Coke has always been my favorite soda beverage. I prefer it over Pepsi and other colas. Growing up drinking this in America, it surprised me on how different it tastes in other countries when I visited. I remember my first taste of a different formulation was my first time in Hong Kong. After the long plane ride, I ordered an ice cold Coke at a local noodle house to quench my thirst. My first sip was the most refreshing I ever had for a Coke. I didn’t believe how good it was until I took a few more sips. From that point, I made it an effort to find and taste Coke wherever I traveled to.
Here are a few Cokes that I have been fortunate to try:
Hong Kong: Hong Kong Coke in my opinion had the perfect blend of syrup, sugar, and carbonation. It wasn’t too sweet, yet it wasn’t too syrupy (if that’s even a word). It had a nice carbonation feel when you drink it and the taste did not linger in your mouth. It was very smooooooth.
China: If I remember correctly, the Chinese Coke was very similar to the Hong Kong Coke. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the same. However since Hong Kong was under British rule, the preferred taste may have been a little different. If anything, the Chinese Coke was just a tad sweeter, same carbonation and still smooth with no aftertaste. (check out the difference in tab and spout of the can)
Thailand: Thai Coke was also smooth. However I remember this Coke had a more syrupy taste with the same carbonation content as the Chinese and Hong Kong Coke. Still refreshing and preferable.
Spain: The Spanish Coke was very different for me. It seemed like the carbonation was not as strong as the Asian market. Also the beverage had a very “syrupy” taste to it. In my opinion it tasted very different than the North American and Asian coke formulas.
Singapore: Singapore Coke is very similar to the Hong Kong formula. Smooth, and perfect blend of syrup and sweetness.
Japan: Japanese Coke is very similar to the Coke we have. Sweet, syrupy and carbonated just the same. However, because they use real sugar, there is no sweet after taste. Just a smooth refreshing sip everytime. They also have very cool looking resealable aluminum bottles as well.
I think I was able to conclude why all the international Cokes had a smooth taste. They all use real sugar or a real sugar blend to their soda. As we Americans get the High Fructose Corn Syrup which is a synthetic blend of processed sugars. (Which studies show links the Obesity problem we have here).
Our blend with High Fructose Ingredients:
Everyone else who uses Sugar:
Hopefully Coke decides to bring out a natural sugar formula which Pepsi did with their “Throwback” edition. Coke tastes so much better when made with real sugar.
I’m always looking for international Coke cans/tasting. If you know of any places or are going places where different type of Cokes are sold, please feel free to contact me or send me a sample. I will update with new tasting reviews.
Till next time, crack open a cold Coca’Cola for me!!!