So Much Juice
Foco Mangosteen juice is super fragrant (“I would wear this as a perfume,” said one taster.) It’s soft and sweet, with hints of poached pear and delicate floral notes. You’ve gotta be up for something viscous—this is like the syrup that fruits are canned in.
We really liked Foco Roasted Coconut Juice which is sweet but refreshing, and slightly nutty The little blobby flecks floating inside are just slightly chewy.
We expected the Foco Tamarind juice to be tart, but this one tastes a bit more like Southern sweet tea, with earthy apricot and cider-like notes, and just a little undercurrent of the sourness we like in tamarind. Tasty, but sweeeeet!
Gina Guyabano nectar is thick and sweet (like a blend of white peaches and lychee) but not overpowering. This could work in a cocktail quite nicely; it’s a little heavy on its own.
For some reason, we expected the Wasont Apple vinegar drink to be carbonated, but it’s not. On the nose, you’ll smell cidery vinegar, but the flavor is light, tart, and sweet. There’s a little burn on the back of your throat after you swallow, but the drink is nicely balanced (if a tiny bit too sweet to be refreshing.)
Foco Aloe Vera Drinks
The mixed berry version is clear (with aloe bits) and very, very sweet. If gummy fruit candies had been sitting out in the sun and then melted in a cup, this is more or less what it would taste like.
Sugar Cane Drinks
While the Foco is cloudy and skin-colored, the Yeo’s Sugar Cane drink is clear and electric green. Whoa! The flavor is mild, slightly grassy, and sweet, with some of the same sweet corn flavors we tasted in the Foco version. This one’s a little more drinkable.
Mong Lee Shang Pearl Soybean Drinks with Tapioca
The strawberry flavor is pretty artificial and seriously sweet, and reminded us of Calpis yogurt drink (or Strawberry Nestle Quick.)
The mung bean flavor was our favorite. The grassy flavor of the mung beans pairs nicely with the soy's nuttiness.
Wax Gourd Drinks
Yeo's White Gourd Drink was a bit more flavorful, with a similar nutty character, a bit like buttery Cracker Jacks. We preferred this one, and imagine it would be great with a bunch of shaved ice in it.
Grass Jelly Drinks
The Mong Lee version has the same grass jelly lumps, but the flavor is far inferior, with the fusty aroma of an old attic. A very very sweet old attic, that is.
Nata de Coco Mango Juice
The Mong Lee Shang version was more intensely mango flavored, but also more syrupy sweet.
We preferred the Gina Calamansi Juice drink, which is cloudier and a little more tart, with a nice balance of orange and lime flavors. We were reminded of limeade mixed with pineapple juice, and we bet it would be good with seltzer to cut the sweetness.