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A lot of Asian drinks seem to stem from a conversation that goes something like “I bet you couldn’t sell…” Speaking of which, have you heard of the new eel drink? . Before today my knowledge of aloe vera extended no further than a decorative plant and something you rub on sunburns. I would never imagine that it would be consumed by people, much less mass produced. So I was a little surprised when I stumbled upon the Aloe Vera drink section at the local Asian market. There was aloe vera in cans, in bottles, with pulp and without pulp, a bit like buying orange juice. I figured, if I’m actually going to drink aloe vera juice, I should get some with pulp.

Doesn’t the picture of the juice look appetizing? Before I took a sip I decided to read what exactly I was going to be drinking.

Yep, first ingredient on the list is aloe vera pulp. This isn’t an aloe vera flavored beverage, this is aloe vera with some sugar and honey added. Something I’ve noticed about Asian beverages is that a lot of them don’t use corn syrup; instead they use sugar and honey which is very refreshing. Here’s a picture of it poured into a cup.

All that white stuff floating around is the aloe vera pulp. There was a lot of it. I was actually pretty surprised when I took my first sip. It didn’t taste bad at all. It mostly tasted like honey and suger with a little hint of, what I guess is, aloe vera. The little chuncks of pulp werent bad either. They held a little flavor but mostly tasted like watery sugar. There was a lot of pulp though and by the end I was pretty much just eating aloe vera pulp. All in all it wasn’t bad at all, but next time I’m definitaly not buying the pulp version.

Final Verdict:

Taste: 7/10

Drinkability: 5/10

Cure for sunburn: 0/10

(unless you pour it over yourself)

There has been a small ginseng craze lately. It appeared with the craze for everything else Asian, like Sushi, fung shui home decorating, tai-bo and apparently Japanese Game Shows (have you seen that new reality tv show?). Where as sushi contains mercury, ginseng has been reported to be beneficial to your health. It is claimed to be a stimulate, cause euphoria and improve memory. Now no matter how crazy we are for ginseng here in America, we can’t beat the craze for ginseng in Korea. Check out this drink.

I’ve heard of adding ginseng to enery drinks, tea and pills, but who would imagine adding honey to ginseng. This tiny bottle contains an actualy ginseng root, water and honey. That’s it (well I think there was a preservative in there too). When I saw this at the local Asian market I had to have it. No better way to experience the effect of ginseng than to drink…. ginseng. I opened to bottle and attempted to remove the root. There’s just something strange with drinking a drink that has a huge ginsend root in it.

I wasn’t too successful. The root broke at the end leaving a fair amount left in the drink. The drink tasted kind of funny. It kind of tasted like drinking grass (not like I know what that tastes like…….). There was a fair bit of sweetness to it but nothing strong. It really tasted like you would expect a purely herbal drink to taste like. Surprisingly I did feel different after drinking it. It wasn’t a strong feeling, and it wasn’t like I was pumped on caffeine but there was a definitely a different feeling. I want to explore it more and plan on purchasing another drink or two the next time I hit up my local Asian market.

Final Verdict:

Taste 4/10

Health Effect 6/10

Coolness 10/10