Good ol’ reliable Boylan Bottling Co. Some of the first sodas we reviewed on this site were Boylan, but then I stopped. I stopped because I knew Boylan would always be there for me if I needed to review something good, but couldn’t find anything odd. It’s the same reason I don’t do a lot of Jones Soda either. I think over the past 5 years I’ve reviewed most every Boylan though. I’m sure there’s a few I’ve yet to conquer, but my love of Boylan has been a slow burn. That fuse has finally led me to Boylan Orange.
Wanna know what’s in Boylan Orange? Me too. Carbonated Water, cane sugar, mandarin and tangerine oils, natural orange flavors, citric acid, ester gum, yellow 6, and sodium benzoate. Aside from those last two ingredients, that’s a respectable cast of characters for the Boylan Orange Show. Every play has a couple of kids dressed like trees and talking to each other, so we may be able to let the last two slide if we don’t find ourselves sneaking out by intermission.
A strong orange odor, or odorange, lifts out of the mouth of the bottle. A natural orange scent paired with that of orange candy is what my nose notices, or nosetices. Now that I’ve created the two newest words in the English language I feel I’ve accomplished enough to go on.
Boylan Orange tastes a bit more tangerine than orange to me, but that’s completely acceptable as tangerine is the sweeter of the two citrus and has a very similar flavor. These two flavors are backed by tightly packed miniature bubbles that sprint quickly across the stage without hardly anyone noticing until they're almost out of view. The carbonation lift at the end of each sip gives my throat just enough harshness to make me smile. After all an orange soda should cause a little burn, at least in my book.
Fun fact: Most orange sodas have a cardboard aftertaste to me. Honestly though, I don’t know why I taste cardboard in so many of them. I really wish I knew what made my taste buds react that way. Thankfully Boylan Orange doesn’t succumb to this nearly as much as others do. I’m looking at you Frostie!
All in all Boylan Orange is a very good orange soda though I’ve found two detractors during my drinking of it. As I’ve consumed this entire bottle the sweet flavor has built upon itself to be cloyingly sweet by my last few sips. This same build up created a somewhat syrupy mouthfeel by the end as well. So it’s very good, but it’s not perfection. Who is though besides Twist?
Verdict - Buy a Pack
This soda was purchased at World Market