Kirin Chuuhai Frozen Unriped Plums /キリン チューハイ氷結青ウメ

Alcohol: 5% (17.5 ml)
Quantity: 350 ml
Sugar:  24.85 g
Calories: 199.5 kcal
Price: MSRP 148 yen (129 yen at Kakuyasu)
Official Site: http://www.kirin.co.jp/brands/hyoketsu/index.html

Kirin’s retooled their plum chuuhai by fruit juice from unripened plums. The net effect is that their ume chuuhai now tastes a bit more sour than before, though I don’t think much has really changed. The Kirin Hyouketsu Ume is still rather light on body and taste but still high in sugar and calories while only offering five percent alcohol. I don’t hate this, but I don’t like it much either.

 

Kirin Chuuhai Frozen Gentle Fruit 3% Sicilian Lemon Limited Edition / キリンチューハイ氷結やさしい果実の3%シチリア産レモン 期間限定

Alcohol: 3% (10.5 ml)
Quantity: 350 ml
Sugar:  21.35 g
Calories: 150.5 kcal
Price: MSRP 148 yen (129 yen at Kakuyasu)
Official Site: http://www.kirin.co.jp/brands/hyoketsu/index.html

Kirin’s Gentle series returns with Sicilian Lemon, not a flavor I’m too hot about, and delivers gentle, lemony goodness, that tastes like in has no alcohol at all.

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

Kirin Hyouketsu Sparkling Chardonnay / キリンチューハイ 氷結シャルドネスパークリング

Alcohol: 5% (17.5 ml)
Quantity: 350 ml
Sugar:  21.7g
Calories: 189 kcal
Price: MSRP 141 yen (108 yen at AEON)
Official Site: http://www.kirin.co.jp/brands/hyoketsu/index.html

This sweet chuuhai from Kirin really does recreate the taste of chardonnay white wine (even though its base is vodka) by its clever use of white grape juice for flavoring. It’s a bit high in sweetness, but with 5% alcohol it will get the job done, and of course, it is cheaper than actual white wine.

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.

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