Okay. I saw this one before, but only one time. And this appears again. Do it yourself Matcha.
It looks like a bottle of water with a green label over it. And that is what it basically is. A bottle of water. That is until you read the instructions on the back.
The bottle cap actually doubles as a container of matcha powder. When you twist it, the powder is released into the water. You must now shake this vigorously to mix things up.
You can see in the above photos the cap is actually a long tube that housed the Matcha.
On to the taste! I was actually expecting it to be much more bitter, more than the typical green teas available at the stores. But I was wrong, the bitterness was not there at all. At first I thought the tea was actually weak, not so! The flavor is subtle, but good: very leafy (as is the intention.) You taste the tea flavor, not the bitterness. Obviously the drink tastes very grainy as you just dumped a cap-full of tea leaf powder into it, but this only ads to the experience. I would definitely recommend this over purchasing the basic green tea bottle. The strange cap is more than just a gimmic.
The white cap can also be taken off with some elbow grease. This way you can see the powder storage mechanism: there is a plug at the bottom that “clicks” onto the green top, and pops off when you crack the top open.
On the heels of the Shizuoka Cola drink comes the Mt. Fuji Soda pop. This offering is by the same company as the cola: Kimura Drink company.
The styling again is very retro. Hard to see in the photo, but the label is actually impregnated with glittery flakes that shine as the light hits them. The English writing says: Soda Pop, but the Japanese reads Cider all over the label.
Of course the claim is that the water used in this drink comes from Mt. Fuji itself. More so, it is collected at the foot of Mt. Fuji and is claimed to be slightly alkaline. (There is plenty of “Vanadium Water” mineral waters out there in the stores that claim to use Fuji water. I do not find the same taste in this drink. Perhaps the flavoring and the sugar are masking the mineral taste.)
Actually. This tastes like those Ramune drinks: the ones with a glass bead acting as the cork of the bottle. But, I would say more refined. The sugar content is much smaller, not overwhelming, and there is definitely more tang compared to your typical Ramune drink.
I was having a crappy day. By dinner time I was exhausted: the kind of emotional tiredness you would get if you were crying or worried all day. Not a good feeling. Time for a snack break. Walk in to my local market and what do I find: some crappy hazelnut cookie! …
… But also: Shizuoka Cola! It say’s cola but it’s green!
I get back to my office and open it up. It tastes wonderful! Reminds me of the early 90’s “Euro-Coke” from my childhood. Maybe also similar to that bottled Coke you can get imported from Mexico, but with a hint of grape. Just the right amount of sweetness. But it’s green. And cloudy! Of course, this thing has the tea kanji all over it. This stuff is caffeinated with green tea powder instead of … …(I don’t know where the caffeine in most colas come from). More over, I learn that it is sweetened with something called “liquid grape sugar”. (Grape syrup I guess.) Oh! That’s where the grape taste comes from. Neat!
I sit back, with the bottle empty and consider this beverage! And that’s when the tea flavor arrives. It’s in the aftertaste! Wonderful stuff.