Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Royal Treatment

Well, I just returned from my annual sojourn to the Outer Banks and imagine my surprise when I ran across some bottles of sugar sweetened RC Cola at Island Spice and Wine in Avon, NC. Seems like a long way to go to get a real sugared Cola, eh? Well, I didn't travel half as far as this classic Southern Cola did. Apparently, this RC Cola, (made with real sugar) is imported from Peru of all places. Is it really that hard for an American RC plant to add sugar, rather than HFCS? It must be, judging from the distance this Cola had to travel to reach me.

Regardless of the origins of this classic Southern treat I must say that I was pleased to have come across it. It has a strong, clean Cola scent accented by the fine carbonation. There is a nice bite to the carbonation in this version of RC that enhances the Cola flavour. The sweetness is well balanced and not heavy in the least. There is a bit of a dryness to the taste that I haven't noticed in other Colas, but it does nothing to detract from the experience. It has a nice, sugar sweetened aftertaste with a clean Cola undertone. All in all, this is what a good Cola should taste like and American bottlers should take note. This is RC Cola as it was when I was a kid, minus that heavy geometrically pleasing, many sided bottle. It's too bad I didn't have a Moon Pie.

It's too bad folks can't find this version of glass bottled Royal Crown Cola everywhere. It would certainly be a good seller.

Carbonated Water
Caramel Color
Phosphoric Acid
Natural Flavors
Gum Acacia
Citric Acid

Imported RC Cola gets a 7/10

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