Click here to send in your own Weird Soda Review!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Dry Soda Co. Soda: Juniper Berry

I've been intrigued by the offerings of the Dry Soda Company. So far as I have been able to tell, their sodas consist of lightly sweetened carbonated water with essential oils from whatever flavor they are claiming to be. It's quite a bit more delicate than most sodas, Weird or otherwise, but that can be an interesting and refreshing change. We've reviewed their kumquat, rhubarb, lemongrass, lavender, and vanilla bean flavors so far (the vanilla bean was especially nice). Now comes number six: Juniper Berry.

I'm a Weird Soda specialist. I don't drink a lot of alcohol. It's not that I don't like an occasional glass of wine or beer, it's just that it wouldn't usually be my choice. I have almost no experience with any harder liquors. It's my understanding that gin is made from juniper berries, so this may well taste like gin. I won't know.

Fortunately, I'm not alone.

Tonight, the lab staff is entertaining a visitor, who goes by the handle RoTalMomska. Of all of us, she is the only one who is familiar with the taste of gin. This should not be interpreted as a covert statement that RoTalMomska is extensively familiar with gin. She is, as we speak, standing upright with no trace of slur in her speech. I have never, to my knowledge, seen her intoxicated, and I've known her for some time. In any case, she will be able to provide verification of any kinship between Dry Soda Juniper Berry and gin.
Wait, she just suggested we go get some gin. Perhaps I need to rethink the previous paragraph.

I'm having a hard time imagining what gin tastes like. I'm having a mental taste image of alcoholic pine-scented floor polish, but I must assume that if it really tasted like that, people wouldn't drink it. I have always assumed that people wouldn't drink things--even alcoholic things--which didn't taste good.
The other day, I had a small taste of Jagermeister.
I have, myself, tasted two yogurt sodas and Biotta digestive drink.
Now I know. People will drink ANYTHING.

So let's get quaffing.

Where and when: purchased April 2009 at Galco's, Los Angeles
Color: completely clear. No pine needles or berries are evident.
Scent: Pine-scented floor polish. Quite light, though, not strong.
RoTalMomska (takes a single, small sniff): "Gin." This comes suspiciously quickly and confidently.
RoTalMomska and the Kibbitzer-in-Chief are debating the scents of gin and vermouth.
RoTalMomska: "You put vermouth in Manhattans."
K-i-C: "I put vermouth in everything. I love vermouth."
Taste: A bit sweeter than most Dry Sodas. A touch of oil, faint hint of pine-ish flavor, a tiny bit spicy. The aftertaste is very odd--sour and oily, heavy yet faint. A bit like pre-vomit saliva, yet not as nausea inducing as that would suggest.
RoTalMomska: "Eww."
I ask our expert if it tastes like gin.
RoTalMomska: "No, it doesn't taste like gin. If it's going to smell like gin, I'd just as soon it taste like gin."
K-i-C: "No, it tastes like lavender eau du toilette."
Junior Assistant Tester: "It's very very bubbly."
This isn't all that dissimilar from their vanilla bean, except it's a bit moresour/acid and has a less pleasant aftertaste. I would find this less refreshing than their other offerings.

So there we have it. It smells a bit like gin, but doesn't taste like it.

Quaff rating: 2.0. It's not that it's unpleasant--it's kind of nice. But not very nice.
Cough rating: 1.0. The sour aftertaste is icky, and it's kind of oily.


  1. You're crazy! I love it. It's definitely one of my favorite sodas; light and refreshing, not overly sugary, and definitely unique.

  2. I love these reviews and have made a few interesting purchases because of them. :) I tried this soda (drinking it right now, actually) and if someone poured me a glass and told me it was mineral water, I would probably believe them. Tastes like Perrier to me, but perhaps I don't have the trained soda connoisseur's tongue... ;) It does have a little bit of a sweet aftertaste, but no pine-tree scent that I can detect.

  3. I don't even understand how I finished up here, however I believed this put up was once good. I do not recognise who you're however definitely you are
    going to a well-known blogger if you happen to are not already.

    Feel free to visit my webpage ... 66778

  4. Great blog here! Also your website loads up very fast! What host are

    using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish
    my site loaded up as quickly as yours

    Feel free to surf my site

  5. I want to express my appreciation for your kind-heartedness in support of
    people who really

    want help on the situation. Your special dedication

    to passing the message all-around turned

    out to be


    powerful and have consistently empowered associates like me to get

    to their desired goals. Your new interesting help implies a lot to
    me and further more to my office workers. Thanks a lot; from all of us.
    My webpage:

  6. My coder is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the

    idea because of the expenses. But he's tryiong none the less. I've
    been using Movable-type on a number

    of websites for about a year and am worried about

    switching to another platform. I have heard excellent things about blogengine.
    net. Is

    there a way I can import all my wordpress content into it?

    Any help would be really appreciated!
    My weblog ...

  7. Excellent items from you, man. I've

    remember your stuff

    previous to and you are simply too great. I actually like what you've obtained right

    really like what you are saying and the way in which through which you are saying it.
    You make

    it entertaining and you still take care of to stay it smart.
    I cant wait to learn far more from you. That is really a

    terrific site.
    Also see my webpage:

  8. Greetings from Florida! I'm bored to tears at

    work so I decided to browse your website on my iphone during lunch break. I enjoy the knowledge you present here and can't wait to take
    a look when I get home. I'm

    amazed at how quick your blog loaded on my cell phone .. I'm not even using WIFI,

    just 3G .. Anyhow, amazing blog!
    my site - ceca spain

  9. I am curious to find out what blog system you're using? I'm experiencing some small security issues
    with my latest website and I'd like to find something more safe. Do you have any solutions?
    my web page ::

  10. I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your sites really nice,
    keep it up! I'll go ahead

    and bookmark your site to come back later on. Cheers
    My web site -ário:SonaFreeman1982

  11. Hmm it seems like your site ate my first comment (it
    was super long) so I guess

    I'll just sum it up what I had written and say, I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I as well am an

    aspiring blog writer but I'm still new to everything. Do you have any

    recommendations for first-time blog

    writers? I'd definitely appreciate it.
    my web page >Участник:TeofilaAlexander1986

  12. Hi there! This is my first comment here so
    I just

    wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading your articles.

    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that
    go over the same

    topics? Thank

    Also visit my web blog ...

  13. Amazing blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?
    I'm planning to start my own website

    soon but I'm a little lost on everything. Would you propose starting with
    a free platform like

    Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I'm completely confused .. Any tips? Kudos!
    My page -

  14. Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as I provide credit and
    sources back to your

    website? My blog is in the very same area of interest

    as yours and my users would really benefit from some of

    the information you provide here. Please let me know if this ok with you.
    Thanks a lot!
    Here is my site - sky news ufo

  15. Hi there, You've done an excellent job. I will

    certainly digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I'm confident they will
    be benefited from this web site.
    Here is my site ; irish pubs in madrid

  16. Wonderful website. A lot of helpful

    info here. I’m sending it to some buddies ans also

    sharing in delicious. And certainly, thank you on your

    My page:

  17. Hiya! I know this is kinda off topic

    nevertheless I'd figured I'd ask. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest

    authoring a blog article or vice-versa? My site goes over a

    lot of the same subjects as yours and I believe
    we could greatly benefit from each other. If you're interested feel free to shoot me an email. I look forward to

    hearing from you! Excellent blog by the way!
    Also visit my blog :

  18. I'm really enjoying the theme/design of your site. Do you ever run into any

    internet browser compatibility issues? A small number of my blog visitors have complained about my website not working correctly

    in Explorer but looks great in Safari. Do you have any solutions to help fix this problem?
    Here is my site :

  19. magnificent points altogether, you simply gained a new reader.

    What would you recommend about your post that you made a few days ago?

    Any positive?
    Also visit my blog post -


Creative Commons License
This work by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.