The Knudsen Spritzers are a common fixture in health food stores. They're in the Fruit domain on the Weird Soda Venn Diagram (see below, the blue star).
The K-i-C has reminded me that, really, "vegetable" should not be a subset of "fruit"; if anything, it should be the other way around. She is, of course, correct. I'm not going to change it. Ha ha!
In any case, we've generally avoided the Knudsen spritzers because they're unbelievably expensive. However, even with the recession and resultant budget cuts (can you believe that neither the California state government nor the federal government has allocated anything for Weird Soda research this year?), we can afford this bit of expenditure. Perhaps we can aim for a bailout.
Weird Soda Review: Too Weird To Fail.
So the Kibbitzer-in-Chief brought a sample of R.W. Knudsen Spritzer--specifically, the Orange-Passionfruit species--back to the lab for quaffing. Now, interestingly, I note that the can actually says there are four juices present in this particular concoction. Let's check...yep. Apple and grape juices come before orange and passionfruit. Ah well.
Where and When: purchased July 2009 at Frazier Farms, Vista, CA
Color: a mostly opaque yellow-orange. Not as opaque as orange juice, but more so than most lemonades.
Scent: Citrusy. Orange and passionfruit are definitely present, but it's more bitter than I expected. Maybe grapefruit?
The Lead Assistant Tester says he smells mango. I think it's just the passionfruit.
Taste: Fairly strong and tart. I actually coughed a bit, but not because it's disgusting. Definitely orange and passionfruit. I can taste the mango more now. The Junior Assistant Tester says it tastes like pear, while the Kibbitzer-in-Chief votes for papaya, mango, and orange. I still think there's some grapefruit.
Apparently, Knudsen is a many-splendored thing.
The LAT: "Tastes like Orangina at first."
The K-i-C agrees.
It's nice enough, but not remarkable.
JAT: "It's hard to explain." For notes on the meaning of this cryptic phrase, see this review, under "Scent".
The aftertaste is pretty similar to sour orange.
Quaff rating: 3
Cough rating: 1. It would get a 0.5 for the taste, but I have to give it a 1 because I actually coughed.
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