I like Pepsi. They’re not my favorite cola, but I can appreciate a Pepsi. I especially liked the throw-back series and their use of real sugar. Granted it’s not cane sugar; I believe I read once that it’s beet sugar. All that same though it still makes for a better Pepsi. Mike handed me a can of Wild Cherry Pepsi that’s made with real sugar. To be honest with you I don’t think I’ve ever had a cherry Pepsi before. Kind of odd that I’ve tried all these different sodas, but one of the more common flavors has eluded me. So let’s give it a go.
Cola is still the primary aroma that comes off the top of this can. My nose has to search harder than I expected to to get ahold of the cherry scent. It’s unmistakable once I hone in on it, but it did take a little bit of searching.
That’s alright. Thankfully the cherry flavor is present with the initial gulp. As soon as the soda hits my tongue it immediately confirms the flavor listed on the side of the can. It’s not as rich and vibrant as I’d like it to be, but I wasn’t expecting a craft soda experience.
As mentioned before sugar is the sweetener in this beverage...sorry, REAL sugar. It makes it so the Wild Cherry Pepsi doesn’t hold on to my teeth and tongue with a syrupy slime. It would have made it a fairly clean beverage it if weren’t for the cherry flavoring itself. Cherry is a hard flavor to replicate honestly. It either tastes too sweet, too strong, too weak, or medicinal. In the case of Wild Cherry Pepsi we’re going down the medicinal road. It’s not so obvious of a pharmaceutical taste that I cringe, but it’s definitely a flavor I’m visited by during cold season.
The “not quite right” of the cherry really breaks apart what could be an above average soda. Since this is Pepsi we’re talking about here there was little chance it would be awful. There has been too much market research to release something like that. Instead what we get is a very average cherry cola which is sweetened by sugar, but marred by a fake cherry sensation.
Verdict - Buy a Bottle