FWIW, to your point about drinking a soda (or pop, depending on where you’re from lol), when I’m smoking English blends, i almost always sip on a Coke. I don’t do this when smoking Virginias, bc the sugar sweet overpowers the tobacco sweet IMHO.
Also, nothing cleanses the palette quite like unflavored sparkling water. I personally love San Pelegríno. But my wallet loves the less froo-froo Kroger brand. And my wallet is a very persuasive knot on my butt. But it works just as well.
And one final note just to set the record straight:
Coke >>>>>>>> Pepsi.
This is the only correct opinion.