Sakura Lindor: A Lindt chocolate that you can only buy in Japan
We find out what it’s like to bite into a Lindor cherry blossom.
Japanese customers are truly in for a treat when it comes to limited edition products and flavors from well-known international brands.
From Pringles in dozens of flavors to yogurt-based sake KitKats, there are plenty of choices designed to appeal to local tastes, but as the weather warms up and spring appears on the horizon, nothing says “ Japan » as the taste of cherry blossoms.
That’s why this spring, the Swiss brand Lindt doing something it’s never done before, in one of the 120 countries where it does business. It offers Japanese customers ”the world’s first Sakura Lindor», and as soon as the chocolates were released on January 20, we ordered a pack of 10 online for 993 yen (8.61 US$)…
▼ …and a matching 8-piece gift bag for 1,080 yen.
When our package arrived, we discovered that there was also a free Sakura Lindor, which is a bit like the free Lindor they give to customers who walk into their physical stores.
Looking in the matching gift bag we spotted another special Lindor – the green Matcha Lindorwhich was the brand’s first-ever Japanese flavor, launched in 2018 and limited to sale in Asia and Australia.
Knocking the Lindt balls out of the bag revealed there were five roses Cherry treeaccompanied by a matchaa milkand an dark Chocolate variety.
It was nice to have a variety of Lindor to feast on, but today our taste buds had their receptors fixed on one flavor – Sakura.
Untangling the pretty pink wrapper revealed a ball of white chocolate that had flecks of red and pink strewn across it.
Its speckled appearance made it look like a mysterious planet from another galaxy, and at one pole there seemed to be a crater, where a river of cream gushed out from below the surface.
Splitting the orb into two hemispheres revealed a very large pink core, which was a pleasant surprise. Biting into it was even more surprising, because the first taste fills the nose with intense floral aromas reminiscent of sakura petalsbefore striking the tongue with a equally intense cherry flavor.
The cherry was more like a western style tart cherry flavor rather than the sweet-salty sakura flavors that are popular in Japan, but as soon as the tart cherry arrived it was washed away with the creaminess of the wrapper of white chocolate, creating a more familiar sakura taste, with tiny fruity strawberry slivers added to the mix.
▼ Strawberry seed pieces in the white chocolate case add a crisp contrast
For such a small ball, this wrapped chocolate in a rollercoaster of flavorstaking us from floral aromas to tart fruit, sweet fruit and then creamy chocolate, before finishing with an aftertaste that is distinctly sakura.
It’s a delightfully wild ride, and we definitely recommend trying this hanami season. Of course, these chocolates are best enjoyed sitting under the cherry blossoms, so you can gaze at the iconic blossoms as their flavor melts on your tongue, and if this year’s sakura forecast is correct, we don’t have to wait. long for that to happen!