I preface this post to say that I have not been paid or given any free items to make this review. Just my own, honest thoughts about this great product.
Many, many years ago, we came across a drink in Japan that we absolutely loved. Not knowing any Japanese, I copied the Kanji (甘酒) and showed it around to all the super markets, convenience stores, and other shops. I then found out that it was pronounced Amazake and it is a fermented drink that I would need to brew. But finding the ingredients for it would prove to be a challenge at home. Fast forward to this year, my memory of this drink was triggered after watching a travel/food show where the host showcased a sake brewery which also make amazake (in Japan).
Internet searches for amazake led me to a local company called Sveet.ca who offers a number of drink choices from ready made fermented oat mylk to make your own smoothie kits. What's even better is they have the amazake that I was looking for (in frozen form - just add water!). I dont make too many smoothies at home so I decided to just order the fermented oat mylks (plain, matcha, strawberry, and coffee) as well as the frozen amazake mix.
All their fermented oat mylks do not have a strong fermented taste to them. In fact, it just tastes like I'm drinking a regular flavoured oat milk. All their fermented oat mylks do not have added refined sugars and the sugars that are there are usually naturally occuring sugars.
My reviews of the specific flavours that I tasted:
- Matcha: I am a bit of a matcha nut and love matcha in anything. So I was a bit worried that this wouldnt be up to my taste. However, the matcha flavour is strong, there is no doubt that you are drinking matcha without it being overly sweet unlike a certain commercial coffee shop's (sbux) offering. There is a bit of grittiness, which I assume is from the matcha powder, but the texture is similar to regular cow's milk maybe a touch thicker but there is no sliminess. 9/10
- Strawberry: Very similar to a Korean strawberry milk. Chunks of strawberries in their original oat mylk and shake shake shake! The grittiness that I mentioned in the matcha flavour is not present. Again, not overly sweet but it is sweeter than the matcha. Most likely from the strawberries. 8/10
- Coffee: This one let me down a little bit but that may be because Im addicted to coffee. When you drink it, you can tell that it is coffee flavoured but it was a bit too subtle for my liking. I think I would be better off getting the original flavour and adding my own coffee to it. 6/10
I havent had a chance to test out the Amazake yet as I didnt want the oat mylks to spoil. But I will update this post when I have to report back!
If you are interested in getting some to try for yourself, head over to Sveet.ca. If you live in Burnaby, Richmond or Vancouver, they offer free delivery on Saturday and Sunday with a minimum purchase of $36. Otherwise, you are able to go to their shop to pick up your orders on Fridays and Saturdays. Don't forget to sign up to their newsletter to get a 10% coupon code on your first order.
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