The Wild World Of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

The world has seen some unusual Pepsi flavours. But the reigning champ for variety and inventiveness is still Japan.

Earlier this week, Kotaku reported that Pepsi Pink, a strawberry and milk flavoured drink, will soon be available in Japan. That beverage, however, is just the tip of the iceberg. Like Doritos, there is a wide spectrum of Pepsi that has been sold in Japan over the years.

The reason why there are so many flavours is that food and drink makers in Japan continually roll out a variety of new tastes, some of which are offbeat, in hopes of grabbing consumers' attention.

Some of the snack type flavours you see in Japan appear as quickly as they disappear, and you can't help but think that the companies put out certain flavours just to stand out or create a stir.

Most of these drinks you can no longer get. Some are collecting dust on store shelves as we speak. But let's have a look at some of the standouts.

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Pepsi Red went on sale for a limited time in 2006.

As you can see in this Gigazine photo, the "spicy" tasting soda was, well, red.

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Picture: Gigazine

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Pepsi Gold hit Japan in 2006 for a limited time. It was ginger flavoured.

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Picture: 水の品物のブログ

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

2007 saw Pepsi Ice Cucumber for a limited time.

Thankfully. This was, in my opinion, a truly horrid drink that didn't taste like cucumbers, but tasted like awful. Some people liked it though.

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Picture: Kanshin

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

The Pepsi Blue Hawaii was launched in Japan in 2008 for a limited time. The blue fizzy drink tastes like pineapple and lemon.

Yes, it's blue.

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Picture: マシニング加工

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Then, there was Pepsi White, which tasted like Pepsi and yogurt. It launched in 2008 for a limited time and relaunched for Winter 2012.

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Picture: CVS_LittleStar

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

This is "Pepsi Azuki." Like as in the beans. It went on sale in 2009 for a limited time.

Here is what the actual drink looked like.

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Picture: moondaisuki

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Shiso is a herb that often appears in Japanese cuisine. Pepsi Shiso was released for a limited time in 2009.

While it looked like mouthwash, I thought it tasted ok. Then again, I love shiso. Mouthwash is good, too.

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Picture: タカ坊の小部屋

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Pepsi Baobab was released in 2010 for a limited time.

While the label featured baobab trees, the drink apparently tasted more like ginger ale -- or better yet, "refreshing cola flavour."

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Picture: Sasatch Blog

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Going on sale in 2010, Pepsi Strong Shot had more caffeine that regular Pepsi.

Interestingly, the highly carbonated beverage even had a warning label that recommended waiting 15 seconds after opening the can to take a sip.

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Picture: Minkara

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Pepsi Nex, a zero calorie Pepsi, was launched in Japan in 2010.

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Picture: koriranpariran

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

In 2010, Pepsi Mont Blanc went on sale for a limited time.

It had a creamy chestnut flavour, evoking the dessert that inspired it. The drink had its fans. Apparently.

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Picture: ねこプラモ

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Pepsi Dry, a "non-sweet cola," went on sale in 2011.

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Picture: Bokumemo

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Pepsi Caribbean Gold was released in 2011 and had a "white sapote flavour."

Once again, a yellow drink.

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Picture: 金田国男商店

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Pepsi has released several energy colas in Japan, but the Darth Vader one, which says, "Give yourself to the dark side," was the best.

Here is the non-Vader can.

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Picture: chronorad

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

This is Pepsi Special. It went on sale in 2012 and, as previously mentioned, contains a dietary fibre supplement and makes it difficult for the body to absorb fat while eating.

The beverage is still on sale.

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Picture: Suntory

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Pepsi Salty Watermelon billed itself as a "refreshing taste of summer" when it went on sale in 2012 for a limited time. In Japan, some people do put salt on watermelon to bring out the flavour, so the taste wasn't that peculiar. It was actually pretty good.

That colour, though.

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Picture: Kotaku

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Pepsi Black (with lemon!) was the 2012 follow-up to Pepsi Dry.

Once again, it looked like Pepsi.

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Picture: Suntory Topics

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

And as mentioned above, this year will see Pepsi Pink relaunch in Japan for a limited time.

Originally going on sale in 2011, the drink is sweet and flavoured kind of like strawberry and milk.

The Wild World of Japanese Pepsi Flavours

Picture: Gigazine

Can't wait for what Pepsi flavours 2015 brings!


Comments

    I'd try all of them, but Pepsi and Yoghurt flavour?! That does not sound appetizing at all!

      ... and the rest of them do?

        well most of them don't sound too far out weird. Not sure if they would be nice, but just going off the names, I'd try them once at least. That yoghurt one though.. don't think I could bring myself to try that!

          I'd be willing to try at least a mouthful of them, as long as I had a few bottles of water next to me.

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