Crystal Pepsi -- gone before its time, but now, resurrected -- does not taste exactly like Pepsi.
But tasting the same is probably not the point, now, in 2015 as much as it was more than two decades ago. Back then, Crystal Pepsi's angle was lacking preservatives and artificial colors amid the health-crazed '90s. Today, it's still a marketing thing, for sure, but it's playing on pure nostalgia.
If you pound several Pepsis every day, you'll probably enjoy the similar super-sweet cola flavors of Crystal Pepsi without feeling like you've settled for less. And if you've never tasted a Pepsi at all (that's possible, right?), Crystal Pepsi stands on its own as a cola.
So, really, what's important here is the simple fact that Crystal Pepsi is back, and it's just as much of a glorious gimmick now, albeit different, as it was when the world first heard the words, "Whoomp There It Is."
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