Bird & Blend Matcha Advent Calendar – Day 13
Oh, Bird & Blend, what unusual matchas you have… This one is full of activated charcoal. It has virtually no dry scent at all. It seemed extremely fine in the tin, but I sifted it into my chawan anyway, and was happy I did because there were some big clumps of cocoa powder.
Wow, this was pitch black before I added the milk. In fact, it tried to stain my chasen a little bit and required some more strenuous cleaning to get it off.
This is an interesting once. Even with the 8 ounces of soy milk, it’s still quite a dark grey color. I’m not sure if it’s because of the charcoal, but it has a somewhat gritty texture – not terribly unpleasant or anything, just something of note. The flavor is a nice mix of grassy and slightly umami matcha with a bit of a roasty hit. I’m not sure if that’s from the cocoa, as supposedly charcoal doesn’t have any flavor. I can taste the rich cocoa flavor as well.
Overall, this is actually quite tasty aside from the texture. Hopefully their Cocoa Matcha is also in the calendar and tastes similar, as I really don’t care about the charcoal aspect.
From the Bonne Maman calendar, today we have Strawberry-Redcurrant (Fraise-Groseille) spread. I’m not sure I know what redcurrant tastes like, it’s not a common flavor here in the States. I know what they look like, and they’re one of the “four red fruits”, but I’ve never tried one. I would guess semi-tart? Anyway, this tastes of yummy strawberry jam with a bit more zing, I assume from the redcurrant. I hope they have a plain redcurrant jam in this calendar, as I would love to try it. For science…
Flavors: Cocoa, Grain, Grass, Roasted nuts, Sweet, Umami