I honestly couldn’t tell you what I’m reviewing today. It’s sitting here right in front of me, but I can’t pronounce it even if I tried. You see, today’s drink is from Greece and it’s called hbh Carbonated Orangeade. The only reason I know it’s carbonated orangeade is because the “English” side of the bottle tells me that, but those are the only words in English I can spot. The label, other than being 98% Greek displays numerous fun images like an MP3 player and a guitar in an orange tint. Using a Google Translation I check out their website and see that hbh Carbonated Orangeade is sweetened with sugar and also includes 20% orange juice. I also found out that it can be called IVI Carbonated Orangeade as well. I’m going to use that from here on out just to help out the search engines. Thanks website! Heck they even have a Youtube video on here showing you how it’s made. Maybe I’ll check that out after this review. As for now, I have a somewhat less mysterious soda to drink.
I’m not sure how carbonated this is supposed to be, but it has little to none. I’m going to go ahead and attribute this to the long distance it travelled being shaken all the way. Hopefully the taste will still be delightful enough for a good review, but I will definitely factor in that it might actually have carbonation if consumed directly from the store.
Ok, so there is the slightest touch of carbonation, which tells me that IVI Carbonated Orangeade usually has more. As for the taste, I really like it. The orange juice and orange soda mixture is done perfectly combining the best of both drinks beautifully. The sweetness of the orange soda leaves your mouth very pleased with what it’s consuming, but the orange juice almost tricks your brain into thinking what you’re consuming is healthy. As I was trying to figure out how many grams of sugar are in this (39g btw) I found that IVI Carbonated Orangeade is a Pepsi-Co product. I thought that website looked pretty fancy for it not to be attached to one of the big two. I’ve tasted carbonated orange juice before when I reviewed Orangina and I must say that IVI Carbonated Orangeade is the better of the two. Now you’ll probably find Orangina a bit more easily in the states, but if for some reason you travel to a place that has them both, maybe Santa Paula, California Citrus or Ganzhou, Jiangxi, China… you should probably chose the IVI. While I truly enjoy this beverage I’m going to stop drinking it because I’m not really sure when, or if, it has expired. If it hasn’t expired then it’s a fantastic beverage that will fulfill any want or need for oranges you might have… minus vitamin C of course. Now if this bottle of IVI Carbonated Orangeade has indeed expired then I’m not sure my tongue could stand to see what it tasted like “fresh”. For now though I’m going to grade it on the flavor and mouth feel I just experienced. Know that this rating is probably lower than it deserves, but until I crack open a brand new bottle it’ll have to work.
Verdict – Buy a Pack