Sunday, May 25, 2014
We have another line of poll products out, and this time they're from Doritos. It's much like other such products: there are three flavors out on the shelves, and folks can vote online for their favorite at boldflavorexperiment.com. Doritos will supposedly further produce the winner as a semi-permanent product, but there's a catch: these possible flavors don't have names or descriptions. It's a blind taste test which your tongue must lead.
Unfortunately, this contest involves Doritos Jacked, not the regular chips. I earlier explained the disappointment here.
I got my hands on the red version of these test chips. The smell doesn't offer too much past chili powder. The flavor of them prove fairly complex, but not in a great way. Firstly noticeable are small and equal amounts of seasoning like from Doritos Nacho Cheese and Cool Ranch. A strange combination, but pleasant. Immediately afterward, however, these flavors are overwhelmed by what I would describe as dry and earthy powdered chile, which lingers and lingers. The mouthful ends with a strong acidic tang, which might be vinegar, but tastes more like lime, and then a surprisingly hot spiciness, which can get a bit painful after a dozen or two chips in a row.
Bite after bite, chile and lime are the only thing I can taste. Spice and acid. The balance is way off. In the end, they taste more like an experiment in extremes, not a sophisticated and interesting product.
Doritos Jacked Test Flavor 855:- Passable
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Cool Blue Cherry has more than meets the eye. The sip starts with simple sweet cherry, which is a bit off-putting due to the blue color. The sweetness, however, is tempered with an additional tang/sourness that isn't found in the normal line of Gatorades. But then comes an additional note afterward, which I swear is pineapple. It's a strange combination, but the overall tone of the drink is more tropical than simply cherry cough syrup, like I was expecting.
It's simple, well-executed, and surprising.