Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ikea's Festive Soda

On a recent foray to Cincinnati my wife stopped by the local Ikea store. We didn't need any flat pack furniture or linens and the like, but my wife did come away with some jams and a Soda. Ikea carries two seasonal Sodas and I got the Spring Dryck Påskmust, or Festive Drink. It comes in a plastic bottle, but it is a Sugar sweetened beverage. I am intrigued by it for the ingredients, some of which are more familiar to beer lovers than Soda aficionados.  This one has piqued my interest. Now comes the time to dive in a give it a try.
    The aroma, on opening the twist off cap, is reminiscent of cough syrup, but that aroma doesn't last past the pouring into a glass. It is nicely carbonated, but produces no head and the carbonation fizz subsides quickly.
   There is a noticeable hops flavour to it and an astringency that lasts. There is also a bitter quality to it, no doubt from the hops. The Dryck Påskmust has no carbonation bite to speak of. And the citric acid adds little to the party. The barley malt that it is made from doesn't really come through in the flavour profile. The sweetness is actually subdued and rather well balanced. All in all, if you like your drinks to have a bitterness to them you'd like this Soda. I'm not overly fond of it, myself. This was an interesting experiment in Scandinavian Sodas, but it's not a drink I'm likely to pick up again. I might be convinced to try their Christmas version, if the formula is significantly different.

Ingredients:

Water
Sugar Syrup
Caramel (Color)
Hops Flavor
Malt Flavor (From Barley)
Citric Acid
Flavors
Sodium Benzoate (Preservative)
Carbon Dioxide

Dryck Påskmust, from Ikea, gets a 4.5 out of 10.
   

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Classic Soda Returns To Beijing

Back when I was younger I lived in Beijing. This was just after the end of the Cultural Revolution and the rise of Deng Xioping and the first opening of trade with the West. One of my favourite things back then was an delicious orange Soda we just knew as Ji Shua (sic). It wasn't overly sweet, but it had a great carbonation to it and a wonderful orange taste. You really needed to invert the bottle before opening it, as the orange in it tended to settle out over time. No orange soda I have had since those days has ever been quite as good. We had it delivered to our place by the case. It was just that good.

   Nice to see that the old Soda is returning to the shelves in Beijing, (after being bought and shelved by PepsiCo. Booo!). Maybe I'll get lucky and some aspiring Asian market here will import some. Or I may just have to make the trip back to Beijing. Heck of a long way to go for a Soda, though! I am happy that Beibingyang Soda is back to stay.
Beibingyang brand
Beibingyang brand
Beibingyang brand


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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Coke Looking To Expand PlantBottle's

Since it's introduction in 2009, Coca Cola's "PlantBottle" has seen quite a bit of success and acceptance. Now they're shooting for a 100% plant based recyclable bottle, rather than the current 30% plant based bottle. Kudos to the folks at Coca Cola for leading the way in sustainable manufacturing where bottles are concerned.
  

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

South Of The Border With Fanta

I finally ran across a bottle of Soda that I've been wanting to try for some time now. While out at my local pizza parlour I came across a bottle of Mexican Fanta Pineapple and brought it home. I've heard many people sing its praises over the years and now I've got the opportunity to see if all the hype is warranted. I like many fruit flavoured Sodas that are out there and I like pineapple, so I am hoping for the best with this one.
   The colour is very yellow, and reminds you of golden pineapple. Unlike most American Sodas, this bottle does not have a twist off cap. A church key is a necessity. The Soda is nicely effervescent and has a light pineapple scent to it. It has a nice carbonation and a good mouth feel to it. There's also a nice citrus bite with this one. The Soda is not overly sweet and the flavour is light and not in your face. It doesn't stand out like some Sodas would. There is a nice pineapple aftertaste, though that makes up for the lack of initial flavour hit. All in all a pleasingly refreshing drink. I'd have it again. It's a nice change from run of the mill fruit Sodas and the sometimes over-flavoured Fanta offerings in the Coke Freestyle machines. Our neighbours to the south did a good job with this one. I did have some worries about the ingredients list, but this is still a pretty good Soda, despite the chemistry involved in its making.


Ingredients:

Carbonated Water
Sugar
Citric Acid
Artificial and Natural Flavors
Sodium Benzoate
Modified Food Starch
Sodium Hexametaphosphate
Coconut Oil
Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate
Yellow 5
Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate
Yellow 6

Mexican Fanta Pineapple gets a 7 out of 10.

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