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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Fentiman's Fermented Botanical Dandelion and Burdock Drink

I was very happy today to discover that the Mysterious Stranger had left another donation in my mailbox. My interest was further piqued when I saw that the beverage awaiting me was a Dandelion and Burdock soda--not only that, but a DIFFERENT one than the one I reviewed previously. I never knew there could be more than one...
In any case, this has some differences from the Ben Shaws. For one, it's fermented! The label claims that it contains less than 0.5% alcohol, so I feel it still qualifies as a Weird Soda, rather than Weird Hooch. Second, I note that the label says "Best Before: See neck", but when I check the neck, no date is given. I interpret this as a roundabout way of saying that it just keeps getting better with age.

Where and when: provided by the Mysterious Stranger, 3/05/09
Color: darkish brown, sort of ale-colored
Scent: licorice and berry.
Taste: sweeter than the Ben Shaws. Very reminiscent of Twizzlers. Less lawnlike than other weed-based sodas. The strawberry is stronger than the licorice, especially in the aftertaste.

Quaff rating: 4. Pleasant and drinkable.
Cough rating: 2. There is a slight oddness to it.

5 comments:

  1. Yeah, Fentiman's is really alchohol-y from my experience, much more than half a percent. For shame.

    Can't wait to try my own Ben Shaw's Dandelion and Burdock, but will never try the Fentiman's.

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  2. YOU TWO ARE WIERD..

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  3. WHY WOULD YOU NEVER TRY IT??????STRANGE INDEED. CHURCH LADY?

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  4. Seriously why wouldn't you try it!?!?! Many other sodas also contain alcohol. 7 Up has .05%, Sprite has .02%, and Canada Dry has .02% alcohol. http://video.tvguide.com/Colbert+Report/Nailed+Em++Fentimans+Victorian+Lemonade/4837977

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  5. This has continued into the present day, when some believe that dandelion can be used to detox the liver and the gall bladder.
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