As described in the previous review, we have developed a protocol for dealing with the extremely-well-wrapped donated Weird sodas from Oogave; we will unwrap one at random, and review whatever comes out. This time, I was intrigued to see the words "Mandarin-Key Lime" coming out from under the bubble wrap.
I have to admit to being a bit skeptical; will mandarin and key lime be meaningfully different from all of the other odd citrus combinations out there (Passion-Persimmon being one I've not seen, possibly due to it sounding slightly obscene).
Er. Anyway, I don't see any immediate way in which Mandarin-Key Lime could be considered obscene*, so we don't have to worry about that. We have yet to see if its flavor will be distinctive enough to be considered Weird.
Oh, and for the sake of avoiding accusations of bias:
WELL, THAT'S JUST %@#$!ING GREAT! YET ANOTHER &@!$#ING WEIRD SODA TO REVIEW. WHY CAN'T WE EVER DO ANYTHING NORMAL? NO, IT'S ALWAYS "HERE, QUAFFMASTER, TRY MY %%$#@ING BANANA-LATEX VOMITHAUS MOLD-O-MEAL SODA! YOU'LL LOVE IT! OOOH, LOOK, IT'S @%$#ING ORANGE-LIME BUBBLY STUFF! I'LL BE $@#$@ED IN THE @%#$ WITH A LONG, PURPLE %#@$$@%, I'M SO %@$#$$%@ING EXCITED!
Where and when: donated September 2009 by Oogave
Color: Clear and transparent, maybe ever-so-slightly yellowish.
Scent: Sweet and citrusy, but not significantly different from the scent of Sprite.
LAT: "It kind of fills your throat with a weird sort of feeling." *sniffs* "Euuuh." *sniffs* "I like it!"
Maybe has just a touch more bitter than Sprite, but only barely.
Taste: The key lime is the most evident, both sweeter and having just a bit more bitter than regular lime. The orange is harder for me to taste, but it's there. I don't taste it as a distinct mandarin-y flavor, though. Like the ginger ale, there's an interesting smoothness to the flavor; I think it must be the agave sweetener.
The K-i-C, who is not that fond of soda in general, finds it a bit harsh. It's noticeably smoother than Sprite or 7-Up, with less of a bite. A bit more bitter than either of those, too. The citrus has a slight unpleasant late taste, but it's minor.
The aftertaste is pleasant, strong key-lime flavors.
Pretty nice, but I liked the ginger ale a bit more.
Quaff rating: 3.5. A nice citrus soda, with some complexity.
Cough rating: 0.5. Hints of unpleasantness, like someone intentionally using the wrong fork at a formal dinner.
*And if you do, please feel free to leave it in the comments.
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