Coffee: Suntory Boss Silky Drip

Coffee Review

3.0 stars

The sheer number of different canned coffees available in Japan is breathtaking. It’s all the more surprising when you consider that there are only really 3 or 4 companies making them.

Suntory are one of my favourites – not only do they make some cracking whisky, but their vending machine coffee is among the best too.

Boss Silky Drip

This is actually from a store rather than out of a machine, but the name made it an irresistible purchase – Boss Silky Drip.

Boss appears to be Suntory’s brand for coffee – it’s how all their vending machines and the majority of their cans are labelled.

The manly pipe-smoking graphics and the “keep you relaxed” slogan, combined with the name, makes me think less of coffee and more of lube, so let’s hope I don’t get something unexpected when I taste!

The aroma is surprisingly rich, full of warm roasted coffee without the sticky sweet creaminess that is often in coffee in cans. Although there is a little sweetness, it’s from a darkly roasted bean rather than sugar.

In the mouth, there’s a touch of cream but it’s more restrained than usual, and again not too sweet. There’s a decent coffee bitterness coming through, and I have to say that despite the name, it’s probably one of the best canned coffees I’ve had. 3 stars.

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