Wednesday, October 03, 2007

A Fine Trio

Well, the good folks at Shipyard have done it again. This time they've come out with a trio of new Sodas that really set the bar higher for everyone else. Capt'n Eli's Sodas have been expanded with three new flavours, Strawberry Pop, Lemon Lime Pop and Orange Pop. These three new offerings really shine in the flavour category, too. Each of these Sodas brings a unique new twist on an old standard and they do it with style.

First up is Capt'n Eli's Strawberry Pop. It has a delightful strawberry candy scent that is delivered with a fine effervescence that serves to punch up the flavours with a nice bite. The taste is not like any other strawberry Soda which I've had. It is reminiscent of Jello, but with a much better taste. The flavour is altogether nice and is enhanced by the cane sugar sweetness. This Soda is well balanced in the sweet and tart area, but I almost found myself wishing for just a hint more tartness in it.

There's a nice artificial Strawberry and sugar aftertaste that doesn't detract from the experience. It is highly drinkable and I really wanted another one after I was finished. It's just that good.

Ingredients:
Water
Cane Sugar
Natural and Artificial Strawberry Flavors
Red 40
Citric Acid
Sodium Benzoate

Capt'n Eli's Strawberry Pop gets an 8/10!

Next we have Capt'n Eli's Lemon Lime Pop. This Soda starts off with a nice scent of Lemon and Lime, (leaning more to the Lime side). There's a nice, crisp carbonation that adds to the experience. The Lemon/Lime flavour is a great combo that is well balanced all around. The Cane Sugar carries itself well and enhances the overall experience. Neither citrus flavour dominates or is too sharp and you are left with a nice sugary clean aftertaste. It's a well done Lemon Lime Soda, but I was left wanting some more flavour, something a bit more "in your face". Despite that Capt'n Eli's is much better than most of the mass produced Lemon Lime offerings on the market. I especially like the short list of ingredients...that's refreshing!

Ingredients:
Water
Cane Sugar
Natural Lemon and Lime Flavors
Sodium Benzoate

Capt'n Eli's Lemon Lime Pop gets a 7/10!

Last, but most certainly not the least we have Capt'n Eli's Orange Pop. The flavour here is unique and unlike most orange Sodas on the market. It reminds me of a glass bottled orange Soda which was available in Beijing in the late 70's that I was very fond of. All natural and filled with citrus goodness. The scent of this Soda is a nice mixture of orange and tangerine oil like scent. The Soda has a nice colour, too. A nice yellow orange hue that bespeaks its origins, unlike most faux orange Sodas on the market.

The Soda tastes of orange oil and has a slight bitterness to it that combines well with the Cane Sugar. Some might find that bitterness too much, but I rather liked it. It's different in a good way. The carbonation adds a nice little bite to this offering.

Ingredients:
Water
Cane Sugar
Natural Tangerine Flavor
Natural Orange Flavor
Natural Lemon Flavor
Sodium Benzoate

Capt'n Eli's Orange Pop gets a 7.5/10!

All in all these three new Sodas...err...Pops....are a finestkind addition to the Capt'n Eli's line of premium, handcrafted Sodas. You will not go wrong with any of these, nor will you regret spending the money to buy one...or 6.

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