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Friday, January 11, 2019

KitKat Taste Test - Kyoto Uji Matcha Green Tea

Today's KitKat taste test is: the Uji Matcha Green Tea flavor from Kyoto, part of the West Japan gift set.

Like all the chocolates in this set, there are two mini fingers per package.

As mentioned previously, I drank a lot of green tea while in Japan, but wasn't a fan of it when used to flavor other foods.

It may have been because they used the high-quality stuff usually reserved for tea ceremonies, while the common green tea I drank was well... weak. Still... it was a minimum of seven cups a day during my work day.

It was refreshing.

Still, when awaiting the taste test for the Nestlé Japan KitKat Uji Matcha Green Tea flavor, I wasn't expecting much.

The chocolate itself was a light green. For myself, when I eat a green chocolate, I expect a mint flavor - and it's usually strong. 

Smell-wise - not strong at all. Then again, my nose is built for show, not for actually discerning subtle differences in nuance.

Also, the snap of the KitKat was less than the usual crispness I would expect from a regular KitKat finger.

The packaging's main color on the mini pack is mainly green. I'd expect nothing else. Beside the cup of green tea, you can see a lighter green powder... this is the form of quality green tea before mixed with a small amount of water and before it is beaten into a froth as seen in the cup.

As such, I was expecting a bitter taste. I did not get that. It was sweet-ish. Not cloying, with zero after taste - just like a cup of green tea (o-cha). It was also not strong. In fact, it was difficult to pick up the green tea taste. It was there, just not as pronounced as I thought it might be... then again, I'm not familiar with matcha green tea.

Matcha green tea is supposed to be a healthy green tea. More so than others. It is supposed to be rich in nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and chlorophyll, and one glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content.

Above is a box of the Kyoto Uji Matcha Green Tea KitKat flavor, with 12 packs inside. A much better package than what holds each mini pack.
Matcha is also a process. In fact, it start before the tea leaves are harvested - they are covered on the bush for a few weeks prior to being picked.

After drying, the leaves are turned into a powder, and like I mentioned, hot water is added to the green tea powder. Unlike other teas, the tea leaf is not strained out - because it has become a bit of a watery goop - and is drunk as such.

Overall... my experience with the Kyoto Uji Matcha Green Tea flavor was less than overwhelming. It was fine. But it wasn't anything to write home about - except for this blog. It was a meh.

Keep in mind, however, that I am rating these bars on whether or not I would spend my money to purchase it again.

There was nothing wrong with it. It just didn't stand out. Maybe one has to be Japanese to "get" this flavor.

Andrew Joseph
PS: Thanks to Vinnie (again) for sending me two boxes of Nestlé Japan KitKat flavors. 

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