As promised I’m going to try something a little different today with the review today. In front of me is the head of a dog. I don’t know if the dog’s name is Fentiman, or if Fentiman is a particularly unattractive person who happens to look like a dog. It doesn’t matter who/what Fentiman is. What does matter is that I have a bottle of his Dandelion & Burdock soda in front of me, given to us by Dustin H. Since I haven’t the slightest idea of what this could taste like, I thought it might be fun to do the review without trying the soda… then taste the soda and give the real review. Care to play? Yes, let’s.
Ok let’s take some time to smell the roses…er… dandelions, and open this beautiful bottle up. Wow, the smell isn’t quite as strong as I thought it’d be, but what I do smell has a fruity scent to it. The closest thing I can describe the smell to is mixed berry yogurt, Yoplait of course. Ok, enough smelling… time to drink!
Hmm… that’s a hard flavor to describe (especially when I haven’t tasted it yet, tee hee). While I definitely still taste the berries I initially smelled, I also get kind of an earthy flavor hitting me in the spot my tonsils used to reside. I like this, but I don’t think I’d drink it every day. The sweetness is just about perfect, but I wish there was a bit more fizz to this. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, but I’m glad I ended up giving it a try. Speaking of trying new things…
Faux Verdict – Buy a Pack***
Ok, how was that? Hopefully it’s fairly accurate, but we’re about to find out for realsies. Let’s open this bad boy up.
Ok it definitely does have a fruity smell, but much closer to a combination of cherries and grape Robitussin. I can smell the slight amount of alcohol in this. Just a heads up, it is fermented, and has less than 0.5% alcohol by volume. I decided to drink this because it was given to us by a fan, but it technically doesn’t meet all of our standards for a soda we’d normally review. Enough chatter, let’s take a swig.
That is a peculiar flavor, and I don’t really taste much sugar at all. Fentimans Dandelion & Burdock starts off with a flavor comparable to cough syrup, which transforms into… well, cough syrup. It’s obviously not thick like cough syrup so I guess that’s a plus. Oh no! Someone has put a gun to my head, and is making me describe it in one sentence! It tastes like cough syrup soda without the vapory feeling cough syrup gives your mouth. Fwew! He’s gone… thanks for all your help! Oh, another thing. It also has a bit of a black licorice finish to it, but it’s so slight I reluctantly added it only after Twist made me. One positive comment I will say about Fentimans Dandelion & Burdock is that you don’t have to search for the flavor… unlike my previous experience with Dry Soda Co. Lavender. Sadly though, it seems that this really isn’t up my alley… and that’s fine. If you’re a big fan of the ‘Tussin maybe you should give it a try. I for one like a little ‘Tussin, which is why I say…
Verdict – Buy a Bottle
Twist got soooooo WASTED!