What didn’t you like about it? The texture? The sweetness?
If you imagine the taste profile to be a 3 dimensional object, at the bottom you have mouth feel, the coarseness, the sweetness, the vanilla notes all working together. Then you have a little bit going on above it, then a chasm of emptiness for yoinks, then there’s this gauche cinnamon taste, veneer thin. Somehow it manages to taste grittier than the original powder, while very similar with hair-thin cinnamon overdose.
If the taste had to be describe as an object It would be a glitter balloon with cinnamon sprinkles on the outside and basically nothing inside. I have no good things to say about it.
The brilliant thing about it though is that it’s my wife’s favourite so I know it’s just my personal, subjective, one-man opinion and not a set fact.
Is there a reason you mix black and white powders?
Yes there is! The white powder I find almost impossible to shake smooth, and I’m an adult man. I have tried shaking it for half a minute straight, just full-on violence against the lumps. Nope. When lumpy, the white powder has an almost slimy consistency to it with these really unpleasant clusters attacking your senses.
So I took to blending it with either a kitchenaid tabletop or a stick mixer, whicever I have to hand. Then I realised it can’t be blended either, because it still has the consistency of wet semolina. I had bags of the stuff so I looked for ways to turn it palatable. I thought to myself, the macros are kinda on the carb-y side, what would I have to mix it with to get to a neutral blend like the normal powder, which was when it hit me that I should be adding black to it to bring up the proteins. (I call it grey. White for essential, black for increased protein, original or grey for the white bag black letter powder, 50-50 for the blended stuff)
Turns out the thicker, meatier, chewier consistency of black huel goes perfectly with the wet semolina, uncooked rice vibe of essential and creates a less potent tasting middle ground with none of the hints of what I find to be negative aspects of Essential. I happened to have banana black at home, it goes well with vanilla essential. Black vanilla also goes great with it. The other reason is that essential huel undiluted gives me violent farts. Those earthy, slow release wet feeling ones that smell as if sulphur and cabbage had created the worst city-buster smell they could muster. The stink sits low, sticks to everything and is just so bad I think I have a gut thing disagreeing with it. Absolutely inhuman, and they come 20 an hour.
None of that happens when mixed with Black. Truly no idea why.