Alcohol: 4% (14 ml)
Quantity: 350 ml can
Calories: 273 calories
Sugar: 44.1 grams
Price: 159 yen at Lawson
Official Site: http://www.calpis-sour.jp/bartime/?icid=pnl_bt
Of all the bizarre combinations…Calpis Bartime bills itself as a high-quality chuuhai which combining calpis with (an unidentified) liqueur, in this case, a liqueur with the flavor of powdered green tea (“matcha” 抹茶) and milk. They go on to say the construction of this chuuhai was supervised by Ishigaki Shinobu, the man who won a 2005 international bartender competition. I don’t doubt this man’s abilities, but let’s say one is limited with the materials one has to work with.
Not to say that this chuuhai is disgusting, but it’s definitely odd one of the odder flavors I’ve encountered. It’s extremely sweet yet sour with a definite aftertaste of bitter powdered green tea. I’m glad to have tried it, but I won’t be having it again.