I took November off, so sue me. Please don’t sue me. So how should I start December you ask? You didn’t ask… you probably stopped visiting the site once a review didn’t appear after four weeks. “Soda Jerks?” You said, “More like Soda… Jerks!” Then you high fived the nearest human. To answer my own question, I think I’m gonna try that old Slovenia favorite, Cockta!
Cockta originates in Slovenia as stated earlier and was born in the 1950’s. They wanted to make a familiar drink using local herbs, but original when compared to foreign beverages. Since I can’t read any of the writing on this bottle I’m just ignorantly assuming this is Slovenian Coke.
Well dang it. I didn’t get any Cockta rewards points under my cap. Nor am I getting any sort of Coke aroma coming out of the bottle. In fact it smells a bit more syrupy root beer with an odd flowery scent. Color my tongue interested.
That’s unique alright, but my mind is trying to decide if it likes it or loves it. Cola flavored Dimetapp. That’s what Cockta tastes like. It has an initial cola taste but once I swish it around in my mouth and consume it an oddly familiar grape mouth feel rises to the top.
Even though I used “grape” to describe the mouth feel it’s not an primary flavor of Cockta. Yes, there are hints of a grape soda in each sip, but I’d be wrong to lead you to believe the taste was grape. I’m going to have to see what’s in this… give me a moment to research.
Rosehip! That’s what’s causing my pallet to struggle. It also uses lemon and orange in the makings. According to the website they use the same 11 types of herbs that originally created the first bottles of Cockta. They also don’t use HFCS and it’s caffeine free.
All of this creates a really unique soda. It’s a fruit flavored cola with rosehips. Now that I know some of the ingredients it makes a little more sense to me. It still doesn’t completely explain why it tastes like Dimetapp Cola, but who cares.
It’s a little syrupy and hangs onto my teeth a bit longer than I’d like, though this could be due to the fact that it was delivered to me via plane and is about 6 months old. With that said I’ll keep the mouth feel critiques away from the score.
Cockta is a lot for my brain to wrap around. Why did I pick this for my return to soda reviewing? Perhaps it’s just showing me how new I still am to the soda game. Perhaps it’s revving up my tastebuds to be on their best game. Either way I’m glad I had it and I’m glad to be back.
Verdict - Buy a Pack
This bottle was supplied to me by my friend Jibbity D