TaKaRa Shouchuu Highball Lime / タカラ焼酎ハイボール ライム

Alcohol: 7% (24.5 ml)
Quantity: 350 ml
Sugar: 3.5 g
Calories:  154 kcal
Price: MSRP 141 yen (108 yen at Lawson 100)
Official Site: http://shochu-hiball.jp/

The final TaKaRa Shouchuu Highball! Look at that beautiful can!

 

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TaKaRa Shouchuu Highball Kabosu / タカラ焼酎ハイボール かぼす

Alcohol: 7% (24.5 ml)
Quantity: 350 ml
Sugar: 3.5 g
Calories:  154 kcal
Price: MSRP 141 yen (108 yen at Lawson 100)
Official Site: http://shochu-hiball.jp/

Kabosu is a citrus fruit, similar to yuzu (citron). I haven’t encountered it much in cooking, but since strong circus fruits mix well with spirits, I guess it was only a matter of time before someone mixed it with vodka or shouchuu. Maybe I’m getting used to the flavor of this series, but I didn’t find the kabosu to be too bitter. I was rather shocked to discover the back had no special design, unlike the other cans I’ve seen so far.

 

 

Suntory Non-alcoholic Cocktail Non’aru Kibun Gin Lime Taste /ノンアルコールカクテル のんある気分 ジンライムテイスト

Alcohol: 0%
Quantity: 350 ml
Sugar:  0 g
Calories: 0 kcal
Price: 108 yen at 7-11
Official Site: http://www.suntory.co.jp/rtd/non-al/

Gin and Tonic is supposed to be the most popular cocktail of all time, yet I find it difficult to find people who say they like gin. This nonalcoholic recreates the taste of gin and lime, two ingredients I don’t particularly like, but I have to admit it does a good job at replicating the (nasty) taste. Another success for Suntory!

Calpis and Plum Wine Soda / カルピスと梅酒のソーダ割り

Alcohol: 3% (10.5 ml)
Quantity: 350 ml
Sugar: 22.4 g
Calories 164.5 kcal
Price: 148 yen at Family Mart
Official Site:  http://calpis-sour.jp/

This is kinda a weird combo, but not in a totally unwelcome way (like chocolate and peanut butter.) I like umeshu, and I’m okay with calpis. The soda water here lessen the impact of the umeshu and gives the drink a good balance, so that it tastes like calpis with plum flavoring. The sickly sweet aftertaste of umeshu is absent here. I might drink this again, but honestly this is an elusive chuuhai. I have only seen it sold at one store.

I.W. Harper Highball I.W.ハーパーハイボール

Alcohol: 7% (24.5 ml)
Quantity: 350 ml can
Calories: 182 calories
Sugar: 8.75 grams
Price: 168 yen at Kakuyasu
Official Site: http://www.kirin.co.jp/brands/brandhighball/

Although not a bad whiskey, this one didn’t appeal to me much. After the Four Roses, I find it too plain and smooth. In a word, uninteresting. I.W. Harper is a big whiskey brand in Japan (now also brewed by Kirin) but it seems to have lost all of its significance in its home country, the USA.

Four Roses Highball フォアローゼズハイボール

Alcohol: 7% (24.5 ml)
Quantity: 350 ml can
Calories: 178.5 calories
Sugar: 8.75 grams
Price: 168 yen at Kakuyasu
Official Site: http://www.kirin.co.jp/brands/brandhighball/

This fizzy, pale golden highball has an American whiskey which is extremely difficult to find in America. Kirin now brews Four Roses Bourbon for the Japanese market. Four Roses has a flowery taste and aroma. You can really detect hints of flowers and fruits, and even a bit of spice, in the whiskey. I am not a big whiskey fan (the only one I drink often is Jack Daniels, and that has such a distinctive sugary flavor it’s almost like whiskey-rum), but I really enjoyed the taste of this RTD highball. I might have to go out and buy a bottle of Four Roses now. Oh wait, I just did.

Kirin Whiskey RTD Double Pack : Four Roses Bourbon (Black Label) and I.W. Harper Gold

Buy them both, get free bag ‘o mixed nuts. Tasty!