Remember Tab cola? It was Coca-Cola's diet drink before Diet Coke.
It always came in the 10 oz. bottles while Coke came in the 6-½ oz. bottles, so it was popular with cheap people. Like me. And my family.
Tasted like ... well, crap. Okay, maybe not literally like crap. But it tasted nasty. But still, for an extra 3-½ oz., you can put up with a lot.
Later on, when bottles became less popular, Tab showed up in cans. They had some odd pink-sort-of color. A really artificial color that could only exist in a laboratory. And it tasted the same way. Artificial.
After Coca-Cola released Diet Coke ... and Diet Coke rose to be the number three soft drink behind Coke and Pepsi ... it was hard to find Tab. At least, around here, it was.
In fact, I thought that Coca-Cola had quit making Tab. But then, one day, while planning a cookout party, I decided to have some fun and try to find odd stuff to have to drink. Like some off-brand drinks in addition to name-brand drinks.
That's when I ran across Tab again. Some grocery story ... Kroger, I think ... had it in the 2-liter bottle. So, I bought it for the cookout. And some laughed, "Oh, gosh! Tab!" And some liked it.
Later, looking further, I found it in cans. And bought it. For drinking, not for a gag.
And, every so often, I'll pick up a case of Tab to put in the fridge and have on hand. Not often, but once in a while.
But recently, I found something different. It's called Tab energy. It's "the deliciously pink 5 calorie energy drink created specifically for women with a sense of style and purpose."
I tried one yesterday. And you know what? I'm obviously not a "woman with a sense of style and purpose."
The lady I bought it from said it tasted fruity. But it doesn't.
Tab energy tastes like crap.
Well, not literally like crap.
Unless crap tastes like waking up in a patch of briars with some non-ripe berries in your mouth.
Not that I would know what that would taste like. But you get the idea.
Right now, Tab energy is at the top of my list of least-favorite drinks. Right above root beer.