We like melons, we like milk. Melon milk? Why not!
I’m a bit of a sucker for melon flavoured things, if it’s an option when shopping then I’m likely to pick it. But really, I got this one with my partner in mind. He loves the realistic melon flavour from Japanese treats and he’s a big milkshake fan. Weird a combination as this sounds, it seemed a perfect fit for him.
We got this can from Japan Centre, you can find it here for £0.98 (240ml can).
The can is quite tall and thin, with an assurance stamped on that it contains both real juice and natural milk. With the realistic flavourings Japan use I daresay you’d never know if it was real fruit juice or not, but for the health conscious I would imagine this is reassuring.
The colour is pretty weird, it looks like one of those vegetable based ‘health drinks’ (though I doubt this is terribly healthy). I’m not sure who figured this was a good colour to represent melon flavour, but okay!
If you’ve ever had one of those little individual portion pots of UHT milk from a cafe or such (these, in case you’ve never encountered them), you’ll know what the milk base of this drink tastes like. Thin yet with a creamy taste that somehow doesn’t taste like real milk (even though it is), a warm milk taste no matter how long you leave it in the fridge…that flavour. I wasn’t expecting that, but I guess it makes sense given that this is a canned shelf drink rather than a refrigerated one. It’s more like a milk flavoured drink than a milkshake.
The melon flavour was predictably strange combined with the (somewhat fake tasting) milk, but once you get your head around it it’s really good! It is milder than the melon flavouring you would taste in candy but still realistic. Well, it’s real juice according to the can, so I would hope it tastes realistic!
Oddly, it tasted sweeter than melon candy or melon Ramune to me. I wouldn’t have expected a milk drink to be sweeter than candy or lemonade, but it did serve to make the melon juice flavour stand out against the creamy milk taste. The sweetness tastes like they’ve used really ripe melons rather than they’ve added copious amounts of sugar, it’s really yummy.
The flavours don’t mix; instead you have a creamy, milky background and a separate sweet melon juice taste. That’s not to say they don’t go well together, they simply don’t blend the way, for example, a strawberry milkshake would; both flavours are very distinct.
Served cold, the fruit juice makes this drink feel more light and refreshing than a milk drink usually would. I could definitely imagine drinking this on a hot summers day. If we had hot summer days in Northern Ireland, that is. Maybe we’ll get one next year! :p
This is a cheap, cheerful and tasty milk drink. Like many of the more unusual flavour combinations, it sounds stranger than it tastes. It’s definitely worth adding to an order as it’s a pretty safe pick if you like melon flavoured things in general. Plus if you don’t like it it’s only 98p wasted, which is a lot less than most imported drinks. Well, that was my logic in buying anyway and I’m glad I did as my partner really enjoyed it 🙂
Overall, I would give this a 10/10.
Apparently this drink is pretty popular in vending machines, if I ever get on my dream holiday to Japan I know I would pick one up!