YouTuber Drinks Really Old Final Fantasy Potion Drink

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Back in 2005, Square Enix launched a Final Fantasy Potion energy drink in Japan to promote Final Fantasy XII. The beverage was made by Suntory, and I remember having it and thinking it tasted like a Japanese energy drink. But that was then and not 2020.

What exactly did it taste like? If you’ve had an energy drink, Japanese or not, its flavor would be immediately familiar. But with the passage of time, those flavors are bound to change.

YouTuber Manarisu got his hands on some potion with a best-before date of January 2007. He streamed himself drinking the beverage, which has a nice green hue in the stream. I’m not sure if that was the original color.


Here are his tasting notes:

* It smelled like a fresh garbage dump.

* It tasted like shrimp, giving it an agreeable seaside impression. (In the stream, he said it did taste good!)

* The garbage dump returned in the finish.

(To confirm, Manarisu had a friend drink the potion, and the buddy said it tasted like shrimp.)

The take away? “Perhaps it’s a good idea not to drink this,” concluded Manarisu. Perhaps!

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Randy Randerson

This reminds me of a great bit in Bravely Second, where the characters aren’t sure if one of their potions has expired. Edea, being brash and stubborn, immediately drinks it and after a pause, curls over in pain exclaiming that she needs a remedy.