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Calpis is a Japanese soft drink that has been around for almost 100 years. Despite how well-loved it is not only in Japan, but all over South East Asia, most foreigners are only familiar with its name, which sounds like “cow piss”, rather than its actual taste (which is why it’s renamed “Calpico” in the U.S.).

But as you can probably tell by its popularity, Calpis doesn’t taste anything like what it sounds like, and for summer the brand has introduced a limited line of thirst-quenching flavors to help you beat the heat. Ajiwai Cola Float, the second flavor of their limited ajiwai” series, will be hitting shelves from the end of this month, and we’ve got the scoop on what the final product will look like once it does.

Calpis was first introduced to the Japanese market in 1919. Because it could keep well without the use of a refrigerator, it soon became a staple in people’s homes during the country’s pre-war years.

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Over many years the brand has expanded its line-up to include Calpis Water, a milder version of straight Calpis cut with water, and Calpis Soda, a carbonated version.

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This year they’ve added a new “ajiwai” or “flavorful” series to the mix. The first limited-run flavor was Ajiwai Melon Cream Soda, and the company will soon release follow-up flavor Ajiwai Cola Float, pictured below.

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If it tastes as just as good and refreshing as the image looks on the front of the bottle, no doubt it’ll be a huge hit this summer in Japan, where temperatures are soaring even though it’s still only mid-July.

For those of you that are curious to give it a try, the new Ajiwai Cola Float flavor goes on sale from July 27. Prices are set at 140 yen (US$1.10) a bottle, so no whether you end up loving it or not, it should still be worth the adventure.

Source: Entabe
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