Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Nature's Pure Organic Cherry Jubilee Cola - Whole Foods: Mt Laurel, NJ

Nature's Pure Organic Cherry Jubilee Cola - Whole Foods: Mt Laurel, NJ
I reviewed the Vanilla version a while ago, and I really wanted to like it, but I didn't. In fact, the botanical and medicine-like taste is what made me put off reviewing another flavor in this line for so long.

It's safe to say that I am not going into this soda review with high hopes, but I also don't like wasting food or money. So let's get this post started!

I discussed the previous packaging in depth, so if you're curious about that you can read it here.

I understand that the brand was going for that golden Goddess-like Art Nouveau feel, but it hasn't pushed the design far enough. The front-facing label seems unfinished, but the typography on the back is really appealing. I can't pin point a particular reason, but I really like looking at the text layout on the back. I prefer the white text on the vanilla soda label, but the layout is still the same.

Now it's time to see if this cherry cola is any better than the vanilla.

I grabbed my bottle opener and, once opened, I could smell bubbly cola and this medicinal cherry aroma. I was not pleased. The scent reminded me of the cherry flavoring used in cough syrups and throat sprays so I was not keen on drinking the contents of this bottle.

Still, I did it anyway because I'm cheap I hate to waste food and money.

I poured it into a glass, which was very pretty too look at, but the scent still reminded me of throat medicine.

Unsurprisingly, it tasted just like it smelled. This isn't spit-take worthy, but it would never be my first choice for a refreshing summer drink. At first sip, this tastes like a mild cola, just like a typical Coke or Pepsi knock-off, but it has this medicinal cherry flavored after taste that I find unappealing. The cherry flavoring isn't very strong, it's quite subtle actually, but I just don't like it. This can't be the taste of fresh cherries or juice, but organic cheery concentrate is listed in the ingredients.

This is like drinking soda that was mixed with a dose of cherry cough syrup. (And not in the good Flaming Moe kind of way.) I did not enjoy this drink, but I let my sister give it a try and she ended up liking it a lot. She described it as a light cola with a subtle hint of cherry and she polished off what was left in the bottle. Don't take my personal tastes as something set in stone, if you see this at the store and think you might like it, give it a try. I just won't be going back to review any more flavors from Nature's Pure soda line.
© Maria Smith
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