Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The New Dew

I have been patiently anticipating the new addition to the Mtn Dew lineup and I finally ran across a couple of bottles of it the other day at my local Wal-Mart, (thanks to the heads up I received from a knowledgeable 7-Up delivery guy at another store).
DEWshine is a clear, Sugar sweetened, citrus Soda that is an homage to the origins of Mountain Dew. The label on the clear glass bottle even has the jug toting Hillbilly of old on it. I have missed that old guy and am glad to finally see his return.
The first thing you get when you open the bottle is a light citrus aroma. It is lightly effervescent and not too bubbly. It doesn't have much of a bite to it and the citrus flavour is mild and muted. There's a mild sweetness to it that doesn't linger very long. Overall it's a very clean taste, but not a lot of flavour to it. I would like to compare it to one of the regular Sugar sweetened Mountain Dews to see how it holds up, (I'll leave that to another day, real soon). Sadly,  it just doesn't taste like much of anything, really. No outstanding citrus flavour, carbonation or citric acid bite. It's not bad, for what it is, but it's a Soda in search of a flavour, it seems. If you're a Dew fan, go out and try one. Then return to your usual Dew. I don't see this one replacing your usual Dew.

Ingredients:

Carbonated Water
Sugar
Natural And Artificial Flavor
Citric Acid
Sodium Benzoate
Caffeine
Sodium Citrate
Calcium Disodium EDTA

Mtn DEWshine gets a 5 out of 10.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Peach Of A Soda

Well, I have decided to venture back into the Nehi world and give their Peach Nehi a shot. Unlike my previous experience with one version of their Grape, this Nehi was sweetened with Sugar. Upon opening this bottle what hits you is the Peach scent. It actually does smell like a peach. That's refreshing, considering it's artificially flavoured. While the Soda does have a nice effervescence it is not exceptionally fizzy and subsides very quickly. There's not a lot of carbonation bite to it. The initial taste of the Peach Nehi is one of Peach, albeit overtly artificial. It tastes as advertised. It has a nice back sweetness to it and  the peachy flavour doesn't linger. It does leave a sweet aftertaste in your mouth, though, one that lingers for a while. All in all it's not a bad Soda, if you're looking for an artificially flavoured fruit Soda. There's not a lot that's natural about this one. It's pretty good though and I could see this being popular on a hot summer day. The Royal Crown Company did a pretty good job with this one.

Ingredients:

Carbonated Water
Sugar
Citric Acid
Malic Acid
Potassium Benzoate
Potassium Citrate
Artificial Flavour
Gum Acacia
Red 40


Peach Nehi gets a 6.5 out of 10

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Skiing Into Flavour

Here's a Soda I've been wanting to try for a while now and I finally got my hands on one, (thanks to my wife's recent trip to Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati). I'm always up for a good citrus Soda and Ski did not disappoint.
   The Soda has an initial aroma that's a bit citrus and a touch of sweet, just a hint as to what is to come. It is very effervescent, bubbles up fast and crisp and doesn't lose its fizz very fast. It also serves to let loose its citrus aroma even more.
   The flavour is very upfront and very citrusy, with orange being the predominate flavour that comes through. It does have a lemony addition, too, so nothing is lost here. There is a citrus and CO2 bite to Ski that makes it nice to drink. There is a sweet aftertaste that lingers with some citrus notes. You'll know you've been drinking a Sugar sweetened citrus Soda with this one, (I cannot speak to their other canned and plastic bottle offerings. I don't know that they are Sugar sweetened).  All in all Ski is a good representative of the Citrus Soda genre. Well worth drinking and having around. If you can't find it locally, Ski is available from Amazon.

Ingredients:

Carbonated Water
Sugar and/or Corn Sweetener
Lemon and Orange Juice Concentrates
Citric Acid
Caffeine
Natural Flavor
Sodium Benzoate
Yellow 5

Ski gets a 8 out of 10!

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Together. A New Coke Commercial

I must say that this is one of the better Coke commercials that I've seen in a long time. It's celebrating the 100th anniversary of the iconic Coke Bottle. And it's doing it in a very cool and unique way. David LaChapelle and Coca-Cola have come up with a great concept and carried it off very well.



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