Friday, March 19, 2010

Hey Song Sarsaparilla

I just picked this one up at my local Asian grocer (per usual), and it is...not great. It's definitely sarsaparilla, there's no doubt about that, but it has a really strange aftertaste. For those of you unfamiliar with sarsaparilla, it's kind of like the precursor to root beer, but it's from a time when drink flavorings were not just flavored, concentrated, sugar. It has a light flavor that lingers in the back of your mouth, rather than the full-frontal diabetes assault that most modern beverages tend to adopt. I like sarsaparilla a good bit, but not this one. Like I said, it has kind of a weird, bitter aftertaste. It tastes almost...chemical in nature. One of the things that I like about sarsaparilla is that it tends to taste very natural. It has many earthy qualities, as the flavor is derived from different types of roots and other natural substances. So a sarsaparilla with a chemical aftertaste is kind of counterintuitive to me.

Verdict: Not Recommended 

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