|"In a latte, the spiced powder was bearable I suppose. On its own, it definitively was not."|
While matcha has tailored off to a less than infrequent choice of beverage, I do have much familiarity with it. Yet never have I experienced a flavored matcha such as this. Promising notes of cinnamon and vanilla, Spicely’s Dulce Matcha Spice seemed to good to be true. It wasn’t.
To start off on the highest note, the matcha is arguably passable when in a mixed drink (a latte or something of similar sorts, that is). I wasn’t crazy about my results and stopped before finishing the last few sips out of fear that I had merely sipped out all of the milk and sugar. At no point could I distinguish a prominent grassiness expected from any powered green tea.
Whisked under hot water, Spicely’s originally intriguing matcha forces a sensation akin to highly concentrated cinnamon water of a putrid brown liquor. In all fairness, the color of the drink should not be meaningfully scrutinized. With the added ingredients, it seems only natural that the look of the tea would be of a less appetizing nature. But the actual experience of the brew is just inexcusable. My first sip elicited a reaction perhaps replicable only by a sour lemon on some serious GMOs. Immediately upon tasting the prepared drink, I dumped its content down the drain and my head under the sink faucet. Okay, so this all may have been a bit dramatic. Nonetheless, my actions were in self-defense, people, and I was not having the full-blown flavor profile last in my taste buds longer than it had to.
Not a hint of matcha was to be detected in what had resulted from my first attempt. Mind you, I did have a second go at the tea, sifting it into a finer powder and adding more water to the mixture. In both attempts and after fervent whisking, I struggled to achieve any of the desired foaminess, instead ending with a collection of airy, dirty looking bubbles. From a highly concentrated result to a much more watered down one, I failed to escape any of the unfavorable elements.
In all, I was plainly disappointed with Spicely’s seemingly promising and attractively named Dulce Matcha Spice. In a latte, the spiced powder was bearable I suppose. On its own, it definitively was not.
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