Halloween Countdown 2014–Bottled Sodas!


Halloween sodas seem to be a new thing. Sure, I’ve seen the cans show up on the shelves in the past five or six years, but it’s really been only the past couple of years that bottled drinks are showing up as well. At least on our radar. But I’m tickled about it, because not only is there the opportunity for some great tasting stuff but cool wrapper art and a bottle to stick a flower in later!

Today’s sodas up for review include Pumpkin Spice Tonic and Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer, both from Costplus World Market.

Pumpkin Spice Tonic is up first. It’s pretty good, and has a lovely dark, rust-orange color. It definitely gets that pumpkin spice, like a pumpkin pie, taste right. I left half the bottle for Uncle Steve to try this evening when he gets home.
The bottle atwork is rather lame, however. Conservative, definitely, but Halloween is not the time to be conservative. If this were served at Thanksgiving, I can completely see it fitting in in a novel way on the Thanksgiving table, as its design only incorporates a plain pumpkin and silhouettes of falling leaves. Bottle cap has no artwork at all so it won’t even make a fun magnet. I give it a 7 for taste and a 5 for presentation.

Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer is the other. I chose this one when we were picking out Halloween goodies to test because I thought it was hinting at the Butterbeer of Harry Potter lore. I have yet to try real Butterbeer but that shall be rectified. In the meantime, this is, I don’t think, a good imitation. It was painfully sweet for me–and totally butterscotchy, like a hundred melted hard butterscotch candies. I don’t know if I could manage a whole bottle. I saved the rest of it for Uncle Steve, too. The color, combined with the bottle, however, is gorgeous–great graphics and colors, band at the top and even a decorated cap. I give it a 5 for taste and an 8 for presentation.

So there you have it until final updates from this evening. I think they are still worth checking out, more for sipping than for guzzling a whole bottle  to quench your thirst.