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Sangaria Ramu Bottle Grape - グレープラムボトル

Japan
Ramu Bottle Grape

History

The first lemon-flavored soda pop was brought to Japan by Commander Perry in 1853, or so the legend goes. Entrepreneur Fujise Hanbe began selling lemon water sodas inspired by Perry's sodas in Nagasaki in 1865. Gradually the English word "lemonade", translated into Japanese as "ra mu ne" (ラムネ), became associated with these foreign drinks. The first sodas were sold in round-bottomed bottles closed with a wired-on cork. In 1884 Scottish expat pharmacist Alexander Sim began selling lemon soda in the Kobe foreign settlement using the English Codd stopper bottle which is sealed with a marble, which he called "mabu soda" or "marble soda". Three years later a bottler named Kotsugoro in Tokyo also used the bottles which spread their popularity. Later, when the crown cap bottle was introduced, the name "ramune" came to mean the marble-stoppered sodas exclusively.

This "ramu" bottle drink by Sangaria is meant to evoke the old-fashioned ramune sodas without the hassle, or the fun, of popping the marble to open it.

Review

A cloud of candy dust burst from the top of this fizzy and peppy bottle. I was surprised when I poured it in a glass that it is clear, not some artificially dyed purple like other grape sodas.

The taste is pure candy, but not as sweet as you might expect. Each sip is followed by a dry finish, and this is where the true grape flavor appears, the dusty tannin flavor of grape skins, that most grape sodas do not include.

Since the fist sip was so sweet I was prepared to write this off as a kiddie beverage, but now I'm finding it more interesting and enjoyable with each sip as sour citrus flavors and juicy grape sweetness swirl together in my mouth.

fizz 3

refreshment 4

score 4

sweetness 4

flavor 4

Ingredients

Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, flavor.

Made by

Japan Sangaria Beverage Co. Ltd
4-2-13 Nakano Higashisumiyoshi-Ku
Osaka City, 546-0012
Japan

www.sangaria.co.jp