Sometimes, all-natural isn’t better. There’s a fine balance between making a good-tasting root beer and making one that uses natural ingredients, and in Virgil’s case, the balance is too far on the natural side.
From the bottle:
“Originally brewed in the north of England, Virgil’s is made with natural ingredients—nutmeg, imported anise, and wintergreen.
The brewing process gives Virgil’s a rich, creamy body and a taste so pure, you’ll swear it’s made in heaven.
Cute, but I get no such divine sentiments.
I can’t sense any nutmeg at all. The taste is rather sharp, chiefly anise and some wintergreen as stated, but no creaminess to it at all. A bit of vanilla or honey would have mellowed this out a bit, I think.
It’s also one of the most expensive root beers out there, nearly $2.00USD a bottle. Thanks to Rus for sending me this one.
Scott’s Score: 7 (out of 10)
© 2007 Scott Wiersdorf