I asked a friend of mine who lives in the Netherlands to suggest a drink for me to review. His response was the Dutch beverage Sjampie. Fortunately he’s the kind of guy that will pick me up an extra bottle, and then take the effort to get it to me. Thanks K! Enough chatter, time to review me some Sjampie.
Before I go any further I feel obligated to give you the correct pronunciation of Sjampie. It’s pronounced Shahmp-ee. That’s not exactly how I would say it, mostly because Sh-jamp-ee is so much more fun to say. Moving along. The bottle art is quite plain; it has a few yellow/green bubbles adoring the top and bottom of the beverage, but nothing all that elaborate. The name of the beverage, Sjampie, sits on the neck of the bottle, while Corvo (which I can only assume the manufacturer) rests on the base. In-between the two brands read the words “Limonadegazeuse Sjampie”. This, from my best guess, is the flavor I’m about to consume. While I associate Limon with lemon/lime, the color of the soda is brown… which leaves me a bit perplexed.
Silly me, I tried to twist off a foreign cap forgetting they usually need a bottle opener, time to get my flip-flops. (My mom purchased me some flip-flops with a bottle opener on the bottom… she’s the best) Wow… upon opening it I get the smell of egg-nog cola, with maybe with a just a hint of chocolate. I know there is no possible way for that to be the flavor, but needless to say my curiosity keeps going up the longer I hold this bottle in my possession. Let’s Drink.
It has the essence of a cola, the bite, the color… but it also seems to have a citrus flavor hiding within. This is remarkably hard to attach a flavor to it. It’s almost like a lemon cola with something else going on inside of it. There is very light carbonation, but that seems to work with Sjampie. In fact the smell, taste, and light carbonation of Sjampie make it seem like a drink that would normally house alcohol. The flavor is not overpowering, in fact it’s quite mellow; almost like a flat, slightly watered down RC cola with a handful of lemons dropped inside of it. I will say that it leaves a film on my teeth, much like drinking a warm Coke would. Ok… the word “Limonadegazeuse” on the side of the bottle is mocking me… therefore I must look up what it means. **Time Passes** Oddly enough as one word I couldn’t find a translation, but when I separate them into “Limon” and “Gazeuse” I get Lemonade – Soda Water. This is a very rough Dutch translation of course, but I’m happy that I was able to at least guess the flavor.
Verdict – Buy a Bottle (If you happen to be in the Netherlands)
Twist is 1/128th Dutch