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Monday, April 2nd, 2012
2:22 pm
[yuushi]
Blue Sky Dr. Becker
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Blue Sky Dr. Becker

I've seen Blue Sky Natural sodas in several different places (only reviewed the Root Beer so far though), but I've never seen this variety. Had to assume that it was their take on Dr. Pepper, as most "takes" on that old soft drink always have "Dr." at the beginning of it. Since a sugar-sweetened Dr. Pepper is hard to come by (you can order it from Waco, TX, where the soda was born, but it's pricey!) I was looking forward to this one.

Well, it does taste similar to a Dr. Pepper, but closer to a cola flavor to my palate. It is a bit bitey and fruity like a Dr. Pepper, but yeah . . . I taste a lot of cola when I try it. Doesn't mean it tastes badly (to the contrary, it's pretty darn good), but just more cola than Dr. Pepper. Not surprising since the ingredients list "Natural Cola Berry Flavor." That's still kind of perplexing since I always thought "Kola" was a nut. Still, it's worth giving it a shot if you are a Dr. Pepper fan!

Sweetened With: "Real Sugar"

Verdict: Worth a can or two
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
3:56 pm
[yuushi]
Sprecher Ravin' Red
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Sprecher Ravin' Red

Yet another flavor from Sprecher from the same place I got the Sprecher's Puma Kola and Cherry Cola. Being called "Ravin' Red" I thought it would be a red pop, but upon further inspection it appears to be a Cherry-Cranberry blend soda. Cranberry? Truth be told the only times I've seen cranberry used for soda was for cranberry ginger ale (not even sure if they make that anymore.) So I wasn't sure if this blend of sweet and tart would work.

Well, it does and it doesn't. It isn't overly sweet like a cherry soda as the cranberry's tartness kinda keeps that in check. However, there's an additional bitter flavoring that doesn't seem to come from the cranberry. Looking at the ingredients, it shows that this beverage contains yucca extract and ginseng. I've seen yucca used in some root beers, while ginseng is a not very good tasting root used often for energy. So those kinda add a different dimension that push the flavor of this one into the odd realm. I don't hate it, but I don't think I'll be trying this again.

Sweetened With: "high fructose corn syrup, raw Wisconsin honey"

Verdict: Worth trying at least once
Monday, March 26th, 2012
10:32 am
[yuushi]
Sprecher Cherry Cola
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Sprecher Cherry Cola

Picked this one up at the same place I bought that Sprecher's Puma Kola. Apparently Sprecher's has some kind of animal thing going on for each of their products with the puma for the cola, there's a bear on this label (don't quite understand why the root beer has a crow on it.) Since their cola and root beer are pretty good, I was looking forward to this. Though I don't know what exactly "DOOR COUNTY CHERRY JUICE" is (it's on the bottom of the front of the label right after it says "made with") and what makes that better than any other cherry juice, but google "door county cherry" and you learn a few things. Anyways . . . how's it taste?

Thankfully, really darn good! This is probably the cherriest cherry cola I've ever had. Though the taste does remind me of Cherry Icee a bit. But still nice cola flavor (not as strong as their Puma Kola thankfully) complimented with sweet cherry flavor. Do get this if you can find it!

Sweetened With: "high fructose corn syrup, raw Wisconsin honey"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
Friday, January 21st, 2011
2:07 pm
[yuushi]
Cola Azteca

Happened upon this in the organic section of a Wegman's supermarket. It was on sale since it was being discontinued. Not sure if that means it was no longer being made, or if it just wasn't being carried by the store anymore. In any case, I jumped at the chance since it was something I had never seen before. Only problem is saw with this initially is that the label says "Taylor's Tonics Cola Azteca is based upon a traditional recipe of energizing and flavorful botanicals. Cocoa, Coffee Bean, Cinnamon and a touch of Cayenne are sure to enliven your senses."

Now, the only ingredient there that I find remotely appetizing in a cola is the cinnamon. I'm not a coffee drinker so the "coffee bean" entry didn't get my hopes up about the flavor. "Cayenne" was a "The Hell?!?" addition as well since cayenne pepper is a pretty powerful spice.

Now I know why it's being discontinued. Upon first taste, my worries were confirmed. Wow! The coffee flavor totally overpowers anything in this soda. The other spices don't really make it taste any better either. I can make out the cocoa and the cinnamon, but the mix just doesn't work out right. It's not very sweet and that's to its detriment since it's a whacked out amalgamation of flavors with nothing to tie it all together.

Sweetened With: "evaporated cane juice"

Verdict: Not worth your time
Monday, July 26th, 2010
9:08 pm
[yuushi]
Crush Cherry
Crush Cherry

Ran across this in my local supermarket recently. I've known for a while that Crush has a few other fruit soda varieties out there (you can get glass-bottled Crush Grape and Crush Strawberry at almost any Walmart), but this is the first time I've come across cherry . . . and I love cherry sodas!

This one starts off pretty good with some decent cherry flavor (artificial and natural as the label says), but I was waiting for the bitter/sour flavor to hit me after that initial fruity-sweetness. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting. That sourness never came. It's got a little sour flavor, but not quite enough if you ask me. Without it, it's just too sweet for me. Your mileage may vary.

Sweetened With: "high fructose corn syrup"

Verdict: Worth trying at least once
Sunday, July 25th, 2010
10:06 pm
[yuushi]
Blenheim Ginger Ale
Blenheim Ginger Ale

Here's another soda my friends got me for Christmas (yeah, I been neglecting this community for too long!) I certainly didn't think much of it from first looking at it especially with the minimalist ingredients list. Sugar sweetened at the very least.

That all changed once I got a taste. Wow, this is one spicy ginger ale! Definitely in the golden ginger ale range of spice and bite. My mouth tingled for a while after I drank it. Well, if you like spicy ginger ale like I do, you will love this. If spicy ginger ale isn't your thing, this definitely isn't going to change your mind.

Sweetened With: "sucrose"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
Friday, July 23rd, 2010
1:44 am
[yuushi]
Zuberfizz Raspberry Ginger Ale
Zuberfizz Raspberry Ginger Ale

I initially wasn't going to review this Zuberfizz Raspberry Ginger Ale simply because it's a calorie-free beverage. I pretty much wanted to stay away from diet type drinks, but since some friends got me this as a package of sodas they ordered for me for Christmas, I figured I'd make an exception. Plus, this is the first . . . anything I've come across that uses ZSweet, so it might be worth a shot.

Unfortunately, it isn't. It does have a nice natural, herbal flavor up front with a hint of raspberry. But then that subsides and you taste what you would normally expect to taste of a "diet" soda--that crappy not-sugar sweetener taste. You just can't escape it I suppose no matter what sugar substitute you use. I can imagine that this would probably taste pretty good with sugar, but until that happens--I just can't recommend this too much.

Sweetened With: "zsweet"

Verdict: Worth trying at least once
Thursday, July 15th, 2010
11:09 pm
[yuushi]
Jones Soda Orange Cola
Jones Soda Orange Cola

Leave it to the eccentricity of Jones Soda to come up with a twist on Cola that I've never had before. Sure I've had cherry cola, vanilla cola, chocolate cola, lemon cola, lime cola, coffee cola, even green tea cola, but never orange cola. Always thought that the orange flavor was too strong to really mesh well with the cola flavor, so I didn't think this fusion would really work out.

But that's the key to it, the orange flavor is kinda subdued. Tastes a bit like a cola with a little bit of a melted orange popsicle in it--but in a good way! And of course, since it's sweetened with sugar, no nasty cola aftertaste. Now, I don't think this will replace lime cola as my favorite cola mixer, but it's still pretty good.

Sweetened With: "pure cane sugar"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
Friday, February 12th, 2010
4:53 pm
[yuushi]
Sioux City Birch Beer
Sioux City Birch Beer

Couple friends of mine got me a batch of various sodas for Christmas, so here I am sharing the spoils with you all! First up is Sioux City Birch Beer. Been wanting to try this for a while now, but this brand just doesn't show up far too often in my travels. It's a red birch beer so I'm expecting a creamy flavor in this one.

And I'm right. Sweet and creamy, with good bite. A little on the syrupy side. I should have expected that after reading the label though . . . "ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS." One wonders why they would go through the trouble of using cane sugar, but go totally artificial with the flavors? Still, not too bad.

Sweetened With: "pure cane sugar"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
Saturday, January 16th, 2010
8:16 pm
[yuushi]
Sprite Green
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Sprite Green

Went up to NYC recently with some friends. Made a trip out to St. Marks Market in the hopes of grabbing some Pepsi Natural (since it's only available in certain areas.) I didn't find the Pepsi Natural, but I did find this--something I didn't even know was available. Upon looking at the label, it seems that this revision of Sprite is naturally flavored, is 5% lemon juice, sweetened with sugar and also featuring rebiana; which is an extract of the calorie-free sweetening root, stevia. It appears they're trying to make a lower calorie, natural version of the lemon-lime soda. So . . . is it any good?

Hmmmm . . . well, the lemon flavoring is stronger than regular Sprite. It's pretty good overall, but it kind of tastes like regular Sprite and Sprite Zero mixed together. Now, granted it is much better than Sprite Zero or Diet Sprite, but I can't see myself buying this over and over.

Sweetened With: "sugar, rebiana (stevia)"

Verdict: Worth trying at least once
1:50 pm
[yuushi]
Fentiman's Dandelion and Burdock
Fentiman's Dandelion and Burdock

A British friend of mine suggested I review this flavor of soda, Dandelion and Burdock. When I first heard of it, I thought it was an odd sounding beverage. With the title featuring two roots, I figured this might be along the lines of a Sarasaparilla, Root or Birch Beer. I was intrigued to say the least, but since it's a British soft drink it's kind of hard to come by here in the US. Luckily though, Fentimans here in the US makes the drink, and a different friend of mine found a bar in Philadelphia's Northern Liberties district that sold it.

As for taste, it's definitely different. It's kind of fruity and earthy with some bite (not surprising having flowery dandelion and earthen burdock root.) It even has a little bit of a beer or fermented aftertaste. The label says it has ginger, but I can barely taste it. All in all, I do like it. Just wish I could find other brands to compare it to.

Sweetened With: "sugar, glucose syrup"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
1:09 pm
[yuushi]
Pink Ting
Pink Ting

Well, this is a first--a Pink Grapefruit soda! This does make sense though. If you look at grapefruit juices, I know of few who are masochistic enough to drink regular ol' white/yellow grapefruit juice. Most of the time people are reaching for pink grapefruit juice. So why not a pink grapefruit soda?

And what a difference it makes! It does have that lighter flavor that pink grapefruit has over white grapefruit, while still having that strong tartness. This one does have lemon juice added to the ingredients, so that may have made a difference. All in all, I like it. A little more than than regular Ting. Just give us bigger bottles next time! I wanna drink more than 9.6ozs!!!

Sweetened With: "sugar"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
12:56 pm
[yuushi]
Ting
Ting

At first I didn't know what this was supposed to be when I saw it at the Shop Rite in North Philadelphia. I first thought those were lemons at the bottom of the label. Turns out they're grapefruits, and the label reads at the bottom in small letters "CARBONATED BEVERAGE FROM GRAPEFRUIT CONCENTRATE." They weren't kidding either, because there's pulp at the bottom of the bottle! Well, I do like grapefruit sodas, so this should be good.

And it is. Granted it is more tart than most grapefruit sodas with a lot of grapefruit flavor, but that subsides a bit and a nice smooth sweetness mixes in and makes it much more palatable. As it stands, I like it, but I just wish it came in bigger bottles. This 9.6oz tiny thing just won't quench my thirst in the least bit!

Sweetened With: "sugar"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
Monday, January 11th, 2010
12:07 pm
[yuushi]
Back for more!
If you haven't heard already, Pepsi and Mountain Dew Throwback are back again for a limited time.

It's the "Official Soft Drink of the NFL" so I'm assuming that means, it will be gone once the Super Bowl comes and goes.

Also the label is different this time around. Instead of that blue can with the really old logo, this time it looks like the Pepsi label from the 70s and early 80s (white background with red and blue lettering and designs.)

http://www.pepsithrowbackhub.com/

I was also able to get my hands on some Mountain Dew Throwback finally, so I'll probably be doing another "throwdown" soon. I'll look around a little bit and see if I can find some Mexican Mountain Dew to toss in the mix (if that even exists--haven't come across it yet.)
Sunday, December 20th, 2009
10:13 pm
[yuushi]
Jones Soda Co. Red Apple
Jones Soda Co. Red Apple

Most of the time when you run across an apple flavored soft drink, it's either a sparkling cider or a green apple flavored soda. So it was refreshing to find this Red Apple flavored soda from Jones at a beverage shop near King of Prussia, PA.

It's really sweet at first, but then that subsides and you get a strong apple flavor--not sour at all. It's a little like how I remember that "Candy Apple Cooler" drink from Hi-C tasted like, but just not quite that sweet (and of course carbonated.) Getting that kind of flavor I figured it had to be at least partially artificially flavored and I was right as the label reads "NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS." Still, it's worth trying if you find it.

Sweetened With: "inverted cane sugar"

Verdict: Worth trying at least once
9:57 pm
[yuushi]
Big Ben's Ginger Beer
Big Ben's Ginger Beer

Found this up at a beverage store up in Allentown, PA. I know Big Ben's (Catawissa Bottling Co.) makes several different Birch Beers, but didn't know they made a Ginger Beer. I still hope I can find their Birch Beers (as they make a blue Birch!), but for now, let's check this brew out.

First thing I noticed about it, you can see through it. Normally ginger beers are kinda cloudy-looking so to speak. It has a golden color. So already I'm thinking Golden Ginger Ale rather than Ginger Beer. Tasting it, it definitely tastes more like a GGA. Though it does have a little bit of that heavier, bitter GB flavor. Hmmmm . . . I think it's a little bit of both. Either way, it's good. I don't think you'll be disappointed if you're looking for a GB or a GGA. It's got very good spice and bite and not overpoweringly sweet. Definitely one to get if you find it.

Sweetened With: "corn sweetner, sugar"

Verdict: Worth a case or two
9:39 pm
[yuushi]
Cheerwine
Cheerwine

I first came across Cheerwine, a red pop, some years ago on a roadtrip when I was a youngster traveling to and fro Disneyworld. It appears to be a primarily Southern soft drink, as I've RARELY found it North of Virginia. Now, on a roadtrip back from Atlanta, a friend of mine came back with a bunch of sodas for me, one of which being Cheerwine. Though, this one is slightly different than Cheerwine I've had before as this is glass-bottled and sweetened with cane sugar.

And the cane sugar definitely makes a difference from what I remember it to be like. This is one of those red pops that tastes kind of like a cherry cola, but with lotsa cherry. Sweet and slightly earthy. Kinda like a less spicy Dr. Pepper. The label says "artificial wild cherry and other natural flavors." Does make me wonder if cherry is part of any of those natural flavors. All in all, I like it, but I can tell it's a bit of an acquired taste if you're not used to red pops.

Sweetened With: "cane sugar"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
2:07 pm
[yuushi]
Crush Orange
Crush Orange

The Crush brand of soft drinks have been around since 1916, originating with this flavor here, orange. The brand is now owned by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and is distributed in many parts by Pepsi Cola. So you might be wondering why I would give this, a big boy brand, the time of day in this review blog when I state that I shy away from those. Well, it appears that unlike most Crush sodas you can find in your supermarkets across the country, this one, bottled in the home of the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Plano, TX, that I acquired at The Fresh Market, is sweetened with sugar and naturally flavored. So I figured that's reason enough to give it a shot.

As for taste, sweet with good tartness. Not as orangey as I would have hoped though, so it probably could have used a bit more orange oil. Still, it's pretty good. Definitely better than the last big boy orange soda I've tasted out of a 2 liter plastic bottle!

Sweetened With: "sugar"

Verdict: Worth trying at least once
1:55 pm
[yuushi]
Pennsylvania Dutch Black Cherry
Pennsylvania Dutch Black Cherry

Well now . . . I knew PennDutch, maker of the first Birch Beer I ever tasted, made several other sodas (diet birch, orange cream, white birch), but I didn't know they made a Black Cherry Soda it's not even listed on their website. At least not until I ran across this 2-liter bottle in this Pathmark Supermarket in Hatboro, PA.

Tastes pretty good. Nice black cherry flavoring with just a hint of citric acid tartness. At only 99 cents, I'd say this is decent quality black cherry soda for the price.

Sweetened With: "high fructose corn syrup"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
1:48 pm
[yuushi]
Reed's Sparkling Spiced Apple Cider
Reed's Sparkling Spiced Apple Cider

I normally see Reed's brand of Ginger Beer, but at this one beverage shop in King of Prussia, PA, they had this variety--Sparkling Spiced Apple Cider. Now, I'm sure you've had sparking apple cider before as a non-alcoholic substitute for champagne. But knowing Reed's for having a pretty strong Ginger Beer, I surmised that the "Spiced" in the title carried a bit more weight than normal.

And that it does. It's like a spicier, sparkling version of the warm apple cider you might be familiar with if you do the Christmas tradition with hot apple cider. I can taste a hint of ginger intermixed with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Slightly sweet, but the apple and spice are definitely on center stage here. About the only flaw is the slightly bitter aftertaste. Not a deal breaker, but it's definitely there.

Sweetened With: "Fructose"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
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