Suntory -196C Sparkling Nouveau Grape

Alcohol: 5% (17.5 ml)
Quantity: 350 ml
Sugar:  26 g
Calories: 210 kcal
Price: 159 yen at Lawson
Official Site: http://www.suntory.co.jp/rtd/196/index.html

One from the vaults. This grape-flavored chuuhai was a limited edition item back in 2011 which I only got to reviewing now. Unfortunately, it seems Suntory has deleted all mention of its existence from its website, but as you can surmise from the photo, the flavor was grape. Grape always strikes me as odd for chuuhai because on the one hand it seems the perfect combination yet is always treated as the black sheep of the fruity family, always taking a back seat to lemon and grapefruit. The Sparking Nouveau Kyouhou Grape has a ton of sugar, but is lighter in flavor than other grape chuuhai I have sampled. It’s too bad it was yet another gimmick on the altar of endless limited edition flavors.

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