Friday, October 15, 2010

Elisha Aerated Water (Lychee flavor)


I first had this drink a long time ago, before I even started this blog. The first one that I had was procured at an Asian market in Greenville, South Carolina, and I hadn't seen them since then until a few weeks ago. I immediately picked one up, though, because they are incredible. They are essentially just lightly flavored sodas, but they are perfectly balanced. Sitting perfectly somewhere between a flavored seltzer water and a carbonated soft drink, this drink is a taste-pleaser. The flavoring is just right: not too sweet and not too bland. It is easy to finish an entire serving without realizing ahead of time that you were almost done. The container is also very interesting: a plastic "can" with an aluminum top.

I also purchased an apple flavored version of the same drink, which I had not had before, but I definitely prefer the lychee. I have also had their green tea version in the past, and it is also very good (but be forewarned: I don't recall it being sweetened). The store where I bought this one also has a peach flavor, which I have yet to try. Keep an eye on the twitter feed for an opinion on that one soon.

Verdict: Recommended

Purchased: Asian Market, Inc. [Columbia, SC]
Size: 12.30 fl. oz. (350 mL)
Price: Approximately $1.50

6 comments:

  1. These are great and refreshing indeed! I buy 12 of them at this Asian market every Sunday because they are so inexpensive (89 cents a can). Well worth it and I always enjoy the subtle flavor! :)

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  2. Oh, definitely. I love absolutely love this drink.

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  3. Yah just picked one up a moment ago at a asian supermarket in Chicago. Wow! this is up there with another favorite drink of mine Pocari Sweat

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  4. The peach is pretty good... i've tried all that we have yet down here in Bahamas, (Lychee, Orange, Peach, Apple, Pineapple) ... and i must say the three top for me are Lychee, Peach and then Apple... the pineapple is way too sweet... i had heard that these were banned in the state though?

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  5. Hey there,

    These are awesome. I'm opening an all pork banh mi cart called Pink Bellies in Charleston, SC and I invite you to come and try our banh mi - Vietnamese sandwiches!

    I'm trying my hardest to find a distributor for the Elisha drinks because they are a perfect pairing with the banh mis!

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    1. Pink Bellies sounds great! Vietnamese food is one of my favorites. I actually live in South Carolina (for a few more months), so I'll definitely have to stop by the next time I'm in the Charleston area.

      As far as distributors go, I'm not sure who might supply them in this area. I'm pretty sure that most of the Asian markets in this region just have them imported. From their website (http://www.elisha.com.cn/english/e_sc.htm), it looks like the only established distribution markets are in Los Angeles and New York, and shipping them in from across the country on a regular basis would get very expensive very quickly, I'm sure.

      I'd check for local Asian markets that carry the drink and ask how they bring theirs in. It would be great if you could get them, though. I agree; it would be the perfect compliment to banh mi.

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