The Coca Cola company seem to be taking a leaf out of the Kit Kat makers’ book, and have recently released an oddball new variety of their product. “Coca Cola Plus Green Tea” is their latest fizzy pop, which is essentially green tea-flavoured Diet Coke. I tried some of the concoction last week, and I can tell you that it tastes exactly like… Diet Coke. You can barely taste the green tea at all!
It’s not a bad beverage, but Coca Cola are going to have to pull their socks up if they want to compete with Pepsi in the weirdness stakes. A couple of years ago, Pepsi released a cucumber-flavoured drink, which was more tasty than it sounds, and last year they came out with the surprisingly inoffensive “Yoghurt Pepsi.”
This summer they have just unveiled the exotic-sounding “Pepsi Shiso”. Shiso is the Japanese name for perilla, a minty herb, also known as beefsteak plant. The Japanese often eat it with sashimi or salad.
I just tried some Pepsi Shiso. While it might be refreshing on a humid summer’s day, there’s no escaping the fact that it tastes like mouthwash.