Cocktail Calorie Suntory Cassis Orange カクテルカロリ。〈カシスオレンジ〉

Alcohol: 3% (10.5 ml)
Quantity: 350 ml can
Calories: 101.5 calories
Sugar: 9.45 grams
Price: MSRP 141 yen (108 at AEON)
Official Site: http://www.suntory.co.jp/rtd/calori/cocktail/index2.html

Tangy and sweet, with a richer body than the regular light of ultra-light Calori drinks. Asahi goes for the “fuwarich” label, but Suntory uses “Cocktail” to denote their higher quality, richer drinks. The pulp included in the can is tasty, and I like the blend of muscats and peaches, two light and smooth fruits that suit each other well.

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Asahi Cocktail Partner Fuwarich Cassis Orange (New Version) / アサヒカクテルパートナー フワリッチ カシスオレンジ

Alcohol: 4% (14 ml)
Quantity: 350 ml can
Calories: 161 calories
Sugar: 23.8 grams
Price: MSRP 141 yen (104 at AEON)
Official Site: http://www.asahibeer.co.jp/products/sour/cocktailpartner/

Sometimes a chuuhai just falls through the cracks…

I was certain that I had reviewed Asahi’s Cassis Orange chuuhai, but an exhaustive search of my records shows I had not. I definitely bought it and photographed it, so likely I intended to review it but got distracted and ended up it confusing it with Suntory’s Cassis Orange.

Asahi’s take on the most popular cocktail among Japanese women is much sweeter than the reduced-sugar Suntory version. At 6.8 grams per 100 ml, it’s not as disgustingly sweet as 10 or higher beverages can be, but nonetheless it’s pretty intense. The can advertises that the sensation of juiciness has been increased with this version, but since I lack the original on hand, I can’t remember the difference.

I’m of mixed minds on this drink. I do enjoy the richness of its body and the flavor, but the sickeningly sweetness is just too much for my palate.

Kirin Wine Spritzer Rose / キリン ワインスプリッツァ ロゼ

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

I thought it might be possible for the Rose to be better than the previous white wine version . I thought wrong. Way wrong. I simply don’t understand how a company with such a constantly good track record like Kirin can put out these sour and bitter cans of swill. T_T

Calpis Bartime Cassis Rouge / カシスルージュ&カルピス

Alcohol: 4% (14 ml)
Quantity: 350 ml
Sugar: 35.7 g
Calories 238 kcal
Price: 190 yen at Family Mart
Official site:  http://www.calpis-sour.jp/bartime/index.html

Once again Calpis Bartime strikes another hit with its mix of vodka, milk calpis liquor, and a fruit liquor (this time, black currant, also known as cassis.)  It’s milky, smooth, and sweet, but the sugar doesn’t overpower the drink, instead giving it a subtle flavor. This is a great chuuhai to have as a treat.

Asahi Cocktail Partner Fuwarich Mango & Orange / アサヒカクテルパートナー フワリッチ マンゴー&オレンジ

Alcohol: 4% (14 ml)
Quantity: 350 ml can
Calories: 206.5 kcal
Sugar: 35 g
Price: MSRP 141 yen (104 at AEON)
Official Site: http://www.asahibeer.co.jp/products/sour/cocktailpartner/

Behold the redesign of the Asashi Cocktail Partners lineup! Somehow, the “Mango & Orange” eluded me during its original run, so I don’t know if the upgraded version is really more juicy as the can claims. As usual, the Fuwarich chuuhai is rich and sweet, with a low amount of alcohol and a very high level of sugar. It tastes great, but it is definitely not a diet drink. I can confidently say however that the Fuwarich series has never disappointed me.

Suntory Calori Grapefruit / サントリー カロリ。 グレープフルーツ

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

The final CALORI!!!

Color me shocked; I’m used to grapefruit-flavored chuuhai having a very bitter flavor, but the light Calori version is extremely mild and pleasantly sweet. It reminds me more of a pink grapefruit than the yellow variety. And now, I can finally close the chapter on the Calori series and move on to more alcoholic pastures….

Suntory Calori Passion Fruit of Paradise (Summer Limited Edition) / サントリー カロリ。 楽園のパッションフルーツ (夏限定)

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

Just when I thought I was through with the Calori series, they pull me back for more…

Passion Fruit, a new flavor for the summer season, naturally follows Calori’s staple of low alcohol, low sugar, and a crisp taste, but with this one I detected much more of a rich sweetness and fuller aftertaste. Passion fruit really sits and lingers on the palate, making this chuuhai stand out among its brothers in the line.