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Good morning everyone,

It didn't feel any warmer out there yesterday...in fact, there was a light dusting of snow on the cars in my neighbourhood when I left for work. Today and tomorrow will see overnight lows of around 0C and daytime highs of 10C or so, which is pretty normal for this time of year. It'll be a bit warmer on Friday and Saturday, although it's looking like we may see some rain on Saturday, before dropping down to only 9C on Sunday.

Kahlúa, the sweet coffee liqueur from Mexico, is getting a Japanese makeover from Suntory Spirits and will be available in matcha flavor!


While originally from Mexico, Kahlúa is a popular liqueur in Japan, especially with the ladies, when turned into a sweet cocktail mixed with milk. Since coffee and milk flavored drinks, albeit non-alcoholic ones, known as coffee gyunyu, literally “coffee milk”, have been popular with children (and adults too, for that matter) in Japan for a long time, it’s not surprising that Kahlúa would have a certain amount of appeal to Japanese consumers nostalgic for something reminiscent of that sweet coffee milk taste they enjoyed as kids.

Now, Suntory has come up with a Kahlúa product developed specifically for the Japanese market: Kahlúa Matcha! Yes, it’s a liqueur with the usual rich coffee-infused sweetness of Kahlúa combined with the flavor and aroma of matcha green tea.

Plus, they’ve even given us two yummy sounding recipes in their press release.

1. Kahlúa Matcha Milk

Mix one part Kahlúa Matcha with three parts milk. Add some powdered matcha if you want to add more green tea flavor. This should give you a rich yet mild drink gently scented with the aroma of matcha.

2. Hot Kahlúa Matcha Soy Milk

Mix one part Kahlúa Matcha with three parts warm soy milk. Add kinako (roasted soy bean powder) to taste to enhance the soy flavor for a relaxing hot drink.

Now, doesn’t that make you want to grab a bottle of Kahlúa Matcha and mix a drink right now?

The Kahlúa Matcha will be available across Japan starting March 1 in 700mL and 200mL bottles priced at Y1,480 and Y780, respectively.

Kahlua and Milk (also known as a ' Brown Cow') is a really popular cocktail in Canada for drinkers with a sweet tooth, so I imagine this would be a popular drink there as well. I wonder if Suntory is going to make the liqueur available worldwide or only in Japan...I'm not really into sweet drinks, so I don't really want to buy a whole bottle, but I'd really like to try it once. Maybe I'll fork over the Y780 for a small bottle just to try it...how about you? Would you like to try it?

Have a great day!

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