Choya Umeshu (Plum liqueur) cup container review

choya umeshu isetan

Isetan in KL has a wide range of sake and shochu
in unique containers ranging from personal cup style containers to
cardboard packages that would look more in place in the milk and dairy
products aisle. It’s one of my favorite destinations when I was working
in KL due to the wide range of sake and shochu (distilled Japanese
style “vodka”). It’s a great place to browse when you’re feeling
particularly adventurous and have a hankering for a different alcoholic
product or if your wallet is somehow weighing you down real bad. ;)

choya umeshu cup

I was particularly interested in Choya Umeshu when I was in KL a couple of weeks ago. Umeshu is Plum liqueur
and this particular product is made by Choya, one of the biggest brands
for Umeshu and it actually has a plum inside. This is one of the more
interesting shochu (which should not be confused with sake) containers
– the personal cup container. It costs RM 26 for a small 200 ml cup
style container.

choya umeshu text

The text on Choya Umeshu states that “The added natural fruit is
called UME in Japanese. The organic acid of UME balances the beautiful
taste of CHOYA. CHOYA will satisfy your taste buds till the last drop”.
Choya Umeshu is made from Fresh Japanese Plum, Alcohol and Sugar and
the full name seems to be Choya Umeshu 160. The product is made in
Osaka, Japan and not only has one, but two plums inside the drink.

choya umeshu open

The personal Choya Umeshu cup container has a plastic lid,
presumably for the benefit of those who does not opt to enjoy the
umeshu in one sitting, thus allowing resealing on the container. There
is a soft metal lid beneath the plastic cap and it peels back easily
via a ring mechanism to open up the umeshu (plum liquor) without any
other opening implements. The seal states that Choya Umeshu contains
160 ml of 15% alcohol plum liquor with the plums taking up 20 ml (which
is equivalent to 20 mg) of the drink.

choya umeshu plum

Here’s a closer look at the Choya Umeshu cup – there are two plums
inside, infusing the shochu with a strong plum taste. The liqueur is
clear colored and comes in a green tinted glass container. The plums
are slightly wrinkled but retain the springy texture of preserved
plums. It looks like the plums used to make plum drink at coffee shops
over here – the old school establishments have a huge jar of similar
plums soaked in brine.

choya umeshu plum closeup

Umeshu tastes great! It’s best served as an aperitif (apologies in
advance for using this pretentious wine snob term ;)) due to the nice
acidity that the plum infuses the shochu with. It tastes like plum
infused alcohol – it’s hard to describe the tang of sweet acidity that
hits the tongue, followed by smooth distilled alcohol ending with a
plum aftertaste…

…oh wait, I just described it.

Adios Motherfucker – Something wicked this way comes…

The Adios Motherfucker (AMF) cocktail is a time honored (well, maybe
not, but saying “time honored” is as fun as saying “Adios,
Motherfucker”) one which usually is made up of:

Vodka (15 ml)
Rum (15 ml)
Tequila (15 ml)
Gin (15 ml)
Triple Sec (15 ml)

topped up with Sour mix and 7-Up (60 ml each).

I decided to go for something stronger and the bartender and Luconia
managed to cook up something even better. It’s a variation of the AMF
so I’m going to call it “Something wicked this way comes…” which
sounds pretty cool, but Cherie pointed out one major flaw in it:

Cherie: That’s a really long name, man. I can’t really say to a customer “Oh, do you want to try Something wicked this way comes”.

…which is a really good point. “Something Wicked” it is then. It
rolls off the tongue nicely too, “Do you want to try Something Wicked?”.

Anyway, this particular drink is made up of:

Gordon’s Gin (30 ml)
Bacardi Rum (30 ml)
Vodka (30 ml)
Tequila (30 ml)
Whisky (30 ml)
Triple Sec (30 ml)

topped up with lager (beer) and Guinness Stout. It’s a bit stronger
than AMF due to the topping up with alcoholic drinks (beer and stout)
instead of non-alcoholic mixers (sour mix and 7-Up).

adios motherfucker

Download: Something Wicked [sixthseal.com]

The drink ratio isn’t as important as the point of making a drink that will get you real drunk real fast. I had several Dormicum
tablets and STILL couldn’t sleep so I went and downed two of these
motherfuckers in one shot (it’s served in a Long Island tea glass) and
I basically got really fucked up. ;)

This thing is fucking toxic. It’s something wicked, alright…

Yeah, sixthseal.com is back and its as un-Malaysian as ever (albeit legally). ;)

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Hello everyone! sixthseal.com is still in the testing phase as I,
alas, do not have the habit of performing regular backups and thus is
left in the lurch when my host went tits up. I have signed up for
another server with a different hosting company and I’m trying to get
most the stuff back up – although I seem to have lost a significant
chunk of my images archive…

Rest assured, dear readers, nothing nefarious (except a catastrophic
server failure) happened to me. I’m perfectly fine, much to the ire of
my detractors, I’m sure.

Hell, I can practically feel you fuming at my general direction through cyberspace. ;)

Arnott’s Dangerous Liaisons Tim Tams

arnott dangerous liaisons tim tams

Arnott’s Dangerous Liaisons line of Tim Tams comes in a trio of unique flavors, namely Tim Tam Dangerous Liaisons Chilli Choc Fling, Tim Tam Dangerous Liaisons Black Forest Fantasy, and Tim Tam Dangerous Liaisons Creamy Truffle Temptation.
I went back to Sibu last weekend (didn’t tell anyone
though…considering the circumstances) and saw two of them brought
back by my sister from NZ. I think someone ate the Chilli Choc one so
I’m left with two.

arnott dangerous liaisons creamy truffle temptation

Tim Tam Dangerous Liaisons Creamy Truffle Temptation
is a streak of gooey white chocolate encircled by dark chocolate cream,
squeezed inside two rich chocolate biscuits and finished in temptingly
smooth milk chocolate… one bite and you’ll melt with pleasure. This
is one of the tamer flavor pairings…but it’s still good. It’s more
classic Tim Tam, best for the Tim Tam Slam.

arnott dangerous liaisons black forest fantasy

Tim Tam Dangerous Liaisons Black Forest Fantasy is
a stream of cherry flavor snuggled inside black forest cream,
sandwiched between rich chocolate biscuits and covered in a layer of
tantalizing chocolate you’re sure to fantasies about. It tastes great,
especially frozen – the cherry is slightly overpowering, but that is
good.

CnP at its best, yo! ;)

Chinese tea with metal ball and hook

metal sphere tea

This is the most interesting method of serving Chinese tea that I’ve
seen to date – it comes in a metal ball attached to a length of chain
ending with a hook. I saw someone drinking from this extraordinary
contraption and asked what it was. It’s apparently Chinese tea and it
comes inside the metal contraption in a warm cup of steeping water and
a side cup of ice cubes to cool down the drink.

metal sphere tea start

The metal sphere which encapsulates the Chinese tea leaves is left
to steep inside the warm water. The metal sphere has holes lining the
upper and lower “hemisphere” to allow the warm water to circulate
inside and steep the tea leaves before flowing out as tea. The metal
contraption avoids the tea leaves from getting into your drink by
effectively trapping them inside the sphere while allowing the liquid
to freely flow through the steeping tea leaves.

metal sphere tea hook

The metal chain attached to the hook is meant to hold the sphere
containing the tea leaves in place, a task assisted by the metal hook
which is fastened to the rim. This metal contraption allows the user
(er…am I allowed to use the term “user”? :p) to control the steeping
process of the tea by facilitating the flexibility of brewing stronger
or weaker tea. This level of control over one’s tea may not be
unpreceded – but it certainly is unusual in a coffee shop.

metal sphere tea chain

The metal sphere is lifted from the tea using the attached chain
(careful of the metal hook – it has a tendency to pierce unwary
fingers) when the steeping has reached a consistency and color of your
desire from the loose tea leaves restrained inside the spherical
contraception.

metal sphere tea drink

The volume of water displaced by the metal ball containing the loose
tea leaves and the associated chain and hook leaves about 1/4 of the
cup empty after it’s been taken out. The small cup of ice can then be
spooned into the Chinese tea for it to quickly cool down before it’s
consumed. The metal sphere can be inserted again at this point, but it
would merely be aesthetic since the temperature of the water makes it
unfeasible for further steeping to continue.

It’s an informal mini tea ceremony, available at your friendly neighborhood coffee shop. :)

Thought criminal

thought criminal

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the drug and pharmaceuticals posts in compliance with the authorities
request. The process will be completed before Saturday and I will
resume writing after that.

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