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  ProdID: 7876 - Classic Soda Syrup - Dry ColaBrand / Manufactured by:Barker's of Geraldine Product Score: 9.5 
Classic Soda Syrup - Dry Cola

Price : $5.80 / bottle
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Available : at selected supermarkets nationwide

    •  Caffeine free
    •  Low calorie
    •  No artificial sweetener
    •  Preservative free
    •  Made in New Zealand
    •  Shake before use
    •  Refrigerate after opening

We've crafted a premium cola that won't disappoint. We blend New Zealand dark malt, squeezed limes and lemons to create a true classic dry cola that everyone will love. Adding a touch of natural sweetener means less sugar and being caffeine free, adults and kids will love this refreshing and dry thirst quencher.
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michelleh   Review #19669 - Dated: 17th of July, 2018
  Author: michelleh

In my quest to reduce my amount of plastic, I have given my Soda Stream a new lease of life and was excited to try Barkers Dry Cola Syrup. I love Cola and have in the past tried the Soda Stream's branded syrup, only to be bitterly disappointed. I had previously Barker's Ginger Beer and Citrus Lemonade Soda Syrups and been impressed with them but Cola is an entirely different ball game!

The Syrup comes in a sturdy glass bottle and the syrup is a nice rich brown colour. The label claims it's 'Lite in sugar' and 'caffeine free', making it ideal for the kids too. I had a look at the nutritional label and per 100 ml it has 4.6g carbohydrates compared to 10.6g for regular cola, so under half the amount of sugar which is good. The great thing about a syrup is that you can adjust it to your taste and although I followed the recommendations of 1 part syrup to 6 parts water, I noticed that it did look watery and not as dark as regular cola. I added a little more syrup to get the taste I was happy with. It has no artificial sweeteners which was evident when you tasted it as it didn't have the bitter aftertaste that some 'sugar free' but full of other added rubbish drinks have. My husband tried some and commented how it didn't coat your teeth and tongue like branded cola did. He was really impressed and kept on saying how good it was and how we had to buy more of it!

I have to admit that I was really impressed with the cola flavour and will definitely be buying this again instead of a more popular brand of cola. Even when I added more syrup to the glass, it still works out a lot more economical that ready to drink cola and knowing that it has less sugar and won't keep me up all night is an added bonus!

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Noisybabe007   Review #19545 - Dated: 4th of May, 2018
  Author: Noisybabe007

We love getting a Kiwi Review box, and opening it up - discovering what goodies have arrived for us to try this time. We opened up our box this time and found not one, but two bottles of different soda syrup by Barkers to try. It was great to receive the dry cola in particular as my husband is rediscovered his like for fizzy drink, but I am concerned about all the fakeness in some of the fizzy, and what effect the fake sweeteners and other stuff actually have on our bodies. The other added plus is that Barkers is made here in New Zealand!

The bottle itself is a clear glass, but a thick and sturdy bottle - making sure it does not get damaged if it is sitting in a fridge door, which is where I put this cola syrup before even trying it. I like that I can reuse the cleaned out bottle for things too - just some ideas are a vase, to put ready made drink into it, recycle or upcycle it, and just not add more rubbish to our landfills.

Barkers brand to me is synonymous with quality in both production and tasting, and great taste. I was not at all disappointed with the cola syrup, and knowing that this bottle makes 25 glasses means that my back pocket and my belly with it being low sugar thank you too Barkers!

Having no soda water in the house and wanting to try this straight away, I made it up as per the instructions of 1 part syrup to 6 parts water. I got my husband to take the first taste, as I knows I do not at all like too sweet drinks. After getting his thumbs up, I had a try and was hooked - it is a great taste, not sweet and overpowering, and definitely hit the "thirst" spot!

Overall, this is a really great syrup which ticks so many boxes for me - being better for me with a low sugar content, tasting like a more natural cola, good value and reusable packaging. Huge thumbs up for this Barkers - love to see other flavours too!

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shadowshaded   Review #19498 - Dated: 10th of April, 2018
  Author: shadowshaded

I've said it before and I'll say it again cola is my favourite flavour soda drink. This is a syrup style drink but it's unlike other syrup drinks I have had in the past as the viscosity is pretty thin and it isn't really gluggy. What I like the most about having it in a concentrated form is that you have the ability to mix it to taste how it best suits yourself. The drink is caffeine free which is also a great plus as I don't like to allow the kids to try regular cola but this is a great alternate plus I get my caffeine limit purely from coffee during the day.

It's also low in calories, doesn't contain artificial sweeteners or preservatives and is made right here in New Zealand. I tried the dosage suggestion which is 200ml diluted 1 part syrup to 6 parts water but to me, it didn't have enough flavour punch to it so I added about 40ml more syrup and found it to be pretty close to my preferred taste. The notes of lemon and lime stand out fairly bold and actually taste very well suited to the cola.

As for value for money, this is a great purchase and is defiantly worth its price for a very refreshing cola drink that uses natural ingredients. The packaging is simple and gives off a slightly retro vibe which suits it well. Overall this is a cola that quenches the thirst and tastes great. This is a great alternate cola to the other major brands if you're looking for something different or just broadening your cola experiences.

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NZGeekGirl   Review #19483 - Dated: 2nd of April, 2018
  Author: NZGeekGirl

I am a big fan of cola (probably more than I should be) though I generally stick with the obvious name brands simply due to cost and having low calorie, sugar-free options. I prefer the more premium colas but generally, find them cost prohibitive so I was very keen to try to the Barker's Dry Cola when I saw it available for review. Right away, the low calorie, caffeine free and low sugar components make this very appealing. At $5.80 per bottle and even taking into account requiring soda water, this makes it appealing cost wise. Pretty much, this was ticking lots of boxes even before I'd opened the bottle and made up my first glass!

The recommendation is 1 part syrup to 6 parts soda water and it was to this specification that I made up the drink. It definitely had a more dry cola taste rather than the over sweet taste of other brands, I very much prefer the dry cola taste, for lack of a better word, I find it more sophisticated. I found it very refreshing and I'm rather glad for the low-calorie factor! I would note that my partner, on the other hand, wasn't such a fan, he felt it didn't taste quite right. Possibly we would want to play around more with the ratio of syrup to soda water to get a more preferred taste.

Overall, a big thumbs up ^up from me, price, taste and everything else means I'll be keen to keep some in the house and if my partner doesn't like it so much, bonus! More for me!

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sassy121   Review #19454 - Dated: 22nd of March, 2018
  Author: sassy121

Anyone that knows me personally knows that I have a major sweet tooth, and find it especially hard to say no to juice or fizzy drinks, in particular cola. I know how bad they are with all the sugar but just don't have the willpower to stop myself from drinking them. When I was browsing the items available on KIWIreviews to request I was super excited to see that Barker's of Geraldine has released a range of soda syrups, available in Premium Dry Cola, Citrus Lemonade, and Brewed Ginger Beer. I chose to request the Premium Dry Cola as I tend to drink quite a bit of cola and the bottle stated it could make 25 glasses.

When I opened my review box I was thrilled to see a bottle included, I wasted no time in proceeding to make a large glass of cola. I read the directions on the back of the bottle which stated 1 part soda syrup with 6 parts soda water. I gave the drink a mix and took a large gulp, boy was it strong for me like that, so I added another part of soda water and tentatively took another gulp but found it was just right now. I savored the flavour now and it didn't leave a funny aftertaste in my mouth after I swallowed.

I really like that this product is free of caffeine as I already have plenty of caffeine in my diet as it is, the fact this syrup has a natural sweetener as opposed to artificial sweeteners means less refined sugar as well. The label says that Barker's has created this premium cola by blending a dark malt with some squeezed lemons and limes. I thoroughly enjoyed this more than most of the colas I have tried in the past, when my daughter had a sneaky taste she said she thought it was nice, and not many bubbles made it easy to drink.

I will definitely be purchasing this product in the future as I believe it is great value for money, made in New Zealand, high quality, and tastes delicious. I look forward to trying the other flavours in the near future.

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savta   Review #19421 - Dated: 15th of March, 2018
  Author: savta

I am always game to try a new cola drink so I welcomed the opportunity to review this one. I liked the look of the ingredients: natural and wholesome items (which is no more than I have come to expect from Barker's), and with less sugar than you might find in similar syrups.

I was surprised when I tasted it. My friends, who tried it with me, were impressed by the flavour. It was more of a designer drink than a regular cola, with the smoothness you get from an artisan drink. We did not have access to a SodaStream but used purchased plain soda water as a mix and that worked out perfectly. Using the 6:1 proportion suggested on the label, we all tried it - as I had expected, some wanted a little more soda while two of us wanted a stronger brew.

Personally, I would have preferred less sweetener in the product. I tried putting in more soda but it diluted the flavour too much. I am used to the sharper taste of diet beverages, so I don't like my drinks too sweet. However, the others did not agree: they like full strength products steeped in sugar so they were more than happy with the sweetness factor.

We could all detect the lemon and lime components, and the malt aftertaste provided a welcome full-bodied flavour to the mix. Being caffeine free meant it was a good drink to have late in the day without running the risk of resulting insomnia, and it could safely be given to children who might become hyperactive if given a highly caffeinated alternative.

We found it made a great mixer - we tried the diluted product mixed with ice and with orange slices floating on the top, chilled and added to brown rum (magic!), and served as a float with ice cream on top. It was also nice mixed with whisky, or made into a strong cordial and then frozen in individual ice block trays for a hot weather cooler.

If I were choosing a summer drink, I would go for this one but would then add some lime or lemonade slices from my trees. This would reduce the sweetness without compromising the flavour. I have not yet tried it this way as I did my testing while I was away from home and did not have access to fresh citrus. But now that I am back home, I will be doing some more experimenting with new ways of trying this product.

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