My final advent sampler! Full packet wisked in plain oat milk, cold.
Of the floral flavors, this is my least favorite… Don’t get me wrong, I love sakura, but that tends to be the problem with outside-of-Japan “cherry blossom” flavors/blends. They always taste like a combination of artificial cherry flavoring and some floral flavoring (usually rose) and that just doesn’t really equate to actual Japanese sakura flavor to me, and I was getting that here, as well. The cherry at least wasn’t trending medicinal (as I have seen in some “cherry blossom” teas) but, like the other fruity matchas, it tasted like candy from all the sweetness. The floral mixed with the sweetness just read to me as honey, like the flavor of the Wild Honey matcha. So really, rather than tasting cherry blossoms, I was tasting cherry candies drizzled in wild flower honey. It didn’t taste bad, but… that just isn’t sakura! I also wasn’t getting any matcha notes this time, and in theory, I think I would really like the grassy/umami notes of matcha paired with the sweeter florals of sakura. If I can ever find a Japanese-produced sakura matcha, I would be wildly curious to try it…
Blended it with a berry mix and some yogurt for my breakfast smoothie. Tasted like I’d added the Wild Honey Matcha to my smoothie (I really liked that one!), since the actual berries toned down the cherry candy note and what was left was a sort of wildflower sweetness.
Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Cherry, Floral, Honey, Sweet