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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
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    Thomasville, NC
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    Default A real blind taste test

    Back during the "cola wars," there were some "blind" taste tests that were used between Coke and Pepsi. While taste testing unmarked soft drinks does not tell everything (a really sweet drink, for example, tastes good in sips, but few would want to drink an entire can of it), I would really like to see a large-scale, blind taste test run by someone independent of the soft drink companies (a university, perhaps?). If I were running such a test, I would include lesser-known drinks along with the name brands.

    Examples:

    Colas:

    Coca Cola
    Pepsi Cola
    RC Cola
    Double Cola
    Red Rock Cola
    Store Brand Colas

    Citrus:

    Mountain Dew
    Vault
    Sun Drop
    Ski
    Mello Yello
    Store Brands

    Lemon Lime:

    Sprite
    7-Up
    Sierra Mist
    Bubble Up
    Store Brands

    I'm sure I left out some choices, so feel free to add other brands.

    While blind taste tests have been run in the past, none (that I can find, at least) have come from outside the soda companies and included a large number of testers. I would love to find out which drinks are preferred based on taste alone (instead of brand loyalty, market availability, etc.).

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Washington-Baltimore Corridor
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    Our soda-tasting group here at work (10-20 people, depending on the type of soda) did a blind test of 9 different colas:

    http://www.bevnet.com/bevboard/bevbo...aste-test.html

    Later we did a blind test of six Coke/Pepsi formulations that wound up ranked:

    1. Mexican Coke
    2. KFP Coke
    3. Coke Classic

    1. KFP Pepsi
    2. Pepsi
    3. Mexican Pepsi

    Unfortunately, we didn't have enough soda to do the Mexican Coke vs. KFP Pepsi. Maybe this year when the KFP Pepsi comes out.
    With thousands of sodas available for the choosing, why drink just one or two?

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