I’m a lazy person by nature. These two holiday weeks off were not planned… it was more along the lines of an excuse I made up. With that said, I still procrastinated greatly to write my first review of the New Year. I’m sure once I get back into a rhythm I’ll be good to go but this first one was pushed back 2 or 3 times. I have a fridge full of new drinks but the soda picked for today’s review is seasonal so it goes before the rest. What I have in front of me is Seagram’s Raspberry Ginger Ale, given to me by D-Dub. Now, I love raspberry flavored things as I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before. I also have a joy for ginger. I’m sure the last sentence can be taken many ways(several of them ringing true for me) but what I’m speaking of is ginger ale. The side of the can does note that the raspberry flavoring inside is one of a natural origin. Yay. Reading the side of the can I notice that the green you would normally find adorning the aluminum of this can has been replaced with a much more festive raspberry pink. Of course I noticed that way before I read the side of the can but I needed some sort of segue. With the descriptive stuff out of the way we can now begin!
As soon as I opened the can I heard a police siren outside. Hopefully I’m not breaking some sort of federal law since I *insert funny here*. The scent wafting from the mouth of the can is certainly that of raspberry. The first thing I thought of when I inhaled it was that it reminded me of a scent you might find in a flavored water. Hopefully Seagram’s Raspberry Ginger Ale has much more flavor than a bottle of Clearly Canadian. I didn’t mean to name drop Clearly Canadian, it was just the first flavored water that came to mind. On to the consumption!
Thought 1: I like both regular ginger ale and green tea ginger ale better.
Thought 2: While listed as natural the raspberry flavoring tastes a bit fake.
Thought 3: The initial taste is good, the ride in the middle is ok but the finish has something to be desired.
Those are the first three thoughts that entered my head when I first consumed this. The carbonation in this beverage is stronger than most but you don’t really feel that until after you swallow. I hold raspberry flavored items to a very high level. Remember when “Blue Raspberry” candy came out in the mid 90’s and everyone freaked out? People were so very happy to have blue raspberry candy where it once was not. Being a fan of raspberry I thought “how very odd for it to be blue… oh well let’s try this brand new blue raspberry SweetTart.” Disappointment hit me hard in the face. So while people were jumping off buildings out of the excitement that was new blue raspberry flavored candy, I sat home and cried for five straight years. FIVE STRAIGHT YEARS! That’s how hard I judge raspberry flavoring. Now with that said I can at least tell that this is supposed to be raspberry flavored. It’s just not what I would suggest a raspberry enthusiast try first thing after they woke up from a coma. Finally, the HFCS really makes an impact on this beverage. The finish of Seagram’s Raspberry Ginger Ale has a very sticky mouthfeel, much like Sprite. This might be something they could fix if they sweetened with sugar instead. Ah well… that’s just a crazy dream I suppose. With all that said I did finish the drink and it wasn’t that bad of an experience. I just won’t be drinking one of these again anytime soon.
Verdict – Buy a Bottle