Review: Trader Joe’s Vintage Orange Cream

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Trader Joe's Vintage Orange Cream Soda

It is not very often I get to go to Trader Joe’s the nearest one being about forty-five minutes away seems so close yet when I need to grocery shop gets further and further away. One this day I was heading to my old college roommate’s town to go on a brewery tour at the Samuel Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plains, MA. On the way knowing I pass right by a Trader Joe’s and I stopped there as a rest stop.  Searching the drink aisle I came across the vintage soda line and picked up a four pack for later.

To be honest the closest thing I have had to an orange cream soda is an Orange Julius. The drink was bright orange light a typical orange soda would be but it was not clear the solid orange color burning a hole in my retina. I took my first sip, sweet orange cream flavor rushed over my palate. The first thing I noticed was the real sugar, sweet but no too heavy. The second was the sweet orange flavor being chased by the creamy finish, that masked the further complex orange notes to come through. Although I missed the complete orange taste the creaminess did remind me of that combination or orange and vanilla of an Orange Julius but had the sharp bite of the carbonation to follow it.

It was another good pick for a first time try. I would buy this again but it would not make one of my everyday soda lists.


Review: Gamer Orange

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Gamer Orange

The marketing team over at DSJ Beverages sent me several samples of their Gamer beverage to try out. I first found Gamer while still attending university in New Hampshire. I had head to the small supermarket, the DUMP, as we called it for some paste, sauce, bread, and meat to make dinner with. When I had finally got to the front of the checkout I saw the Gamer bottles and decided to try it.

At that time they only had two flavors, lime and grape. Today I am taste testing one of their newer flavors orange.

Gamer orange smells and taste to me what a good orange soda should. It tastes natural, mainly flavored with orange oil or orange skins, and smells like the fruit it came from. Its lightly carbonated but it also holds for a long amount of time. Its complex orange flavor is sweet but also slightly bitter, and fruity but also tart. Gamer orange is caffeine free and contains  100% of your daily B-1, a stress related vitamin. All in all gamer orange was a very good start to my Gamer tasting experience, so if you want you can order yourself some on their website or if you live in the Northeast at select grocery stores. Now I am off to go play some Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

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Review: Oogavé Watermelon Cream

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Oogave Watermelon Cream Soda

Oogave Soda was not a known company to me until recently. A blogger friend of mine at Sodagiant had mentioned to me his contact with the company and it perked my interest. The first agave sweetened soda company from Denver, Colarado is a small soda business that was started just recently in 2005. The brainchild of Esteban Anson formed at his small natural food restaurant, he later decided to distribute accross the United States. I recently was sent a six soda sampler from the company with a slight casuality in shipping, I was very excited to try the most unique flavor of the bunch, watermelon cream.

How does it smell and look?

Opening up the bottle I didn’t know really what to expect, than it hit me. A bubblegum smell hit my nose, fruity and deep caramel sugary notes. The pale pink hue pours out lightly carbonated ready to drink.

How does it taste?

Wow, I knew at first it smelled like bubblegum, but when I took my first gulp I was very surprised the smell and taste were one. I mean if I tired real hard I could separate the two distinct flavors, the cream and watermelon. It was really one of the most unique sodas I have ever tried. The cream flavor may have been a little to strong with all the extra sweetness, from the agave, to really get a stronger sense of the watermelon inside the bottle. There was a deep sugary taste on the back end with raw sugar or caramel notes.

Would I buy this again?

Currently, Oogave is not available in my state of Massachusetts, but I would be able to order it online. This particular flavor I am glad I got to try once yet I don’t think its quite the flavor for me. The sugar being a little to strong on it and with the cream slightly overpowering the subtle watermelon. I would however send this as a gift to people to give it a try as I did. I am looking forward to trying some of the more classic flavors as the month goes on.

[Soda] BAWLS Guarana


BAWLS Guarana

BAWLS guarana is a highly caffeinated soda, which has I have seen around for the last several years. Some people confuse this soda as an energy drink, because of the guarana and caffeine.

The first time I ever had BAWLS was actually for free at a LAN center my old friend, Pat, had introduced me to in Weymouth, MA. The store has since closed but my original memories of this tasty beverage still linger.

The unique blue BAWLS, yes joke all you want, bottle has bumps that give it a different handle. I have always been a fan of glass bottle beverages, its more interesting to look at and more collectible that way. BAWLS has always had a strong relationship with BMX, gaming, and paint ball companies and I think that was an extra allure I had to the brand. I recall overnight LAN parties and countless hours playing Battlefield 2, Call of Duty 2, World of Warcraft and other games chugging away at BAWLS guarana. Recently thought the company into tough times and after failing to find a buyer, restructured and are now being back by additional investments and have resumed operations.

What does it look and smell like?

When you first open the bottle of a cold BAWLS the first thing you notice is a puff of mist. The smell has a light berry citrus smell with some vanilla overtones. The color is slightly off white toward a yellowish tinge from the guarana berry. The carbonation rushes out and lasts for a long amount of time.

How does it taste?

I have had regular guarana soda before that you would find in a Brazilian mart or maybe in the international section of your grocery store and I like this a whole lot more. The best way I can describe the taste is a blend between a citrus based lemon-lime soda and cream or vanilla cream soda. It is something unique and different indeed. The carbonation gives a nice tingle in the back of the throat as you swallow.

I had several people try this soda and everyone seemed to like it. I also asked them to describe it and when they could gave my description and they also agreed. All in all a very drinkable beverage with some familiar flavors many people can enjoy. I hope this beverage will be around for a very long time and I hope to see it in my area again for sale real soon.