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4:Boylan’s:

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Ahhh. This is a finely packaged root beer. It comes in a tall dark bottle, with the words ‘Boylan Vintage Soda Pop’ embossed upon it, and other fine enticements such as ‘100% Natural’ and ‘From Earth’ painted on.

It’s from the Boylan Bottling Company, in Moonachie, a few miles from Manhattan. Judging by their website, they’re a manufacture of gourmet soft drinks. I’ve not seen them in the UK before until I found this in Selfridges a couple of weeks ago.

It’s lovely. The vanilla taste is subtle instead of overwhelming, and the drink leaves you with a fine wintergreen note. Of the rootbeers that I’ve tasted since I started this test, this is easily the best. The only downside is the cost (£2.49 a bottle from Selfridges)

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29/03/2014 – Update : Our local Tesco, in its monopolistic way, have obviously noted the number of stores selling Skittles and Marshmallow Fluff at a ludicrous markup, and have seen the opportunity for an American foods section alongside the Polish and Indian sections. And so, along with staples of the food cupboard such as Peanut Butter Cups, they have obviously thrown in a rootbeer. However, it’s not a standard canned version as you would expect. It’s Boylans, and at £1.70 a bottle, although its still expensive, its a lot better than at Selfridges.

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