Purchased at "The Old Mill" in Pigeon Forge, TN
The bottle in front of me is sort of amazing. First off it features an “actor” dressed us as Wyatt Earp. How do you get that gig? “Hey, we need someone for the role of Earp.” “I’m an aspiring actor, I’ll fill your roll. Where will this be broadcast?” “Oh, no you aren’t performing… we’re just gonna take your picture and put it on a bottle.”
Speaking of the bottle again, this is called Earp’s ORIGINAL Sarsaparilla. The capitalization is for emphasis, but “original” makes one believe there are other variations of Earp’s Sarsaparilla out there. I’m not 100% sure they’re aren’t, but I’d put down $10 that says I’m right.
For real now, let’s get this review underway. Earp’s Original Sarsaparilla is made with cane sugar and some artificial/natural flavors. Nothing too crazy going on here.
The aroma has more of a licorice kick than I thought it would. Root beer of course is another scent I’m experiencing, but that’s to be expected as sarsaparilla is its cousin.
That’s average. On the bite/cream scale this seems to lean more towards bite, as there’s a good amount of burn and fizz, but the flavor itself is unmistakably average.
Surprisingly the licorice taste isn’t very noticeable either which kind of disappoints me. Well now that I said that my last sip had plenty of black licorice goodness. So Wyatt Earp has made me a liar and I’m ok with that… because it’s still average.
So you have a bitey root beer with the taste of licorice. This flavor is hanging out in my mouth for longer than I appreciate it to. “Hanging out” is a fairly nice term as it just won’t leave due to it’s somewhat syrupy feel.
Earp’s Original Sarsaparilla is alright, but nothing special. If offered one take it. If you want to try one do so, but don’t expect to be blown out of the water.
Verdict - Buy a Bottle
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