Just like in Seattle, Japanese Starbucks offers standard green tea frappuccinos year-round, but this one takes the flavor to the next level, bringing it up to snuff for a special holiday specialty drink. The drink is officially described in the Starbucks press release as a "luxurious frappuccino with a gentle sweetness, using a fragrant and lightly bitter matcha sauce and a rich white chocolate syrup. A marble effect drawn with the matcha sauce, along with whipped cream and bits of matcha brownie studded with snow-like powdered sugar, finish off this impressive drink."
This drink may be a cold frappuccino, and have none of the toasty-warm spices we come to expect from a winter drink, but Starbucks still insists that it will "warm your heart" (if not your fingers). It's certainly an indulgent beverage, in the midst of a year that's been a bit hard on each and every one of us. If you're in Japan and you'd like to try the drink, it's available until Christmas (Nov 25 ~ Dec 25, 2020). If you're a matcha fiend but you'd love to try it whenever you next make it to Japan, you could probably approximate the drink at other times of year by ordering an extra-intense green tea frappuccino along with one of the matcha brownies, which aren't limited to the holiday season.
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