Matters of Taste

TIME's food critic Mimi Sheraton secured a bottle of new-vintage Coca-Cola, currently scarcer than a 1934 Mouton-Rothschild, and tasted it against old- style Coke and Pepsi-Cola. Her report:

Cola tastings will probably never replace wine tastings as a status party theme, but as the new-formula Coke seeps into the marketplace, there surely will be many informal comparisons. Because cola beverages are meant to be drunk well chilled, it seemed a good idea to follow that practice.

New Coke seems to retain the essential character of the original version in that it, too, imparts faint cocoa-cinnamon overtones and has a balanced, smooth...

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