On Metafilter, Deathalicious rounds up links to some of the more interesting drinks mentioned in two videos by YouTube user 513755, explaining the various uniquely regional Russian and ex-Soviet soft-drinks.
A few of the drinks mentioned, with tasting notes:
- Kvass - a strong sweet/sour beverage, with a definite flavor of rye bread.
- Tarkhun - very pronounced herbal flavor, delicately tart. Unmistakable tarragon flavor (close to anise/licorice but "greener").
- Baikal - tastes like a forest. Really. Strong evergreen and pine sap notes.
- Buratino [link goes to origin of the name] - golden bubblegum soda. [Bonus NSFW Buratino Weirdness]
(Image: Tapxyh.jpg, Wikimedia Commons/Yy-bo)