June 10, 2011

Topaz Beverage Review of LENINADE

This soda does everything right, and more. I had never heard of Leninade before last night, and now that I got my hands on it, I'm really impressed. Leninade is a great concept for a drink, and whoever thought of it should be given a medal. There are a bunch of quotes on the bottle that make fun of Soviet propaganda, all of which I shall list here.

  • Join the Party!
  • A Party in Every Bottle!
  • Drink Comrade! Drink! It's This or the Gulag!
  • ленин лил, ленин льёт, ленин будет лить!
  • ленинаде (Leninade in Russian)
  • Get Hammered and Sickled!
  • Get Really Hammered and Sickled!
  • Surprisingly Satisfying Simple Soviet Style Soda
  • Misha, Chill Down This Bottle & Chill Out!
  • Our 5-Year Plan: Drink a bottle a day for five years and become a Hero of Socialist Flavor
  • Soviet Style Pry Off Cap
  • A Taste Worth Standing in Line For!

I freakin' love it.

Clearly the folks over at RealSoda have a lot to say about their Leninade beverage, and so do I.

Leninade has an extremely unique taste, which reminds me of something I can't quite put my finger on. It's its own deal, yet entirely new. Familiar, but nothing you've ever had before. The "ade" suffix lends itself to lemon, yet I don't taste much lemon at all in here; I do taste some, but not a significant enough amount to make it a lemonade drink. As the quote says, it is simple, and surprisingly satisfying.

Given that the bottle is glass, the carbonation is going to be a lot better maintained than if it had been kept in plastic. Leninade is as strong as a Russian when it comes to holding carbonation. Does a Russian go flat? I didn't think so. Leninade is a LOT less sticky than most sodas I've consumed, which makes it seem more professional somehow. I'm very impressed.

I've already listed the quotations above, but I have more to say about the cleverness of its design. The soda is colored red, so the yellow Hammer & Sickle shows up in front of it, just like Russia's flag. In fact, all text on the bottle is yellow. So extremely clever, it almost hurts.

The flavor is mild enough so that people wont dislike it, making for a beverage that anyone can enjoy. The witty propaganda and quotes are fun to read, and the bottle is a clever way to make the Russian flag. As I said before, this soda does everything right. If you have the chance to pick this up, I highly recommend it. It's a bit hard to find though, so I wish you luck.


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