Private Label Sarsaparilla

I am not quite sure how I found out about this soda, probably the facebook Root Beer Hunters group at some point. this art supply store, Art Supply Warehouse, for some reason made this line of sodas under the “St Drool’s” name. when I checked it out, they had root beer, birch beer and sarsaparilla which made me very excited. of course I had no idea if this was their own recipe or a vanity label thing. although I should have guessed they would not be having custom stuff made for them, that would be too pricey, i held out hope and ordered all three and some extras of each for trade purposes. when they arrived I saw they were made by Private Label, which made me rather sad. checking my reviews I saw I had not ever reviewed the birch beer so it was not a total lose. but for some reason I only put the sarsaparilla in my reviewing fridge. today I grabbed it as I think it is the oldest thing in there. of course then I realized I had reviewed it but decided to check the ingredients. they were different! well, really I did not track the full ingredient list 24 years ago but I did note it had high fructose corn syrup and now it does not, so this is a new soda in my eyes! woo!!
often the issue with companies that make both root beer and sarsaparilla is they are very similar. this though I am sure is not like their root beer, well I hope not. it is pretty distinctly a sarsaparilla. it is very herbal and lighter feeling than most sodas. it does not have that creamy, heaviness of typical root beers. I would say it has a cinnamon flavor to it as well as that slightly biting, little bit bitter sarsaparilla flavor. I actually enjoy this quite well, which surprises me since I guess I tend to think of Private Label stuff as rather generic

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

Obtained in: mail order
Head: Small Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 175 Sodium: 10mg
Carbs: 44g Sugar: 44g
Caffeine: No

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