There was much hype surrounding the release of the limited edition Sakura flavour Pepsi both in Japan and overseas.
Friends expressed their eagerness to try it and then when they did they said it was awful and more like a cough medicine than cherry blossom.
I knew I had to try this. Not only do I love Sakura but I love trying seasonal and weird products that Japan releases.
So, I ordered it from napaJapan and it arrived last week. I was trying to find a good time to try it, but once my 5 year old son found out I had Sakura Pepsi I never heard the end of it!
To get him off my back I decided that he, my husband and I would try it all together. Tonight.
The bottle is very pretty - Pink Sakura on a black background. When the bottle was opened a light, floral scent wafted out.
I was nervous about trying it, I was sure I would be disappointed if what my friends said was true.
I poured three glasses and we all took a sip. Mr 5 loved it straight away and he sculled it!
My husband exclaimed that it was like cough medicine, but he liked it. He could taste cherry and he got a floral scent and taste.
When I took a sip I thought it was very light and not at all what I expected. I found the Sakura flavour not too strong but pleasantly there. I only got a hint of cherry, though I kept tasting musk like the pink musk lollies!
This Sakura Pepsi was very sophisticated. It had a lot of depth. There was the cherry blossom flavour, followed by musk and then right at the end a light taste of cola. I liked tasting all the layers, and because it was fizzy I felt I could drink this instead of a an alcoholic drink!
I really loved this Pepsi and I want more! It was so beautifully executed by Pepsi both in design and flavour.
I thoroughly recommend you try it before it disappears off the shelves. Sakura season is nearly over, it has reached Hokkaido now and the blossoms will fade soon.
Next: Spring Edition Sakura Red Bull. Will it be as good as Sakura Pepsi or better?