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Reading Draft Sarsaparilla Soda Review


Brand: Reading Draft
Flavor: Sarsaparilla
Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar
Size: 12 oz Bottle
Cost: $1.99
Purchased At: Rocket Fizz
Flavor Notes: Nothing memorable…

Let’s start with the good. Reading Draft does a great job with their logo/bottle design. There are several things to get excited about. However, that’s where it ends – there are subdtle promises that the bottle makes that the soda inside just doesn’t live up to. The flavor I chose to drink was Reading Draft Sarsaparilla. First, the logo states “Handcrafted Since 1921″ and “Premium Reserve Soda” – both of which are pretty good signs. Second, the first two ingredients on the list add some excitement – “Triple Filtered Carbonated Water, Pure Cane Sugar”. So, before even popping off the twist cap of this bottle you’ve built it up in your mind and mouth that this is going to be one tasty Sarsaparilla. And believe me – I wanted this one to be a great soda but it just wasn’t. The soda is lightly carbonated and has a mild Sarsaparilla flavor to start. The flavor delivery falls off quickly and the soda finishes on such a weak note. It almost ends on a bitter note – which at times is something that a root beer, Sarsaparilla, birch beer and similar ginger sodas will do. It just doesn’t work in this case. There is nothing memorable about his drink and in fact, it was one that I didn’t particularly care whether or not I finished it (I did eventually finish it by the way). I think there are so many other better choices in this crowded category of root beers/Sarsaparillas and birch beers that it’s hard to fall in love with this one. I wanted to though – I expected so much from that “Triple Filtered Water” and the “Premium Reserve Soda” but it just didn’t deliver. I’m giving Reading Draft Sarsaparilla 2-Stars for the enticing bottle setup but take my word on it – there isn’t much that stands out in this soda that makes it truly something to applaud and rave about.

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