Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Fentimans Curiosity Cola
Made by: Fentimans Ltd
Fentimans Cola is a dark chestnut brown colour, clear and carbonated with fine bubbles. In contrast to other Fentiman drinks, there was no visible sediment in this bottle.
The nose is fragrant with sweet confectionary: Cola bottles. There is plentiful vanilla and sweet spices (cinnamon, allspice), and baking aromas that suggest gingerbread, spice cake and empty icing bowls.
Adequately flavoured with sweet 'cola bottles' on the palate, with layers of vanilla and baking spices to follow. There is a syrupy sweetness in control (reminds me of a sodastream concentrate), before the acids take over, clean up and refresh. Soft finish, remaining sweet.
Packaging claims: Botanically brewed, fermented botanical drink with herbal extracts
Ingredients: Fermented ginger root extract, carbonated water, sugar, catuaba extract, guarana extract, caramel (E150), phosphoric acid (E338), cola flavour 9594 (flavouring), caffeine
Price: Should be about £1.00-£1.20 for a 275ml glass bottle, available from Waitrose, Booths, Health food stores, independent and specialist food stores nationwide