Our most unusual ginger ale, perfumed with jasmine flowers and earthy with tannins, we infuse this with a fine, whole leaf green jasmine tea from Taiwan. Unique among soft drinks, this seems to improve with age and has our most passionate followers.
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What I Think:
Wowie! Let me tell you: you’ve never had ginger ale until you’ve had some of this unfiltered ginger ale made from fresh ginger (unless you happen to make some yourself). It’s a completely different experience from any ginger ale I have tasted in the past.
While perusing the soft drink section of the local New Seasons market – searching actually for a bottle of the Chai Cola that I fell in love with a couple of months ago – I came across this soft drink. What caught my attention initially was that it was a “real” ginger ale and not one of those bland soft drinks you can find in any grocery store.
Then I noticed that there are actual bits of ginger (this is an unfiltered ginger ale!) that had settled at the bottom. A little discomforting at first, but then I read the fine print at the bottom of the label that read: “separation is natural. Shake gently.” Finally, I noticed the words “Jasmine Tea” on the neck label and I was sold. I HAD to try this. So I put the Chai Cola away (yes, I love it, but I don’t like to drink a lot of soda, especially when I’ve so much tea at home waiting for me to taste it) and decided to purchase this instead.
Oh. My. Gawd! This is amazingly good. It’s zingy, zippy, zesty and all the other vibrant words that you can think of to describe a delightfully spicy, peppery drink. It isn’t as sweet as other soft drinks including other ginger ales that I’ve consumed. Perhaps this is because of the strength of the ginger which may offset the sweetness. Either way, I appreciate that this isn’t overly sweet.
I wish I could taste more of the jasmine green tea in this, and I guess if I were to change anything at all about this soft drink, that would be it. I was hoping for a bit more of a jasmine tea flavor, but, even so, this is still knocking my socks off.
My Final Thoughts:
Well, as I just said, I would like there to be more jasmine green tea taste to this, I think that the power of the ginger just overwhelms the delicate flavor of jasmine green tea. Perhaps the next time I get this, I’ll hang on to it for a few weeks before consuming it to see if the jasmine green tea comes to life. Either way, I really like what I’ve tasted. If you like ginger ale, you’ve gotta try this stuff!