I turned 30 yesterday and today I finish the line of sodas from Grand Teton Brewing Company. I’m sure if I were a wiser man I could make witty comparisons about the two journeys and you would be tickled pink upon reading it. Instead, on this day after my 30th birthday, I’ve hurt my back to the point of not wanting to be witty. I just want to be grumpy, and old (which I know I’m not), and cantankerous. So here is the final Grant Teton Brewing Company review… Black Cherry. Overall I’ve been quite pleased with this line of beverages, saving black cherry for last because I know how potentially awesome it might be. So join me won’t you? As I toss my 20’s behind me and dive mouth first into a bottle of soda.
I mistakenly thought this might be black cherry cola, had my reading comprehension level been above that of a first grader then I could have clearly seen that the word “cola” is nowhere to be found on the label. This, my friends, is just black cherry soda, and the aroma is so very rich and sweet that it reminds me of sno-cone syrup. Sadly I have no crushed sno-esque ice to pour this on. Grand Teton Black Cherry will have to be judged as it stands without the help of the sno-cone fairies. By the way, if you ever seen a sno-cone fairy kill it as fast as possible, they’re terribly evil. I’ve had a few run-ins with them… not good times. They will CUT YOU! Onward.
The most consistent thing I’ve noticed about Grand Teton sodas is their carbonation. Grand Teton has the most unique carbonation levels, style, and mouth feel that I’ve witnessed in any line of beverage. In the case of black cherry I’m met with a raucous amount of fizz attacking all the nooks and crannies of my mouth. It splashes against the back of my throat and delightfully stings like a cherry Icee. The flavor, while just a bit overly syrupy, is very robust and well defined. There is no doubt in my mind what this is at any point of the journey. From opening the bottle to the last few drops you are slapped in the face with a very strong black cherry soda. It tastes as if it has more sugar in it than listed on its label. That’s not to say it has very little sugar, 39 grams, but to say that it seems like it should have closer to 50. I like this… a lot. This is the most in your face black cherry soda I’ve ever tasted, I guess they’re all “in my face” as I consume them, but you get the idea. Grand Teton Black Cherry… drink it and love it!
Verdict – Buy a Pallet
(This beverage was supplied to us by Grand Teton Brewing Company)
I literally had to wrestle this out of his hands... 4 hours.