These are the kind of buzzwords you see on a lot of packaging for most any consumer item nowadays, especially food and drink. When I saw those words emblazoned upon the already pretentious swing top bottle of Virgil's Root Beer that Jason handed me I thought 'Oh bother." A very Winnie The Pooh response, but it felt right given my wariness of buzzword marketing coupled with the arrogant self-promotion on the side of the bottle... here, read for yourself.
Virgil's Root Beer
"Made Naturally For The Root Beer Connoisseur"
Is there such a thing? I suppose there are connoisseurs of many items, but attaching that root beer makes me think of some snooty egghead with a monocle sniffing a can of soda, stroking his beard, and, with furrowed brow, passing judgement on a can of Kirkland signature soda.
Let's continue down the road of Virgil and their high self-esteem, shall we?
Another part of the bottle reads as follows:
"Virgil's is a superb blend of spices and herbs gathered from the world over; anise, licorice, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, wintergreen, sweet birch, molasses, nutmeg, pimento berry oil, balsam oil and cassia oil."
^^^Those sentiments are just on the side of the bottle! Imagine what weird grandstanding we will find on the front?!
On the front label Virgil and his band of propaganda producers try to shove this gem down your throat:
"Using natural ingredients, we brew a root beer so pure, so rich and creamy, you'll swear it's made in heaven."
^^^What the what?!
They went from pretentious to weird in just a turn of a bottle.
Virgil's Special Edition Bavarian Nutmeg, however, lives up to the hype. It won The NASFT "Outstanding Beverage" award. "What's that?" you ask. I'm not entirely sure, but... Well deserved I say!
I followed the directions posted on the side of the bottle: serve chilled (without ice). I took it a step further and paired it with a slice of pepperoni pizza with extra cheese and easy sauce.
This "Virgil Fighter II: Champion Edition" was like drinking silk, sweet, subtly spicy, silk. Sweet in the way that honey and molasses are sweet, not like Splenda and cane sugar. Spicy like nutmeg, anise, and licorice, not like Sriracha. Smooth like silk on the pallet, not that I have ever swallowed silk, but, I imagine this is what it would feel like.
The food pairing was magical. The light carbonation and spicy nature cut through the fat of the pepperoni and cheese to make each bite like the first and make you hope each sip isn't your life.
Like I said, many products use buzzwords to hype us into thinking they're as good as they hope they are. VIrgil talks the talk and walks the walk. Break the seal on a swing top of this all natural, award-winning, special edition bottle of hype!