O-So Butterscotch Root Beer

O-So Butterscotch Root Beer

O-So Butterscotch Root Beer O-So Butterscotch Root Beer Cap

Website: http://orcabeverage.com/storefront/retro_soda_pop/o_so_rootbeer.html

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.


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