Thursday, August 24, 2017

Cherry Wisco Pop

My wife was in Wisconsin this past weekend, and she brought me a treat:

Cherry Wisco Pop

Brand: Cherry Wisco Pop.

Origin: Viroqua, WI.

Purchase Place: Viroqua Food+Coop, Viroqua, WI.

Sweetener: Organic sugar.

Review: This didn't taste like cherry. I mean, "cherry soda" doesn't usually taste like ACTUAL cherries either, but this didn't taste like cherry soda. If I had to guess, I would have said rhubarb. Really. In the ingredients list, there's "organic cherry juice concentrate," but then there's also lemon juice, vanilla, and cinnamon, and I can sort of see how those last 3 can make the flavor I was tasting. It wasn't that great, so I'll rank it just below average. It's sure unique, though.

Score: 4 out of 10.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hard Sodas and Hard Ciders

We stopped at Total Wine in Roseville with my family this past week, and I was able to cruise the "by the bottle" aisle. I walked out with some hard sodas and hard ciders:

Lots to try!

I'll have some mini-reviews of these in the upcoming few weeks. Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bundaberg Lemon, Lime & Bitters

Last night, I cracked into this. I didn't have high hopes because my last Bundaberg soda wasn't that great, and the flavor didn't sound all that interesting:

Bundaberg Lemon, Lime & Bitters

Bundaberg Lemon, Lime & Bitters
The Bundaberg tab on top.

Brand: Bundaberg Lemon, Lime & Bitters.

Origin: Queensland, Australia.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: The first sip started like Lemon Lime soda, but then the "bitters" part kicks in and leaves quite a bitter aftertaste. This wasn't that enjoyable to drink, but I can imagine it mixed with booze and being quite good. As a stand-alone soda, it was too bitter.

Score: 3 out of 10.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Calvin's 1836 Barrel-Style Root Beer

Here was my second soda that I enjoyed during a camping trip (the first being this one):

Calvin's 1836 Barrel-Style Root Beer
On the ramp to our little cabin in Forestville State Park.

Brand: Calvin's 1836 Barrel-Style Root Beer.

Origin: Hermann, MO.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: This was OK. It was pretty smooth and went down easy, but had a bit too much wintergreen for me. Not bad, but not great. I'll rate it just above average.

Score: 6 out of 10.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Swamp Pop

I just got back from camping in Forestville State Park with my family. I took 2 sodas along to enjoy. Here was the first, and it was GOOD:

Swamp Pop
My wife looking at photos with my youngest son on the left, and
a pan from me cooking supper on the open fire to the right.

Brand: Swamp Pop.

Origin: Lafayette, Louisiana.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: I had no idea what flavor to expect. But it ended up being a good, rich, deep, sweet, cola. There was a nice fruitiness to it. My wife took a sip and nailed it on the head when she said "it tastes like the 'cola' flavored Bottlecaps candy, but not at ALL artificial." It was REALLY good - one of the better sodas I've had lately, and probably in my top-3 colas. Check this one out!

Score: 9.5 out of 10.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Drinking 116 Year Old Soda (probably)

This is gross, and he vomits a little near the end, but everything leading up to the puke is a bit interesting: the staining on the bottle, the kind of bottle cap used, etc.

This guy bought a "K Heinrichs" bottle of soda from around 1900 (it may have been rebottled with beer or wine) and noted that "it smells like gasoline and perfume." Watch this if you're interested. Lots of foul language, and some puke at 4:05, 4:55, and 5:24.

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