Bird & Blend Matcha Advent Calendar – Day 14
This one sounds intriguing – violet and cardamom matcha with lavender? I’m not generally a big fan of lavender, but I do like cardamom and I’d imagine the two would pair well together.
I will say, I really wish I’d sifted this one. I haven’t been bothering because as long as I start with a very small amount of warm water and whisk it into a paste, I never have an issue with lumps. But this seems to have actual tiny pieces of lavender in it, and it’s a little weird in the finished texture. But I guess they must not expect you to sift or you wouldn’t get any lavender? Strange.
Anyway, I do like this one. The lavender is a nice contrast with the creamy milk, and it’s strong but not quite too strong. I think it probably would be too strong for me prepared with water, though. I mostly taste the cardamom near the end of the sip, after the lavender has calmed down a little bit. Really, cardamom is rather floral as well, so it’s difficult to differentiate between the two.
There is some here that tastes almost candy-ish, though, which brings the whole blend down a little for me. I suppose it must be the violet flavoring, as I know violet-flavored candies are popular in Britain. But the candy element sort of clashes with the other flavors, which are more botanical.
Anyway, on to the Bonne Maman! Today’s jam is Raspberry-Lychee (Framboise-Litchi) spread. I’m excited for this one!
Hm, I will say to me, this needs more lychee. The raspberry is quite strong and overpowering. I’m not sure I would have even detected the lychee if I hadn’t known it was there. On some bites I taste it more than others, which is interesting.
I do like it, I would just vote for more lychee.
Flavors: Candy, Cardamon, Floral, Lavender, Perfume, Sweet