Steepster Freeze 2021 #1: 01/11/21
I used to have a lavender matcha I really loved, from 3Leaf, which I sipped down last year; not that I was in any hurry to see it go, but matcha isn’t something that ages very gracefully and it was starting to get quite old so I figured I should drink it while it was still tasty. I’ve never seen them have one again since. I’m a lavender fiend, but I know floral flavors are (like most of the things I love!) not widely favored flavors, so I wasn’t too surprised… then when DAVIDsTEA released one last summer I had to grab a bag. I am a bit scared that, too, will never reappear, but at least I have 2 oz. of lavender matcha in my stash again…
I made this breakfast smoothie using the full advent packet, just to clear it out of my stash since I already had the larger bag. And I think this is my favorite one yet! Like the Blueberry Matcha yesterday, I went with the higher amount (a tablespoon to a cup of plain oat milk, whisked cold in the blender) and got a lovely lavender flavor with a bit of sweet florality, but it was, surprisingly, not nearly as overkill on the sweetness (at least to me) as the fruity flavors, despite boasting a “honey” flavor. I could taste the matcha underneath even better than the Blueberry Matcha yesterday, and I just find that the particular floral note of lavender pairs so well with that fresh, umami/grassy vegetal taste.
I like my lavender matcha smoothies paired with berries, so I tossed the latte in with a cup of frozen mixed berries (raspberry, blueberry, blackberry) and a bit of yogurt for creaminess (Cause you know how I feel about bananas… only person on the planet that makes smoothies sans nanner? Perhaps…) Very good! Sometimes I brew up straight lavender tea cold brew to add to really oomph up the lavender flavor, but I didn’t have any on hand this time, and the matcha held the flavor on its own quite well!
Glad I have more of this for now!
Flavors: Floral, Grass, Lavender, Seaweed, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal