Soda Review: Which is the Best Cola?

by Brett on February 28, 2009 · 68 comments

in Food & Drink

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In celebration of the Art of Manliness’ love for the finely crafted, independently made soda, today we return to our soda reviews. Last time, we had the pleasure of reviewing some of the best root beers in the land. Many, many commentors raved about one particular brew that we had left out: Virgil’s.  We couldn’t find a Virgil’s root beer to taste at the time of the review but later got our hands on some. And we can now confidently declare that our readers were absolutely right: Virgil’s is the king of the root beers. It now reigns as our favorite.

Today we tackle the soda that launched a thousand bottles: cola. Of course the granddaddy of them all is Coca-Cola, invented by pharmacist John Pemberton in 1866. The “cola” of that concoction came from the tropical, caffeine containing kola nut, while the “coca” was famously derived from extracts of coca leaves. The fizzy fountain drink was advertised as curing a wide variety of ailments, but its delicious taste and savvy marketing are what rocketed it into the beverage stratosphere.

Sadly, along its way to world domination, Coke committed soda sacrilege and left the pure cane sugar fold for dreary high-fructose pastures. And you know what they say about high fructose corn syrup, don’t you? Yeah, that it doesn’t cause the pancreas to produce insulin, meaning the hunger signal to the brain doesn’t get shut off as quickly and we eat more without feeling as full.

So today it is up to the smaller soda brewers to carry the cola banner forward. And in our continued hopes of turning soda connoisseur-ship into a widespread movement, we pit these colas against each other. The requirement for inclusion in the taste test was for the cola to come in a bottle and be made with pure cane sugar goodness or other natural sweeteners. (Yes, yes my health-food friends, I know sugar’s no good for you either….soda should be enjoyed as a treat, not by hooking yourself to a daily Big Gulp IV).

I know that in our effulgent praise for cane-sugar sodas over their degenerate HFCS brethren, some readers might think we’re too zealous, that you really can’t taste the difference between the two. But au contraire my ambivalent friends. We actually conducted a completely blind taste test awhile back in which we presented regular HFCS Dr. Pepper and Dublin Dr. Pepper (which is made with cane sugar) to 12 individuals. The results? Of the 12, 1 preferred the regular, 1 had no preference, and 10 preferred the cane sugar variety. So trust us….seeking out the best  the soda world has to offer is quite worth it.

Now on to the taste test! Let the best fizzy beverage win!

Red Rock

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Made in: Atlanta, Ga

The bottle says: “Just the right bite.”

OG? Since 1885

Our review: It  must be hard sharing a hometown with a 800 pound cola gorilla for competition, but Red Rock cola ain’t half bad. Not too fizzy, with a smooth flavor, and just the right amount of cola taste. Very RC Cola-esque in flavor.

The AoM Verdict:

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Dr. Tima Honey Cola

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Made in: Beverley Hills, CA

The bottle says: “From an old European recipe”

OG? Nope

Our review: Leave it to the folks in Beverley Hills to throw something fancy like honey into the mix. I’m not sure how old their “old European recipe is,” but it seems the years have evaporated all the flavor right out of it. This cola didn’t really taste like anything at all; it was exceedingly bland. While it had a nice level of fizz, the honey flavor was subtle and it was described by one taster as “coke and waffles.” I wonder what Dr. Tima does when she’s not making cola? Face lifts?

The AoM verdict:

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Virgil’s Cola

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Made in: Los Angeles, CA

The bottle says: “Using natural ingredients, we brew a cola so pure, so smooth and uplifting, you’ll swear it’s made in Heaven.”

OG? Nope

Our review: That’s a pretty heady claim Virgil’s makes on the bottle, but fortunately, they’ve got the cola to back it up. While a few tasters found the cola “too fruity” in flavor (it is indeed made with lemon, lime, and orange oils), most loved the robust, complex taste. With notes of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, the cola smelled as good as it tasted. Just the right amount of fizz was the icing on the cake.

The AoM verdict:

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Journey Ancient Cola

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Made in: Putney, VT

OG? Started in the 1970s.

Our review: We’re always pulling for anything coming out of the great state of Vermont, but sadly, just like Journey’s root beer, this cola simply didn’t deliver in the taste department. While there was a dissenting taster who enjoyed the cola’s cinnamony notes, the others thought it tasted ancient–like it had forever been sitting in the pyramid featured on the bottle. Too much fizz, too much sweetness, and not enough taste.

The AoM verdict:

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Eric’s Famous

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Made in: Mill Creek, WA

OG? Nope

Our review: Eric Famous split our panel, with half digging it and half not. The cola taste is not very strong, and instead fruity and vanilla-y notes dominated.

The AoM verdict:

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Virgil’s Diet Cola

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Made in: Los Angeles, CA

OG? Nope.

The bottle says: “Microbrewed with 100% natural ingredients, this “feel good” diet cola will give you a natural lift.”

Our review:

Virgil’s diet cola is an even rarer species than soda made with cane sugar; it’s a diet soda made with all-natural sweeteners like the herb stevia. After our experience with Virgil’s root beer and regular cola, we were prepared to love anything coming out of their magical microbrewery. But alas, Virgil’s diet cola is not worthy of the name. Incredibly bland, and lacking any discernible cola flavor, the soda tasted weirdly fruity and rather odd. Labeled on the bottle as a “dietary supplement,” the cola is infused with herbs like gingko, ginseng, and hibiscus. If you’re looking for a dietary supplement, best to take a multi-vitamin and stick with drinking their hard stuff.

The AoM Verdict:

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Boylan’s Cola

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Made in: Moonachie, NJ

OG? Since 1891

The bottle says: “Sweetened with pure cane sugar.”

Our review:

Boylan’s bottle says, “Burger Deluxe” in small print on the bottle. I’m not sure what it means, but if they’re saying that their cola would make an excellent accompaniment to a tasty burger, than I back them 100% in the claim. Boylan’s has a supremely smooth, almost velvety flavor. It’s just the right amount of sweet and its refreshing fizziness is invigorating.

The AoM Verdict:

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More Soda News

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And this just in to the Art of Manliness’ soda news department….Big Soda is finally getting with the program; on April 20, the Pepsi company is releasing “Throwback Sodas,” Pepsi and Mt. Dew made with sugar instead of HFCS. Right now it’s billed as a limited run kind of thing, but if they’re popular, I bet they’ll stink around. So come April, buy early and buy often.

Got a beef with our ratings? Did we forget a cola that you think deserves being reviewed? Drop a line in the comment box.

{ 67 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anonymous February 28, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Great article. Bring on the Ginger Ale!

2 Jeff February 28, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Ha….I loved the “And you know what they say about high fructose corn syrup..” reference. I hate those commercials because I do know what they say! Some people have actually done the research on it and decided that HFCS is crap.

3 Ced February 28, 2009 at 5:08 pm

cant wait for the throw back wish dr pepper would get with real sugar nationwide also. but for now i have been drinkin a mexican soda called Jaritos not bad stuff made with real sugar

4 zacwax February 28, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Boylan’s is the best freaking soda I’ve had, but their Birch Beer is even better.

And Dublin Dr. Pepper is in a category of its own

5 alan February 28, 2009 at 6:03 pm

more processed foods … come on, there’s no need for this stuff. The problem with HFCS, in addition to the useless extra carbohydrates, is that is fosters a huge energy-hungry, topsoil-eroding corn monoculture.

6 Andy February 28, 2009 at 6:09 pm

So, did you try the Virgil’s Root Beer? I must say their root beer and cream soda are the best sodas I have ever tasted. And as far as Ginger Ale, Boylan’s holds the crown for me. Unfortunately my grocer hasn’t had any in stock for over two weeks but I’m hoping they will be back in stock this week.

7 Andy February 28, 2009 at 6:10 pm

I just re-read the article, I didn’t catch that you had in fact tried the virgil’s root beer.

8 Scott B February 28, 2009 at 6:41 pm

A cola review?? Awesome! (I have a feeling the “Big Soda” attempts WILL *stink* around…)

9 Paul February 28, 2009 at 7:20 pm

You Overlooked:

Cheerwine
- Ale 8 1 (their website doesn’t mention whether it uses cane sugar, but it’s a hundred-year-old recipe, so I think it does)

10 Brett February 28, 2009 at 8:41 pm

@Paul-

Is Cheerwine a cola? I have one on hand here, but had no idea what category it fell into and haven’t tried it yet.

11 tony February 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Also a great soda maker:

Foxon Park Soda
East Haven, CT

12 William February 28, 2009 at 11:14 pm

I enjoy Mexican Coca Cola as it is made with cane sugar over high fructose death crap. They also come in wonderfully large sized glass bottles for refreshingly cooler soda.

13 Billie March 1, 2009 at 1:28 am

Another cola by the guys who put out Virgil’s is China Cola. I really enjoy the taste it kind of reminds me of RC.
http://www.reedsgingerbrew.com/chinacola.html

14 Len March 1, 2009 at 2:52 am

Interesting article (by the way, what does OG mean?). I generally don’t drink cola of any kind unless I’ve been really ill. My doctor told me that the mix of vitamins, ions, whatever to be found in cola is +/- the same as what you lose (often violently and from both ends) when you’re really ill, so it helps you replenish…

Check out the Matt Furey blog about HFCS for 25 and 28 February (scroll down from the link to find the dates): http://www.mattfurey.com/mattfurey_uncensored/

15 Len March 1, 2009 at 2:58 am

Sorry, not ions (well maybe, but not what I meant) – I meant minerals. Sorry, it was a late (cola-free) night last night…

16 chaplainandrews March 1, 2009 at 3:36 am

Great article. I would love to see a post about home-brew cola!! I’ve never thought too much about independent cola labels–that is definitely something to consider when traveling.

17 Jack McNiel March 1, 2009 at 4:18 am

I recently drank a Coca Cola that was imported from Mexico – the ingredients included pure cane sugar, there was no HFCS in it at all – it was good! If they can bottle it that way in Mexico, why not in the good ole US of A? Dublin Dr. Pepper is awesome by the way.

18 Khürt March 1, 2009 at 5:48 am

I have Type 1 diabetes so my soda drinking is limited to “diet” which usually means artificial sweetner. However I found a brand of diet sodas made by Steaz that are low enough in sugar that I can drink them. I like the Black Cherry.

19 Brett March 1, 2009 at 6:39 am

@ Khurt- I discovered Steaz last fall. I was looking for a aspartame free alternative to the Diet Mountain Dew I was drinking during law school finals. Steaz fit the bill. For those interested, you can find Steaz at health food stores like Wild Oats.

@Jack McNeil- Mexican Coca-Cola is where it’s at. I lived in Mexico for a few years and that’s one of the things I miss.

@chaplinandrews- Homebrew sodas sounds like a great article idea. We’ll start looking into that.

20 Derek March 1, 2009 at 8:12 am

As an IT professional, I drink Waaaay too much soda; years of sucking down Coke probably led to my diabetes…but I digress. Since I live in the Desert Southwest, we can get our paws on Coke from Mexico at our local Walmart…need I say heaven? However, since I suffer from the aformentioned diabetes, I’ve since changed over to Diet Dr. Pepper…it really does taste like the real thing.

21 Kevin French March 1, 2009 at 8:48 am

Word on the street is Coca-Cola’s coming out with a line of stevia-sweetened soda. I’d still always take a good, old-fashioned cane-sweetened glass-bottled soda, but I think it’s great that Coke may give us something that is neither HFCS or aspartame.

22 Clank March 1, 2009 at 8:51 am

I’d like the see Ale 8 1 as well. As I recall Ale 8 1 is made with “sugar and or corn sweetener.”

23 Brett March 1, 2009 at 8:59 am

@Len-

OG=original gangster. It was the title of Ice T’s 1991 album, but now has varied meanings. Here it means of the “original generation.” We’re just noting whether or not the soda maker is old school.

24 martin b0rus March 1, 2009 at 1:11 pm

If you come to Germany, you need to buy
Fritzkola – which tries to max the caffeine and
tastes really good.

http://www.fritz-kola.de/

Alas not in available in bottles yet is
Red Bull Cola, a very unique all natural
cola drink – and great tasting, too

http://www.redbull.de/de/ColaPage/htmlColaPage.action

25 martin b0rus March 1, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Alas not in available in bottles yet is
Red Bull Cola, a very unique all natural
cola drink – and great tasting, too

http://www.redbull.de/de/ColaPage/htmlColaPage.action

A more traditions high caffeine cola from
Germany is this recommended drink

http://www.fritz-kola.de/

26 Pieter March 1, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Best way to drink cola is still the most classic way… It’s the “grab the freezing cold, glass, 0.3 cl bottle of actual Coca-cola after a hard days work” way. Nothing beats that…

27 Terri March 1, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Don’t forget, Kosher for Passover Coke is cane sugar and no HFCS too. Stock up while you can.

28 Stormbringer March 1, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Those of us that are diabetic have to leave behind cane sugar and HFCS. Good thing they invented artificial sweeteners. Since THOSE are controversial as well, we all SHOULD be drinking water. But I can’t. So, it’s Diet Coke for me.

29 The PartsGuy March 1, 2009 at 9:22 pm

If you live near Canada, you can get coke with sugar from there as well. I have some coworkers with friends in Canada, so when they go up to visit, I have them bring some Coke over for me.

Sweet nectar.

30 randy March 1, 2009 at 11:36 pm

Brett, I cant help but notice that there is pizza in the background of the cola pictures. And having conducted taste tests before, I know that food is a no no (I know Im being anal but still…) and you should drink water only after each taste. Great article, love pure cane sugar sodas. Cant wait for the ginger ale tests (shameless plug for Vernors).

31 Jim March 2, 2009 at 7:48 am

Back around 1996, RC released a “Premium Cola” which was a limited release, but this was the best soda I have ever tasted since childhood. I tried keeping a few cases of it, but it didn’t have a long shelf-life. Cheers!

32 Bryant March 2, 2009 at 10:22 am

Sorry, I have to be a dissenting voice here, but even knowing that HFCS is bad for you, I just can’t give it up. I have tried all manner of sodas, particularly colas, with cane sugar, and they just taste *terrible* to me. They are all far too sweet; they just taste like a flat Coke. If I wanted that, I would just drink Pepsi. Give me a good, ice-cold Coca-Cola any day of the week for my fix. The best way is a fountain drink over crushed ice; second best is an ice-cold can. No knock to the “purists”, but even a Coke in a glass bottle tastes flat compared to that in a can.

To each his own, of course. I’m generally all for independent labels, small companies (though I question just how small some of these are; compared to Coke or Pepsi, yes, they are small, but Boylan’s and Virgil’s in particular are very prevalent around here). But, when it comes to Coke, the advertising doesn’t affect me; it’s simply the only really good cola I’ve ever had.

33 oracle989 March 2, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Cheerwine isn’t cola…I don’t know what it is…but oh is it good!

Cane sugar has a much different taste than HFCS. Much smoother, less teeth-burningly sweet.

34 Eelfinn_Ty March 2, 2009 at 7:27 pm

What about Jone’s soda? They have a Pure Cane Cola…

http://www.jonessoda.com/files/products-glass.php

35 Greg T March 3, 2009 at 8:29 am

I’ll definately vote for Cane Sugary goodness every time. Though I have not tried the Boylan’s Cola, I was recently introduced to their Black Cherry and it was great! I look forward to trying more of their stuff.

Is it me, or is no one standing up for Pepsi in here? I see lots of Coke, Mt. Dew, and Dr. Pepper, but little to no Pepsi.

36 pete March 3, 2009 at 9:05 pm

You missed a good one. Jolt Cola.

37 Franko March 4, 2009 at 5:50 am

I second Jones Soda.
They have different sweeteners, their main being Pure cane sugar.
I’ve never tried the sodas you mentioned in the article and I would, but I cant handle large doses of sugar anymore, Im adapting to the metabolic diet (high fats/meats).
Ill consider them though.

38 Jeff Bates March 4, 2009 at 7:04 am

AoM Gang,

You lost me on ‘OG?’ What is the meaning? Still a good article, though.

Best,

Jeff Bates
Nashport, Ohio

39 Bryan Adams March 4, 2009 at 1:26 pm

I agree with a few other posters on here: skip these sodas and go straight for the Mexican coke. Anyone who has been to a legitimate Mexican Restaurant (i.e. Mexican-Americans are eating there, not just making your food) has been able to experience Mexican sodas. Not just Jaritos but Mexican Coke and Pepsi.

And lately I have been seeing these drinks outside the Mexican restaurants and groceries as the big-chain stores try to expand their “ethnic” markets. I have heard of sightings at Costco, Walmart, and I bought some the other day at Kroger. So, check the ethnic/Mexican food aisle at the groceries near you and rejoice at what the rest of the world enjoys everyday! And tell the US government to get rid of it’s ridiculous sugar importation laws! If the US was supposed to be able to have a competitive sugar industry it would have happened in the last 200 years. Instead we pay 7+ times what other countries pay for sugar! That’s why since the 80′s everything has been made with high-fructose corn syrup.

40 Dave March 4, 2009 at 3:25 pm

I found a company called Fentiman’s. They are British and have a bunch of different types of soda, but their curiosity cola is tasty.

http://www.drinkfentimans.com/

41 MedicDave March 5, 2009 at 7:15 am

The wife and I were touring World Market yesterday, and found that they sold Virgil’s Root Beer there. They were sold out of the bottles, but had gallon “Party Kegs” instead, and a plethora of other independent sodas that were mentioned in this article. Thought that I would pass along the information…

42 Chris March 6, 2009 at 10:31 am

Several others have also commented on the best soda ever made, Coca-Cola that is “hecho en Mexico.” Luckily, every once in awhile here in AZ you can score cases of this stuff in the local chain grocery store, or, as I like to do, stock up your annual trips to Rocky Point. I suppose if you don’t like Coke you’re out of luck, but I love it, and the cane sugar makes it far superior to its American cousin.

43 Bill March 10, 2009 at 11:04 pm

What’s this about the 100-pound gorilla in the Red Rock review? That’s awfully puny as gorillas go–easily vanquished by the proverbial 800-pound model.

44 Brett March 11, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Haha, nice catch Bill. I must have been thinking of the baby chimp in the room. I’ll go change that…..

45 Ryan Fehrmann March 12, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Like RC.

Not a Cola but one of the best darn soda’s out there is Vernor’s Ginger Ale, it is completely unique.

46 Adam Camper March 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Well, here in Slovakia we have a Cola of our own.
It is called Kofola, and most of my peers like it much more than pepsi/coca-cola/[some other brand] . The flavour is different, not that sweet.
The thing is, that you can’t get it anywhere else, except for Slovakia and Czech Republic.

So I wonder, whether there are similar ‘national’ drinks, that nobody really knows about …

47 Will March 18, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Two things.

First, the local (So. Cal) Borders book stores have a Coffee Counter (just like everyone else on the planet). But a unique twist is one of the beverages they serve is a hand drawn and mixed Cola. Red Kane Cola (I think) is the name. It can be served with or without a cream topping, and I believe they will flavor it (vanilla, cherry). They may even have a diet version (though why I couldn’t say — what’s the point).

Anyway, it’s, IMHO, VERY good. It’s sweet, but has a good “cola” taste. It’s definitely different from the typical fare.

If you have a chance to pop in to one, I suggest trying it. A nice change of pace.

Second, I don’t know if it’s “Mexican Coke”, but around Passover each year, Coke comes out with “Cane Sugar” Cola in the “mass market”. There’s some limitation for some to not drink “grain based drinks” (something like that, I forget the details), and HFCS falls in to this category, so Coke meets the need with a sugar based recipe. I have not tried it. I can not stomach Coke from can/bottle, although I can drink the fountain stuff any day. But for those looking, and being as Passover is coming up, you may want to try and hunt it down and see what you can see.

48 Eric April 22, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Thank you for your review of Eric’s Famous Energy Cola!
The picture shown is of our Goji Berry edition – we welcome you to try the Original. It has a rich, complex flavor profile – we’ll send you some!
Eric of Eric’s Famous
info@ericsfamous.com

49 Andrea April 24, 2009 at 8:25 pm

I love boylan soda. I live in Nj and ironically enough encountered it for the first time in vancouver, british colombia! I make sure to stock up and drink it whenever I am visiting there, since it is hard to find in southern NJ. such a shame! it’s the only soda I will drink.

50 Rishi April 27, 2009 at 12:01 pm

What does anyone think about Red Bull Cola? I’m no cola connoisseur, but this was pretty good. No too sweet and it is supposedly “all natural”.

51 thumbs up May 25, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Beats every other cola… not very sweet like GuS!
http://www.coca-colaindia.com/brands/brands_thumsup.aspx

52 Jeff August 18, 2009 at 9:38 pm

You guys should try Jones soda, it’s delicious.Not to much carbonation and not to sweet.It’s one of my favorite colas.

53 BillB August 22, 2009 at 12:02 am

Save a two liter bottle of coke, then order up 2 liters of syrup to refill it
http://www.discountcoffee.com/breakmate_coke.htm
(Sam’s Club has it by the gallon if you’re really hardcore)
Add a few shots to your next glass or can

Tastes like fountain Coke when they screw up the ratio in your favor :)

54 Wade September 21, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Boylan’s makes another version of their cola marketed as “all natural” that kicks the hell out of its regular variety – and every other cola I’ve ever had. It is indeed all natural with only about seven ingredients including a yummy bourbon vanilla. A bit pricey, US$5.00 for four 12 ounce bottles, but well worth it.

55 Ricky September 22, 2009 at 5:13 am

Came here looking for soda reviews out of the blue and low and behold I find Eric’s Famous? Holy Shit. My ex-neighbor/ex-maintenance man introduced me to the brand(his buddy makes the stuff) with a bottle of their Cream Soda-which is an interesting Vanilla/Energy drink blend. Never thought I’d see that oh-so familiar glitter sticker on my computer screen.
Pepsi natural is pretty good, Pepsi Throwback is even better, and Coke with Cane Sugar(mexican Coke at Costco) is absolutely the best. Small companies though, I have no idea, they tend to all taste the same to me(which is the Jones/RC flavor mentioned above).

56 TimothyS. October 1, 2009 at 12:38 pm

If any of you are in St. Louis “Fitz’S” at 6605 Delmar Blvd makes it old school.

57 TimothyS. October 1, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Also as a side note St. Louis is the Shangri-La of Microbrew beer. Ever heard of Schlafly? http://www.schlafly.com

58 Hoot Harrington October 15, 2009 at 10:52 am

No jones? They might not be underground enough, and I guess that would make sense however I do believe they should be included and would like to see a review.

59 Ethan C. October 18, 2009 at 2:38 am

I think you definitely should have mentioned that you can still get Coca-Cola made with sugar from other parts of the word — here in the States, that generally means Mexico.

And Coke with sugar is, hands, down, the best cola I’ve ever tasted. Granted, I’m sure I’m a bit biased, as I like the U.S. corn syrup Coke plenty well, too, but it’s certainly worth a mention.

60 Mike Reese November 14, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Please, I beg you, stop repeating the junk science nonsense about HFCS. While it does have a different ‘mouth feel’ as compared to cane sugar sweeteners, it does NOT ‘bypass the pancreas’. Your insulin output will be affected by HCFS in much the same way it will be affected by cane sugar and honey.

61 Kurt November 19, 2009 at 9:54 am

My local ACME stocks the real sugar variety of Coca-Cola in glass bottles. And I agree it is the best. You may also want to mention what kind of container cola comes in. By far plastic is the worst tasting container for cola and glass being the best.

62 JAXnVilleGAL February 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm

REALLY a great review !! I’ve been trying differet colas and looking for one made with Stevia – Coke and Pepsi are supposed to be coming out with that product. I called CocaCola in Atlanta (where I grew up) and asked about it early last year. I was told they were test maketing it in Chicago ! Also, I read on line that Coke made with cane sugar is available during the Christmas holidays – has a yellow cap on it. You can also get the cane sugar Coke in Mexico – I live in Florida !!!! Hope the soda companies get with the program and help us get a healthy cola.

63 DENKYO999 July 25, 2010 at 8:56 pm

they are all imitators from the original Coke.. nevertheless coke helps lots of people all around the world.. charities, schools, livelihood, health.. the other brand? ZERO.. just pure selling..that SUCKS

64 mike January 31, 2013 at 5:52 pm

What about journeys birch beer? Its too good to leave out

65 rexreed February 16, 2013 at 1:26 am

Cheerwine is a cherry soda, not a cola and not even close! The premium RC that was released in the 90′s was called RC Draft and it was made w/ cane sugar. Man I miss that stuff. The Ace near me sells all sorts of throwback bottles, supposedly original formulas from every brand under the sun like Double Cola and Faygo. Good stuff, most of it.

66 Geoff Hackert July 4, 2013 at 1:25 am

Red Bull Cola was an all-time favorite for me while it was sold in the US. It was unlike any soda I’d ever tasted as I could recognize the individual ingedients rather than an amalgamated sweet mess. Unfortunately sales were horrible and the company suffered setbacks based on incompetent management such as myself. Jarritos is cheap, but it is too vanilla-y for my preferences..

67 Jacob July 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Having tried a few of those, I must say that the best is none of those. IMO the best cola out there is Fentiman’s Curiosity Cola. Shame you left it out.

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