Aug 29, 2018
I love Japan for their weird beverages, but sometimes I am just not interested, other than for the weird factor.
First we have a seasonal peach ginger ale.
While I'm glad that Japan does sell Canada Dry ginger ale (for those rare occasions when my stomach is upset or I want to skip on alcohol when I'm out), I don't generally drink soda or want to try a peach ginger ale. It doesn't sound good at all somehow. I saw a peach Coke also this year. Did any of you soda drinkers try these?
Maybe it's this combination of flavors or just the fact that I don't like to mix certain flavors together (or too many flavors).
(horrible photo, I apologize)
Next is an Orange tea. I'm a fan of lemon tea (which started on a visit to Hong Kong, with Lipton Tea), although it's too sweet for me.
This version of "CrafTea" (clever name) is intriguing, and I did try it once. I like it, but not enough that I'd buy it again. There are two reasons. First is the price, at 140+ yen for less than 500 ml from vending machines. Then there's the too sweet factor, but also it has a syrupy aftertaste that I don't like.
It's twice as strong tea, which is great as I like tea and coffee strong. The orange flavor is a nice take on lemon tea, but why? When lemon is such a popular flavor during summer, why release an orange version of the classic?
(I haven't seen any other flavors of CrafTea. I'd try a lemon salt tea or yuzu tea in Japan before using orange. I guess there are a ton of fruit flavored black teas available in Japan and I do like apple tea on occasion. I guess I think of orange as a winter fruit and an imported fruit, mostly.)