Category Archives: Fentimans

Fentimans Victorian Lemonade Review

Brand: Fentimans
Flavor: Lemonade
Sweetener: Sugar
Size: 9.3 ounce bottle
Purchased At: Liberty Heights Fresh
Similar To: Jelly Belly Lemon Drop

The thing that I’ve loved about other flavors of Fentimans that I’ve tried is that they always have a strong, bold flavor. The Victorian Lemonade variety is no different. The soda is flavored with real lemon juice and it helps make this one of the most authentically flavored lemon sodas I’ve ever had. The soda is sour and sweet and very lightly carbonated. It finishes off slightly bitter, similar to other flavors of Fentimans. After trying a lot of sodas that have wild flavors printed on the bottle and then being slightly disappointed at how bland they actually taste, Fentimans Victorian Lemonade is both refreshing and delicious. Like all other Fentimans flavors, this one comes in a 9.3-ounce distinctly shaped glass bottle. The yellow and blue color scheme looks nice and the soda’s creamy yellow color is exactly what you would expect from a lemonade. I wish the carbonation packed a little bit more of a punch here, but I think the light carbonation is deliberately done in order to help the natural flavors stand out more. This is definitely one I want to try again.

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Fentimans Mandarin and Seville Orange Jigger Review

Brand: Fentimans
Flavor: Mandarin and Seville Orange
Sweetener: Sugar
Size: 9.3 ounce bottle
Purchased At: Old 52
Similar To: None

Mandarin and Seville Orange Jigger (quite a mouthful) is another one of of Fentimans’ botanically brewed sodas. The soda is a bright orange-yellow color and a quick look at the ingredients reveals why–it is made with real mandarin juice concentrate as well as seville orange extracts. Unlike most sodas, you actually need to shake this one a little bit before drinking because the natural fruit bits tend to settle on the bottom of the bottle. My first taste of the jigger (I’m not sure why it’s called jigger since a jigger is a unit of measurement) revealed that the taste stays very true to the look: this is essentially an orange juice soda. Like Fentimans Curiosity Cola, this drink contains ginger and other herbal extracts. Unlike the cola, however, those ingredients are barely noticeable here. What is noticeable, though, are the satisfying mandarin and orange flavors. The carbonation is pretty mellow but still adds a nice zing to the soda which finishes with a very slight bitterness that one would expect when eating a real orange. Fentimans has done it again and created a very distinctive soda that is different but still manages to taste good.

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Fentimans Curiosity Cola Review

Brand: Fentimans
Flavor: Cola
Sweetener: Sugar
Size: 9.3 ounce bottle
Purchased At: Old 52
Similar To: Moxie

Starting in 1905, Fentimans sodas have been made through a botanical brewing process that takes 7 days to complete. That tradition still continues today in all of their sodas including Curiosity Cola. I really like the presentation of this cola. It comes in a unique 9.3-ounce glass bottle with an old-fashioned looking label. The iconical Fentimans German Shepherd is printed on a sticker attached to the bottle’s neck. Fentimans Curiosity Cola is made with ginger and herbal extracts. This soda definitely has a strong flavor to it and is very full-bodied. The combination of ginger and cola flavors is unique and worth a try. In a way, it almost felt like the soda had too many flavors happening at once. It certainly is distinctive and not really similar to any other cola. Although the soda contains less than 0.5% alcohol by volume, I can definitely see it appealing to those who prefer a more “spirited” beverage.

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