Smoothie matcha for this morning. Since I am still working with coconut milk and it changed the flavor of my last matcha so drastically, I tried whisking up a small portion in water (not my preferred method for matcha!) for flavor sampling purposes. I found it didn’t produce much froth, but at least integrated nicely without a weird texture in the mouth. The dark olive-green liquour had a very umami/seaweedy taste to the matcha itself, rather than sweeter grass, but it was prominent and not covered completely by the flavoring. Of the flavoring, I pretty much just tasted the citusy orange note; it was a bit pithy and orange peel like, and I couldn’t taste the passionfruit well, mainly just a sort of “tropical fruit punch” taste that came as an aftertaste after the sip.
Oddly enough, when it was added to the blender with the coconut milk, yogurt, and some strawberries and mangoes and blended up, I am getting a strong presense of the passionfruit flavor from the blended smoothie! It’s a tropical, slightly bitey flavor, which would almost be “sour” if it weren’t for the sweetness of the smoothie itself softening the edges so it works. Some sips, the citrus orange really pops, but mostly I think the citrus is adding to the passionfruit taste.
This works fine in a fruit smoothie, but I’m not sure how I feel about it otherwise… it actually might be one that I would like okay in a coconut milk latte, since that sweet milk seems to compliment these flavors okay and take a little of the edge off. But outside of creating a “tropical” smoothie taste? I think I prefer B&B’s Orange Matcha, which works nicely in smoothies but also is good in a latte with vanilla to create a “creamsicle” effect. The flavors aren’t that much different and I think the Orange one is a little more versatile… especially since taken plain in water, I wasn’t getting the passionfruit flavor to really pop much.
Flavors: Citrus, Fruit Punch, Orange, Orange Zest, Passion Fruit, Seaweed, Tart, Tropical, Umami