Friday, January 20, 2006

Japanese Drink Maker Promises Energy Boost from Propolis, Royal Jelly

Square Pops Cap on FFXII Energy Drink
GameSpot News, 1/19/2006

TOKYO--Quaffing potions in role-playing games that boost stamina are nothing new. But why should in-game characters have all the fun? In December, Square Enix and Japanese beverage maker Suntory announced plans to release a new drink inspired by magical mixings from the Final Fantasy series.

Suntory today revealed that the drink will be named Final Fantasy XII Potion and will flow into Japanese stores on March 7, nine days before Square Enix's release of the anticipated RPG. The drink will be available for a limited time.

Suntory says that Final Fantasy XII Potion has been developed to deliver a "mythical" taste that captures the essence of the game. To create the distinct flavor, the drink uses 10 herbs, including elder flower, chamomile, rosemary, and lemon balm. It also includes royal jelly and propolis to give the drinker a boost of energy, to keep a spring in the step of cosplayers everywhere.

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