Well for most of us the waistline has expanded a little from too many mince pies, chocolates and litres of beer over the Christmas and New Year. I'm happy to continue and indulge more but at my age it's a bit harder to burn off so best listen to the wife.
I got a bit worried when she said 'i'll help you' and immediately thought, oh crap she's got me a Davina McCall keep fit dvd or even worse some silly detox kit from the pharmacy. Couple of days later she hands me a bottle of iKi beer, yes I stood in silence for a few second thinking is this some sort of devious plan!
I was then told that this beer is organic and made using Green Tea and that Green Tea has various medicinal uses and health benefits and it is used by many as a way of detox. Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and reportedly contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. Antioxidants are substances that scavenge free radicals and Antioxidants such as polyphenols in green tea can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.
Well after taking all that in and the shock of my wife handing me a bottle of beer, it was time to kill some free radicals. iKi Beer to my joy is 4.5% ABV and brewed in Belgium yep, not in Japan to my disappointment as there are some great Craft beers coming out of the land of the rising sun such as Coedo and Kiuchi Brewery.
The back label tell us iKi means 'Life' in Japanese and iKi refreshes. Green tea not only gives iKi it's body, it also enriches iKi with high levels of natural antioxidants..... well there is only one way to find out! Pours a hazy pale yellow, with a thick white head. The aroma is fruity with flowers some malts and a slight hop. The taste is fresh, sweet. Fruity like citrus. Notes of spices and the aftertaste has the real Japanese green tea taste to it.
iKi Beer (4.5% ABV) - 3/10
Look I'd rather drink this than make my house shake to a celebrity keep fit video.......erm maybe depends who the celebrity is :D
iKi beer was purchased at Japan Centre 14-16 Regent Street, London, a Japanese supermarket and restaurant.