You would think that a product with a name like "china cola" would a) be from china and b) maybe have a panda on it or even some bamboo. But no. It's actually an American soda, with some natural herbs (the company claims the herbs are imported in from China). Anyway, China Cola isn't too bad. At first sip it tastes somewhat like Coca Cola, but with a funny, lime-like aftertaste. If it was the only cola left on the planet, and I really had a craving, I would probably go ahead and have another one. But with real Coca Cola still around, I think that I'll pass if ever offered China Cola again.
Marathon Beer. Procured at a local Greek grocery store, Marathon has an excellent bottle cap with a crown and some runners. It invokes not only an actual marathon, but Greece as well! Good job, Marathon Beer. I approve of your bottle cap! The beer, well, it tastes like Budweiser. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I was hoping for something a little more, I don't know.... Greek. In a pinch, I'd drink it again. There is nothing inherently unpleasant about it!
Last on the list today is... another Malta. Malta Vitarroz. I enlisted my sister to try this one, because I'm done with maltas. The last one did me in. Once opened, the aroma is very off-putting. But it doesn't taste as badly as it smells. The taste might best be described as halva-ish with a vaguely rice-y aftertaste. The only other Malta I've noticed in the neighborhood is Goya Malta. That is for another day....and I may have to find someone else to taste test Goya!