I can’t seem to keep up with Starbucks these days. The Sakura latte sold out before the sakura even started blooming in Japan. Succeeding it is the “Creamy Vanilla Latte with Lemony Swirl” which is a name so long I find it inappropriate. Seriously, in katakana it looks like this:
I don’t particularly like fruit flavoring paired with hot coffee, so I skipped out on the latte and ordered the Frappuccino. The lemon really overpowers the entire taste of the drink. If I could rename it, I would call it, “Lemony Frappuccino with Vanilla,” or maybe just “Lemon Frappuccino,” or better still, “Lemon drink.” That was about how it tasted.
However, I should be grateful for the odd concoctions produced by Starbucks Japan, however ill-flavored they may be. In Starbucks Korea I could not find any original drinks, so perhaps I'm lucky to be spending this spring living in the land of Strawberry Sakura and Lemony Vanilla.