Dan W. gave me this very exotically named drink that I will be reviewing today. The name of the beverage at hand today is Colombiana, so I could be taking a trip to Mexico, Brazil, Chile, or so many other fanciful places. Let’s see what the side of the can says. Looks like that it was bottled by the find folks at Brooklyn Bottling of Milton, NY. Oh, how very exotic! This is defined on the can as a Kola Flavored Soda… which I can only assume is flavored like kola champagne (similar to cream soda). The can is brightly colored with everyone’s favorite primary colors. Accompanying the name of the soda are two phrases in Spanish. “La que tomamos en casa”, which according to Google roughly translates into “The one you take home.” The other phrase is “la nuestra”, which again according to Google translates into “ours”. Sadly the ingredients aren’t nearly as interesting. They are just a collection of chemicals that make up this sugary drink. Alright, it’s time to stop reading… me, not you. I’m going to stop reading the can while you continue to read this review.
Yup, this smells like Big Red/Cream Soda/Kola Champagne. If Colombiana has half the following that Inca Kola does then I’m probably in for a barrage (2 people) of criticism. Let’s take a sip shall we?
While you might think of cream soda when you first try this, if you study it for just a moment you’ll find you’re just enough off base to be called out. The flavor starts off like a lighter version of Big Red with the slightest of hints of tea. The fizz Colombiana hits you with has more of a punch than a cream soda, and that sets it apart from your basic Kola Champagne. What you’re left with after drinking this is a lighter version of the flavor you started with. To put that into a more comprehendible sentence: The aftertaste is true to the taste. To be honest I liked this more than your typical kola champagne but it still tastes like your basic sugary drink to me. There is nothing that truly sets Colombiana apart from the soda herd. So, if you see a red, yellow, and blue can that catches your eye, then give it a go. If not, then don’t go crazy looking for it.
Verdict – Buy a Bottle
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