Thursday, May 10, 2012

Spindrift Sparkling Blackberry

I recently reviewed Spindrift's grapefruit soda, and I liked it a good bit. I really like the natural, "fresh fruit" approach that Spindrift takes with their sodas, and I decided to give the blackberry variety a try, as well. Blackberries are fairly close to grapefruit on my list of favorite fruits, and I was excited to sample Spindrift's take on the fruit. 

Much like the grapefruit variety, the blackberry tastes very, very natural. But this is to be expected, as the drink is made with little more than whole, crushed blackberries and a bit of fresh lemon juice. This means that every element of the blackberry is present in the taste, even down to the slight bitterness of the core of the berry. As I have already said, I really like this approach to beverage production. Many companies (particularly in North America) seem primarily concerned with including only the sweet and "favorable" elements of each particular flavor in their beverages, and although many of these are still very good, there is often something sort of incomplete about the flavor, somehow. The bitter core of the blackberry is an important, unavoidable element of the flavor of eating a fresh berry, and I was absolutely delighted to find it included in the taste of Spindrift's Sparkling Blackberry soda. 

Also like the grapefruit, the taste and sweetness are very faint, like that of an Italian soda. This may be a bit of a turnoff to those who are accustomed to more Western-influenced sodas that are very heavy in both regards, but I find the lightness of Spindrift's drinks to be very refreshing and tasty. Overall, it's just a wonderful beverage from a wonderful company, and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more of Spindrift's flavors in the future.

Verdict: Recommended

Purchased: Earth Fare [Columbia, SC]
Size: 12 fl. oz. [355mL]
Price: $1.99

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