Coca-Cola VS Fentimans Curiosity Cola


In the actual market we can find a lot of new and premium mixers for our drinks, and if we think in rum, the most popular mixer in which we think is cola. The most popular brand of cola used in the Rum&Cola, of course is Coke (Coca-Cola in Spain), but I llove to try new brands and give the opportunity to different flavours. We never know where we can find a better product!!!

This is the reason for that VS post, in the future I’ll make it with more brands and kinds of mixers for rums.

This VS is between a can of Coca-Cola (the spanish Coke) and a bottle of Fentimans Curiosity Cola. Think that the flavour of Coke changes from one country to another, it was adjusted to the palate of the potential consumers.

Talking about the ingredients of each product:

Coca-Cola: Carbonated Water,sugar, coloring E-150d, acidulant E-338 and natural flavours (including caffeine).

Fentimans Curiosity Cola: Carbonated Water, Fermented Ginger Root Extract (water, glucose, syrup, ginger root, yeast), Sugar, Flavourings, Colour: Caramel (E150d), Phosphoric Acid (E338), caffeine.

We could see in the label a lot of common ingredients and a clear difference: Fermented Ginger Root Extract.

It’s time to taste the product!!!


I served two shots of the colas, in the picture Coca-Cola is on the left and Curiosity Cola is on the right, and the first thing that I could appreciate is that Curiosity has a darker color than Coca-Cola. Smelling this, I was impressed by the aroma of Curiosity, it was more intense than the other…it smells more like the cola ice pops that I ate in my childhood (here in Spain we call it Flash or Polin). And then, tasting it, Curiosity Cola was more fizzy than Coke, with a better and more powerful cola flavour…Coke tastes very insipid beside it. In my opinion, Curiosity was less sweet.

After that, I make the best part of the test: The Rum&Cola!!! (Yes, I drink both Rum&Cola at the same time! :P)


In two tall glasses, I added in each:

2 Ice cubes

2oz Havana Club 7 years Rum

1 Orange peel twist

18cl of cola: Coca-Cola in the left and Curiosity Cola on the right of the picture.

I stirred it a bit with a bar spoon…and after the hard work of drink and relish both…my personal opinion was that:

 Fentimans Curiosity Cola Wins the VS

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  1. Patrick August 25, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    just read your article, loved it.
    I am living in Belgium and love brown rum with Fentimans Cola.
    The best experience there is.
    I have to order mine in the UK 275cl because I cannot buy them over here in Antwerp.
    Always have a stock of Fentimans, the best there is.
    best regards Patrick.

    1. Oriol Elias October 30, 2015 at 10:38 am

      Thanks Patrick!

  2. Melanie December 1, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Thanks for posting your article RE your taste tests. I tried Curiosity Cola for the first time earlier this week, having discovered it on my grocery store’s shelf while looking for a product with (real) ginger, in an effort to settle my acid reflux. I was hesitant to try it as I normally have to carefully refrain from all products containing caffeine, given that the diuretic response is much stronger for me (e.g. colitis) than for most people which, sadly, limits my participation in many desirable activities (e.g. camping) and makes other activities unbearable (.e.g. airplane flights – I will never again purchase coffee at an airport!). I am happy to report that I experienced no undesirable effects from Curiosity Cola and, happily, it did help with the acid reflux. I remember, in years past, also purchasing undiluted Coca Cola syrup for upset tummies, so perhaps the cola was helpful in addition to the ginger. I’ll want to let my grocer know that I sincerely hope they will continue to stock Fentimans Curiosity Cola on their soda aisle!

  3. Matt August 5, 2019 at 12:36 am

    You know it’s called Coca Cola in the US, too, right? Coke is just a nickname.


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