With the weather really heating up in Japan, Starbucks this month released a summertime Frappuccino to keep us cool in the sweltering humidity.
Called the Gaburi Peach Frappuccino, this limited-time beverage is the latest reincarnation of the chain’s popular peach-flavored Frappuccino, which has been making an appearance in some shape or form every summer since 2015.
This year, the drink is said to use the same formulation as last year’s Momo More Frappuccino, albeit with a different name to better encapsulate the gaburi sensation of the drink.
▼ Gaburi means to take a big bite out of something, and in this case, it’s a juicy peach.
Our resident Starbucks expert, K Masami, fell in love with last year’s peach Frappuccino, so this year she wanted to try it with a customized twist for something different. Her experienced palate felt that extra citrus pulp would be a good match for this drink, and after running the idea by the barista, who confirmed that this would be an ideal customization, she received her customized drink.
▼ The Frappuccino is sold in a tall size only for 700 yen, while the customization costs 110 yen.
The Gaburi Peach Frappuccino was already pulpy in its original form, but now that Masami had added extra citrus pulp to the mix, the base looked like a heavenly pool of pinky orange deliciousness.
▼ Just looking at this drink is enough to re-energize you on a hot day.
Starting at the top, the peach-flavoured whipped cream had a mellow, milky sweetness that was delectable, and as Masami made her way down into the base, she began to feel the peach burst through, brightening her palate with its deliciously refreshing flavour.
The non-milk base helped to accentuate the fruitiness of the drink, and as she scooped up spoonfuls of pulp, she found chunks of peach interspersed throughout, helping to create the satisfying sensation of biting into a juicy peach.
The citrus pulp customization helped to create a slight contrast in flavor with a hint of tartness to counteract the sweetness, and the extra pulp added another layer to the mix. It was delicious, refreshing, and so incredibly easy to drink that Masami was tempted to order another one.
However, in the end she was able to restrain herself from overindulging, deciding to spread her Gaburi Frappuccino consumption throughout the summer months, while it’s on the menu until Aug 8.
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