Tyler the Kid Sarsaparilla
Sweetener: Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Camarillo, California
Purchase Location: Rocket Fizz
Tyler the Kid Sarsaparilla is one of several root sodas made by the gourmet soda pop and candy shop mega-store Rocket Fizz. Its label shows a closeup head shot of a young boy (Tyler the Kid) in one of those old time wild west pictures tourists get in a Virginia City saloon. Putting the picture of a little boy on the label did not give me much confidence that Tyler the Kid Sarsaparilla would be a hit. I figured this cutesy label was covering up a shoddy soda. That wasn’t the case.
Tyler the Kid Sarsaparilla has a thick head. It also has a decent root flavor. Regrettably, I was distracted from the flavor by an apparent lack of carbonation. The soda was carbonated, and I could detect carbonation as it went down my throat, but on my tongue this sarsaparilla was flat. As a result, Tyler the Kid Sarsaparilla tasted syrupy, which diverted my attention from the base flavor of the soda. I do think if this soda had danced on my tongue a little, it would have been quite good. Either way, it was better than expected.
Overall Score: 6 of 10.