Bickford’s Old Style Original Kola

Coca-Cola is the defin­ing fla­vour of cola to many so it’s hard to ima­gine what an ‘old style’ cola tastes like. I’m pretty sure I don’t even know what kola nut tastes like aside from it being bit­ter. Nonetheless, this is Bickford’s Old Style Original Kola.

The soft drink is a trans­lu­cent brown col­our with a mod­er­ate car­bon­a­tion and sweetly acid­ic nose. Served chilled, there’s a sweet vanilla fla­vour ahead of a pro­nounced acid­ity devel­op­ing in the body that per­sists through­out the sip, leav­ing a sweetly acid­ic fin­ish with notes of cin­na­mon. Compared to Cola-Cola or Pepsi, it lacks the refresh­ing crisp­ness or slightly sharp fla­vour and the over­all fla­vour is less intense, tast­ing a little watered-down. Overall, the cola fla­vour reminds one of cola fla­voured candy rather than cola bever­ages.

This bottle of Bickford’s Old Style Original Kola con­tained 330 ml. It was bottled in Australia and gif­ted by fam­ily vis­it­ing Adelaide, Australia in 2017.