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Bundaberg Distilling Company Tropics Mango & Passionfruit with Soda

Bundaberg Brewed Drinks makes a deli­cious range of soft drinks that D and I enjoy. For the longest time, I thought they were a sub­si­di­ary of the Bundaberg Distilling Company that’s fam­ous for its rum. After all, the brands for both products are com­monly shortened to just ‘Bundaberg’. It turns out, though, that they’re unre­lated, inde­pend­ent com­pan­ies that have just happened to include their loc­a­tion — 2 km apart — in Bundaberg, Queensland, as part of their brand name.

This here is the Bundaberg Distilling Company Tropics Mango & Passionfruit with Soda, a part of their Tropics lineup of ready-to-drink rum-based trop­ic­al fusions.

The drink is crys­tal clear with a trop­ic­al nose with flor­al notes that recall lychee. Served chilled, the car­bon­a­tion brings an ini­tial bit­ter­ness ahead of a mel­low sweet­ness of mango in the head with the slight­est zesti­ness of pas­sion­fruit. The fla­vour of both fruits is brief, with the mango dom­in­at­ing, before return­ing to a crisp and slightly bit­ter fla­vour by the end of the body and leav­ing no after­taste. The drink is refresh­ing and easy to drink, but not very strong in fla­vour which leaves it want­ing

This bottle of Bundaberg Distilling Company Tropics Mango & Passionfruit with Soda con­tained 330ml. It was bottled in Australi and pur­chased in Sydney, Australia in 2017.