Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Nehi Orange
12 fl. oz.
glass bottle
Royal Crown Bottling

slightly cooler than room temperature

We decided to ease into our Summer, starting out with a bonafide classic. Upon opening, this sneakily carbonated soda (more about that later) gives off a powerful whiff of candy. Kate said, "It's so orange, it could be melted jello." Then she drank it and was even more convinced. "I'm troubled by how intensely orange it is." Kate's right--this orange does not exist in Nature.

I found it sort of "bitey" on my tongue, probably from the carbonation, which doesn't seem too heavy, but leaves a gassy, slightly bitter taste. "The flavor is gone almost immediately," Kate observed, but then later noted an aftertaste that "seems like it'll leave a coat of crud on my teeth." For some reason, it tasted much better out of the bottle than from a glass; that's probably just psychological. I can't imagine Orange Nehi tasting very good under any circumstances.

The final verdict: "I'll never drink it again," Kate said with great conviction. I probably could, but only under some really specific circumstances, like on a really hot day, when the soda's really cold, or with a hot dog at the ball game. But with that much sugar in my system, I'd probably toss the empty bottle at an ump...and Orange Nehi certainly isn't worth going to jail for.

KP: 3 of 10
MG: 4 of 10

5 Comments:

Anonymous Jon said...

I well remember my first experience with Nehi Orange. I was six years old, and my family was briefly living in Denmark.

We went over the house of some friends for dinner. While the adults drank beer, they served the kids Nehi Orange. It was the sweetest thing I'd ever tasted in my life. There was so much sugar in it my sister and I became light-headed and started racing around the house, loudly declaiming to anyone who'd listen that we were "drunk."

Whether out of dislike for the cloying awfulness of the flavor, or trying to avoid any reminder of my embarrassing behavior, or some combination thereof, that was also the last time I drank Nehi Orange.

(Our time in Denmark was also the first time I ate butter rather than margarine. While I found butter to be disgusting too -- clearly I had a delicate palate -- I did not claim to be drunk after eating it, and have had many positive butter experiences since.)

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Jon said...

I well remember my first experience with Nehi Orange. I was six years old, and my family was briefly living in Denmark.

We went over the house of some friends for dinner. While the adults drank beer, they served the kids Nehi Orange. It was the sweetest thing I'd ever tasted in my life. There was so much sugar in it my sister and I became light-headed and started racing around the house, loudly declaiming to anyone who'd listen that we were "drunk."

Whether out of dislike for the cloying awfulness of the flavor, or trying to avoid any reminder of my embarrassing behavior, or some combination thereof, that was also the last time I drank Nehi Orange.

(Our time in Denmark was also the first time I ate butter rather than margarine. While I also found butter to be disgusting -- clearly I had a delicate palate -- I did not claim to be drunk after eating it, and have had many positive butter experiences since.)

1:54 PM  
Blogger Phillip said...

Peach Nehi is better. That is all.

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's fine if y'all (yes I am from the South and proud of it) don't like it, but I happen to love it. Orange Nehi needs to be in every grocery and convenience store in America, in my humble(at least, I try to keep it humble) opinion. Coincidentally, I happen to like butter as well.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

When I was young back in the seventies my friends in south Florida had one of those old vending machines where you open the door and pull the bottles out of the holes that lined one side from top to bottom. They had a change bowl right next to the machine that they kept filled so no one had to actually pay for the soda. They had Nehi Orange in the machine and I think in a weekend I drank everyone of them. It didn't make me light headed or drunk, but I did enjoy it immensely.

3:33 AM  

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