MaryAnna’s Berry Sweet Tea is a refreshing twist on the sweet tea concept. Of course it’s packed with sugar — cane sugar — and is quite sweet. The raspberry flavor actually takes the edginess off the drink a bit, helping it become quite smooth and amazingly drinkable. Thumbs up!
The twisted orange/pineapple/mandarin flavor in Sunkist Solar Fusion is pretty good. Inclusion of caffeine continues a differentiator of the Sunkist brand in the “orange soda” space. The packaging design is very attractive, which should help with impulse buys at convenience stores. The biggest drawback is probably how the bite from the flavor disappears quickly and leaves you with a very syrupy aftertaste.
Trader Joe’s Vintage Root Beer is a bit weak when it comes to flavor. When you have cane sugar on your side, why not totally be awesome? Instead, this is a passively-flavored root beer drink, despite having an ingredient list with recognizable items such as wintergreen birch, anise, and sassafras. Clean, but uneventful.
Mountain Dew Typhoon is the most commercially viable of the DEWmocracy 2 flavors… if it wasn’t colored red and easily confused with Dew Code Red. The edgy, fruit punch quality delivers a distinctive pineapple-infused taste that currently is not found in the Dew lineup. We still prefer Mountain Dew White Out among the 3 flavors, but Typhoon has the most sales potential.