Saturday, October 31, 2015

Video Gaming And Soda Cross The Streams

Here's a cool new Soda hitting the shelves. For those who may be fans of the Fallout video game series, Bethesda games has teamed up with Jones Soda to make a version of Nuka Cola Quantum, the ubiquitous Soda found in many places across the nuclear blasted landscape of the Fallout world. Obviously a celebration and tie in to the very soon to be released Fallout 4. No-one's sure of the flavour yet, but it is a nifty glowing blue colour. I'll definitely have to grab a couple of bottles of this one. One or two to collect and a couple to taste. As a Fallout fan this is doubly amusing and fascinating for me. They will be exclusive to Target stores, so at least they will be available in most areas.

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Friday, September 04, 2015

Born On The Bayou

For the Labour Day Weekend I have a Soda from the South. Swamp Pop Noble Cane Cola, from Lafayette, Louisiana by way of Cost Plus World Market in Carmel, Indiana. I had hoped to pick up one of Swamp Pop's Root Beers, but alas they were not in stock. Fortunately, they did have their Cane Sugar Sweetened Noble Cola and a couple of other flavours on the shelf, so I availed myself of these and the Cola came up first in the rotation.
   I'm really looking forward to this. Been a while since I've had a tasty Cola based Soda. And I must say I really like the retro styled label. It adds a nice touch to the overall feel. Also, a church key is required to open it, it's not a twist off.
   The aroma, when first opened, is reminiscent of nothing so much as a old candy store from my youth. A mixture of scents that beckons one inside, sweet and spicy. It has a nice carbonation fizz and a head that lingers, like a good Root Beer.
   The initial flavour of the Cola is not one of Cola, as you might expect. It is a hit of sugar and herbaceous flavour, with a fruitiness to it, (possibly the figs shown on the label). Totally unexpected and rather nice. It's got a full mouth feel to it and a sweetness that lingers on the palate.  The flavour lingers on your tongue for quite a while and it's very pleasant. The Cola flavour is subdued, but not lost in the other flavours. For someone like me, who grew up on the Gulf Coast, the flavour brings back memories. This Cola is reminiscent of the flavours of the Coast. The folks at Swamp Pop did a good job with this one. It's unlike any other Cola I've had in recent memory and it's quite tasty to boot. I'll certainly be quite happy to have this Cola again and am looking forward to their other offerings, (which are also uniquely Southern in nature). Now if I can just find their Root Beer somewhere!


Carbonated Water
Sugar (Louisiana Cane Sugar)
Caramel Color
Natural Flavors
Phosphoric Acid
Sodium Benzoate
Potassium Sorbate
Quillaja Extract

Noble Cane Cola from Swamp Pop gets a 8.5 out of 10.

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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.


Sugar Syrup
Caramel (Color)
Hops Flavor
Malt Flavor (From Barley)
Citric Acid
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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