A recent post about sodas gone by the wayside led me to the soda aisle to see what colored and flavored offshoots are surprisingly still around. Green Tea Ginger Ale is apparently still going strong in its first year -- or is on the way out: a single two-liter bottle was all that remained on the shelves of Target.
When I came across Mountain Dew Voltage, I figured I owed the drink a chance. This would be my first mistake. Introduced in 2008 as the winning flavor in a "dewmocracy competition," the blue-hued soda is described as "Dew charged with raspberry citrus flavoring and Ginseng."
Creativeone, a user on YouTube, has a series of videos in which he tries Mountain Dew products. His experience tackling Mountain Dew Voltage should have been telling:
"I like it, I really do...My eyes are watering...I can kinda feel it going down my throat...feels like a sizzly feeling."
The color, when poured, is certainly lighter than I expected. Over ice,
the soda is closer to periwinkle than the neon blue that appears to
shine through the bottle. The fact that the color wasn't so bright
falsely led me to believe the flavor wouldn't be the equivalent of
neon. Later, I would also come to realize that it resembles windshield
wiper fluid -- which is not a good comparison for something you intend
The initial taste mirrored that of a low-grade snowcone or Slurpee, with a slightly imbalanced proportion of syrup to slush. But
the true nasty surprise is the kick at the end. Whether it's the ginseng root extract or the brominated vegetable oil (an ingredient in the regular flavor of Mountain Dew that has long perplexed me), the aftertase is burn-y. A sharp, slightly metallic taste that starts at the tongue and then roars down the throat -- much in the same way as if you touched your tongue to a battery. So, it as the name suggests, a strong hit of voltage.
The final verdict is that I'm confused by who would willingly swallow this in either its 20-oz. or 2-liter form. It would seem to be the worst type of hybrid between energy drink and soda -- a sweet beginning followed by a harsh finish. This is one flavor that I hope doesn't survive.