not sure I would notice that the mango was there. If you told me this was peach jam, I’d likely believe you. Tasty though!

Flavors: Artificial, Bitter, Blueberry, Sweet, Umami

Preparation
Iced 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

I love this matcha. But I make it latte-style with vanilla almond milk, and it tastes just like blueberry muffins.

Cameron B.

Yeah, I guess my issue is I want my matcha to taste like matcha. Maybe that shouldn’t be a requirement for flavored matchas, I dunno. :P

tea-sipper

1 teaspoon of matcha for 8 ounces sounds way too much?

Cameron B.

@tea-sipper – That’s the ratio I always use for matcha.

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Mastress Alita

I love this matcha. But I make it latte-style with vanilla almond milk, and it tastes just like blueberry muffins.

Cameron B.

Yeah, I guess my issue is I want my matcha to taste like matcha. Maybe that shouldn’t be a requirement for flavored matchas, I dunno. :P

tea-sipper

1 teaspoon of matcha for 8 ounces sounds way too much?

Cameron B.

@tea-sipper – That’s the ratio I always use for matcha.

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-year-old software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby related-things… ;)

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