Hello Foodies! 今日は土曜日です (kyō wa doyōbi desu = today is Saturday) so it's time to start the second battle!
Our first participant this week will be... hōjicha flavour. How is it possible that in Japan sweets aren't just "green tea flavoured" but they distinguish different types of it?!
What is hōjicha? It's Japanese green tea made in a special way. Unlike most Japanese teas that are steamed, this one is roasted in a porcelain pot. Because of that, leaves of hōjicha aren't green but brown. Of course, it has an impact on the flavour. Hōjicha has a pleasant and delicate, caramel-like flavour. It's slightly similar to rooibos, but it's still green tea, usually made from bancha.
Hōjicha flavoured KitKats are limited to Kyōto (well... on the map below it's placed closer to Fukui but don't be too strict with this "limitation").
What about the taste? It has a soft caramel-like finish and it's not too sweet. It's strongly perceptible that wafers left pleasant tartness after each bite, familiar to tartness after a sip of green tea. For me it tastes similar to something called "maltikeks" (milk chocolate-coated wafers) available in Poland... except this softly tea-like aftertaste.
After few bites both sugar and chocolate kill the amazing experience of hōjicha flavour. But it made me thirsty for green tea so...
8 / 10
Hello, Veti here and today is the next battle!
In the first corner you have a hōjicha KitKat! So you've got a special kind of green tea. If you wanna know more about it, read Wu's input on the subject above :)
It's taste? It's bittersweet symphony of taste and I love it! You can taste the finest green tea bitterness combined with sweet, gentle chocolate and it's amazing experience without a doubt. If I saw this KitKat somewhere in a Polish shop, I would totally buy it. About an hour after eating I could still taste the tea flavour in my mouth which was very suprising.
For me it gets oishii! grade, 9 out of 10.