I opened my fridge and looked skeptically at the bottle of Blueberry Breese staring back at me. It wasn’t because the name of the beverage is whimsically spelled or the fact that the label displays an abnormally strong breeze blowing blueberries across a park. The reason I’m not so sure I’m going to like this is because it looks like the main flavor of Blueberry Breese is going to be candy. As you may know I really enjoy a good blueberry soda, but the ones I do like taste the most like real-deal blueberries and not some confectioners creation. Blueberry Breese is from the Dublin Bottling Works which already gives it a good starting point, but the fact that is looks as if it’ll taste like blue sugar water scares me a bit. Looking at the ingredients I see no mention of blueberries, blueberry juice, or boo berry cereal. What I do see is that lemon and lime oils were used in the making of Blueberry Breese… this confuses me even more. Now that I told you what concerns me let me finish on an up note. Even though I knocked the label art earlier I really do like it. It looks super retro and the smiling berries on the front make me smile back. Hopefully this good feeling will continue on into the review. Onward!
The scent does nothing to quell my concerns as a fruity bubble bath is the first aroma memory (aromemory?) to come to mind. The plus side to this is that it doesn’t smell overly sweet either, something that will hopefully help in the taste department.
I’m pleased to say that it doesn’t taste like blueberry candy. I’m not so pleased to say that it does have a bit of a bubble bath taste to it, but more on that later. Upon my first sip my mouth told my brain it was drinking a diet beverage. I’m not sure why this initially tastes like a diet blueberry soda, but it’s fortunate that it’s not a flavor that lingers. After the “diet” wears off I’m left with a brief glimpse of what could have been. For a fleeting moment Blueberry Breese becomes as fun to drink as it is to look at. Its carbonation is fizzy, the flavor (while not the flavor of blueberries) is enjoyable, and it’s even kind of refreshing. This is all erased from your tongue soon thereafter and replaced by the aforementioned bubble bath. The final taste I get each time I take a swig is that of bubbles. Story time.
When I was a kid I, like many children, liked to blow bubbles. Well when I was at home I only had your standard bubble wand. You’d dip it in the bubble liquid, purse your lips and blow through the wand creating bubbles. Pretty standard fare. When I went to my Granny’s house… that’s where things got crazy. While she had the standard wand what made the best bubbles were the bubble pipes. These bubble pipes worked my like a tobacco pipe would in the fact that you’d put the stem in your mouth and blow out amazingly shaped bubbles. There was a blue pipe that made giant bubbles and a red pipe that made quad-bubbles and a few others that were equally amazing to 8 year old me. The red quad-bubble pipe was my favorite as it created giant clusters of bubbles with each puff. Much like the standard wand you’d have to swirl said pipe in the bubble mixture to fuel it. The red pipe used a bit more mixture than any of the others, but the payoff was worth it. Wanting to produce the most bubbles possible with each blow I often made the mistake of inhaling deeply while still “attached” to the stem of the pipe. The result was usually my mouth receiving a coating of bubble mixture and my granny giving me a cookie to remedy the situation. As delicious as the cookies were the bubble mixture never became something I ingested purposefully… and that’s what the aftertaste of Blueberry Breese is like.
Verdict – Buyer Beware
This beverage supplied to us by Dublin Bottling Works
Twist lived in a bubble for 8% of his life.