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KitKat Sakura Maccha

Sakura, I’m sure you already know, is cherry blossom, and maccha is special powdered green tea.

And I hate to be cynical, but seeing as Nestlé Japan are, I’ll play too.

There’s such a thing as over-egging the cake.  Gilding the lily.  Mashing two national treasures together for no reason other than to shift product.

As we’ve seen before, Nestlé Japan like to bang that cherry blossom drum.  And we haven’t been short of maccha editions either.

And what you get when you put them both together is neither.  It certainly tastes of both, but why?  Like opera and freefall skydiving – you may love each individually, but I can’t think of a single reason to force them together.

KitKat Sakura Maccha

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KitKat Royal Milk Tea

Royal Milk Tea sounds very posh, doesn’t it.   ‘Fragrant black tea with milk’ might be fierce exotic if you’re Japanese, but if you’re English, it’s simply a cuppa.

There is a hint of PG in there but because the Japanese emphasis is on the milk, it’s white ‘chocolate’, alas.

Nowt special, except look! – there’s tartan and Queen’s guards on the box. Alright, extra point for that.

KitKat Royal Milk Tea

KitKat Uji Maccha

You’d’ve thought a good green tea KitKat would be the business, but it was a bad day for KitKats when we tested this one.  Last of a bad group on a boiling hot day, and I was jonesing for some real chocolate by this stage, so it just didn’t hit the spot.

Test conditions aside, it’s probably as good as past efforts.

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KitKat Uji Maccha

KitKat Jasmine Tea

If you’re the kind of person who likes their tea to taste of flowers, then you’ll probably not object to chocolate that tastes of tea that tastes of flowers. You follow?

Fortunately, white chocolate just wouldn’t suit the flavour, so it’s a welcome return to milk chocolate. Sighs of contentment all round.

Very nice and all that, but be honest, it’s one for the girls, isn’t it. As a prelude to the imminent and inevitable sakura KitKat, there’s a distinctly feminine feel to spring.

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KitKat Jasmine Tea

KitKat Tiramisu & Maccha Tiramisu

Presumably these single fingers are market testers, like the recent strawberry and blueberry cheesecake ones, to be followed later by more substantial packs.

The Maccha (powdered green tea) Tiramisu is quite subtle and creamy, like a maccha latte.  The Tiramisu has a rich coffee and cocoa aroma.  Both are sublime, choosing a favourite will simply come down to whether you’re a tea or a coffee person.

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KitKat Tiramisu

KitKat Happy Break

A special set for your tea- or coffee-break.  Each pack contains 3 packs of differently flavoured coffee or tea, and 3 raspberry and passion fruit, plain chocolate KitKats. Everything your breaktime needs.

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KitKat Happy Break

KitKat Houji Tea

Not green, but brown tea flavour. And a nicely subtle flavour, at that.  Goes perfectly within a mid-afternoon cuppa, so unfortunately, a whole bag doesn’t last very long.

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KitKat ほうじ茶