Hartwall Original Long Drink Gin & Ginger. 4.5 %. "Less Sugar - White Label".
I don't think it's worth the money.
I was actually excited to see the can said "less sugar", I thought it would mean that it's "less sweet".
Instead, there is an artificial sweetener, Aspartame used in it.
Just like a dog cannot replace a human being although both have a brain and four limbs, replacing sugar (well not completely, it contains sugar as well. but "replacing sugar partially") with a sweetener doesn't work.
Both are sweet, yes. But the quality of sweetness is different. And, I think, by adding sweetener they somehow ruined the Lonkero-ness of the drink.
Its taste surely resembles Lonkero and it's fun to have a ginger taste in it. But this sweetness which you can only feel with front and sides of your tongue... It feels as if there's a big chunk of vital taste information missing, that you would feel in the back of the tongue. In other words, it lacks the wholeness of the taste. The sweetness is different from sugar's, it lingers on your tongue but it tastes more like of a xylitol gum than a sugar's.
There is something missing, and I don't think I can finish this drink. It's THAT different from what I expected from it, and to me, it's THAT bad.
And I have difficulty understanding with the concept of this "less sugar (*added sweetener)" thing. Less sugar because sugar is bad? Then there should be just less sugar.
Replacing the missing sugar would add sweetness, would never be just simply replacing the almost-same things. And in my opinion, it just tastes bad. As if someone who doesn't understand the taste thought "oh sugar and salt both absorb water, that means these two can be interchangeable!"
The sweetener should be carefully used to compensate the taste, and the maker of the product should tweak the taste before selling it.
Also, somehow this drink made me lose my appetite. I'm not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing.
One thing I am very sure of is that I would never buy this again.