December 4th, 2008

drunken_stewie

Boylan's Natural Cane Cola

Boylan's Natural Cane Cola

After trying their "regular" Root Beer and their Natural Root Beer, I had high hopes for Boylan's Natural Cane Cola. Being under their "Natural" umbrella (as well as being slightly more expensive than their regular sodas) you'd expect high quality.

Well, that isn't the case here. This cola just has a not-so-nice mediciney taste to it once it hits your palate. I can taste the cinnamon (seems to be par for the course for any "natural" cola these days), but none of the bourbon vanilla. I'm guessing all the fruit oils they use are giving it the mediciney taste. Yeah, not that great. At the very least you don't get that nasty, generic cola aftertaste.

Sweetened With: "pure cane sugar"

Verdict: Worth trying at least once
Marahute Confused

Boylan's Cane Cola

Boylan's Cane Cola

So now, after trying Boylan's "Natural" Cane Cola, I'm now re-trying, as I did try this once many, many years ago, their regular ol' Cane Cola. This stuff seems pretty hard to come by, as this is the first I've seen it in a store since that one time (every other time I've seen Boylan's Cola it's been the "Natural" one.) This time I found it at this WAAAAAY overpriced 24 hour gourmet food market in "The Quarter" shopping/eating area of the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City. Yeah, $2.50 for a single bottle, but the public must know the differences in the sodas! So I made the sacrifice!

To tell you the truth, while it's not worth $2.50, it's definitely better than the "Natural" cola. The ingredients don't list all those crazy fruit oils or the bourbon vanilla that the "Natural" cola had--just "natural flavors." And it works better that way, because it doesn't taste as syrupy and mediciney. I don't even detect any cinnamon. So if that turns you off to some of the more "natural" colas (but not totally natural like the other one) this might be the step up from the big boy colas you're looking for--if you can find it!

Sweetened With: "pure cane sugar"

Verdict: Worth a case or two
BRAINS!

365 Root Beer

365 Root Beer

You generally have to be wary of store brand sodas, for, like I mentioned in previous posts, they are made for convenience, not quality. However, I pretty much threw that idea out the window when I saw this store brand of soda in Whole Foods. Why? Well, it says "All Natural" and "Sweetened With 100% Cane Sugar." You generally won't find anything like that on far too many other store brands.

Still, you wonder how it will taste (it is still priced pretty cheaply at $2.50 a 6 pack--or less than 50 cents a can.) I'm here to tell you, it's darn good! Pretty sweet, but not deal-breakingly so. Some bite. Good rooty flavor. While it's all natural (even the caramel color says "from cane sugar" so you know that's natural too!), it's not all herbal tasting or tasting like odd spices. No it actually tastes like a root beer. All in all, I'd say this is about the best all-natural root beer for the price.

Sweetened With: "pure cane sugar"

Verdict: Worth a case or two
Aerith w/cake

365 Cola

365 Cola

Here's another variety of Whole Foods 365 "All Natural" sodas. This one I had a bit more worries going into. Like I've said before, there aren't many non-big name colas out there that are worth drinking. Hell, even some of these pricey natural colas are less than worthwhile (see China Cola, Cricket Cola.) How'd this one pan out?

Pretty darn good actually! Nice sweetness. Good flavor. And, most importantly, none of that nasty cheap cola aftertaste. Also, it's about the first "natural" cola I've tasted that didn't have a prominent cinnamon flavor. Not that that's a bad thing, but it's nice to see that you can have a good "natural" cola without having to have it trying to imitate herbal tea!

Sweetened With: "pure cane sugar"

Verdict: Worth a case or two
Casino_Royale

Blue Sky Creamy Root Beer

Blue Sky Creamy Root Beer

Ran across this at a Mom&Pop Natural store in Springfield, PA. It was on sale, so I couldn't resist. I saw that they same brand, Blue Sky, also makes an Organic Root Beer, buuuuuuuut . . . my experiences with Organic Root Beer haven't been very pleasant. So I'll stick with this natural root beer for now!

Tasty! Nicely sweet. Nice bite. Good rooty flavor. Could use a litte more rooty flavor since the sweetness takes center stage, but it still works well, despite that. One downside is that it can be pricey, so for being in a can, you have cheaper options. Still, if you find it on sale like I did, give it a whirl!

Sweetened With: "cane sugar"

Verdict: Worth a can or two