Peach soda is usually a pleasant experience for me, but there’s just something about this bottle of Cool Mountain Peach that seems really, really generic. The liquid inside is the appropriate color (if not a little on the pink side) and the label works with this scheme as well. Keeping in line with the Real Soda bottling ways there is a message on the bottle that says “Chief Long Neck” which I can only assume is the “Native American name” of this particular bottle of Cool Mountain Peach. Made with pure cane sugar, filtered water, and a host of nonsense this soda is very much a grab bag in terms of if I’ll like it or not. Smell time.
While the scent does resemble that of a peach, when I placed it to the nose of our cat she backed away in an unsure manner. Perhaps she could also smell the potentially over-sweetened aroma even my mere human nose discerned. Taste time.
Like the old saying goes, “Trust the cat’s nose to know what’s best”. Ok, so that’s not really a saying, but it still rings true in the scenario that just played out before me. Cool Mountain Peach, a terrific name for a classic country song or an indie band, tastes of overly sweetened peach tasting chemicals. Peach is already a dangerously sweet flavor so you must be careful when adding any additional sugars. In this case it seems they went a few hairs in the wrong direction and created a beverage that would be better if the peach flavor held more of the stage. Man, I use that “play” analogy a lot, but it works in so many aspects.
The carbonation level is fine, but it doesn’t really add anything extra to the beverage other than the typical fizz one might expect. Overall Cool Mountain Peach is an average soda with way too sweet a taste for what could have been done. I understand that sodas are typically sweet, but in this case it feels like they missed out on some potentially great flavors by making it so.
Verdict – Buy a Bottle
Cool Mountain Peach... more like Cool Mountain BLEACH! That statement isn't true at all, it was just fun to type.