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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Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Big Red One

Big Red In A Bottle
One of my local BBQ joints (City BBQ) is in the very good habit of carrying glass bottled, premium Soda's. This is a good thing, in my mind as these Soda's are complimentary to good BBQ. One of the few that they carry and that I decided to pick up a visit or two ago, was this Big Red. This is a Soda with a back story and is a Texas favourite, but this is the first time I had run across a premium version of it, so I knew I had better give it a try. Just looking at the bottle you'd almost think it had to be a cherry flavoured Soda, as red as it is, but that is certainly not the case.
   The first thing that hits you is the aroma. Initially it's a hit of Sugar, followed up by a Bubble Gum-like aroma. Altogether a pleasant sign of what is to come.
   The Soda is very effervescent. It bubbles up quickly and subsides just as fast. The initial taste is still one of Bubble Gum, (it reminds me a bit of Super Bubble Bubble Gum) and Cream Soda, with a very slight woody undertone to it. Not unpleasant, at all. It's a very sweet beverage and would pair well with some vinegary BBQ. I can also see why this is a kids favourite. It is very sweet and the sweetness lingers on your tongue. Altogether a decent Soda, if a bit too sweet. I couldn't see being a regular drinker of Big Red, but I can see where some folks might really like it, if they're in to super sweet Soda's and Bubble Gum.

Ingredients:

Carbonated Water
Sugar
Natural and Artificial Flavor
Red 40
Citric Acid
Caffeine

Caffeine Content: 38mg/12 fl.oz.

Big Red gets a 5.5 out 10


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