March 16th, 2008

badtz - happy thoughts
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Pepsi Cola (Import)

Pepsi Cola (Import)

Another inclusion of a "big boy" soda. Just as the Mexican Imported Coca Cola, this can be acquired at many Latin American markets. This one I got at a Mexican market in Claymont, DE.

Also like the Mexican Imported Coca Cola, it is glass bottled and SWEETENED WITH SUGAR! So if you prefer the North Carolina-borne cola to the Atlanta, GA-borne cola, you do have a sugar-sweetened option if you choose to seek it out!

Sweetened With: "Sugar"

Verdict: worth a bottle or two
Ein
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Deerfield Trading Company Juicy Orange Cream

Deerfield Trading Company Juicy Orange Cream

Another in the Deerfield Trading Company "gourmet sodas" made exclusively for Walgreens. I've seen and tried a number of Orange Cream sodas for a while now and haven't been too fond of the flavor. I mean, I like creamsicles a lot, but these types of sodas just don't really emulate that flavor all that well. Still, since the sodas in this Deefield/Walgreens line have been pretty good, I was willing to give this flavoring a try again.

First thing that struck me was that it's so clear! I've never seen an orange soda which you could see straight through! When I first took a taste, the orange flavor hits you first then you get a good shot of vanilla. And it's pretty sweet. While it's better than the orange creams I've had in the past, it's still missing something. I think it could have use a little more tartness. A couple drops of citric acid would have done it well.

Sweetened With: "sugar"

Verdict: worth trying at least once
innocent
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Virgil's Micro Brewed Root Beer

Virgil's Micro Brewed Root Beer

I've seen this brew at Whole Foods a number of times. The high price tag kept me away for the most part. I mean, sure I want natural stuff in my root beer, but I don't want to give up a kidney to try it! Thankfully, a friend bought some and gave me a bottle, and I've been hording it until I could get ready to review it.

Hmmmm . . . lotsa earthy flavors in this. First thing you'll taste is a LOT of licorice flavor. In fact, you could almost classify this as a "licorice soda" there's so much licorice flavor in it! Like Natural Brew, there's a crapton of spices, herbs and roots (anise, vanilla, clove, wintergreen, sweet birch, nutmeg, pinto berry oil, balsam oil, oil of cassia) they squeezed into this beverage other than the licorice--but you can't really notice because of the licorice! So while it isn't bad, it just doesn't taste all that "rooty."

Sweetened With: "unbleached cane sugar, caramelized unrefined cane sugar, molasses"

Verdict: worth trying at least once