Despite my rather rocky history with coconut-centric drinks, I decided to ignore my better judgement and give this one a try anyway. I've never had a coconut nectar before, and although I'm not usually a big advocate of fruit nectars, I thought that it would only be fair to give it a chance. However, when I think of nectars, I usually think of something more thick and viscous. But Sunlee's Palms Juice Coconut Nectar is...different.
Instead of being thick and viscous like other nectars, this one is actually rather thin, which makes sense given how light natural coconut juice is. What's weird about this drink, however, has nothing to do with its viscosity. The taste is so unusual that it is really difficult to describe without utilizing comparisons. Although it does taste fairly "clean" and natural (which makes sense, given that the drink is entirely composed of coconut juice, aside from the 0.002% concentration of added preservatives), it has an almost overbearing sweetness that gives it a very heavy feel that is actually not that bad at first, but quickly becomes much too strange to consume in anything other than very small servings. The closest comparison that came to mind while I was drinking Sunlee's coconut concoction was the taste of the milk remaining after a bowl of Captain Crunch cereal. It's a strange thing to have come to mind while drinking a beverage, but Sunlee's Palms Juice is a strange beverage.
I think that this one is worth the risk if you ever come across one. I'd recommend checking your local Asian market for a bottle. Even though I didn't particularly care for it (it was too strange and sweet for me to drink much of it at all), I think that the experience is interesting and unique enough that it is worth having at least once.
Verdict: Worth a try
Purchased: Unknown Asian market [Spartanburg, SC]
Size: 12 fl. oz. [355mL]