So earlier in the week I had a mint soda called Minta. I was not kind to Minta, but I still wanted to give their strawberry variation a try. Here are the ingredients to Minta Strawberry: Carbonated water, natural sugar, natural flavors (gah, vague) citric acid, fruit and vegetable juice for color. So it’s the same ingredients as before, but now with vegetable juice for color! I’m sure the “natural flavors” were altered as well because they had to add the strawberry in somewhere. “Natural flavors”... JUST TELL US WHAT THEY ARE IF YOU’RE SO PROUD OF IT!
Remember when sodium benzoate was my rant? “Natural flavors” is the new hotness. “New hotness” is passe. Anywho, let’s open this thing up.
So the scent is strawberry mint. That makes me feel a little better about what I’m about to taste. I mean it doesn’t smell as minty awful as the original flavor, so it can only be better. Right?
Slightly! The powerful mint taste is still there, but thankfully strawberry has wrestled him to the ground. Well, as much as you could wrestle an 800 pound gorilla to the ground. Mint is still the dominate flavor, but you can clearly see strawberry hanging on as mint tries to throw him off. Much to mint’s chagrin, strawberry keeps holding on and you keep getting glimpses of him as he’s twirled about.
The carbonation levels work pretty well with the taste, but it’s still not enough to sell me on it. Ultimately the mint flavor ruins the beverage for me. I expected the strawberry to be light, but I wanted it to have a fighting chance. To be fair though it’s Minta Strawberry, not Strawberria Mint.
So here I sit with a half can of Minta Strawberry in front me. I don’t really want to finish it, but I could if I had too. Sure it tastes better than Minta, but I’m not sure it tastes so much better the rank will be any higher. I guess I’m just not cut out to enjoy mint sodas for the time being...unless it was chocolate and mint.
Verdict - Buyer Beware
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