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Empire Real Cola Review

Empire Real Cola

First off, Empire Real Cola is a great cola. It’s right up there with other great colas including Double Cola, which is my favorite cola and something I’m not shy about claiming. We’ve all had colas before – Coke and Pepsi mostly, so what makes Empire Real Cola so good? I’d have to say the smoothness. I would say it’s close in taste to an RC Cola. The flavor and taste match the impression you get from the label – something with a bit of class, not right in your face or flashy about it – like I said, the taste matches the feel and impression of the label. It’s a pretty label and comes in a short bottle. The taste is smooth and sweet, that never turns bitter (like a Moxie or even Pepsi). There is just the slightest taste of roughness at the end, ever so slight, not to be confused with bitterness though… just a slight taste after each swallow that makes you think that Empire Real Cola has been gracefully aged. If you are a fan of cola soft drinks, especially real sugar colas, then you’ll want to get your lips on a bottle of Empire Real Cola. rating:

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Apple Beer Review

Brand: Apple Beer
Flavor: Apple
Sweetener: Pure cane sugar
Size: 12 ounce bottle
Purchased at: Whole Foods
Similar to: Jones Green Apple Soda

Bottled in Salt Lake City, Utah, Apple Beer is a Bavarian tradition made in the Rocky Mountains since 1964. Unlike many other apple sodas, this one is made to taste like red apples rather than Granny Smith green apples. Because of this, the soda isn’t quite as tart as most other apple flavored sodas. Overall, Apple Beer captures the flavor of apples very nicely. As the bottle says, this is the “soft drink with a head” and they aren’t joking. The soda is very foamy and bubbles up after every sip. Apple Beer is caffeine free and alcohol free and comes in a brown 12-ounce bottle. The bottles design and label has a nice, old-fashioned look to it which makes this vintage soda an enjoyable drink for most occasions. rating:

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Boylan Creme Soda Review

Boylan Creme

Brand: Boylan
Flavor: Creme
Sweetener: Cane sugar
Size: 12 ounce bottle
Purchased at: Harmons

Boylan is definitely one of the more popular brands of the vintage, old-fashioned soda on the market today. It’s widely available in most grocery stores in a variety of flavors. Surprising then, that until earlier today, I had never tried a Boylan soda. The first one I decided to try is the Creme Soda. At first, I was a little turned off by the presentation; the bottle and label are fairly bland. The color of the soda is nice, though so I went ahead and bought it to give it a try. This flavor of Boylan is pretty standard as far as creme sodas go. The soda has a nice smooth creme flavor that goes down easy. The one thing that sets this one apart from other creme sodas, though, is that it contains pure vanilla extract which adds a nice twist to the otherwise standard creme flavor. rating:

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Americana Honey Cream Review

Americana Honey Cream


Brand: Americana
Flavor: Honey Cream
Sweetener: Real Cane Sugar
Size: 12 oz Bottle
Cost: $1.99
Purchased At: Rocket Fizz


Americana Honey Cream just might be one of the best vanilla cream sodas I have had. Somehow by not calling itself a vanilla cream this soda confuses you about it’s true identity until you taste it. It first hits you with a very smooth and sweet taste with a nice creamy finish. I couldn’t detect the honey in “Honey Cream” but it definitely has sweetness and smoothness with an excellent vanilla taste.


Sweet, creamy, smooth vanilla cream soda. Finishes soft, sweet and buttery smooth. Lightly carbonated.


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