I’ve been excited to try minor figure oat milk for a while now. The lady in the duck suit certainly makes the carton eye-catching amongst the other alternative milks and gives off those sweet hipster vibes. I was hoping that the taste would live up to the boldness of the branding. I picked up a carton of minor figures oat m*lk from Sainsbury’s for the high price of £1.95 and trialled it over a week.
I was blown away by the deliciousness of this drink. The sweet creamy milk mixed with a light oaty flavour and a pinch of salt was refreshingly tasty. I am not usually one to drink alternative milk by the glass-load, but throughout the week I couldn’t help myself from pouring a cheeky serving from the fridge. I think the combination of the clear white colour – not grey or yellow like some alternative milks – and the lack of artificial aftertaste really made this a stand out product. This was one of the best tasting alternative milks I have tried yet.
As minor figures touts itself as a coffee company that makes milk, my expectations for trying the oat milk in a coffee were high. For me, I like my milk to add an extra kick to the coffee taste – perhaps even enhancing it. This oat milk didn’t really do it for me. It had a very similar effect to adding normal dairy milk to coffee, whereby it mixed in well and added a bit of creaminess but largely let the coffee taste do the talking. If you are trying to simply swap out dairy milk, I could see this being ideal though.
Taste aside, I also tried to use minor figures to add some froth to my coffee. Now, I have seen photos online of hot drinks with mountains of minor figures froth on top. But could I recreate this? Absolutely not. I am not sure what black magic they used to froth this product, but using my Nespresso milk frother (pretty much the tool for the job) the oat milk remained stubbornly flat. A quick google revealed that other buyers have reported the same lack of frothiness, so I would love to know how the barista wizards tame this milk.
Minor figures oat drink is both dairy-free and suitable for vegans. A 200ml glass contains 96 kcal, 4.3g fat, 19g of carbs and 0.4g of protein. So the macros aren’t too friendly and should definitely be taken in as part of a balanced diet. I found the lack of B12 (a common addition to alternative milks) and low protein content to be a little disappointing and could see it putting off some vegans and vegetarians looking for a nutritional milk substitute.
Overall, I was blown away by the taste of minor figures oat milk and will definitely recommend it as not only a milk alternative, but also just a refreshingly tasty drink. However, due to the high carb content and price compared to other alt milks, I don’t think I’ll be picking it up every week. I am not entirely convinced I did the drink justice in my coffee, but as a non-barista I felt using minor figures in my coffee wasn’t the best use of the product. I think trying some of their other coffee products would really show me the full potential of Minor Figures in a hot brew.