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Pepsi 1893 Review – All Four Flavors

Truth be told, I’m not a Pepsi man. I’m not even really a cola man; I prefer a good Pepper-style soda or ginger ale most of the time. And when it comes to the major colas, I frankly think Coca-Cola is superior.

But when Pepsi put out their “1893” line of experimental sodas, I was intrigued. I meant to try the first two flavors (Original and Ginger) some time ago, but that was around the time I cut back my soda intake significantly and I ended up never having any. But recently, noting the release of two additional flavors (Citrus and Black Currant), I resolved to try all four and write them up.

So here are the four members of the Pepsi 1893 roster. Let’s see if Pepsi bests Coke at branching out into the craft-soda market.

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Barritt’s Ginger Beer Review

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?

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Boylan Heritage Ginger Review

I’m quite familiar with Boylan’s soda, but I’m not entirely sure what this drink is. I would assume some type of ginger ale or beer, but who can say…taste untasted? (I guess “sight unseen” doesn’t really translate to the other senses.)

Cracking it open, I’m getting a sharp, ginger beery smell.

The first taste is a bit harsh–almost medicinal, like it might have fermented. It hasn’t, but it’s definitely not fitting comfortably into the ale or beer categories. It’s got a crispness, but that comes mostly in the aftertaste–up front, it’s very subtle, bordering on the bitter.

So far, I’m not overly impressed, but a look at the label suggests it was created more as a mixer than a standalone drink. So fair enough: let’s mix it with something!

I’ll go with Hochstadter’s Slow & Low whiskey. A very fine drink, especially for the price (around $20 a bottle).

Unfortunately, I seem to have screwed up the ratios, as I can barely taste the ginger for the whiskey.

It looks like it’s separated into two layers. No idea what that’s about.

Maybe this wasn’t a good choice of liquor. I’m not sure what would’ve been, but this isn’t working for me. And I don’t want to get drunk, so I’m not going to finish it.

Unless you know what to do with it, Boylan’s Heritage Ginger is not strongly recommended.


Reed’s Raspberry Ginger Brew Review


Reed’s Ginger Brews are pretty nice. I had a couple recently (no review, I’m afraid), but their Raspberry variant had long intrigued me, and I decided it was time. I’m not sure what to expect, but the bottle¬†does¬†promise a “STRONG GINGER BITE”.

So, bite me.

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