so my great friend Mike will occasionally text me asking if i have had a root beer he has found, sometimes even sending a photo too. most of the time i have had it and i appreciate the inquiry. but then one day he sent me a photo of this one and i was astounded as i had never even heard of it! he bought me one and i had to wait until we met up again as that is not often enough these days, a few times a year sadly. the next time i saw him we both forgot to make the transfer. but the time after THAT he had it all ready and out for me to have! woo hoo!
looking at the website for this, it is made by the people who make Iberia stuff, lots of latino food. they also make DG beverages who have a great ginger beer and Ting soda which is yummy. plus loads of other “ethnic” foods. so i am not sure what to make of this, a lot of their products are very generic it seems, but this appears to be less so. they claim it is “since 1937” which could very well be, but seems a little shady. whatever, i will take them at their word and move on.
the overall style of the bottle is pretty good, but somehow generic to me. a clear glass 12 oz bottle with a label of three colors with claims of “authentic fountain style” and “made with 100% pure cane sugar” adorning it. plus a little picture of an old soda hop type guy with a clear drink on a tray, or perhaps an empty glass and straw, i cannot tell.
this has got to be the most vanilla smelling soda i have ever reviewed! wow! smells like a cream soda. for whatever reason, although i love vanilla things, i don’t like cream soda. ergo i am really hoping this does not taste like a cream soda also. yeah, it doesn’t exactly taste like a cream soda right off, but the end taste definitely fades into a cream soda aftertaste. at first i get the root beer type taste with a heavy serving of vanilla, but then it fades to just be vanilla and makes my belly hurt a bit. it is super sweet also. cane sugar being ingredient #2 might just do that though. =) i don’t mind the sweetness, i do mind the insane vanilla flavor. that aspect drags this one down for me. other people, such as my wife, might totally love this drink. sadly she is not around right now to offer her opinion, but i know her root beer tastes pretty well by now so i can say she’d enjoy it much more than me. maybe you will too
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|Type:||Root Beer||Comes In:||12oz glass bottle|
|Available:||NY||Obtained in:||a bodega in Brooklyn, NY|
Ingredients: triple filtered carbonated water, cane sugar, natural flavors, vanilla extract, caramel color, citric acid and sodium benzoate (to preserve freshness)