Monday, 27 July 2009

Bitter Kas

Bitter KasMade by: Pepsi-Cola Co

Origin: Spain

Imported into the UK: (tbc- sample bought in Spain)

Kas is a soft drinks company that was founded in the Basque country of North Eastern Spain. It was acquired by the Pepsi-Cola company in 1991.

Bitter Kas is a vibrant cherry red colour, clear and bright. It has purple highlights that develop at the rim of the glass and is lightly sparkling.

The nose is highly aromatic and very different. Campari or sweet red vermouth come straight to mind; with scents of tree barks, sandalwood, cloves, peppermint and violets.

The palate is at first fruity ('estery') with flavours of ripe banana, followed by red fruits: Cranberry, cherry and redcurrant. The sweet spell is soon broken however, with the arrival of a controlled bitterness signalled by flavours of kumquat and red orange peel.

There follows an extraordinarily long, bitter, lingering finish that manages to leave a complex aftertaste of vermouth herbs and spices.

Bitter Kas is a unique drink whose bittersweet flavours deserve a wider audience.

Packaging claims: Aperitif made with natural plant extracts, non alcoholic, refreshing drink made from natural extracts with sugar and reduced calorie sweetener

Ingredients: Carbonated water, sugar, acidity regulator: citric acid (E 330), aromas (including plant extracts), colouring: caramel (E 150d), carmoisine (E 122), ponceau 4r (E 124), preservative: potassium sorbate (E202), sweetener: sucralose (E 955)

Price: Should be about €0.80/£0.70 for a 330ml can. Availability in the UK tbc


  1. Where can I buy BitterKAS in Holland?

  2. Hi Visser,

    May I recommend you contact the Pepsi Co. HQ consumer helpline in Holland, and if this drink is imported they should be able to hook you up with a local retailer (our sample was acquired in North East Spain).

  3. Ditto for Australia Bitter Kas is knock out
    Have you ever tried Kinnie?

  4. Unbelievable as a thirst quencher the morning after.

  5. Where in the UK can I find this. My wife is Spanish