Remember Coffee Plus and Coca-Cola Plus? Have you heard about the latest Coca-Cola flavor that is only available in Japan? Coca-Cola Peach. Seriously!! It arrived on store shelves on January 22nd. From my research, Peach drinks have the highest sales in Japan from January through March. One reason for the “peach season” is Japan’s Hinamatsuri “Doll Festival”, celebrated on March third. During the festival, houses are decorated with dolls and plum flowers (more on that this weekend). The Japanese also love peaches because according to ancient legends, peaches have the power to sweep away evil. Because of these reasons plus, the fact it’s an “only in Japan” item, I knew I had to try it. (Fingers crossed they don’t come out with Corn Coca-Cola!)

On my way home from English class today, I stopped at the grocery store to buy a few items. I saw the Coca-Cola Peach and knew today was going to be taste test day!

While I was at the grocery store, I saw many other peach flavored beverages. I selected four of them. Three of them were non-alcoholic and one was a chu-hai.

I started my taste test with the Coca-Cola Peach. When I first opened it, I immediately smelled a strong peach odor. I poured it into the glass and could smell the peach as I sipped. The taste wasn’t overly peachy. If you like peach and you like Coca-Cola, you would probably enjoy the beverage.

The Gokuri Peach beverage on the other hand, was like drinking peach nectar. It was sweet and very peachy. It wasn’t unpleasant, if you like peach juice. I think it would probably taste better diluted with fizzy water, over ice.

The third beverage was a little intense. It was not at all what I was expecting. It was like a runny peach yogurt. I managed to take a sip, but that was all I could endure. Perhaps it could be mixed with plain yogurt and granola for a sweet breakfast treat. It was just too sweet and too peachy for me!

The last taste test was the peach chu-hai. It was delicious and refreshing. It had the right amount of peach flavor and fizz. Plus, the perfect amount of alcohol for a pre-happy hour, post English class Friday. As I sipped, I felt all evil being swept away! Kanpie!

Here are the four beverages lined up together.

Of the four different peach beverages, I enjoyed the chu-hai the most. I’ll be honest though, I’m not sure I would purchase any of them again. Well, maybe the chu-hai in a pinch if I need to keep evil away! Happy Friday! Kanpie!