NapaJapan treats 'n' sweets, I've got a new citrussy soda pop to tell you about!
As many of you probably know, Japan sees a new release of a 'strange' Pepsi at least once or twice a year. Last year it was Salty Watermelon in the Spring, and Mikan White in the Winter. I tried the Salty Watermelon variety before I started this blog, but I can tell you that it was very delicious and pretty similar to melon cream soda which is a standard drink in Japan. Generally, melon cream soda tastes sweet and melon-y, but not cloying like fake watermelon can be. The Salty Watermelon Pepsi tasted much like that, but with an extremely delicate salty after-taste, and a bit more melon flavoring.
That was the past though, and you'd have a rough time finding Salty Watermelon Pepsi anywhere at the moment. This White Mikan Pepsi, however, might be a bit easier to find...but should you bother?
Allegedly it is a mix of mikan, a citrus fruit native to Japan, and classic Pepsi. I've had orange flavored Coke before, and I know that the combination of citrus and cola can be very tasty-however, this soda has no discernible cola spice or any familiar Pepsi taste. It just tasted like citrus soda without tang or sweetness, and with a weird after taste like powdered sports drinks and chewable medicine.
I really can't recommend searching for this one. I can suggest however that if you're looking for orange cola you check out...uh, France, circa 2010, which had Coke Orange on the shelves. I have no idea if this variety is still available, actually! It was extremely nice. Apparently there is another drink sold throughout continental Europe called Mezzo Mix, which is 'cola kissed with orange'. Sounds pretty nice, I'm thinking about buying a couple cans from here, and if I do, I'll definitely do a review. Oh, and of course, the Coke Freestyle machines that are scattered about the UK and the USA have orange syrup as an option with your Coke. Well, scattered might not be the right word when it comes to the availability here, as they are only in a handful of Burger King locations in London. Why has fountain soda never taken a strong foothold in the UK? It is a massive money-maker for places like McDonald's and every gas station in America, because once the machine is installed it is a matter of gallons of cheap syrup and gallons of even cheaper carbonated water that you can charge £1.50 for, easily. Serving yourself soda from a fountain, is it considered low class or something? I just don't get it.
...And I miss fountain Coke, and being able to put crushed ice AND cubed ice in one cup. I'm a whiner.