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Pearl Soda Company Soda Syrup Dancing Dragon (Sarsaparilla Puerh)

Pearl Soda Company Soda Syrup Dancing Dragon (Sarsaparilla Puerh)

If you’re looking for a natural tasting beverage this is certainly for you. I don’t know what this has to do with a dragon, dancing or not, but what I do know is that it tastes like someone made a soda out of throat coat tea and it’s a little much. I like sips of this drink. I’ve been nursing the glass I made for the past 45 minutes. If I take tiny sips it’s enjoyable, but if I drink too much at once it becomes a bit too overpowering and medicinal. If you’re not familiar with throat coat (which is absolutely wonderful hot) imagine chewing on a licorice stick (the plant not the candy) while drinking some black tea. It’s pleasant and helps your throat. It’s not quite the same in soda form but it is a re-imagining of a classic soda.
In here the tea is a mixture of pu-erh (fermented tea)and yerba mate. The rest of the flavor comes from a combination of sarsaparilla root and honeybush. It kind of tastes the way a natural market smells. Take that as you will. To me it’s not bad thing, but it certainly is unique. Out of all of these tea sodas, this is the one that is certainly not for everyone.

Website
http://www.pearlsodaco.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea, Mix/Concentrate, Soda Pop
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 15th, 2016
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Barr Originals Cream Soda With a Twist of Raspberry

Barr Originals Cream Soda With a Twist of Raspberry

The image on the can is a cow wearing an upside down American flag. It’s pretty fitting for the current political state of this country and that is all I will say about that.

Even after all these years it still kind of blows my mind that Barr’s is just the cheap soda in Scotland. It’s everywhere and the cans have 39p printed right on them. Their counties garbage soda is a high quality soda here and I am jealous. Actually, I’m more envious. I would also probably drink way more soda if I lived there and that’s not going to do me any good.

Another thing Scotland apparently likes to do is add raspberry flavoring into other sodas. They somehow made the best ginger beer by doing just that. Unfortunately it didn’t translate as well with cream soda. This starts off so great. It’s a nice fruity cream soda that is reminiscent of Crush’s Soda Mousse. Somewhere in there though it takes a turn and a taste rears up that is similar to coconut. I don’t know what is causing it, but it takes me out of a wonderful experience. It’s like they used coconut water instead of regular water for the base of this drink. It’s just strange. If that particular aspect of this drink were gone this would be completely fantastic.

Website
http://www.agbarr.co.uk/
Country
Scotland
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 12th, 2016
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Jones Stripped Chipotle Pineapple Soda

Jones Stripped Chipotle Pineapple Soda

No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. Chipotle does not need to go into everything. I like a nice smoked pepper taste as much as the next human, and I put chipotle Tabasco sauce on a decent amount of my food, but I 100% do not need, nor want it in beverage form.

This is not horrible. If I tried hard I could probably drink the whole bottle, but something just tastes not right about it, like the time you ran out of milk and decided to pour orange juice on your serial instead. You powered through that bowl, but you did not really enjoy it.

I’ve had chipotle dusted dried mango before (which again was okay, but not necessary) and due to that I kept expecting this to be mango and not pineapple. Even concentrating on the pineapple flavor I still get a bit of mango somehow. Psychosomatic folks. The pineapple taste isn’t as strong as other sodas of that flavor I’ve had in the past either. This doesn’t even taste like chipotle to be honest, it just tastes weird. It has no spice to it, which I would have expected. Well it tastes like spice, but not spicy if you catch my drift. It’s certainly not for me and I’m guessing it’s not for most of you either.

Oh yeah, it’s also sweetened with a mixture of cane sugar, agave syrup and stevia to keep the calories down. While it’s better than it would be in full diet form, it’s still not doing any favors for the taste.

Website
http://www.jonessoda.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Diet, Soda Pop
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on October 18th, 2016
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Cawston Press Ginger Beer

Cawston Press Ginger Beer

I had this whole idea for writing to Scotland and telling them that we were cool now and that all is forgiven for that Iron Bru garbage that they spewed into the world. Then, I realized that Cawston Press isn’t made in Scotland. I just happen to have been there the first time I drank it. Well, it looks like I still have beef with Scotland, but my love for England is still running high, due to it being the home of these sodas.

No other company in the history of Thirsty Dudes has gotten a five bottle review consecutively for all of their products. They are truly a gift to the beverage world. With this soda that took their patented sparkling apple juice and added a top notch ginger beer to it. This has it all, flavor and burn. You can taste the flavor of actual ginger and not just an intense burn, but it has enough kick to keep you interested.

It seems like a bit of a hefty price at $7 for a six pack, but that’s less than $1.25 per can, and that is not bad at all for this quality of soda. I can’t wait until their other flavors make it over to the US.

Website
http://www.cawstonpress.com/
Country
United Kingdom
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Ginger, Soda Pop
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on October 9th, 2016
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Caleb's Kola

Caleb's  Kola

There are two types of cola in the world. The first is “cola,” which includes products such as Coke and Pepsi and it is the taste most people associate with this work. The other is “kola” and there are different ingredients at work, which leads to a slightly earthier taste. If you’re into the whole craft soda thing, this is probably what you crave. It’s not just one general taste. There are different elements at work and you can make them out separately in the taste. Don’t get me wrong there are many times in my life where a Coke is exactly what I need to hit the spot, but more often than not I would prefer something like this.

Kola Nut is slightly bitter and gives the whole beverage a unique flavor. It tastes special, and that more care was put into your beverage. In my head small batches of Caleb’s Kola are brewed and carbonated and it’s not just a syrup that is added to sparkling water. If this were just a tad bit darker tasting, it would be perfect. As it is I still enjoy it to a great extent and I wish more companies would follow in their footsteps.

Website
http://calebskola.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on October 3rd, 2016
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Towne Club Strawberry Melon

Towne Club Strawberry Melon

Part of me wants to trash this for being glorified carbonated sugar water and part of me wants to praise it for being a smallish local company (Detroit) that is still putting out soda in glass bottles that is sweetened with cane sugar. The thing is that this is neither terrible nor great. It simply falls in the grey area of life. Towne Club gets some points for making a strawberry melon soda, but the execution could be better. It tastes so sweet that it makes it hard to decipher the different fruit flavors. I was certainly not able to drink even half of this bottle. Saying I drank a third of it is being generous. I’m sure there is someone out there who loves this and swears by it. I can only assume that same person devours Pixie Stix and Sweet Tarts all day long. They also most definitely live in Michigan. No one outside the mitten can have that much love for this soda.

Website
http://www.cdry.net/towne_club.html
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on September 28th, 2016
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Ginger People Bottoms Up Ginger Beer

Ginger People Bottoms Up Ginger Beer

My brother finds drinks sometimes and thinks he's going to be mean and buy me stuff he thinks might be gross. This isn't the gross one but is part of the group that he bought me. This one was actually really nice. It was sweet and really spicy, the way that ginger beer should be. It most certainly still had its feet in ginger ale territory but was dabbling in the ginger beer world. The spice was nice and it burns in all the right places. The fact that it was unfiltered means that it was laden with stuff at the bottom and you know how the Thirsty Dudes love stuff in their drinks. A+. Would drink again.

Website
http://www.gingerpeople.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Ginger, Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on September 26th, 2016
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Americana Huckleberry

Americana Huckleberry

By naming their company Americana are they insinuation that that their products are artifacts of American history? Are these sodas a glimpse into our nation’s past? If so, we’ve had one hell of a history of soda, because this is ridiculously delicious. Fruit sodas are a tough sell for me. They rarely turn out correctly and mostly taste like sugar water that is flavored nothing like fruit at all. This tastes distinctively like berries and I’m not talking about those of the straw-, rasp- or even blue- varieties. This is pure huckleberry, or so I’ll assume as I don’t think I’ve ever had the fruit in its natural form. It doesn’t taste artificial at all, but rather like someone carbonated juice and added a bit of cane sugar. Sure it’s fairly sweet, but some sodas call for that. If only America still tasted like this instead of like racism and hate I wouldn’t feel so disgusting all the time. Okay I would still feel gross from consuming too much, but I wouldn’t feel as bad.

Website
http://orcabeverage.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on September 22nd, 2016
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Bickford's Traditional Soda Sarsaparilla

Bickford's Traditional Soda Sarsaparilla

I knew I was in for a wild ride when I didn’t even have this cap completely off and I was blasted in the face by the familiar sent of anise/licorice. How is it that I hate black licorice/black jelly beans more than I have hated almost anything in this world, yet I kind of dig that flavor when it’s in beverage form? Sure this tastes a bit like carbonated Nyquil, but it’s still somehow pretty great.

There really isn’t anything about this that would make me think sarsaparilla if I blind taste tested it. I would just assume it was supposed to be an anise soda, because that’s all I’m getting. Perhaps sarsaparilla is something different in Australia, where this drink comes from.

This bottle is only 9.3oz, but I think it would be perfect at half that size. I really enjoy it, but it gets to be a bit too much for me at about the half way point. I really hope I stumble across this companies other flavors though, because I anticipate great things from them.

Website
http://bickfordssoda.com.au/
Country
Australia
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Root Beer, Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on September 21st, 2016
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Twigs Caramel Apple

Twigs Caramel Apple

Do you want to know what’s gross? Caramel sodas, that’s what and this one is no different. Caramel is burnt sugar, and is only really good in small amounts where it accents other flavors. It has no place being a main flavor of any beverage. This tastes like someone went to their local fair, bought a couple of candy apples that are made with caramel instead of the hard red stuff, and then used some sort of liquefying ray to make it into a soda. That description doesn’t actually sound all that bad, but in practice it’s just not good. I couldn’t get past more than two sips. It really tastes exactly like I described. Who knows, maybe that’s your thing? If it is feel free to drink the rest of this bottle because I’m about to introduce it to my sink’s drain.

Website
http://www.twigsbeverage.net/
Country
United States
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on September 16th, 2016
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