First off: my apologies for the lack of appropriate Spanish letters in this review. I have not yet figured out how to enter accents or tilde-n characters here, but I'm working on it.
A number of good sodas come from Mexico. Aside from Jarritos, which can be amusing, there is also Mexican-bottled Coca-Cola (made with cane sugar, and definitely better than the domestically-bottled version--we'll have to do a full WSR head-to-head soon), and the one I'm reviewing tonight--Sangria Senorial (the i in Sangria should be accented, and the n in Senorial should have a tilde). For those who might not know, Sangria is a red wine/fruit juice concoction, and it's pretty tasty. This is supposed to be the carbonated, non-alcoholic version. It's not all that uncommon, so I'm not sure it qualifies as Weird. I can't do a Vaguely Odd Soda Review, though, so let's settle on Weirdesque.
Where and when: purchased 3/11/09 at Fresh n' Easy, Vista, CA
Color: very deep reddish-brown, so dark as to be almost opaque
Scent: complex. Sweet and deep, with something kind of like tannin, but not sour. Heady, fruity, maybe apple or cherry.
Taste: Strong fruit, grape and cherry, without much acid. What bite there is is from the acid in the fruit, not the soda water. I note that the ingradients list does not have phosphoric acid (although it does have citric acid). Very sweet, but not cloying. It doesnt taste like wine, but it's not utterly unlike it. Neither is it utterly unlike a number of other things, such as Kombucha Wonder Drink, but "utterly" is too strong a word. It's more like wine than it is like cheese or moon rocks, for instance, but less like wine than it is like a black cherry soda.
I think what I'm trying to say is that it's got a strong fruitiness, with some complexity and depth, but it doesnt actually taste quite like sangria.
It's pretty nice, although I'm liking it slightly less the more I drink. The sweetness is increasing, and it's not too far from cloying now. Still tasty, and goes down easily due to lack of acid (which, oddly, would make it more like sangria), but I wouldn't want a whole lot of it.
Aftertaste is slightly tart, but mild and pleasant.
I think it's worth noting that this is the first soda, Weird or otherwise, I have ever had which lists iron on its nutritional information (and apparently supplies 2% of my daily supply at that). It also has measurable calcium. I have no idea where those come from; meat, spinach, broccoli, milk, cheese, and yogurt are not on the ingredients list.
Quaff rating: 3 and a half. Would be a 4 except for the slight excessive sweetness with repeated exposure.
Cough rating: 1. Nothing offensive here.
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