Must be an English thing but I think it tastes disgusting - it tastes exactly like how Deep Heat muscular rub smells.
One of the first things I learned when I went to Australia was that you can't get root beer there. It appears that "Root" is Australian slang for "F***." Which means all of those Dennis the Menace comics get censored (he also doesn't eat pb&js there, because jelly is considered to be like jello-just not a proper sandwich ingredient.)
Isn't uhhh sassafras carninogentic?
I think Wintergreen is the primary flavor these days in the "great root drink". But I'm no expect. I'm just repeating what I read.
Great balls of jumpin' sassafras you're right it does improve a sentence! Well, knock me down and call me sassafras whoda thunk such a thing? Well pard time for me to sassafras mosey on outa here.
64bprophet - This is from another site I found:
"The key ingredient to root beer is sassafras root, which is what produces the tangy, thick brewed flavor that root beer is noted for. In 1960, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the use of sassafras oil, labeling it a carcinogen. Root beer makers began experimenting with new and improved recipes, minus the sassafras oil, hoping to find a suitable tasting alternative. Not long after the ban, the root beer industry was saved when inventors discovered that sassafras could be used afterall, if treated first, to remove the oil."
From http://www.essortment.com/all/historyrootbeer_rhnc .htm
"Dogs N' Suds" is the best commercial root beer I have tasted. It is thick, creamy, and tastes almost like it was made in small batches by hand. Even better than Dad's or Hires.