I’m always pleased when my great state produces delicious products and even happier when those products happen to be soda. Today I’m giving the city of Austin a chance with their Barton Springs Soda Company – Orange Cream Soda. The label is simple, but nice to look at. In fact it almost looks like they made it at home. The color of the soda is a natural looking orange; not to be confused with the ridiculous orange color that sodas like this normally are. If you end up wanting to make some Barton Springs Orange Soda for yourself at home here’s all you need: carbonated water, sugar, natural flavors, citric acid, and a bunch of Benzosorbosucra-lates. Ok, so the last ingredient is really an amalgamation of words listed. Still, this is from Texas and I’m excited to see what my home has produced.
Even though “Orange Cream Soda” is listed as the flavor, the scent that reaches my nose is that of tangerine sans cream. I’m really quite curious how creamy this beverage will actually be. I suppose I could taste it.
Fortunately for all involved in this process the flavor is indeed orange and the creaminess does exist within the same realm of reality. With my first sip a burst of orange flavor cascades along my tongue, waking up every taste-bud it rushes over. The citrus taste seems stronger due to the carbonation involved, but is unmistakable nonetheless. Now the cream that is promised on the label comes late to the game. After the citrus rush begins to subside an almost artificial creaminess takes its place. I won’t say that it tastes bad, but there’s something a little off about it. In fact the beverage seems to weaken a bit with each sip I take. The sugary sweetness of Barton Springs Orange Cream Soda begins to take over and ruin the party for both the orange flavoring and the cream finish. The orange flavoring begins to be shoved in a corner behind big brother Sweetness, while the decent job Cream was performing has turned into an over the top mess. Frighteningly enough, I’m only halfway through with the bottle before the sugar invasion began. Sadly I’m going to surrender and stop drinking at this point. Someone with a sweeter tooth than mine might enjoy this, but I’m out.
Verdict – Buy a Bottle
The fact that the soda is orange and from Austin has Twist suspicious