Sakuma drop candies - Matcha (Japanese green tea)

Posted by Linda on 27. 2012 0 comments 0 trackback
here's another goodie I ordered from J-List.com, and it's another container of drop candies from Sakuma! Upon seeing the vast majority of Sakuma candies being sold out on their site, I took the liberty of ordering up as many flavors of these Sakuma candies still in stock from their site, and I ended up ordering 4 remaining different flavors.

Aside from the Choco Banana crepe flavor I reviewed a few weeks ago, this is the Matcha flavor from the city of Kyoto; the oldest city of Japan, which is the home of many legacies of Japanese history & culture as well as serving as the capital city of Japan up until 1869. I love Kyoto, it is one of my favorite cities in Japan besides Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, as well as being one of my most favourite places in the world to visit!

For those who aren't familiar with Matcha, it is a type of Japanese green tea which is fine powdered, it's very high-end and is the staple in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. Because matcha is very rich & bitter in flavor, it is typically served with sweets that are particularly sweet to wash down the bitterness of the matcha. Matcha powder has also become a very popular flavouring used in traditional Japanese sweets such as Wagashi, as well as ice cream and western-style sweets & confectioneries.
Matcha powder itself is generally quite expensive just for a less than decent amount, so unless you're rich, it's typically bought for special occasions or not so often.

Anyway, enough with the lecture about Matcha, so let's move on to the review:
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this was one of the flavors I was most excited about, but I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive at first, having drank matcha a couple of times in the past, and really liked it (when served with sweets) I was a bit worried about having too much matcha content infused into the candies which would result in the candies being too bitter. But I need not to worry because the matcha flavor turned out to be rather subtle...so much so that I actually felt there just wasn't enough of the rich bitter Matcha infused into these candies.

I was a bit worried initially about the matcha flavor being too concentrated, which would have made the candies too bitter...but in the end, as it turned out, the matcha flavor was actually not enough, it was too subtle for my liking, so that was a disappointment for me. I wanted a good balance of the sweetness of the candy with the bitterness of the matcha.

My rating (overall):


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