October 21 is the day when most "Back to the Future" fans will get a crack at buying a, Marty McFly's soda of choice from "Part II." Previously constrained to the realm of fiction, Pepsi Perfect is now an actual beverage, albeit a limited-edition one.
A package from the future arrived on my doorstep Thursday, an overnight delivery from New York City. It looked like a black shoebox, but tucked inside I found the unmistakable curvy Pepsi Perfect bottle complete with 1989's idea of what a future-Pepsi logo would look like.
In case you're not suffering from "Back to the Future" fever, October 21, 2015, is theduring the 1989 sequel. He arrives on the wings of a time-traveling DeLorean and faces all sorts of wonders and oddities like hoverboards, an '80s-themed cafe and a serving of Pepsi Perfect that comes in what looks like a weizen-glass-inspired bottle.
The Pepsi Perfect bottle is plastic and just over 9 inches (23 centimeters) tall from the bottom to the top of the blue plastic twist-off cap. It contains 16.9 ounces (500 milliliters) of dark, caramel-colored liquid. It's pleasing to hold. The curves fit nicely in your hand.
If you are expecting Pepsi Perfect to taste like the future, you might be slightly disappointed. In a nice move, there is no high-fructose corn syrup to be found in the ingredient list. It simply reads carbonated water, sugar, caramel color, phosphoric aced, caffeine and natural flavor. These match the lineup for a regular real-sugar Pepsi.
Despite my inclination to preserve the prop undisturbed, I open the lid to a satisfying hiss of air. The blue top spins off easily. The liquid inside bubbles. Yep. Tastes like Pepsi. But there's something else going on here. I can pretend I just strolled into Cafe 80s wearing awhile Michael Jackson sings "Beat It" and ordered a Pepsi from a Max Headroom version of Ronald Reagan.
Some fans at New York Comic Con picked up early-bird bottles by dressing like Marty McFly. Almost everybody else has to wait for October 21 to get a live online purchase link from Pepsi.com. There will 6,500 of the collectible bottles available for $20.15 (about £13, AU$28) each.
This is just the latest chapter in a set of real-life "Back to the Future: Part II" experiences for me. I wore the. I carried around a . Now I'm drinking Pepsi Perfect. This is as close as I'll ever get to being Marty McFly, and the future tastes ever so sweet.