Most orange drinks in Sri Lanka CONTAIN NO FRUIT, retaining only the taste of orange in their own unique chemical creativity. Coca-Cola’s Fanta is the reigning king of all that is fluorescent and unnatural, but there are a lot of other contenders, notably Pepsi’s Mirinda and the local Orange Crush and Orange Barley. I get Fanta occasionally (it reminds me of the north somehow) but I haven’t really tried the others. So we did.
For YAMU, Shru and I did a taste off of the five main contenders, along the lines of the previous lamprais challenge. I was kinda surprised and mildly disgusted when one of the bottles turned out to be expired. Damn you government grocery stores, you are both lazy and incompetent. We retried that one and Shruthi wrote up the results, which are interesting. You can read it here: The Best Orange Soft Drink. Here are my tasting notes.
- My Orange: Tastes like Vitamin C pills ground into liquid, and not in a good way. Brand turns me off. Nose: chemically orange. Rating: 2
- Mirinda: Spicy and weir. Like immigrant apartment smell. Really horrific. Nose: Siddhalepa. Rating: 1
- Orange Barley. Classy. Tastes like sweet orange, with a lightness to it. Tastes like melted candy. Nose: candy. Rating: 5
- Orange Crush: Cloying and pathetic taste, limp on the tongue. No fizz. Tastes somehow powdery. Nose: fish. Rating: 2
- Fanta: The classic, comforting and somehow normal. Good, fizzy, has redefined what orange should taste like. Nose: gummy bear. Rating: 4.
I still don’t like orange drinks, reminds me too much of one too many horrible teenage Screwdrivers. That Orange Barley is quite surprisingly class, however, and Fanta is a reliable favorite. Also, don’t shop at Co-Op City. But don’t take my word for it, check out the full results.