So my husband, as a programmer, is required to drink Dr Pepper as his beverage of choice. ;) Several years back, he switched to Diet Dr Pepper, which is still what I buy in bulk when 12 packs are on sale. He generally just drinks it straight from the can.
We lived in Seattle for the past 10 years and have never had any issues, but a few months ago, we moved back east, to Maine. Shortly after we arrived, he commented that he thought the Dr Pepper tasted sort of funny, almost flat, but he couldn’t quite put his finger on exactly what was wrong. Nevertheless, I kept buying it and he kept drinking it.
Today, he said to me that when he pours a can of Dr Pepper into a glass, it has a strong sulfur smell. He opened a can, poured it and handed it to me, and sure enough, a rotten egg sulfur smell was definitely noticeable. We poured some diet Coke into a fresh glass (to eliminate a potential glass contamination issue) but it smelled (and tasted) just fine. We tested with a couple more cans and results were the same.
The cans here say they are bottled in Massachusetts, and I assume Dr Pepper in Seattle is bottled somewhere local to there (I never looked while we were living there). Is it possible that the local Dr Pepper facilities are just not up to par?
At some point, I’ll buy some more, just to see if it was a “bad batch”, but since he’s mentioned the odd taste before, I feel it might not be an isolated incident. Has anyone ever heard of similar issues with any canned soda?