Septimus Spyder Medieval Brewhouse Sarsaparilla

ah! the third and final flavor in their line which i shall be reviewing! sarsaparilla. what will the English do with this distinctly American drink? again, the packaging is pretty much the same as that on the root beer and dandelion and burdock. that is, a waxed bottle/label, old west/olde tyme fonts and paper and wording mostly. it works, so stick with it. right? right! although now i know the the waxing is not a replacement for glue but instead a sealing mechanism since old bottles were more porous. interesting indeed. i would think the whole bottle should be waxed up then, to keep air out as well as the drink in, but perhaps they are just going for the general idea here.
the taste of this one actually falls between the other two. it is a similar thing, herbal, slightly medicinal but refreshing and pretty tasty. not as solid and yummy as the root beer but it comes off better than the D&B. the liquorice is a bit too subtle for me, i would like that to be more upfront. or the sarsaparilla. as it is though, it is all there and kind of light which is a fine way to go also but not always my favorite way to go. it is definitely a different take on this beverage and perhaps it is closer to what original, real sarsaparilla was like, i just don’t know. i enjoy it and celebrate this beverage as something totally different that still can be called “sarsaparilla” but it is not my favorite thing ever. it is probably the best UK sarsaparilla i have had though. i will have to check at some point and be certain. i am curious though how these drinks are carbonated if there is no yeast or anything in the ingredients list…

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Type: Sarsaparilla Comes In: 330ml glass bottle
Available: UK

Obtained in: mail order
Head: Tiny Sweetener: sugar
Caffeine: No

Ingredients: lightly carbonated water, sugar, roots (ginger, dandelion), cream of tartar, antioxidant (vitamin c), sarsaparilla concentrate, liquorice, colour: caramel, flavouringsm citric acid, preservatives (sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate)

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  1. Karen says:

    Hey, at least it actually contains sarsaparilla. But then, so does Manhattan Special, which you don’t like (one of the few times I disagree with you).

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