I’d never heard of O-Zell sodas until a few weeks ago. They advertise to be “All Natural” and have cartoon characters that would look more comfortable in the 1930’s on the label. Today’s offering is O-Zell Pineapple Whip, whose bottle holds a strong Hawaiian flair. Heck it’s even made with Hawaiian Cane Sugar.
It has so few ingredients that I feel like listing them now: Carbonated water, Hawaiian cane sugar blend, natural flavor (hopefully pineapple), citric acid and Beta Carotene for color. There you have it, although I’m still a little confused due to the name. Is Pineapple Whip going to be a pineapple only soda or does the whip carry a vanilla connotation with it as well? If only we could open, taste, and review this beverage.
So the aroma is very much pineapple but I’m not getting much vanilla. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, just that it’s not quite strong enough to appear in scent form. Personally I’m hoping for a pineapple vanilla soda, though I’ll be happy if it’s a good pineapple soda as well.
Hmm. That’s interesting. Not bad, not my favorite, but interesting. First off there is plenty of sizzle in every sip, good carbonation levels. Secondly I’m getting very little if any vanilla taste which isn’t surprising. Thirdly the pineapple taste is strong, but something seems off about it.
Ever had grape cough syrup? Some of them taste alright, but there’s a second flavor there that reminds you it’s medicine. O-Zell Pineapple Whip taste like pineapple cough syrup. It’s alright, but there’s an oddly medicinal flavor paired with it. The more I drink it the more this medicinal taste builds upon itself until all I can taste is the medicine. No spoonful of sugar, just the medicine.
The strength of this has become so much that I’m going to stop drinking now. No thank you. I’ll stick to my Tussin’... only when I’m sick of course. Well at least O-Zell will have another chance to impress me. For what it’s worth my friend finished off the bottle and said it tasted like cough syrup until he was closer to the bottom of the bottle. Hopefully he’s right, but if I can’t make it to the bottom then it doesn’t get a good word from me.
Verdict - Buyer Beware
This was purchased at Rocket Fizz in Housto