Itokyuemon Uji Maccha KitKat by Nestle Japan

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.