- The new Coco-Cola "Quebec Maple" flavour is out — and I just had to try it.
- Now, I'm here to share my taste-testing experience of this oh-so Quebec flavour with all of you.
- Check out my honest opinion below!
We broke the news earlier today that the all-new flavour of Coca-Cola, "Quebec Maple," had officially hit stores in February of this year, meaning you can now go out and try it yourself anywhere in Canada. But if you're not quite sure if it's the drink for you or if you're just wondering what you'll be getting yourself into once you do decide to give it a try, here's an honest review straight from a Coca-Cola lover herself.
This new flavour joins a couple other unique "local flavours" that Coca-Cola has been rolling out since 2018.
Other local flavours include British Columbia Raspberry (sold as California Raspberry in the States) and Georgia Peach.
I've not yet had a chance to try either of these fruity flavours, so I can't tell you how the Quebec Maple flavour compares, but I can give you some insight into what this new Coke produce tastes like and whether or not I'll be going back to the store to buy more in the future.
The drink is available in all your regular Coca-Cola outlets, like grocery stores, convenience stores, and gas stations and comes in single-serve 355-millilitre glass bottles or in a pack of four.
I grabbed my Coca-Cola Quebec Maple (the last on the shelf, as a matter of fact) at my local grocery store where I paid $6.99 for the pack of four.
Before I did this taste test, I stuck one bottle in the freezer for about 15 minutes to make sure it was nice and cold before I had my first sip. (Not that I recommend this, because I really don't want your exploded Coke bottle freezer disaster on my hands.)
My first thought was that it tasted a lot like the classic glass bottle of Coke from Mexico, which is to say that the maple flavour is not at all overpowering.
It's also probably worth noting that there is no "maple syrup" listed in the ingredients, at all... It does include "natural flavour" but cane sugar remains the second ingredient after carbonated water.
As I write this I've nearly finished the bottle and I think the flavour is really nice and subtle. It tastes like a classic Coke but with that sense of a more natural sweetener.
Then, in the end, that classic maple flavour comes through, along with that classic maple mouth-feel — not to sound like a Coke sommelier or anything — but maple lovers will know the sensation I'm talking about.
It's not that the sweetness is syrupy, but maple really does manage to kind of coat your tongue in a smoky-sweet way that is pretty unique.
As my glass of Coke has begun to warm up through the course of my lunch, I feel like I can taste the maple more, which makes me believe that if you were to drink this at room temperature, the maple flavour would be a lot stronger.
I also can't even begin to imagine how good this soda would be if used to make a Coke float.
If you are a Coca-Cola fan and you've enjoyed the naturally sweetened options that the company has put out recently, or you love maple flavouring, I can almost guarantee you will like this.
As someone who is often overwhelmed by maple-flavoured things and the sweetness that comes with it, the Quebec Maple flavour of Coca-Cola is surprisingly subtle and totally delicious.
I highly recommend it!