When we last looked at the Nehi lineup, we marveled at the glass-bottled, sugar-sweetened goodness of Nehi Grape. And while Nehi can typically be found in plastic bottles with high fructose corn syrup, when you stumble upon the “real stuff,” it’s quite a treat. Which is why we’re delighted to take a look at Nehi Peach today!
First, a little background on the Nehi brand, as we first shared in our look at the Grape flavor:
Launched in 1924, Nehi has been produced by a company that constantly was changing names, starting with Union Bottling Works, then Chero-Cola Company, and eventually the Nehi Corporation. Another successful brand from the same company, Royal Crown Cola (i.e. RC Cola) prompted another renaming of the owner, thus the Royal Crown Company was born. Thanks to corporate wheeling and dealing of trademarks and brands, today Nehi is owned in the United States by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, while internationally it’s controlled by Cott Beverages as part of Royal Crown Cola International. As such, outside the U.S., the drink’s flavors are known by the brand RCQ rather than Nehi. Confused yet?
My 12 oz glass bottle of Nehi was picked up in North Carolina, and creatures a “chiseled” Nehi logo attached via sticker. The circled “N” sits in a box rotated 45 degrees on both the stem and main label area. It’s noted that this drink is “the tradition of taste since 1924.” One nice thing is the bottle cap, which isn’t a generic “Nehi” branded item, but rather a specific “Nehi Peach” cap. And speaking of that cap, once you remove it, you are greeted with a very faint peach scent. It’s not overpowering, but it smells realistic. The drink itself is an orange-pink color, skewing to the reddish hue.
Let’s jump into the taste. When you first sip this drink, you don’t really sense much… then BAM! The peach shows up! And it’s a good peach flavor, not a fake one. This is a sweet drink, but also quite clean (thanks to the sugar sweetener) and focused on peach flavoring. It provides a fresh taste you don’t really get from most flavor-based soft drinks. It’s just not bogged down with syrupy muck; it’s light and crisp. I really like it, and I’m not a huge fan of peach-flavored anything. Highly recommended!
Carbonated water, sugar, citric acid, malic acid, potassium benzonate (preservative), potassium citrate, artificial flavor, gum acadia, Red 40
A 12 oz. bottle contains 190 calories, 35 mg sodium, and 51 g carbs (49 g sugars). Caffeine free