Kirin is at it again! For the Strong Hyoketsu series the first to highlight is a new and improved version of the existing lime flavor. The abv remains at 9% of course, but this is supposed to have both a stonger lime juice flavor as well as stronger carbonation versus the previous model. This was a stealth release -- they've already made the above changes to the production line starting from July. However given the changed packaging, some eagle-eyed readers may have already noticed.
Next up is the Strong Hyoketsu Kyoho Grape, also in 350ml/500ml at 9% abv. It uses Kyoho grapes from Japan's Shinshu region. Grapes isn't such a common flavor in chuhais so it's good to see this one return this year. It's coming on September 12.
August 22 marks the release of Kirin Chuhai Bitters Lime & Ginger, almost like a RTD Moscow Mule. Kirin is emphasizing that they juice the ENTIRE lime -- peel and all -- to make this one. It's available in the 350ml size.
Last up is the limited edition release of Kirin Honshibori Autumn Citrus, a mixture of lemon, Satsuma Mandarin, orange, and shequasar. It's at 5% abv, available in 350ml from September 5.
Whiskey Richard is the founder of nomunication.jp, and has been saying he has lived in Japan for ten years for the past four years. He enjoys drinking basically anything except straight-up Campari.