Pepsi releases a special flavor in Japan every summer. This year it's Salty Watermelon. Don't grimace: it's not half as bad as it sounds.
I tried some this morning and I was pleasantly surprised. These special flavours usually have little resemblance to their namesakes, but this one really tastes a bit salty and a bit watermelonish. It's not too sweet, which is good, and it doesn't taste too chemical … at least not until you're halfway through the bottle. Would I buy it again? Probably not, but I'd happily drink it if nothing else were available.
Since I wrote this review mainly for Lina, just because she asked me so nicely, I pretended to be an art director and poured some into a … champagne glass! Oh, why not, it does look a bit like rosé. Then I tried to get a photo of the glass, the morning sun and Tokyo Sky Tree (also for Lina!), but that was less successful because it was shot into the sunlight. Never mind. I had fun.
I hope the neighbours didn't see me.
Past Pepsi flavours
pineapple/lemon, called Blue Hawaii, which was OK
cucumber, which was not
shiso (a kind of mint), ditto
azuki (red beans), ditto
a flavor from Africa called baobab, which was quite nice
strawberry milk, which wasn't nearly as gross as the name suggests
Mont Blanc (dessert made of puréed chestnuts and whipped cream), which was ghastly beyond belief
The first tasting of a new Pepsi flavor follows a fairly standard script:
The Hero (after his first sip): GHRUGHRGHAH! What's this?
Me (after a cautious first sip): Oh, it's not that bad, it's a bit like ginger ale?
The Hero: (Word censored for the sake of sensitive readers.)
Me: Or maybe like orange?
The Hero: (More censorship.)
Me (after a third sip): Eh. Irk. Actually ...
The Hero: This doesn't taste like X at all!
Me: Umm, yes, it's a bit weird.
Suffice it to say I seldom finish the bottle. The first taste is usually not bad, but then it gets very chemical/artificial. So far my favourite has been baobab, which was a bit ginger ale-ish, a bit citrus-ish, a bit grapefruit-ish.
Salty Watermelon? Try it. The colour's really nice.
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