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Vimto Review

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During my time abroad, I haven’t made the effort I might have to seek out worthy British or Norwegian sodas, but while poking through a shop in Kirkwall, Shetland Islands, a bottle of this popular British drink caught my eye, and I duly obtained it. I didn’t drink it right away; I waited until what I felt was the proper moment (which might not have been, but that’s another matter entirely). Originating from Manchester, England, courtesy of Nichols plc, it’s Vimto!

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Old Jamaica Ginger Beer Review

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I’m finishing off my recent string of World Market purchases with this Jamaican ginger beer (produced in the UK, but the ginger itself is Jamaican, so…), a beer which, unlike any soda I can recall reviewing, offers me the chance to win prizes! More on the prizes in a bit, but first, courtesy of Cott Beverages Ltd., it’s Old Jamaica!

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Afri-Cola Review

Normally I wouldn’t be consuming caffeine so late on a weekday. But I had a rough day today and felt like treating myself. Besides, I wanted to get around to this before it went flat, so why not kill two birds with one stone?

This is another one of my World Market acquisitions; the wholly unique shape of the bottle, the striking graphic design, and the general reliability of colas made it seem like a safe bet. So all the way from Germany, from the municipality of Bad Überkingen, it’s Afri-Cola!

Oh, and apparently this brand of cola is famous for being especially high in caffeine. So tonight should be fun. (This is what I do instead of drinking booze.)

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Paulaner Spezi Review

Been a while since my last soda review, but as we’re moving into spring and the weather is growing warmer, it’s going to be prime soda-drinking time for a while.

Today’s soda is one I almost had before. It’s a German soda (produced in Munich), about which I know only that World Market carries it, that it boasts a fairly nifty looking can, and that, going by the on-can description of it as “Orangelimonade mit Cola”, it’s something like a citrus cola. Beyond that, I’m going in blind. Without further ado, from the Paulaner company, it’s Spezi!

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Ramblin’ Rose Cream Soda Review

A new soda shop (or rather, a new branch of the soda shop I’ve been patronizing since I began writing these articles) just opened up quite near to me, which ideally means I’ll be reviewing sodas on a more regular basis henceforth.

Paying the new shop my first visit over the weekend, I looked around for something I hadn’t tried before (happy as I would’ve been just to drink another Inca Kola), and hit upon this: a rose soda! A rose cream soda, to be exact. The proprietor suggested it tasted somewhat like bubblegum (shades of I.K.), and I settled on it. I drank it immediately after and recorded my impressions as I did so; this review is compiled from them.

From Ramblin’ (a well-established brand, it would seem), Rose Cream Soda!

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Tizer Review


Whilst on a recent day-trip back to a former hometown of mine, I happened to stop in at a shop specializing in goods – mostly edible – from the British Isles. I wasn’t especially inclined to get anything until, in the cooler, I saw a brightly colored can of soda – a soda I’d never had before, and didn’t even know existed.

For $1.50 (though rather more than the native price of 49p; at present exchange rate that would be about 63¢), on a hot summer day as this was, the prospect was too tempting to resist. I bought a can and drank whiles sitting outside in the shade. The result is this review. From A.G. Barr plc, it’s the Great British Pop, Tizer!

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