Been a minute since my last soda review, but I was at IKEA the other day and saw this Easter-themed drink for sale. Given the enduring popularity of my Julmust review, I knew I had to review this mysterious new drink as well. So, come with me as I brave the uncharted waters of Dryck Påskmust!
In 1992, Crystal Pepsi came onto the scene, and despite heavy promotion was gone by 1994, having taken its place alongside New Coke as a failed attempt at shaking up the entrenched American soda paradigm. However, just as Surge was brought back from the dead, so, to my surprise, has Crystal Pepsi been given a new lease on life.
You know I’ve got to give it a shot. I missed it the first time around (that I can remember). I’m not making that mistake again. I’ll be honest, I’m not a Pepsi fan – I’m definitely on the Coke side of the eternal cola dichotomy – but no matter.
After a superior experience with their Bourbon Cream Soda, I opted to seek out more sodas from Fest, and decided I would go for their oddest flavor next: Satsuma Mint.
The satsuma is a citrus fruit, closely related to the mandarin orange and tangerine, and extremely popular in the South–making it a reasonable choice for the New Orleans-based Fest.
As for the inclusion of mint, well, we’ll just have to see how it tastes.
I love a good ginger ale or beer. Ginger sodas might actually be my favorite school of soda. And latterly, given my recurrent nasal issues, I’m down for anything that’ll clear out my sinuses–and this seems like a solid candidate. (The classy bronze label didn’t hurt either.) It’s stuck around for 142 years…but will it survive being put to my own test?
Fest Cola first caught my attention with the nifty, semi-retro design on its bottles—no surprise to anyone who knows my fascination with commercial graphic design. And when I decided to review it for the first time, I had several intriguing flavors to choose from: Almond Cola, Pecan Root Beer, and Satsuma Mint (satsumas are a citrus similar to mandarin oranges).
But I went with the Bourbon Cream, a reasonable choice given my past fondness for cream sodas (A&W’s variety was once my favorite soda). And so here, proudly from New Orleans, is Fest!