• Melissa Tan

Reviewing the new Asian Hard Seltzer: Nectar Hard Seltzer

Among the many small businesses that began during the global pandemic was an Asian inspired hard seltzer by the name Nectar Hard Seltzer.

Now I’m going to tell you the truth, I did not know the brand or company had existed until they went viral on Tiktok. Many of my friends had messaged me asking if I’ve heard of the brand and if there was a location in my area that sold the alcoholic drink.

What is a hard seltzer? Well, the name itself is pretty self explanatory but hard seltzer is a mix of sparkling water and alcohol infused with fruity flavors. Many of these drinks came from companies such as Trulys, Buzzball, and White Claw.

Nectar Hard Seltzer as a drink includes aquifer water, 4.7% alcohol, and natural flavors from real fruits. The company only has four flavors out currently which includes: Asian Pear, Mandarin, Lychee, and Yuzu. Each can has about 90 calories, 1 gram of carbohydrates, and most importantly, 0 grams of sugar.

Now that the company has built a following, they are located in select BevMo stores and like many others, A friend of mine was able to grab a case from a store in Costa Mesa, allowing us to try the seltzers after a hearty round of AYCE sushi.

To sum up my drinking abilities, I suffer from Asian Flush Reaction, which plainly means that whenever I drink alcohol, my body is unable to digest the enzymes and therefore creates an allergic reaction.

When I took a sip of the Yuzu flavored seltzer, it was crisp and refreshing but had more of a lemon water taste to it. However the more sips I took, it became an acquired taste and I was able to finish half a can before turning pink in the face.

The lychee was one of my least favorite flavors, which disappointed me seeing that lychee flavored drinks and food are typically my favorite flavors. There was more of the seltzer water and a splash of the lychee flavoring.

The flavor that came in second to me would be the Mandarin orange flavor, and as the other cans were, the taste was a bit off, tasting more like seltzer water than mandarin orange.

Finally, the Asian pear had little to no flavor to which I was expecting from the beginning. Asian pear has more of a crisp light flavor which was quite evident in the drink itself.

Overall, I don’t believe that I would buy a case unless I were to share with a group of friends. My go to would still be the mango White Claw or Trulys Lemonade Hard Seltzer. The packaging is fantastic and the marketing works in its favor, but if you really want a lychee tasting alcoholic drink, I would highly recommend the Taiwanese lychee beer.

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