Romano's Orange Cream

   Romano’s and I have an odd relationship.I started off with high hopes when I tried their Raspberry Soda, then I was intrigued (but didn’t love) their Sour Apple, and finally, I didn’t like Blackberry Soda at all.

   Upon opening the bottle, I get quite the nice fragrance. Honestly, it smells more of cream than it does of orange.... I don’t know if this is a good sign or not, though. First, the good news...it’s better than the Blackberry Soda. It’s a subtle soda flavor, however. It doesn’t punch you in the mouth like the Sour Apple, so it’s much more drinkable if some sodas are rough on your throat. By no means is it smooth, but it has less bite than a Coke for instance. The coloring is what you’d expect an orange soda to be...orange; it matches the bottle art nicely.

   My qualm with this soda is the lack of orange flavoring. While the cream can be smelled and tasted easily, it masks the orange. If you like cream more than orange, then buy a drink I just made up called Creamy Orange... not Orange Cream. I want to taste the tangy citrus as well as the smooth cream. Those two flavors are what make drinks like this so great. I’ve had another brand of orange cream soda; it’s delicious and balanced, so I know it can be done. I’m not going to tell you that it’s a bad drink...it’s not. I just want to taste something a little more interesting when I see the words “Orange Cream” on a bottle. Sitting in front of me is an Orange Cream Soda by Romano’s. I can only hope they don’t continue down the same path.

Verdict: Buy a Bottle!

~A

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(Note:  This beverage was provided to us by Romano's)