I ran out of sodas last week so I plodded on down to my local grocer to see if they had anything I might be able to consume. When all seemed lost I noticed a refrigerated case at the front of the store with all sorts of energy drinks in them… all of which had been reviewed or are in line to be. Saddened I made like Tom Dooley and hung down my head and cried. Apparently the folks at Boylan Bottling Co. didn’t want me to meet the same fate as the aforementioned Dooley because my eyes fell upon a bottle of Mash. Technically there were four different flavors of Mash at my fingertips, but I guess there could be more somewhere out there. This particular flavor of Mash, Lemon Peel Ginger Root, is like all the other flavors in the way that they’re all defined as Low Calorie Water Drinks. I quickly checked the ingredients, searching for carbonation. Check. Upon doing this I also noticed that Lemon Peel Ginger Root Mash only has 10 grams of sugar per 8 oz. Curious about how many oz. this stubby little bottle held I checked the side and was surprised to see 20 fl oz. I like this shorter, chunkier, 20 oz. bottle… not sure why I just do. Glancing at the ingredients once again I’m not sure how much flavor this beverage is going to pack. There isn’t even any ginger listed as an ingredient of any kind. I take that back; I guess it could be covered under the very vague “natural flavors”. It should be interesting to see how they incorporate a listed flavor without said listed ingredient. I guess there’s only one way to tell.
Before I even get the cap completely off a ginger/lemon scent comes wafting out of the mouth. The aroma coming from this is very enticing to me. There is something about it that makes me thing my thirst is about to be quenched to a very high degree. Let’s find out.
This pleases me greatly. The flavor is definitely more lemon peel than ginger root, but the two paragraphs before this should have told you it was going to be. The carbonation level is almost non-existent, but needed to keep this from falling flat in your mouth. Much like I anticipated this is a very refreshing beverage. I’d happily have this by my side while out in any Texas heat. While Mash is probably more watery than your standard soda, that doesn’t hinder its taste at all. The lemon juice’s flavor comes through perfectly clear. Minute Maid lemonade doesn’t have this level of lemon strength, but they are probably my least favorite lemonade out there so maybe I’m just throwing daggers. My stomach feels the hints of a burn that would be caused by ginger and I guess you could imagine the flavor has those same hints, but it’s so little I wouldn’t even have listed it on the bottle. Over all Mash Lemon Peel Ginger Root is a very long name and a pretty good soda; it’s low in sugar, low in calories (40), and refreshing. This particular flavor isn’t amazing enough to warrant you going out and buying large quantities of it, but I look forward to the other three bottles that rest in my fridge.
Verdict – Buy a Pack!