O-So Butterscotch Root Beer
Sweetener: Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Mukilteo, Washington
Purchase Location: Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
O-So Butterscotch Root Beer is another soda revived by Orca Beverage. Orca’s website does not say anything about the soda other than refer to it as O-So Good Butterscotch Root Beer. In contrast, the bottle does not have the word “Good” on it anywhere. Rather the name O-So Butterscotch Root Beer, without the word good, appears three times. Confusion as to the true name of this root beer leaves me wondering whether the O-So is a commentary on the butterschotchiness of the root beer, as the name O-So Butterscotch Root Beer would convey, or whether it refers to the general goodness of the butterscotch root beer, as the name O-So Good Butterscotch Root Beer would indicate.
O-So was established in in 1946. According to several web sources, O-So started as an independent soft drink company based in Chicago, Illinois. By the end of the 1940’s the O-So had a network of bottlers in nearly all metropolitan markets throughout the country. O-So was originally famous for its O-So Grape soda. The company subsequently added other soda flavors. The company’s slogan is “O-So Delicious.”
I have previously discussed my love of butterscotch. It is a very worthy flavor, and I applaud its pairing with root beer. O-So Butterscotch Root Beer does not cheat you on its butterscotch flavor. In fact, initially I thought this soda tasted like a purely butterscotch soda with no root beer characteristics. The root beer flavor did show up at the end in the form of a piquant root beer bite, sharply contracting from the smooth butterscotch flavor. Although butterscotch is the dominant flavor for most of the taste experience, it is not a strong butterscotch flavor. It was at the same time rich and sweet, but slightly subtle. If you like butterscotch, you will like this soda. My daughter, and co-reviewer absolutely loved O-So Butterscotch Root Beer.
Overall Score: 8 of 10.