Jonnie Ryan Delcious Diet Root Beer

jonnieryandietI think it’s been a little while since I’ve reviewed a diet soda . . . I’m trying to stay away from these . . . really I am.  Nevertheless, the professor (there I go talking about myself in the third person again) has to do the dirty and dangerous work of reviewing all root beers . . . even the diet ones.  And to be quite honest, I get immense pleasure from sipping these brews, even the ones, like this one, that are filled with cancer causing ingredients like sucralose.  Dr. Oz had a interesting article on artificial sweeteners, and given that he was recently proven to be right, 100% of the time , I thought I’d give a link to that article.

I found this particular diet soda while in Virginia of all places . . . at a Wegman’s.  Now, I know I’m not the professor of Supermarkets (that title goes to my illustrious colleague – Professor Regan.  The back story is that Lesley begged to be an associate professor of root beer, but when I declined to give her tenure, BBC picked her up to do her current supermarket thing), but Wegman’s is the bomb . . . it is simply awesome.  I must have picked up 3-4 different brews while I was there, and Jonnie Ryan’s was one of them.

This diet brew has an extremely low carbonation content – and while I normally like it, this is pretty much non-existent.  It’s entirely possible I got a bad bottle, but I’ll act as if it was intended to be this way.

This has a slight “diet-taste,” as all diet root beers have, but it is much less offensive than most diet brews.  The flavor of root beer is not all that unique or different, but there is a interesting bite of flavor that maybe includes wintergreen and even a hint of licorice.  I could be “way-off” though, as that “diet-taste” seems to be getting stronger and stronger with each sip.  By the way . . . isn’t that how most diet sodas are . . . at first, they taste alright, but with each sip it gets worse and worse.

At any rate, this is still one of the better diet sodas  I’ve drank.

The Professor’s Grade:  C

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