Dipping into the Old 52 vault I find myself staring at a very red soda. It’s called Johnnie Ryan, and the front of the bottle doesn’t even hint what flavor this might be. Along with the words “Johnnie Ryan” adorning the neck I see that it’s a “Cane Sugar Soda” and a “Delicious Ryan Beverage”. Heck even their slogan “First for Thirst” (written in fancy script) can be found, but no flavor. Looking at the back of the bottle I once again see that I’m going to consume a Johnnie Ryan soda, this time their logo large enough to show you the cane and top hat that are synonymous with Johnnie Ryan I suppose. This time the neck reads “’A Real Refresher’ Since 1935”. It’s not until I look at the bottle cap that the words “Ryan Cherry” are able to solve my simple mystery. Part of me likes the fact that the flavor is only on the bottle cap and part of me is annoyed. I’m annoyed because I wanted to easily identify the flavor. Is it red soda, cherry, cranberry, raspberry, punch… who knows? I think I’m going to tip my hat, and cane, to the fact that the flavor is only on the bottle cap. There’s something about this bottle of Johnnie Ryan soda that says “class”. This is one of the classiest bottles I think I’ve ever put my hands one. It has a great look to it that sets it apart from other bottled beverages. Heck even the shape of the bottle is different enough to catch ones eye. This isn’t an art lesson though, this is a soda review. Now I’m burdened with the task of tasting this cherry soda. Oh, how will I survive?
Johnnie Ryan Cherry soda greets you with a delightful cherry scent. It’s light enough that I know this won’t be a paltry cherry drink jammed with chemicals until I can’t enjoy the other aspects it has. It’s also heavy enough that I know I’m about to enjoy a terrific cherry soda… or so I think.
Wonderful. Johnnie Ryan Cherry Soda washes over your tongue with a great amount of cherry flavoring. The amount of carbonation is perfect! It seems to start off with fewer larger bubble and quickly dissipates into many tiny bubbles which tickle your palate with a wonderful sensation. Jonnie Ryan Cherry has a thicker mouth feel during the aftertaste portion, but since the flavor sits so well I don’t think you’d mind it. This compares to a good cherry candy with the sweetness level lowered just a skosh. Jonnie Ryan is a tremendous dessert beverage, or I could even see it being consumed on a hot summer day in the shade of your favorite tree. I never had a favorite tree growing up, in fact no one I knew did. Did you ever read The Giving Tree? That story made me mad the first time I ever read it and every time since. ‘Thanks Tree for all this stuff you’ve given me. I’ve given you nothing in return, unless you’re just super into mutilation. For sticking with me for all these years I’m going to murder you and sit on your carcass.’ Sad. Don’t get me wrong, I love Shel Silverstein. I just never could get behind that story. Where was I? Oh yes! Jonnie Ryan Cherry is a fantastic drink. Its simple flavor made me happy. It’s rare that a drink has the ability to improve my mood, but Jonnie Ryan did just that.
Verdict – Buy a Pallet
Oddly enough Twist was actually the "First for Thirst" but was disqualified for using his powers.