Itohkyuemon is a long-established tea house in Uji, Kyoto, and one of two KitKat flavours they’ve created using their teas in collaboration with Nestle Japan is Itokyuemon Uji Maccha KitKat. This KitKat is distinct from the more widely available Otona no Amasa Uji Maccha KitKat, being a regional flavour available only in Kyoto — indeed, these were purchased from the tea house itself.
This Itokyuemon Uji Maccha KitKat consists of fragrant wafers wrapped in a beautiful green coloured white chocolate flavoured with Itohkyuemon’s matcha that’s flecked with darker green specks of gyokuro.
The rich flavour of mellow matcha defines this KitKat. The first taste is sweet, yet as chocolate spreads throughout your mouth, the vegetal notes characteristic of Japanese green teas becomes more pronounced as the unsweetened — and intensely bitter — matcha cream sandwiching the wafers dissolves. Eaten together, it much like a deliciously thick and creamy (sweetened) matcha, with a slightly bitter lingering aftertaste.
Compared to the Otona no Amasa Uji Maccha KitKat (right), the colour of the Itokyuemon Uji Maccha KitKat (left) is a darker green and the matcha flavour is richer, and so leaves a brighter finish that’s mellowed by a sweeter white chocolate base. If Otona no Amasa Uji Maccha KitKat were a matcha latte made from one teaspoon of matcha, then Itokyuemon Uji Maccha KitKat is made from two.
And to finish is a photo of the box for the same flavour of KitKat from 2011 containing 2 full-size, rather than mini-size, bars.
The box of Itokyuemon Uji Maccha KitKat contained 12 mini bars. It is a regional edition limited to Kyoto and was produced in Japan and purchased in Uji, Kyoto, Japan in 2015.