Monday, 18 May 2009

Ramune Soda Drink

Ramune Soda DrinkMade by: Showa Boeki Co Ltd

Origin: Japan

Imported into the UK: Showa Boeki Europe BV

Ramune drinks are very popular in Japan. The word Ramune is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the English word ‘lemonade’. Ramune soda drinks come in distinctively shaped ‘Codd-neck’ glass bottles, and have a unique glass marble ball closure that is punched through and trapped neatly in a hollow space in the neck of the bottle when the drink is opened, and in which it rattles around as the drink is consumed. Along with the conventional fruit flavours, there are alleged to be some interesting flavours of this drink available: Wasabi, kimchi, octopus and curry…we will keep our eyes open for them!

This Ramune is colourless and carbonated, with fine bubbles appearing as they do in a sparkling wine, tiny at first and from specific points in the glass, and growing bigger as they rise up through the liquid.

On the nose it is has a very juicy, estery, mouthwatering fruit fragrance (reminding me of ‘Juicy Fruit’ chewing gum), combining banana, strawberry, icing sugar and a suggestion of violets.

The palate is very soft and well-diluted but with a creamy texture, with flavours of ripe banana slices, cream and icing sugar. The sweetness is perfectly balanced by the gentle carbonation, which cleanses the palate on the finish.

Packaging claims: None

Ingredients: Carbonated water, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, artificial flavour

Price: Should be about £1.50 for a 200ml glass bottle, from specialist retailers

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