Handcrafted soda made with Fair Trade Certified organic evaporated cane juice. Open a bottle and taste the flavor of extracts of wintergreen, clove and anise. Our recipe combines these ingredients with FAIR TRADE CERTIFIED ORGANIC SUGAR to allow the flavor of each of these extracts to come through. This is the one that started it all. Pop a top off and see why.
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What I Think:
As I’ve said before, I’m not a big fan of soda. I rarely drink the stuff, usually only when I’m out to eat and the hot tea selection is dreadful and the iced tea is questionable, and even then, sometimes I take a chance on the iced tea. There is only one soda that could change this, and that’s Aspen Soda, should Pepsi decide to bring it back. (And no, Slice is no substitute for Aspen. Slice is OK, Aspen was awesome.)
Anyway, I do occasionally drink root beer, and it is usually my soda of choice when I am out to eat and decide to have that rare soda. But that root beer is NOTHING like this. This is head and shoulders (bottle neck and shoulders?) above any of those what I’ll call “mainstream” commercial root beers.
From the first sip, I knew this was something exceptional. I could taste the spice in this. I could taste the clove and the touch of anise. I even taste the crisp wintergreen as well as its cooling effects. This is one amazing root beer!
I’m a little surprised to not see a mention of sarsaparilla in the description of this, but I am thrilled to see that it is made with pure cane sugar and not corn syrup or some other cheap sweetener. While there are those that say “sugar is sugar” – I can taste the difference between them and regardless of the claim that the body will process both in the same way, I know which my palate prefers. This doesn’t taste sticky or syrupy-sweet. And I like that.
I can see why Foodzie chose this root beer to include in the Boardwalk Box. It has a zesty, fresh, crisp quality to it that evokes thoughts of carefree, happy days on the beach. I’ve never been to the East Coast and never really experienced a “boardwalk” like they have back there, but, this gives me the feeling that I’m there while I sip it, and I like that feeling. And I like this root beer.
My Final Thoughts:
If I found this in one of my local shops, it would be one I’d pick up from time to time. And, I must admit that I’m also quite interested in tasting some of their other soft drinks. Maple Lemonade? That sounds like a must try item to me! As does their Pumpkin Pie Soda. YUM!
OH… and it looks like they do have a Sarsaparilla soft drink too, which is supposed to be the lighter-bodied relative to this root beer!