i believe this is the last of the non-diet Reading Draft offerings. i may be wrong, there could be more of course. that Blueberry Birch took me by surprise, it is not mentioned on their website even. they are a company of mystery! my expectations for this were low since that aforementioned Blueberry Birch had left the most recent impressions on my memory. maybe that was a good thing since this is an excellent drink! i don’t think there really is a generic, expected “sarsaparilla” taste, at least not for most people. as the person i know who has had more sarsaparillas than anyone else, i will elect myself to set this as about the standard to which others should define themselves. although that is the beauty of sarsaparilla, which takes the free-form taste aspect of root beer even further, as, like i just said, people don’t have much preconceived notions of what it should taste like. thinking about how to describe the taste here, it is much like a spicier, carbonated version of a root beer barrel candy i suppose. i mean “spicy” as in “herbs & spices” not like “hot peppers” or something. it is better than i’d expect something with that description to be. it is not as sugary sweet for one thing. oh, it is sweet, but not too much. just right. if anything is wrong here, it is the fact that i don’t have any more of this. so yeah, it tastes pretty root beer-ish but with that spicy edge. think cinnamon, think of some kinda of hearty, herbal thing. good good. delicious comes to mind as a word to use in reference to this. i just learned of the word ‘rawsome’ and i will use it here and it will be contextually correct: “this soda is rawsome!” there you go, enjoy it. the word. and the soda. if you have some. or get some. of the soda.
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|12oz glass bottle
|mail order from Shady Maple Gift Shop
Ingredients: triple filtered carbinated water, pure cane sugar, natural and/or artificial flavors, carmel color, citric acid, sodium benzoate (preserves freshness)