Saturday, 4 July 2009

Dr Pepper

Dr PepperMade by: DP Beverages Ltd

Origin: USA

Imported into the UK: Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd

Dr Pepper is one of America's oldest soft drinks, preceding the introduction of Coca-Cola by one year. It was formulated by a pharmacist in Texas in 1885, and served to customers at the soda fountain in his drug store. For a short time it's original name (as given by customers) was 'Waco', after the town in which it was born.

Dr Pepper is an appealing dark chocolate brown in colour, clear and becoming lighter gradually towards to rim of the glass. The lively carbonation soon settles to a steady ticking-over when the drink is poured.

The nose is fragrant and direct: It's all about almonds, with marzipan, Amaretto and Italian almond biscotti coming straight to mind. There is also a darker richness to the aroma (possibly the caramel at work) that reminds me of soft fig rolls and chocolate covered raisins.

On the palate Dr Pepper is light (read well-diluted) by comparison. Having said that, the almond flavours translate well, with the addition of a floral note (think of Parma violets or Turkish delight). The caramel colour provides a drop of treacle midway, and there is a lick of cloves just as the drink ends in a short, softly sweet finish.

Packaging claims: Carbonated fruit flavour soft drink; What's the worst that could happen?

Ingredients: Carbonated water, sugar, colour (caramel E150d), flavourings (including caffeine), phosphoric acid, preservative (E211)

Price: Should be about £0.50-£0.60 for a 330ml can, widely available

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