This year again, Starbucks Japan has released its cherry blossom products called SAKURA Serie. Very much appreciated by all, the press release is quite a thing every year.
This time, for the 2017 edition, they put on sale the SAKURA Blossom Cream Latte and the SAKURA Blossom Cream Frappuccino with Crispy Swirl.
Let's go for a pink and sweet tasting session !
|Starbucks Japan's SAKURA serie 2017|
Since 2013 the drinks were made of sakura + an another flavor, successively white chocolate, matcha tea, caramel and strawberry. Nothing I like very much so I wasn't tempted ot taste.
This year no fruity flavor, just cherry blossom one with still a touch of maple syrup. It was enough to convince me to go in the nearest Starbucks to grab the 2 drinks and the cake available.
I arrived a bit late, around 11am, hoping that the shop wouldn'tbe too busy and that was the case ... when I arrived! When I left there was a line up outside, as usual on a sunny Sunday. The friendly staff put my purchases in a pretty pink craft paper bag and I took it to the nearby park of Maizuru.
SAKURA Blossom Cream Latte
|SAKURA Blossom Cream Latte,|
PricesShort : 430円| Tall : 470円 | Grande : 510円 | Venti® : 550円
About the beverageConcentrated milk base with white bean paste and cherry petals and leaves, maple syrup flavored whip cream, pink chocolate chips with cherry blossom taste, pink puffed rice grains. The Sakura Blossom Cream Latte is served hot.
Let's try !At the first sip I didn't taste anything but the maple syrup: all the sakura flavor had fallen to the bottom of the cup, included the chocolates which melted. By mixing I could appreciate cherry blossom's delicate flavor. The drink is creamy and easy to drink. I was afraid of something super sweet but it was not. The maple syrup remains stronger in this latte and it is not a bad choice because the mixture is not sickening.
The only thing that I didn't like too much were the rice beans sprinkled on the whip cream: they started to soften and melt and it was like eating old cereals which were in milk since few hours.
It's entirely my fault because I spent a lot of time taking pictures and videos before starting drinking. Note that when removing the plastic lid (which allows to drink larger quantities) I no longer felt them.
I was also a little disappointed by the cup, a little too plain for my taste.
In summary, the SAKURA Blossom Cream Latte is a creamy drink, easy to drink and well suited to the season. Since there is no coffee in it is all right for children to drink it.
SAKURA Blossom Cream Frappuccino with crispy swirl
|SAKURA Blossom Cream Frappuccino with crispy swirl|
PricesTall : 570 yens | Grande : 610 yens | Venti® : 650 yens
About the beverage
Concentrated milk base with white bean paste and cherry petals and leaves mixed in ice, maple syrup flavored whip cream, pink chocolate chips with cherry blossom taste, pink puffed rice grains. The Sakura Blossom Cream Latte is served cold.
Let's try !！The packaging is much prettier and cute than the latte one ! As it is transparent you can see the beautiful pink camaieu.
If visually it is a success, what about the taste?
The frappuccino is made with the same ingredients as the latte + crushed ice. The two drinks therefore have substantially the same taste. Drinking my first sips I was pleasantly surprised by the cherry blossom flavor, a little stronger than in the hot version. For the latte it was like a maple syrup with a touche of sakura but the frappuccino is like 5050.
What really differs with the latte is the sensation in the mouth. The frappuccino tastes like a super creamy milkshake thanks to the ton of whipped cream over it. The rice crsispy swirl didn't melt as it did in the latte and I liked their crunchy texture in total contrast with the rest of the drink.
I LOVED this drink.
SAKURA Chiffon cake
|SAKURA Chiffon cake|
Let's try !Last I tasted the chiffon cake. I would have almost forgotten it because it was so well packed in its (not decorated, sob) box. This is not a new product since it is sold in Starbucks every spring for a few years. I am not fond of cakes and I thought I wasn't going to like it but it was a great surprise!
T he cake was just delicious. The sponge cake is aerial with a good cherry blossom flavor. The cream is not sweet at all! It made me think about a cheesecake a bit and it's also flavored with sakura taste. On top you'll find a real sakura flower. It is marinated and salted but as the cream is not sweet it goes very well with the cake. A success.
I don't go to Strabucks very often, maybe twice a year but I really enjoyed this SAKURA serie.
I had read a lot of positive reviews over the years and I understand why they are so popular in Japan. My favorite product is the SAKURA Chiffon Cake, light and fluffy. I can't wait to eat it again next year.
People who are going to go to Japan soon, SAKURA serie (beverages, cakes and 2 cup and mug collections) are on sale until March 14th.