yep it does taste alright but doesn't really quench the thrust when hot as hell out. I'm a bike rider I've made the mistake a few times when out getting a bottle of pop near killed me a couple miles out. Heat and soda unless I'm home relaxing don't mix for me.This may come as a surprise considering my profession, but I carry Pepsi.
Tastes nice, contains sugar (=energy) and Caffeine .
Water for cooking and coffee is easily obtained.
That said back to the question if it's a day trip I'll take either a one liter Nalgene or my USGI canteen again Nalgene. I also have a camelback when big miles are had. If camping I'll leave with a bottle but have no issues getting drinking water from a river if known clean yes I treat it not to worry folks