After over a decade, Coke finally decided to re-release Surge this past summer...though they didn't want to make it easy. Rather than shipping in bulk to grocery stores, they instead sent limited supplies to gas stations and pharmacies all over the country. Similar to the "golden ticket", it wasn't a matter of going to the store and purchasing Surge, but rather hunting it over time. Even with Surge's website (which actually revealed where the Surge was) it was still always a matter of luck. I've been searching for months unsuccessfully...though I never fully gave up hope.
But then, yesterday, just as I had completely forgotten about my search...I finally found one. Just off a seven mile late-night run, I made an impulsive decision to stop in at the BP and pick up some Gatorade. And there it was...the last one left: the Surge was finally mine. I hurried to the register, purchased my winnings and rushed home...partly because I hadn't eaten dinner yet, and also because my evening had suddenly taken on a whole new meaning. It was time to experience Surge again.
I went home and placed this loud 90's holy-grail-soda in the refrigerator and waited for it to re-chill. I knew I likely only had one shot at this (at least for a while) so I had to make sure the temperature was perfect. As I waited, I braced myself...whatever hype I had built for myself was likely going to be too much. It probably would taste different than I remembered. There was a good chance I was going to walk away disappointed. Perhaps they had forgotten how to make it at all...
The verdict: I wasn't disappointed, it was definitely a blast from the past...but it was definitely different. At first I thought it was a little flatter than I remember. Then I thought perhaps I didn't get it quite cold enough. Then I considered that maybe the problem was that I was eating pretzels with it. And then...I realized...the only thing that changed was me. While it still tasted the same, it lacked a certain "bite" I remember it having back in the late 90's. The only explanation is that, 15 years later, a good portion of my taste buds were probably dead. The same reason old people like their soup really hot and the same reason hot wings are unbearable for children but not for adults...there was definitely a change in my ability to sense flavor.
The moral of the story? Surge is back!! Also, your taste buds really do change as you get older. Though it's not because you're more mature. It's just that you're physically unable to sense how terrible broccoli is...and how great Surge was.