Laidback Gourmet: Lychee Nut Ramune

Happy, Healthy New Year, and welcome to the Laidback Gourmet! I figured since it was the start of a new year I was going to do something a little different!

Big D:“Update this section on the site?”

Quiet you. No, this is something I’ve had planned for a while now. I recently went to the local Asian specialty market and picked up a bunch of things I’ve never tried before and I’m going to review them all, making this a month long special I’ve dubbed: Japanuary. Oh, and if you notice that some of the things I’m reviewing doens’t actually come from Japan, keep it to yourself, the pun doesn’t work any other way and we all know a good pun is more important than so called “facts” and “Logic” and “racial sensitivity”. I’m starting this month by taking a look at something I see all the time in various anime, and by all the time I mean that one scene in FLCL, soda bottles with marbles in them. Wait, soda with marbles in them? Let me get this ready:

There we go, now that I got that out of the way, the actual name for these drinks are Ramune… I think. Truthfully, I don’t know if thats just the name of the maker which has become synomous with this kind of bottle, much in the same way some parts of the US calls all soda “Coke”, or that’s legitmately is the name of this kind of soda. At any rate, I’m going to call it Ramune for the rest of this review for the sake of not caring enough to research this any further. Let’s take a look at this bottle.

Alright, apparently the whole soda is closed by a marble that’s wedged into the opening of the bottle. After removing the plastic tamper guard you push the marble in and your soda is free to drink. If you can figure out how to drink it so the marble doesn’t block the hole. Truthfully, the whole idea of turning a bottle of soda into a game is appealing to me. Plus they come in a pretty wide variety of flavors. Which one did I pick up?

Lychee Nut of course. Why did I choose such an unusual flavor? Was it because I wanted to be adventurous and try something quite different than typical western flavors? Maybe its because Lychee nut is a flavor I really enjoy? Or could it be that this was the only flavor available at the time? I’ll let you decide.

But the answer is C.

Truth be told, I’m not even 100% sure what a lychee nut is. I dont think I’ve had one. Hang on, let me look up what a lychee nut looks like.

SWEET GOOGLY MOOGELY!!! THATS WHAT I HAVE TO EAT?!?! What the hell? It looks like some nightmare combination of a eyeball crossed with a testicle! And I have to drink its juices?!? I should have just done the Twinkies retrospective. Oh well, I’ve already bought the soda, and I’d hate to be out the buck twenty five. Guess I gotta do this. *ahem* Let me attempt to take a swig of this HP Lovecraft liquid.


…ok, apparently lychee nuts taste better than they look. However since they look like Silent Hill atrocities they would pretty much have to. That being said, the soda isn’t very good. It’s not as awful as the nightmare inducing picture would lead you to believe but truthfully the taste is kind of bland. It’s not particularly sweet, nor is it particularly sour, nor would I call it bitter or salty either. It doesn’t seem to really effect any of the typical tastes. It really is just kind of meh.

However, on the flip side, it’s kind of fun to drink out of this bottle. The trick is that you can’t hold it at too sharp an angle or the marble will flip down and block the flow. However with a little practice you can lock the marble into the grove and drink away. And if the flavor wasn’t so depressing on the tongue you might actually want to drink away!

So how to grade this one? I guess I’m going to have to break from the norm and score this sort of like a Gamepro review:

Well that concludes the first Japanuary Laidback Gourmet review of 2013. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed and there should be plenty more far east treat reviews coming on this novelty month. Please send your feedback, comments, suggestions, or to simply lavish thy praise upon me at Until next time this is Ed DiFolco your Laidback Gourmet who’s hoping he does hear those horrible Silent Hill sirens as punishment for drinking the juice of the hellbeast fruit.

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