Virgil’s Special Edition Bavarian Nutmeg Root Beer
Sweetener: Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Los Angeles, California
Purchase Location: World Market
Virgil’s Special Edition Bavarian Nutmeg Root Beer is so good-looking in its over-sized 16.9 fluid ounce bottle with its resealable top that I felt a little guilty even thinking of opening it. Yet this special edition beverage called out to me. How can you resist a root beer claiming to be “So Pure, So Rich, And Creamy, You’ll Swear It’s Made In Heaven”? Claiming to be the root beer equivalent of what Ben and Jerry’s is to ice cream? You can’t. Well, I couldn’t. I did, however, think it would be best to drink this brew on a special occasion, an occasion worthy of Virgil’s Special Edition Bavarian Nutmeg Root Beer. Super Bowl weekend seemed to be an appropriate event.
Before delving into the details of the drink itself, I must make one more comment on its glass bottle. The Special Edition bottle is not only over-sized, but the opening of the bottle is smooth with a great lip feel. I never before realized how nice good lip feel can be. With my lips relaxed and comfortable, I was ready to dive into this root beer. Now it was my palate’s turn to be spoiled. Virgil’s Special Edition Bavarian Nutmeg Root Beer has a long list of all-natural spices which are combined to make an extremely smooth and satisfying soda. The initial taste is highlighted by Chinese wintergreen and sweet birch from the southern United States. They create a light and sweet creamy taste. Then Spanish anise and French licorice kick in. Although the flavor was noticeably licorice in quality, it was smooth and creamy throughout, not a hard licorice flavor. Although the original iteration of Virgil’s is a perfectly good root beer, I found Virgil’s Special Edition to be a definite step up from the original variety. This is an expensive soda, but every once in a while everybody deserves a good celebration or special event root beer. This could certainly be that root beer.