Ok, I know I’m late on this one, but according to the date on the can it’s still fine to open and consume this Pepsi X. If you watched X Factor at all this is the Pepsi flavor that was attached to it and may still be; I have no idea if that is still a thing that exists. I’m not even going to make X Factor jokes as I honestly couldn’t care less about their tie in. I am glad Pepsi made a new flavor, the name is dumb (tie in or not), but I always appreciate a new flavor no matter the reason. Speaking of that new flavor, Pepsi X is dragon fruit flavored cola. Dragon fruit flavored cola sounds like a horrible idea to me as I can’t think of many fruits that would mix well with a cola flavor outside of cherry and possibly lemon/lime if you’re just into that sort of thing. Well… maybe apple would to, but that’s about it. Needless to say my expectations are low for this limited edition soda that all the other soda review sites were talking about 5 months ago. Let’s give it the old smell test.
It mostly smells like Pepsi, mostly. One note before I continue describing the aroma of Pepsi X. My dog is eating his food behind me and it sounds like he’s enjoying the ever loving love out of it. The noises he’s creating “wolfing” (ha!) down his food is almost making me jealous of his dog food. Perhaps this jealousy of dog food will help sway Pepsi X’s flavor in my favor. Back to the review. It mostly smells like Pepsi, mostly. There is a secondary player at work here, the dragon fruit of course and I’m surprised to see that it’s represented well enough to appear in the smell test. I still don’t think it will mix well with the taste of cola, but at least the Pepsi people didn’t just slip in a drop of dragon fruit and call it a day. Taste time.
That is a peculiar Pepsi flavor. The very beginning and end of the taste I just experienced is most certainly cola, but the middle is a sweet hodgepodge of flower and spice. Not being familiar with the actual flavor of dragon fruit I can’t honestly say if it tastes like one or not although I will say that the flavor I was greeted with doesn’t seem like one nature would make on her own. A second and third sip reveals more and more levels of spice that my first sip didn’t. It seems as if there’s some cinnamon or nutmeg flavoring throughout, but before I’m able to greet each of them properly a hardy smack to the face is delivered by artificial sweeteners. The cola aftertaste I first experienced has dwindled down to what seems like a chemical cola bath of tastes. I was incorrect in thinking that dragon fruit and cola couldn’t mix, they do mix quite well. I’m just saying that Pepsi X is not the pinnacle of dragon fruit/cola friendship. Hopefully someone will or maybe already has created a higher end dragon fruit/cola mix. I’m sure things taste a bit better when their made to taste pleasant instead of promoting a television show. Dang it… I brought up the tie in again.
Verdict – Buy a Bottle (haha, you can’t because I waited too long to review this)
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