What if I were to tell you that there’s a soda out there that’s both “Delicious” and “Refreshing”. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Well according to the labeling of the can in front of me, Petey’s Bing Black is just exactly that… both delicious AND refreshing.
The soda at hand seems to be what we would classify as a “Lifestyle” beverage. One that gets you your ginseng, your B vitamins, your C vitamin and the like. It’s also, and this is a personal perk for me, make with blackberry juice. I’m going to go out on a very sturdy limb and say that’s why it’s called Bing “Black”.
According to the ingredients it has both blackberry and cherry juice from concentrate. It’s sweetened with cane sugar and… yup, it has Guarana seed extract in it which confirms my “Lifestyle” beverage theory.
Smell wise you get a nice mixture of blackberry and cherry aromas with the edge going to blackberry. This makes me a little excited to try it, but I’m still quite cautious.
Pouring my friend a cup I see that Petey’s Bing Black has a great maroon coloring to it that begs for me to drink it. This seems like the beverage equivalent of judging a book by its cover, but we all like visual stimuli around here, right?
The finish is considerably better than the start in the case of Bing Black. Starting off the soda seems a bit empty and almost tinny to me. Then the script is quickly flipped and my mouth is filled with the natural flavor of blackberries with a hint of cherry. Being that the transition is so immediate the reaction my tongue has includes a little bit of confusion.
Confused my tongue isn’t sure what to expect next and ends up with a bitter finish and a fruit juice taste on my lips. Petey’s Bing Black doesn’t tell a cohesive tale, but it knows some interesting short stories. While I ultimately like to read short stories, I’m not big on drinking them. Perhaps my tongue just isn’t smart enough to enjoy this beverage as it should be, but that shouldn’t stop you from giving it a try.
Verdict - Buy a Bottle
This soda was purchased at a Sprout’s grocery store