Today marks the end of my journey with Old 52, for the time being of course. They supplied us with several bottles of soda to review and I’ve saved the most bizzare for last. Cautiosly I stare at a bottle of Lester’s Fixins Buffalo Wing Soda remembering how accurate their Sweet Corn Soda tasted. I know this is going to taste like liquid Buffalo wings, and I know that’s going to be interesting… and that’s as polite as I can say it. On this bottle filled with orange liquid there is a picture of a Buffalo wing… just kinda laying there. They aren’t trying to “fancy” it up; it’s just a Buffalo wing on a bottle of Buffalo wing soda. They know what they’re doing, and they’re daring you to test it. Enough dawdling, let’s do this.
This. Is. Ridiculous. It smells like Tony Chachere’s seasoning, which is a Cajun seasoning and a staple of many Southern foods. If I pretend hard enough I think I can smell a bit of orange aroma in the background, but I’m pretty sure that’s just my brain trying to be nice to me. All the while Lester just sits there on the bottle grinning at me, like he’s waiting on me to try it just so he can see my reaction for his own amusement. As I’ve said so many times before… let’s amuse Lester. It’s pretty much my catch phrase.
Ok, so I chickened out just a bit and took the tiniest of sips. I could have sworn I got a granule of spice in between my teeth when I did it too. The flavor I received wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t of this world either. Time to dive in head first. When it first hits your mouth it tastes a bit like orange soda and that sweetness grasps the inside of your mouth and hangs on even after you’re finished with your current gulp. The Buffalo sauce flavoring swings in midway and finishes out the experience. It’s almost like the orange is opening for the Buffalo. Ever been to a concert where the opener is better than the main event… that’s Lester’s Buffalo Wing Soda. I’m swishing it around my mouth as I type this wanting to say that it’s horrible, but it’s not. Don’t get me wrong I’m never going to buy this for myself again, but I can actually drink it. There’s a spicy kick at the end of each gulp that I would liken to ginger, but it’s not as over powering as ginger can be. Originally I was going to heat this up and pour it over chicken, which I never bought, because I thought it would be so terrible I wouldn’t get past sip one. Well I’ve almost finished half the bottle and all is going well. My stomach is burning a bit, so the after effects (which won’t be listed here) might not be so nice. Lester’s Buffalo Wing Soda walks that fine line between “prank soda” and “legitimate soda” but tips its hat more towards “prank”. Of course I have to compare this to all the other sodas I’ve rated, but it’s not going to be as low as I thought it would be. Malta Hatuey, Beverly, and even Lester’s Sweet Corn are far, far worse than this. With that said, and my stomach burning and bubbling I leave you with this fun fact.
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Verdict – Buyer Beware!