2011 Japan trip - Sep 11, Nara to Osaka
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on 2011-09-11 00:50:49
Slat (Japanese text indicates it's pronounced more or less like the English word "slat") was the cheapest alcoholic beverage available in the Hotel Sunroute Nara vending machine. 140円, if I remember correctly. It seems to be a typical Japanese lemon-flavoured "health" drink with added Vitamin C, sweetened with artificial sweeteners, plus some hops flavour (which did not improve matters) and 3% alcohol.
on 2011-09-11 02:39:31
OH, and I forgot to mention (probably my brain blocking the memory for mental-health reasons) that Slat also features blobs of jelly at the bottom, but just a few; not enough blobs for me to be sure that it's a "jelly" drink and they are meant to be there at all.
on 2011-09-28 10:42:22
I wondered "Who buys this stuff?" and on careful thought, I think the answer is that the target market can be described as "persons who are trying to get teenage girls drunk." Consider: it's weak (suggesting it's for drinkers who are physically smaller than many adults, and maybe have lower acquired tolerance); it doesn't taste like an alcoholic beverage (suggesting drinkers who, unlike let's say averge teenage *boys*, don't particularly like alcohol); it's cheap; and it's advertised as low-calorie.