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Battle of the cultured milk drinks

Written by
Joyce Koh
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calciyum

Calci-Yum, RM4.34 for a pack of five, 110ml each

Packaging
Calci-Yum’s foray into cultured milk drinks comes in a tall, curvy, yellow 110ml bottle with ‘Art Attack’-like splashes of blue. Straws come in a separate pack.

Appearance
The calcium-boosting Calci-Yum is a pure shade of white with the slightest hint of separation of water and milk.

Texture
Watery and slightly diluted.

Flavour 
Calci-Yum had a fruity and syrupy aftertaste that should not appear in a conversation about milky drinks.

Verdict
Calci-Yum might contain calcium for strong bones, but it’s definitely not yum.

vitagen

Vitagen, RM4.99 for a pack of five, 125ml each

Packaging
The iconic Vitagen is the usual fat bottle (suspiciously similar to Yakult bottles in Japan) with an easy grip design and sealed with gold foil.

Appearance
The original-flavoured Vitagen is an off-white hue. The drink also seems to have a slightly thicker consistency than the others.

Texture
Pekat.

Flavour 
Vitagen delivered an overwhelming punch of sourness, while also being very sweet. This was almost an assault on our taste buds.

Verdict
We’ll have to stick to apple green Vitagen from now.

yakult

Yakult Ace, RM4.30 for a pack of five, 80ml each

Packaging
We like the mini adjustable straw that comes attached to each individual bottle of 80ml Yakult Ace. There’s even an illustrated straw removal guide.

Appearance
Compared to its counterparts, Yakult sports a distinctly creamy yellow tint.

Texture
Smooth and light.

Flavour
Yakult’s delicate tangy sweetness aced the flavour test.

Verdict
Healthy and delicious, Yakult gets the unanimous winning vote. We suggest that they make it in larger serving portions.

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