I popped the top and sniffed. Surprisingly, it didn't have a strong smell. Only a hint of raspberry tickled my nose.
The taste was also mellow. It was mostly cane sugar sweet with the raspberry flavoring hitting my taste buds in the aftertaste. Long lasting and not too strong, it was sort of pleasant to have it linger.
I've noticed a difference in taste between high fructose corn syrup and cane sugar. How do I describe it? I want to say its the difference between cheap maple syrup and molasses. High fructose has a thinner sweet quality than cane. Cane, for me, feels like it coats my mouth more.
Anyway, the raspberry taste was subtle, and the soda wasn't too sweet either. I did like this one quite a bit.