Of course it jumps out at you because the label is not the familiar red. I didn't know anything about this. Granted I don't watch TV where it might be advertised, but with all the product placement on the internet, surely I would have become aware this product existed.
What attracted me was the "sweetened with cane sugar" line. For you 'young-uns', that's how soda used to be sweetened. The sugar may have been from sugar beets but it wasn't the high fructose corn syrup we hate. It was sugar. Soda tasted a bit different. It was hot and I was tired, so I bought a bottle of Dr Pepper and this and headed home.
Traffic getting home was horrible. There was an accident on the Eisenhower expressway which closed the 2 left lanes AFTER I got onto the roadway. We sat for 45 minutes while it was investigated and cleared up. I was in one of the affected lanes and could only watch as traffic inched by me on the right. But, I was headed home so it was simply a matter, for me, of waiting until I could move. Besides, I have jazz on the radio and cold soda in the car.
This stuff is awful.
Oh heavens is it bad. It's not just sweetened with cane sugar. After I bought it, I noticed the "Stevia" on the label. Maybe it was worse because I had Dr Pepper before this. No, no. This is just bad. There is no familiar "Coke" taste here. It was all chemically and there was a horrid metallic aftertaste. The smell of the product wasn't the familiar "Coke" smell, either. Is that a product of the stevia? I can't remember that I've had anything with stevia in it; that I've been aware there's stevia in it, I should say. I just know this was terrible. I had a half-full bottle of water on the floor of the Jeep. It was over by the passenger door. The aftertaste was so awful I struggled, while parked, to reach it, to wash the taste of this out of my mouth. I didn't finish the Coke. Three-fourths of the bottle left was poured on the weeds in the back yard.
Bottom line is, don't, just don't, spend any pennies on this. Maybe that's why I hadn't heard of it. It's terrible, terribad, horrible, horribad, whatever appellation of awful you care to use.
Beverage: Irish Breakfast tea