I recently got back in touch with a old friend through the wonders of facegramtok and she happens to be a wonderful English gal who loves root beer! she offered to send me a couple of root beers she can get there, which I was assured were very terrible. haha! now I don’t like to go into a review with much of an impression or preconceived notion but her scathing review of this coupled with the fact that it has saccharin and sucrolose make me indeed wary of it. I mean why do that? yes, they have brought the carb and sugar content down but it just never works out well to have sugar AND artificial sweeteners. or really just artificial sweeteners at all, in any amount. well, maybe this time it goes well….
Ben Shaw’s is an English soft drink maker from what I gather. I applaud them for making a root beer at all. the can is fun but a little chaotic. they try to throw almost all of the stereotypical root beer imagery on here, from a cowboy hat to a 50s car on here. they also make a dandelion and burdock which I will have to be on the lookout for as I’ve only had one of those and I was not too excited about it.
you know, the artificial sweetener yuck does not kick in for a long time. they almost pull this off. huh. color me shocked! it is not really like any root beer I have had. it is very licorice / anise tasting, which is not the worst or best thing, just different. I like licorice quite a bit so I do enjoy it. it is not a drink I would ever have if I wanted a root beer or that I would have all the time but occasionally it would be a nice change of pace. apparently Sara and I have different ideas of good drinks, but a good overlap on the root beer area. this, to me, could be called something else entirely, so I am a little concerned that this is what is presented as the American drink of root beer to the British. oh well, hopefully they won’t give up after just this one if they do not enjoy it.
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|Type:||Root Beer||Comes In:||12 oz can|
|Available:||UK||Obtained in:||from Sara!|
|Head:||Medium||Sweetener:||sugar, saccharin, sucralose/splenda|
Ingredients: carbonated water, sugar, flavourings, colour (sulfite ammonia caramel), acid (citric acid), sweeteners (sodium saccharin, sucrolose), preservative (sodium benzoate)