Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Nichol Kola

When I first found Nichol Kola sitting on the shelf of a local World Market, I was immediately excited and then disappointed by the bottle's label. I should have known not to be excited by the five cent "price tag" on the packaging, but some force inside of me was still disappointed upon discovering the true price of the beverage. Despite my childish disappointment, I still decided to give the soda a try, and I am very glad that I did. 

As you may have guessed, Nichol Kola is delicious. It has the taste of a more "old-fashioned" cola, in that the cola taste is a lot stronger and has a bit of a spicy kick in the aftertaste. Overall, there's really not much to say about Nichol Kola other than the fact that it is really just good. The cola taste is strong, without being syrupy or overbearing, and is sweet without being excessively so. I had no problem finishing a full serving of Nichol Kola, but was left satisfied by the end of the bottle. Although there are other colas that I prefer, Nichol Kola is definitely a top-of-the-list recommendation.

Verdict: Highly Recommended

Purchased: World Market [Columbia, SC]
Size: 12 fl. oz. [355 mL]
Price: $1.69


  1. Good Review. A very solid and worthwhile premium cola.

  2. Compare to Boylan's: more carbonation (nice), less vanilla/cinnamon, sweeter, "thinner" body. What stands out is unique "floral" or "candy" notes (candy meaning it reminds me of those "Mr. Bones" candy from the '80's -- my guess it is herbal derived). 4-5 stars.

  3. What's better than Nichol that has caffeine?

  4. The new bottle that I just got has "America's taste sensation" printed in the spot which read "5 cents" on your bottle. It looks like there were some other people who were expecting to pay only a nickel too. HA!

    As a side note, Nichol Kola came about as a responce to the Volstead act, aka prohibition. There were tons of people making beer bottles when prohibition came along. The Nicholson company capitalized on the glut of glass on the market to get the bottles cheap. They originally sold for a nickel and the owners last name just happened to be Nicholson -- Hence the name "Nichol Kola". The alternative spelling came in handy too when inflation hit a few years later and they had to raise the price to 6 cents... and eventually to $1.69!

    Anyways, that's your history lesson for the day. Nice blog BTW!

  5. Wow, thanks for the comment! Very informative.