I've had a lifelong love affair with Coca-Cola. I also love black cherry soda--Dr. Brown's is a great one, as is Boylan's.
So the idea of Black Cherry Vanilla Coke seemed pretty all right. But then I started thinking--the gag-inducing taste of Vanilla Coke and the general ookieness of Coca-Cola with Lime have taught me that The Coca-Cola company isn't always so good with the flavormaking decisions. Then again, Cherry Coke is yummy.
I decided I had to face my soda pop demons and just get some to see. Of course, when I found it I could only find the 12-pack. But I knew I could just drop off any leftovers in the lunchroom--these people will devour anything left for them, 'specially if it's loaded with sugar.
As I sat outside my refrigerator for 12 hours waiting for the precious cargo in the convenient fridge pack to chill, I thought about what the perfect Black Cherry Vanilla Coke would taste like. It wouldn't be too sweet. It would have the rich, full cherry flavor of a black cherry beverage, but with the bite of traditional Coke. And, of course, just the slightest teeny tiniest hint of real vanilla flavor, and not that puke-inducing stuff they use to "flavor" Vanilla Coke, which I hear they also use to give cheap vanilla perfumes and candles their icky "dude, that's not vanilla" scent.
Finally, it was time. I cautiously popped the Black Cherry Vanilla Coke open. As the can neared my lips, I caught a whiff of--oh no--pretty strong cream soda-y vanilla. Oh geez. But it was too late. I took a swig and...aw dammit. You know the description above, of the perfect Black Cherry Vanilla Coke? Reverse the polarity and that's pretty much it. Overwhelmingly vanilla, though thankfully not like Vanilla Coke, but just exactly like cream soda. And the black cherry, well...okay I couldn't really taste the black cherry so well, but I did taste "red". Okay so red cream soda. Aaaaaand...scene. Where the hell's the Coke? I don't taste any Coke at ALL. And brother, it's sweet.
So. If ya like sweet-ass red cream soda with maybe a bit of extra chemically taste in there, have I got a drink for you. I tell you what, though, just get some Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper, which I think is loads better than Black Cherry Vanilla Coke, and I don't even like Dr. Pepper. Or, if you liked the abomination that is Vanilla Coke, you might actually like this one. But I pity you and your obviously messed up taste buds.
Sigh. I dunno. I had high hopes. Probably unreasonably high for a soft drink purchase. Coca-Cola company, you have failed me.
Thanks to Bevnet.com for their reviews, without which I would've had to work a lot harder to link out to products. Check the site out when you thirst for beverage news. Yeah I know.