Suntory Tory’s Highball Limited Edition (Cola & Lemon) / サントリー トリス ハイボール 限定 (コーラ&レモン)

Alcohol: 5% (17.5 ml)
Quantity: 350 ml
Sugar:  24.85 g
Calories:  203 kcal
Price: MSRP 160 yen
Official Site: http://www.suntory.co.jp/whisky/torys/product/index.html#torysColaLemmonHeadline

Suntory’s Tory’s man is sporting the red, white, and blue for this can. Cola IS an American product, so that does make sense. If I’m mixing whiskey and cola, I’ll make a Jack and Coke, though Coke is my favorite mixer and I’ll mix it with all spirits. Tory’s is a balanced, bland, and cheap whiskey, and this is cola is full of sugar. Kirin has the winning combination with the Cola Shock and Cola Shock Zero (vodka base), but if you absolutely must have a RTD of whiskey and cola, for the time being this is your only option.

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Suntory Calori Limited Edition Early Summer Green Apple / サントリー カロリ。 初夏限定青りんご

Alcohol: 3% (10.5 ml)
Quantity: 350 ml
Sugar:  3.5 g
Calories:  77 kcal
Price: MSRP 141 yen (108 yen at AEON)
Official Site: http://www.suntory.co.jp/rtd/calori/

And here’s the second early summer flavor I’ve found. Kirin’s green apple does taste like green, not red nor Fuji apples, and is light on the palate, though I didn’t find it as crisp as green apples tend to be.

Asahi Cocktail Partner Fuwarich Lychee-Grapefruit (Limited Edition Early Summer) /アサヒカクテルパートナーフワリッチ

Alcohol: 3% (10.5 ml)
Quantity: 350 ml
Sugar: 31.85 g
Calories 192.5 kcal
Price: 141 yen
Official Site: http://www.asahibeer.co.jp/products/sour/cocktailpartner/

This is the first “early summer” limited edition chuuhai of the 2011, and the can spolights the new design of the Cocktail Partners series. I love lychees, there are one of my favorites fruits, and the first Chinese fruit I think of. Grapefruit… not so much. The sweet lychee flavor and the bitter grapefruit mix and negate each other. I would have preferred a straight up lychee chuuhai. (Incidentally, I love lychee wine.)

 

Chuuhai’s Not Everything : Kirin’s Cafe de Paris Sakura Sparkling Wine

Café de Paris is the name of a cocktail. Kirin has hijacked it for the name of its fruit-flavored sparkling wines. Just in time for the cherry blossoms (sakura) in April, this tasty, 6.5% sweet sparkling wine offers the fragrant smell and flavor of the flowers. This year it has a really nice bottle design, too. Very metropolitan!

 

Kirin Wine Spritzer / キリン ワインスプリッツァ

You might think Kirin’s Wine Spritzer is a good combination of white wine and vodka… and you would be very wrong. Cheap, bad white wine and cheap, bad vodka unite here in an unholy union which is gross and leaves a very tart impression on the tongue. To sum it up in a single word: disgusting.

Recommended course of action: avoid at all costs.

Alcohol: 6% ( 21 ml)
Quantity: 350 ml
Sugar: 18.55 g
Calories 196 kcal
Price: 108 yen at AEON
Official Site: http://www.kirin.co.jp/brands/winespritzer/index.html