Friday, October 30, 2009
Kern's Nectar: Pear
You know what? There just aren't enough pear items!
Pear has a light and crisp flavor that I think gets overlooked far too often in favor of, say, apple juice or white grape. And often when you do find something pear flavored, it's been "helped" by the addition of said apple or white grape juices. What I found appealing about this Kern's Nectar is that the only juice used was pear. (We will -- momentarily -- ignore the fact that it also has HFCS.)
I had actually never tried any of the Kern's nectars before, so I was not sure what to expect. It is a thick drink. Think of the thickest apple cider you have ever had, and it is probably thicker still than that. It's a cloudy golden color and has a sweet, juicy aroma.
The pear flavor has that great crisp, clean, almost flowery taste of a perfectly ripe pear. And because the nectar is so thick, you almost get a sense of the texture of a pear. Grainy, yet slick. Kind of crunchy.
Sweet is also a perfect word to describe the flavor. In fact, this is where I have to point the cold dead finger of judgment at the added High Fructose Corn Syrup. Pears are quite sweet enough on their own. They certainly don't need any sweetener added. And this stuff is just way too sweet. You know that heavy syrup that canned fruit sits in? It's like drinking that. As good as the base flavor is, and as interesting as the texture is, the sledgehammer sweetness overwhelms after the first few sips. I couldn't finish even a quarter of the can.
And that fatal sweetness is a damn shame. This would be an addictingly good drink if I could have gotten past the sugar (or the not-exactly-sugar, in this case).