Got some Hot Lips Soda

Hot Lips Soda

A month ago, I reviewed some soda mostly as a joke. One of the sodas was a Hot Lips boysenberry soda. It turned out that one of the employees at Hot Lips found my review through a google search and contacted me through my comments. He offered to send me an assorted six pack, which I gladly accepted. I’ve probably said this before, but I love it when companies have real people working for them.

I’ll post up reviews of each flavor as I go through them.

Fentiman’s Dandelion & Burdock Soda

Beverages from GalcosI bought Fentiman’s Dandelion & Burdock soda out of curiosity. The ingredient list (dandelion, burdock, a bunch of other herbs including anise seed) was so strange that it sounded right up my alley. The BF thought it sounded like some sort of elixir that old men drank in the 20s.

It’s hard to describe the flavor of this soda, but I think if you like root beer, which I do, you’d probably like this one too. It has that same root-like taste that root beer does, but also has a slightly sweet tang to it that reminded me of berries. One gulp of it left my mouth tasting sweet and clean. I don’t like licorice, but the anise seed flavor was light enough not to bother me at all.

Out of all the sodas I bought from Galco’s, I like this one best. It definitely has a unique taste to it, but it’s also refreshing, bubbly, and just plain tasty. There’s really nothing I don’t like about this drink. It even has a cute dog on the label.

I give it 5 out of 5 SAMs.

Hot Lips Boysenberry Soda

Beverages from GalcosAs a soda that boasts of local water, cane sugar, and other natural ingredients, Hot Lips Boysenberry Soda was disappointing.

I’ve never had a fresh boysenberry, but the berry flavor in the soda was strong and flavorful without being too cloying or too tart. I could believe that the soda is natural because when I looked into the bottle, the liquid was cloudy and the soda tasted thick, almost pulpy. I’d give it a point for that.

What the soda was lacking was carbonation. I don’t know if I got a dud bottle or what, but when I took my first swig of the soda, what met my tongue was not the refreshing sting of a carbonated drink. Sure, it had fizz, but not enough. If the soda had been called Boysenberry Cider, I would have let it off the hook for the lack of carbonation, but calling it a soda requires more fizz.

On the SAM scale, I give it a 2 out of 5.