I’ve been saving this soda. I’ve been saving this soda because I think it’s going to be amazing and I want the review to do it justice. What I have in front of me is a Sprecher’s Ravin’ Red. Allow me to translate what flavor Ravin’ Red is. Ravin’ Red is a cran-cherry soda with ginseng. There is not one thing wrong with the list of flavors I typed up in that last sentence and that’s what excites me. Sure Sprecher’s uses HFCS but they’ve shown in the past that they plug past that and create fantastic products. The ingredient listed before HFCS is Door County Cherry Juice and later on down the label you find Wisconsin Rapids Cranberry Juice with some raw Wisconsin honey. There are so many other sweeteners in here besides HFCS thus negating my care of their usage. The label is also adorned with red raven flying through the air carrying a bag of cranberries and two cherries. How I wish I could get a shirt with this amusing character on it. Enough chatter.
The scent that escapes the neck of the bottle is that of a slight cranberry. I can’t smell the cherry at all but that’s not saying it isn’t there. I’m not enticed by the scent but of course I will push on for the greater cause.
Very nice. All three listed flavors are present in each sip. You are initially hit with the cranberry for a short period of time allowing the cherry to peek it’s head around the corner. It’s not quite time for the cherry to go on stage yet because the ginseng pushes him back behind the curtain and makes his own appearance. When the ginseng is done trying to be the star of the show the cherry reappears with one of the most delicious subtle finishes I’ve had in a long time. Your mouth is left with a delightful cherry taste that you know is juice and not flavoring. The mouth feel of this beverage ranges from the sharp feel of the cranberry on the back of your throat to the ever so smooth feel of cherry afterward. Nothing about this beverage is overly sweet but I can’t figure out what I would pair it with if I was eating. Honestly I guess it could be a good buddy to a burger or something along those lines. The only downside I can find to this beverage is that its flavor builds up in your mouth. Each sip becomes richer and richer until you’re not sure you want anymore. The bottle I’m drinking from is 16 oz but I’d be perfectly happy with 12. I’m going to stop here before I ruin my experience by over indulging myself on Sprecher’s Ravin’ Red. Moderation my friend, moderation.
Verdict – Buy a Pallet