Thursday, January 3, 2013
Bedford's root beer
Product details: 12 fl. oz. Bottled by Orca Beverage, Mukilteo, WA. 180 calories, 44g sugar. Glass bottle with twist off top. http://www.orcabeverage.com/
Ingredients: Carbonated water, caramel color, pure cane sugar, natural and artificial flavors, gum arabic, quillaia, citric acid and sodium benzoate (a preservative).
My thoughts: Some root beers aspire to be more than just root beer flavored. This is one of them. There is a certain root beer flavor, but it's easy to tell that there is a lot of other things going on, not all of which are identifiable by my mediocre taste buds. There seems to be some vanilla, but it there is also a fruity cherry aspect that hides just below the surface. The aftertaste has the root beer fade a little and the vanilla gets a wintergreen companion, while the fruity note becomes stronger. I like what it's doing (then again, I'm a big Dr Pepper fan). Where this drink falls short is in carbonation, as it runs flat. Sweetness is a little strong as well, feeling a bit sugary and leaving my throat a little more coated than I care for. Overall, they are doing some nice things with this drink, but are held back by carbonation issues.