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Square Root London Root Beer

Ah, another root beer from the United Kingdom! Glory glory! I have had a full range of flavors from awful to yummy to mediocre that came from over the pond so this one could be anywhere on the spectrum. this one has promise. they put a lot of energy into the label with its textured feel and botanical background. the ingredients are also very interesting and compelling. i don’t think i have seen tartaric acid in a soda let alone anywhere before. let me google that thing up. ok, so it is in grapes and makes things bitter. that is not a good sign, i don’t like bitter. but having two types of sweeteners before it, perhaps it balances out.
hhhmmm, i don’t know how i feel about this. they claim on the label to be traditional soda, hand made in Hackney. if i were to imagine traditional, historic root beer, this is kind of what i come up with, perhaps a bit less sweet. they also describe it as “…a medicinal mix of unusual flavours.” that is quite true but not the way I would put it. it is very herbal, very “natural” tasting. the licorice taste is high and the prominent note in here. but i do taste the burdock as well. the wintergreen i wouldn’t notice unless it is pointed out. vanilla adds a nice little smoothness to it. so i think i do enjoy it. they do a different take on root beer, ironic as it goes back to where root beer came from. so a British drink delving into America’s past to produce a unique beverage. funny.

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Type: Root Beer Comes In: 275ml glass bottle
Available: UK

Obtained in: mail order
Head: Small Sweetener: cane sugar, beet sugar
Caffeine: No

Ingredients: carbonated water, british beet sugar, cane sugar, sarsaparilla, burdock, liquorice, tartaric acid, acacia, natural extracts (wintergreen, vanilla), caramel

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