Monday, March 15, 2010

This Is What I Drink : 06

Pepsi Throwback + Crown Royal

So there wasn't much variety in my beverage intake today. Pretty much all water until the nighttime.

I have a lot to say about Pepsi Throwback and I'll try to say most of it now. While part of me wishes that Pepsi would just commit to make every soft drink with cane sugar all the time, I realize that's a pretty unrealistic goal. The fact that a major company even tries it for a few months at a time deserves some credit (Coke, where you at?) Soda is more or less sugar water, so it shouldn't be surprising that changing the sweetener to pure sugar would make it taste better than the other "natural" sweetener, high fructose corn syrup. I would almost certainly be enjoying this cocktail with Reed's China Cola or Jone's Cane Cola (companies that are possibly merging, by the way) if Pepsi hadn't come out with this product that rivals those previously mentioned. Besides the yellow banner, the packaging is spot on. I grew up with that Pepsi design and it takes me back to see it again. Back to the days where I didn't give a shit that a soda had 150 calories and 40 grams of sugar. Which is a good mixer for Whiskey, which brings me back to adulthood.

Canadian Whiskey isn't my forte, as I'm more of a bourbon man, but I've always been attracted to Crown Royal and that has to be a tribute to its packaging. Crown Royal comes in a beautifully dainty bag, something that you'd seemingly pay for even if you weren't getting 750 ml of liquor with it. There's something endlessly classy about this that doesn't make it a gimmick to me. I can't claim to be a whiskey expert, but CR isn't bad, but it doesn't have the same appeal to a good bourbon to me.

I think Crown Royal will make an appearance on this blog once I finally make the Royal Crown Royal, the palindromily named cocktail of Royal Crown Cola + Crown Royal whiskey.

Until then, keep drinking.


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