Skal: It sounds like a brand of chewing tobacco. The transliteration of its Japanese text, スコール, refers either to a squall, or more aptly skål, the Danish word for good health/salut/cheers.
But wait, maybe you knew about it already. Yes, in 1985, when I was not even old enough to know that five singles was the same amount of money as five dollars (that’s not a clue), the Chicago Tribune had an article about the heretofore mentioned skim mik and soda beverage. That would be some memory though, particularly for a drink that has less of a reason to exist than people saying skål over a round of, well, Skal.
The 食感 shokkan, or mouth feel was creamy, but not exactly fizzy, though most of all, it lacked a point. Is there any non-alcoholic beverage with less self-confidence than skim milk? I might as well drown my Cracklin’ Oat Bran and Oatmeal Squares in water. I’ll be a bit kinder- Skal gives skim milk more of a diverse portfolio, even if the end result tastes like a 7Up that spent way too much time out on a deck chair.
Would you like this drink to hit your shores, or if you’re in Japan, have you a full stock in your fridge?