The tasting was without any alcohol, without lemon or lime. Simply the ginger beer, on ice. Four taste testers who made comments.
In order of Best to Least Best….
Maine Root, The Winner.…
Wow wow wow!!!!!! An EXPLOSION of ginger. Deep rich depth of flavor. Wonderfully effervescent.
A close Second Place, Regatta
Sparkly, deeply ginger but not overpowering, effervescently good.
Third Place, Bundaberg
Light and clean, refreshing but not all that gingery, but still very good.
Note: We tried this brand twice because first go-round we did not see the fine print on the front of the bottle to invert bottle before opening. It didn’t seem to make a difference.
Goslings seemed more citrusy than gingery. Like a lemon-lime soda. The flavor was less concentrated.
Barritts was clean but indistinguishable, very little ginger depth. Bland.
The final three, places Six Seven and Eight.
Saranac was bland, had NO real ginger flavor. More like ginger ale than ginger beer. No sparkle. Not vibrant.
Stoli – the only way to describe this is oily. I know that’s odd to say, but it felt slick, almost as if it had a waxy component to it. It was odd going down, little ginger flavor, except an aftertaste.
Last place, Bottoms Up. Undrinkable. Tasted like nothing. No ginger flavor.
Tomorrow, or Monday, depending on how tomorrow goes, we’ll try them all with rum and or vodka, a Moscow Mule or a Dark and Stormy.
Mr. EOS reminded me that when we were in London and aboard the Queen Mary 2, the hotel and ship used Fever Tree brand ginger beer, which from all the reviews I’ve read elsewhere, tops even Maine Root. I can’t find it anywhere in the USA and I think they only sell to the trade.
That’s it so far. Part Two with alcohol to come.