Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Pocari Sweat

Pocari SweatMade by: Dong-A Otsuka Co Ltd

Origin: Japan

Imported into the UK: tbc

Pocari Sweat is a Japanese soft drink that was first launched in 1980. The drink aims to rehydrate the body, replacing both the water and balance of electrolytes (salt ions) lost through perspiration. For this reason it is popular with sports and health enthusiasts.

Pocari Sweat is faintly translucent, with a pale off-white colour. It is non-sparkling and has a wide watery rim as the colour fades towards the edge of the glass.

The nose opens on a lemony note and quickly takes up residence in the pharmacy: The powdery fizz of Alka-Seltzer, followed by the citrus of soluble Disprin tablets. There is an interesting grassy, peppery quality.

On the palate Pocari Sweat is round and salty sweet, with the initial lemon flavour becoming very briny. That grassy pepper note surfaces again, and there is a chalky texture to follow (think again of soluble aspirins). The drink finishes cleanly, albeit with a trace of citrus and salt in the aftertaste.

Packaging claims: Ion supply drink

Ingredients: Water, sugar, fructose, grape juice, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium lactate, magnesium carbonate, flavour

Price: Should be about £0.80-£0.90 for a 245ml can, available from specialist retailers

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