Jackson Hole Soda Company Snake River Sarsaparilla

so this is one soda i feel very bad about. you see, the company sent me some to review a couple years ago, along with the new formulation of their Buckin Root Beer but for some reason i just drank it or served it to guests by mistake. i thought i had more i suppose. but i did not. so finally i realized this and just ordered some. yet i still feel bad as this should have appeared years ago. alas.
i think green glass is my favorite way for a soda to come. i don’t know why exactly but the green is just such a great shade and look. it just works better for me than brown or clear glass. i don’t think i have had any other colored bottles so perhaps blue would tickle my fancy or something also. beyond that, the label design is ok. they go for the Old West/wanted poster sort of motif, which is the sense one gets when drinking a sarsaparilla i suppose. there is an olde tyme photo of 2 ladies carrying some fish skewered through their gills by a stick between them in one hand and their fishin’ poles in the other. i am not sure what that has to do with sarsaparilla, perhaps they caught these fish on the Snake River? the world may never know. i suspect that this the case as the photo copyright is from the Jackson Hole Historical Society.
the taste here is actually very good. it is complex and definitely feels olde tyme too. the licorice is very apparent after the swallow. the initial flavor is that of sassafras with a hint of wintergreen possibly alongside a bit of anise. the sweetness is solid, not overpowering at all. this is an excellent drink, one of the best sarsaparillas i have had i will say. at least to this point. i am very glad this company is still around and i hope they are doing well as both of their offerings which i have sampled have been excellent.

Anthony’s Rating: 94
User’s Rating: 85
# of ratings:13

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Type: Sarsaparilla Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CA, OK, WY, online

Obtained in: mailorder
Head: Small Sweetener: sugar
Caffeine: No

Ingredients: carbonated filtered water, real sugar, natural and artifical flavors, caramel color, citric acid & sodium benzoate as a preservative

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  1. is says:

    Tried this one about 2 weeks ago. It’s a pretty descent sarsaparilla. I’d give it a 73 out of 100. I think Baron’s Boothill Sasparilla is still the best one out there. It’s definitely better than this one.

  2. Wow, trying this again I am impressed. This is better than the first time I had it. I can really taste the Good N Plenty in the aftertaste…. in other words it has a really nice licorice aftertaste which I absolutely love. This would make my top three sarsaparillas. Very very good flavor, with no mint overkill or anything. 85 out of 100.

  3. I would give it a 60, It is not bad, but not great either.

  4. Ed Keen says:

    A 60, really? Rick, stick to your diet Coke.

  5. I dont drink diet anything. But just because we dont agree why give me a hard time over that?

  6. ed keen says:

    Rick, maybe you should try it again like is did.
    Giving this beverage a 60 is like saying the Seahawks suck.

  7. […] reviewed the older version of this about 9 years ago. now whether this is actually a new formulation or not is a bit […]

  8. sumner bachman says:

    no white birch beer?

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