Squamscot Sarsaparilla

i would say that out of all the companies with multiple sodas fitting my review criteria, that it has taken me the longest to review all of the sodas from this company. perhaps Avery is a bit ahead as i have yet to review this birch beer, but i do have it, so it might end up being close. anyway, i recently got an email from a fellow in canada by the name of Red offering to trade me a mess of Canadian brews for some US ones. of course i accepted as i have been trying to find such a connection for years. i was unaware mainly though of what he was sending. that he included this one and the Avery Birch i have been looking for for a while was exciting albeit non-Canadian.
as i recall, i have not been terribly impressed with the other offerings from Squamscot, despite really wanting to like them. i mean, that is a very cool name, Squamscot. it rolls off the tongue. Their design work is pretty old timey, simple, a couple colors, just varying the soda name on each label. that is fine, it adds to the charm. plus any company around since 1863 has to do something right. i think this sarsaparilla might be part of the key there. it is tasty. it is different enough from a usual root beer taste and is firmly in the realm of the usual sarsaparilla taste. now, in general tasting like a standard is a bit of a minus. but there are so few sarsaparillas and the ones that do it right on are rare so they get bonus points. it is rooty and herbal while still being strong and sweet. they balance it all very well. i don’t like that it has Red #40 in it, but that is just me being picky about what i put in me.

Anthony’s Rating: 91
User’s Rating: 20
# of ratings:1

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Type: Sarsaparilla Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: MA, NH, online

Obtained in: trade with Red
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar
Caffeine: No

Ingredients: pure carbonated water, cane sugar, citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, fd&c red #40 and preserved with sodium benzoate

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  1. is says:

    Wow, I’m surprised that you liked it. I was actually hoping you’d give it a bad rating. This stuff has a blah kind of flavor, and if I didn’t know what it was I don’t think I’d guess it was sarsaparilla. The carbonation is horrible, as it tastes like it is carbonated with baking soda. I’d give this a 60 out of 100. Not a good soda. Sorry.

  2. I gave this a 20 out of 100 tastes sour, and watery. very faint of wintergreen. I like wintergreen, Over all I am not impressed.

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