Friday, 26 June 2009

Calpico Original Flavour

Calpico Original FlavourMade by: Calpis Co Ltd

Origin: Japan

Imported into the UK: Calpis Co Ltd Europe

Calpico is a Japanese cultured milk drink combining milk with lactobacilli. Its creation in 1919 was inspired by the sour (fermented) milk drinks a Japanese explorer encountered in outer Mongolia.

Calpico is a still, cloudy white drink, opaque but fading to a pale watery rim at the edge of the glass. Once opened a very fine mousse of pinhead bubbles appears on the surface of this drink, however these disappear gradually and cannot be detected on the palate.

The nose opens with aromas of lemon and orange citrus, followed by the rich sweetness of condensed milk (think of rice pudding). There is also a sour lactic note akin to mild plain yoghurt.

On the palate it is light and refreshing, combining milky lactose and lemon flavours in a gently tangy, sweet-sour alliance. There is a fine chalky texture reminding me of a soluble aspirin (think of Disprin). The finish is short and clean, with an excellent balance between the elements.

Packaging claims: Refreshingly sweet and tangy

Ingredients: Water, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, non fat dry mik (treated with a lactic acid culture), lactic acid, natural and artificial flavours, citric acid, soy fiber, sodium citrate

Price: Should be about £1.00 for a 335ml can, from specialist retailers

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