I have previously reviewed Splenda-sweetened cola-flavored soda, but I thought I had better make an updated video yesterday. What prompted the video was finally testing what to some is the pinnacle of soda – soda sweetened by Stevia. Would the flavor match the hype? Did Zevia beat Coke and Pepsi to the crown of first great tasting Stevia soda?
The reality however fell short of the hype. Unlike the latest Stevia extracts like rebiana-based Truvia and Purevia, which have none of the herbal harshness of original herb, the Zevia cola had a very bitter or herbal aftertaste. It was very pronounced despite listing Reb A (presumably a Stevia Extract) on the ingredients label rather than straight Stevia. It also featured nutmeg oil on the label, which was a bit offputting as well. (Note: Hansen Diet Soda also featured nutmeg, and we know all well I liked that.) Zevia also had a sizeable erythritol component too, but I couldn’t taste any cooling affect at all.
For me, it is back to waiting on Coke and Pepsi to release a soda from a Stevia extract that I actually like.