Friday, 23 September 2011

Contains no juice


Here is a member of that ubiquitous rainbow-coloured drinks range: peacock-labelled 'lemonade' from Glaceau Vitamin Water. Convenience stores, vending machines and café chains in HK are well stocked with the stuff.


Contains: 100mg of vitamin C, vitamins E, B3, B5, B6, and B2 in more modest amounts, and 22.5g of sugar. Contains no juice!

Across the border, in Shenzhen, you may pick up a suspiciously similar-looking bottle complete with peacock colour scheme and pharmaceutically-inspired label design: meet 'lemon-style' Victory Vitamin Water, from Nongfu Spring. Hmm.


Contains: 100mg of vitamin C, vitamins E, B3, B5, B6, and B2 in more modest amounts, and 22.5g of sugar. No reference to juice on the bottle. Double hmm.

Equipped with both, a comparative (blind) taste test was called for. In no particular order...

...we sipped drink A.
Smell: lemony, tingly, light
Taste: flat, pleasant 
Sweetness: moderately sweet
Aftertaste: slightly sour, not unpleasant
Overall impression: drinkable, refreshing, faintly candy-flavoured lemon drink. We gave it three out of five stars.

...we sipped drink B.
Smell: faint, slightly stuffy lemon
Taste: lemon overpowered by clammy yeastiness
Sweetness: not very sweet
Aftertaste: pallid
Overall impression: slightly offputting, artificial, unconvincing liquid that doesn't quite know what it wants to be. We gave it 1.5 out of five stars.

Can you guess which drink is which? Answer at the bottom of this post!

Alternatively, here is another suspiciously similar pair.

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