Malaysia (20 reviews)

100 Plus Original

100 Plus Original

Do you know what American athletes are missing that those in Asia have access to? Carbonated sports drinks, that is what. Can you imagine being in the middle of a match of some sort, you are exhausted and dripping with sweat, and your trainer hands you a can o “carbonated isotonic drink?” What on Earth is refreshing about that? I was once given sparkling water while playing a show and I nearly spit it everywhere because bubbles are not what you need to quench your thirst. Water is all I want in such times, and I’m not even exerting that much energy. Even the minimum sugar in other sports drinks is a bit off putting to me in such times. Somehow this beverage has persevered for decades. Apparently they have done so without updating their look either, as this can looks more 70’s Olympics than anything else I’ve ever seen.

If you can find it in yourself to look past this products intended purpose the taste isn’t all that bad. It’s strange, but not horrible. It’s like someone mixed Squirt with lemon lime Gatorade. I don’t know why anyone would do such a thing, but apparently someone in Malaysia did and liked the results enough to mass produce it. I really feel that if the grapefruit aspect of this was left out the taste would greatly suffer. Just carbonated Gatorade would be unwanted on all fronts. This way it at least has something interesting about it.

Website
http://https://100plus.com.my/
Country
Malaysia
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 3 weeks, 1 day ago
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Wei-Chuan Grape Drink with Pulp

Wei-Chuan Grape Drink with Pulp

Many times in my life I have forgotten how much I love grapes. It’s a well-known fact that most things that are grape flavored resemble the fruit about as much as infants love chewing tobacco. Is that the most random comparison of all time? I think it just might be. The thing is that the trouble with grape doesn’t end there. On top of being defamed by impersonators, there is a decent chance that when you eat a grape you’re going to get a crappy soggy one; such a disappointing treat. When you get a good one though, life is good. A nice firm, juicy grape can go a long way with one’s taste buds.

This here drink is a good middle ground between juice and drink. It’s what all grape flavored things should aspire to be. Sure it would be much better if it was just grape juice with chunks of grape “meat” in it, but we all know that would be expensive, and also probably too tart for most consumers. To solve this conundrum Wei Chuan watered it down a bit, and then added a healthy dose of sugar. The result is a candied grape flavor, which isn’t nearly as bad as it sounds. If were carbonated it would be the best grape soda I’ve ever tasted. Instead it winds up being a better than average grape drink. To be fair if it didn’t have the chunks of grape in it, I probably would have only awarded it a three out of five bottle rating, but the meat is great. It’s very similar in texture, size and flavor to aloe drinks. Everyone knows I can’t get enough of those.

Website
http://www.weichuanusa.com/a_welcome.htm
Country
Malaysia
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Chunky, Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on July 8th, 2014
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Wei-Chuan Mango Drink with Pulp

Wei-Chuan Mango Drink with Pulp

Jay and I are constantly and forever in cahoots. We were talking about how everything we've been drinking has been good but it's been pretty tame. Now we're talking. Now we've got chunks and mango and realistic flavors and something from Malaysia.

Still, man, after doing this for as long as I've been doing it, I just can't seem to figure out how companies could get Americans to drink chunky drinks like it's no big deal. Asia's got that under wraps, man. They love chunks and hats off to them because they're on top for that reason. It's a totally different dimension that us American turds just don't get.

I mean it, chunks. Chunks of real fruit. Sugar to keep the natural flavor of the mango and said mango tasting fine. If you ate a mango you very intricately crushed up into a glass, this would be it. Simple, chunky, different, delicious. Adjectives son, adjectives.

Website
http://www.weichuanusa.com/a_welcome.htm
Country
Malaysia
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Chunky, Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on April 8th, 2014
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Wei-Chuan Kiwifruit Drink With Pulp

Wei-Chuan Kiwifruit Drink With Pulp

Let me be the first to congratulate kiwi for getting out of the abusive relationship that it was in with strawberry. For decades the only time you ever heard about this beautiful fruit was in relation to its counterpart. In those cases it always took a back seat to the red fruit. I know their relationship was forged because of their similar tiny black seeds, but it quickly went downhill. We’ve all heard what went on behind closed doors, but I’m not one to perpetuate the rumor mill. All I will say is that kiwi deserved better and I’m glad to see it stepping out on it’s own into the spotlight.

Now after decades of living in the shadows, it was no surprise that kiwi wasn’t going to come out of the gates and blow our minds. Sure, there are some issues with this beverage, but the important thing is that kiwi is trying and finally there is a beverage that is at least more accurately portraying it’s natural flavor. Kiwi is not completely comfortable to come out all on it’s own, so in here it is hiding behind sugar, and there’s a whole lot of it. There is 69g of sugar in this 16.9oz can with a mixture of sugar, acesulfame K and aspartame. Sure, it tastes more like biting into a kiwi than any other drink I’ve ever had, but it tastes like you’re biting into a canned kiwi that was in heavy syrup.

As a way of an apology for all the sugar kiwi actually put bits and chunks of itself into the drink as well. It gives it a nice texture that might be gross to some, but that someone like myself really enjoyed. Think of orange juice with a lot of pulp but switch the fruit and dump in way too much sugar. There you go.

Website
http://www.weichuanusa.com/a_welcome.htm
Country
Malaysia
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Chunky, Juice
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on March 5th, 2014
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Wei-Chuan Guava Drink with Pulp

Wei-Chuan Guava Drink with Pulp

Oh guava, you sassy girl. I feel that you are the most forgotten of the tropical fruits. It's not your fault. You are not to be forgotten. It's just that you are. You aren't doing anything wrong. Take this drink for instance. It's good. It's really good. I feel that it is a canned yet accurate portrayal of what you are like in real life. You know when they make biopics of people that are still alive and they get mad because everything was dramatized so much that it makes them look weak or like monsters? This drink, I feel, is "a day in the life" of you, guava. Why? Well the flavor isn't messed with, I don't think. It's filled with chunks and not just chunks of aloe, chunks of you, the fruit in questions. You provide and we make the most of what you give us. You are the lemon of fruits. You know that old phrase. If someone gives you lemons, you make lemonade. If someone gives you guaqva, you make a chunky guava drink. If I had a nickel for every time I've heard that phrase I think my check would be in the mail.

Website
http://www.weichuanusa.com/a_welcome.htm
Country
Malaysia
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Chunky, Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on February 20th, 2014
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Pokka Aloe V Blueberry Juice

Pokka Aloe V Blueberry Juice

We at Thirsty Dudes love aloe drinks. You don't believe me? Look at the 73 (and counting) different aloe drinks we've had: http://www.thirstydudes.com/category/aloe-vera. Sure there has been a few bad apples in there, but overall I'm sure the aloe vera category has a better good to bad ratio than most on our site.

Back to the can at hand, I found this in an Asian market while I was visiting Boston last month. I'm really enjoying blueberry + aloe chunks combo. It's making me wish there were blueberry chunks in here as well, but you can't have it all I suppose. Part of me is regretting not saving this for the morning because this would be a great drink to enjoy while I waited for the bus tomorrow morning. Perhaps I'll do that another day with the other flavors I have. Though I think it's the blueberry that is making me think morning. I blame blueberry muffins.

Website
http://www.pokka.com.sg/
Country
Malaysia
Sweetener
Sucrose
Categories
Aloe Vera, Chunky, Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Derek Neuland on April 25th, 2013
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Rubicon Sparkling Mango

Rubicon Sparkling Mango

Good things come in small cans. That sounds like some tagline for drink company X that ended up on the editing floor. I imagine Bob thought of the tagline on the way to work after days of emails that yielded no good ideas. He was probably so excited and couldn't wait to get to work for the first time in 20 years. He gave hints to his co-workers before the 9:30 meeting that he had a great idea.

The problem was he built it up so much that when they heard the mediocre tagline, they passed on it. He was devastated and always told the story over drinks with friends.

I almost forgot that I hadn't reviewed this drink yet. It's delicious is what I was trying to get at. It's really light and crisp and full of mango flavor. If it weren’t so full of sugar I would drink these all the time.

Website
http://www.rubiconexotic.com/
Country
Malaysia
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Juice, Soda Pop, Sparkling
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Derek Neuland on February 12th, 2013
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Maya Grape Drink with Real Fruit Bits

Maya Grape Drink with Real Fruit Bits

This drink is the equivalent of dumping a whole mess of grapes into a blender with an obscene amount of sugar. Sure the grapes get cut up, but there are stuff a whole mess of chunks left over. That’s okay though, we love chunks in our drinks. Okay, that sounds gross. I feel like I just said that we love vomit in our drinks. I’d like to go on record by saying that I have never drank vomit in a drink, and I hope that I never end up drinking vomit in a drink. If I did the result would just be the creation of more vomit to put in drinks, and as we already mentioned no one wants that, so it would be a waste of effort and time.

If someone had poured this into a glass and then given it to me, I would have assumed from looking at it that it was an aloe drink. Then after drinking it I would have thought that I had confirmed my earlier thought. I obviously would have been wrong. It’s just water, grape juice and grape chunks, but it really does taste and feel like it is an aloe drink. The grape flavor is a bit stronger than any aloe I’ve ever had, but the similarities are there. I’m shocked that there is only 27g of sugar in here, because it tastes like someone dumped an entire sack of sugar into this little can. While my health would not appreciate that, my taste buds certainly do.

Website
http://www.mayafoods.com/
Country
Malaysia
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Chunky, Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on June 26th, 2012
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Drinho Chrysanthemum Tea Drink

Drinho Chrysanthemum Tea Drink

If my grandmother saw me drinking this she would probably yell something along the lines of, “You’re drinking mums. Why are you drinking mums? Why are you drinking flowers?” I knew a chrysanthemum was a flower, but I never would have thought “oh yeah those are mums like in my grandmother’s garden.” Yes I now realize that “mum”
is in chrysanthemum, but whenever I said the name before I always thought it was “chrysanthium.” I am certainly not a botanist.

To answer my grandmother’s question I would have to respond with “I am contractually obligated to try every drink that is in my path that is not alcoholic.” I basically signed the Hippocratic Oath of beverages. Did this drink look appetizing when I saw it in the store? Nope, but I bought it anyways out of obligation. I admit that I have grown to appreciate some flowery drinks over the past two years or so, but a flower that looks like the one on this can is not screaming flavor. I know exactly how that flower smells and I don’t want to taste it. I really don’t, but I must. Fine I’ll get it over with quick. Hmmm that was an unexpected turn of events. This drink is overloaded with the taste of licorice root. I expected Easter floral hell, but what I got was only ever so slightly floral and mostly licorice. Sometimes I wish that licorice root tasted like red licorice, but that’s really not licorice at all. I actually absolutely despise black licorice “licorice,” but I love things flavored with licorice root, specifically root beers. I’m actually a bit bummed that Mike isn’t here to enjoy this with me, because I know he would absolutely love it. To recreate this beverage, get yourself a bottle of sweet tea and while you’re drinking it chew on a stick from a licorice tree (yeah we’ve done it, but it doesn’t make us hippies). Swallow and repeat.

Country
Malaysia
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on April 19th, 2012
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Cozzo Qbic Apple Fruit Drink

Cozzo Qbic Apple Fruit Drink

Never before has apple flavor tasted so sickeningly sweet, yet still tasted so much like an actual apple. The spectrum of apple drinks normally ranges from your everyday normal apple juice to that disgusting fake sour apple flavor that tastes nothing like an actual apple. This somehow tastes like apple candy, but in a way makes you think that you’re actually biting into a nice red apple that has been soaking in a barrel of sugar water for the past three weeks. It’s strange, and it seems like it should be gross, you know too much, but it’s somehow not. On top of that it has chunks of nata de coco in it that make for a fun experience. So it’s now like that sugar soaked apple has little chunks of hard coconut bit throughout it. Wow, typed out that sounds completely disgusting, but believe me it works. Kids would probably enjoy this more than most adults, but if a lot of sugar doesn’t bother you, pick up a bottle at your local Asian market.

Country
Malaysia
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Chunky, Juice
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on March 25th, 2012
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