I am going to try something different this time. i will review the diet version of the soda before the regular, full-on sugar one. why? i don’t know, i took it out of the fridge first, but it seemed like an interesting experiment.
so a reader wrote in to tell me about Tower. i had never heard of it, probably because they had shut down operations for 30 years, until just recently. it is a pretty good story actually which you can read all about on their website. the basic tale is they got started in 1914, making different sodas and tonics but soon concentrated on just root beer. they survived the Great Depression pretty well and continued until 1978 when they shut down. the grandson of the founder discovered the original recipe and started it all back up again around 2008. very good. they also created this diet version of their soda.
on the whole, i like the label design a lot, good color choices, old tyme fonts and images and the like. i guess i would have made some of the fonts a little bigger or bolder if it was me though.
i emailed the company to see if i could mail order some and they offered to just send it to me! very kind people over there at Tower! but of course that will not sway my reviewing at all.
you know what? for a diet soda this is not too bad. weird. maybe there is something to my experiment of trying it first. i doubt it though. perhaps because this is so fresh?
the flavor is nothing outstanding i suppose, pretty standard, expected rootbeer-ness with the aftertaste and kick of aspartame. sadly though i am also getting the weird stomach ache i get with aspartame too. oh well. it does taste like root beer though, which is more than i can say for a lot of the diet root beers out in the world. yet, in the grand scheme of sodas, it does not taste so good. that metal taste drags it down. perhaps i am tilting at windmills here but i want my diet soda to taste good as well as be non-caloric and not ruin my liver or kidneys or some other internal or external organ. i feel like that is not too much to ask. thus i must judge this compared to the full spectrum of sodas in my wheelhouse and there it does not stand out. among diets, sure, it is in the top few. especially ones that don’t cheat and actually have sugar and junk in them as well as artificial sweeteners.
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|Type:||Diet Root Beer||Comes In:||12oz glass bottle|
|Available:||MA||Obtained in:||sent by company|
Ingredients: natural artesian spring water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate (preservative), natural and artificial flavors, citric acid