|I almost put an image of Vin Diesel here, but it seemed a silly joke.|
I think the length of time it was completely unavailable added to the mystique surrounding this stuff, but tasting it again reminded me of why so many of us were desperate to have it back on the market. There's a "bite" on the end of the flavor that makes it a little more than a caffeinated grape soda, and that factor was lost when they briefly brought it back as "Pitch Black II" in 2005, messing with the formula to attempt to make it more... sour. The five bottles I purchased today are, thankfully, the original variety, and two are already gone. Drinking this bottled nostalgia made me think about some of the other discontinued soda flavors.
Now that Pitch Black was re-released, Surge probably holds the crown for "most wanted discontinued beverage" in the soda world. This neon green soda was released to compete with Mountain Dew, but rather than being a knock-off, I remember it having a distinct flavor all its own. It was a citrus flavored drink not completely unlike Mountain Dew, but also had a flavor similar to Green River (which is not gone, we just only see it around St. Patrick's Day in most places) in there somewhere, almost a taste like lime Jell-O. It is apparently still available in Norway, and the closest approximation now is the Energy Drink named Vault, also bottled by Coca-Cola.
|Cans of this stuff still sell like mad on eBay, unless you live in Norway.|
|And I never did get to mix this with anything stronger, which is now my only use for no-caffeine soda.|
|Not fit for human consumption.|