Bird & Blend Matcha Advent Calendar – Day 16
I figured this is a good one to try with water instead of soy milk. Apple and pear sounds refreshing and crisp. So I prepared 1 teaspoon of matcha with 8 ounces of 175° water. I was very surprised by the dark red/brown color! Apparently there’s beetroot powder in here.
Hmm. Well I like the added flavoring in this one. It’s definitely apple & pear candies, with a likeness to green apple Jolly Ranchers. I’m surprised that even prepared this way, the matcha doesn’t have much of a flavor to it. I get a light roasted green tea note that reminds me of bancha. Maybe a little bit of wet grass?
There is a big wallop of bitterness at the end of the sip, though, and some astringency. Unfortunately I don’t really have anything to compare this to, since I generally have my matcha with milk. So I’ll leave off a rating until I try the rest of this one that way.
The Bonne Maman jam for today is Rhubarb (Rhubarbe) spread. I do like rhubarb, though it’s not super common here in the States. My grandmother makes strawberry-rhubarb pies, which is why I’m familiar with it.
This is very tasty though! A nice balance of sweet and tart with a lovely rhubarb flavor. Nom.
Flavors: Apple, Bitter, Candy, Grass, Pear, Roasted, Sweet