Green Label is the third sibling in the weird label MTN Dew household. I already reviewed the middling White Label, as well as the over-achieving Black Label. I don’t mean over-achieving as a negative. Black Label was by far my favorite out of these three, but Green Label came in a comfortable 2nd place. Beating White Label isn’t something to brag about. It’s garbage.
As a reminder, the special label series of Mountain Dew is a 16 ounce can version of the soda with three unique flavor twists. Black Label has a grape underbelly with herbal bitters and other citrus notes, and White Label tastes like cheap grape juice. And artificial sweetener. Green Label is labeled as Green Apple Kiwi and that’s fairly accurate. The base layer is green apple juice (Granny Smith??), but the kiwi tang is clear and then blends with the generic apple finish. Not like an actual Granny Smith apple, but like a green apple Jolly Rancher.
If you can get past the Slimer green color of this soda, then you might like it. There’s nuance to the flavor combination, and the tartness is refreshing without being overly sweet. Similar to the White Label Mountain Dew cut the sugar with Sucralose. Boooooooooooooooooo. That’s hard for me to get past, but I know that others don’t care. It’s the last thing you taste, and it’s hollow.
I’ll give it a 6 out of 10 on my rating scale. Had they stuck to traditional sugar this could have been better.
Sampled 11/2017. Purchased at a gas station in Stanwood, Washington.