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Lilt (soda)

Lilt is a Pineapple & Grapefruit soda with totally tropical taste. It’s basically a grapefruit soda, but the pineapple smooths and mellows out the grapefruit. It’s not as citrusy as you would imagine it to be. It’s better than a grapefruit soda, but it’s not a good soda. There’s nothing impressive about it, and there’s no incentive for me to ever drink it again. It’s boring. What else can I say about Lilt? It’s manufactured by the Coca-Cola Company, it has no caffeine, and it’s British so it’s hard to find in the States. And that’s a good thing because we don’t need another subpar soda taking up shelf space at the store.

Critically Rated at 9/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Vimto (soda)

I made another trip to the corner store with obscure food items and found another British soda that I’ve never heard of. This one is called Vimto. It’s a Fizzy mixed fruit juice drink made with the delicious secret Vimto flavour. To get into specifics, the fruit juices include grape, blackcurrant, and raspberry and the Vimto flavouring includes natural extracts of fruits, herbs, barley malt, and spices. That seems like an interesting medley for a carbonated soft drink. It has a purple colour and a good amount of fizzy bubbles, and it looks like a fun soda. It tastes like a fun soda too. It’s crisp, fruity, light, and refreshing. I think it’s my favourite of the three British sodas I’ve tried in the past week or so. I might even cross the pond to get it again.

Critically Rated at 15/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Ben Shaws Dandelion & Burdock (soda)

I went to the corner store that carries obscure food items and a purple can caught my eye. It was a can of Ben Shaws Dandelion & Burdock soda. Ben Shaws is a British soda brand and Dandelion & Burdock is one of their flavors. Dandelion & Burdock has been popular in the British Isles since the Middle Ages. It was originally a type of mead, but it’s evolved into a non-alcoholic soft drink that British people like to drink at the beach. Ben Shaws Dandelion & Burdock is a very interesting soda. It’s a slightly lighter shade of brown than a typical cola, it’s carbonated and fizzy, and it has a sweet floral aroma. The taste is more subtle and muted than I thought it would be, but I didn’t really know what to expect. I can’t quite put my finger on what it tastes like. It reminds me of those fancy violet candies that your grandma would give you but you didn’t like with a little bit of a diet root beer aftertaste. It’s pretty meh. I was excited to try a flavor of soda that I’ve never heard of before, but the excitement went quickly and now I’m bored with it my half-empty can.

Critically Rated at 10/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Tizer (soda)

There are a few liquor/corner stores around my house, and one of them always has obscure stuff for sale. Like Tizer, “the Great British Pop.” I’ve never seen it before, I’ve never heard of it before, but it’s only 49 pence for 330ml or $1.29 for 11.1586oz. The can is mostly red with a few swirls of green and yellow. The soda itself is red, it looks kind of like a Shirley Temple. It doesn’t say what kind of soda it is and I can’t decide what it’s trying to taste like. The can says that it’s a sparkling mixed flavour soft drink with sugar & sweetener. It’s a pretty fitting description of it. There’s citrus, there’s a vague fruitiness, and it’s kind of sweet. It’s a soda and sodas are good.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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