So I just finished trying Della Terra’s take on a Root Beer Float and figured I might as well dig into my Butiki version! I’d really like to try and figure out which is the “better” one so I can determine whether or not it’ll be worthwhile to order more of Della Terra’s version for Black Friday or maybe order more of Butiki’s as part of THEIR Black Friday deal. It’s funny, because I ALSO have an order on the way from 52Teas and one of the teas I added in that order is Butterbeer which I’ve been told is sorta like root beer.
Dry, this one definitely smells creamier to me. I get more of the vanilla and “float” aspects and less of a medicinal old fashioned root beer smell, which was my impression of the Della Terra version. Sniffing away at it, I’m somewhat reminded of A&W root beer – which just has its own signature kind of root beer taste that’s different from all other root beers. Extra creamy and just the right amount of sweet.
I steeped this according to Stacy’s directions listed on the packet. Colour is a darker brown that does remind me of root beer – albeit an “old fashioned” root beer kind of colour, just like I was reminded of trying Della Terra’s take. In regard to the smell, I’m getting root beer accompanied with pretty strong vanilla notes. This is much creamier and, thus far, ‘true’ to a root beer float than Della Terra’s blend was.
Now time to taste it! Mmmmm! This is really good. Just taking small sips, there’s SO much flavour. The root beer comes across very well and very smoothly. I also get insanely rich and creamy notes of vanilla that really make this more than root beer: a true root beer float flavour. It takes exactly like that kind of “root beer froth” in an A&W root beer float – where the ice cream has felted halfway into the soda and you get this not totally liquid and not totally solid kind of uber creamy root beer compound. Yum!
It’s almost too easy and simultaneously too hard to compare this to Della Terra’s version. Both are going for a float type of flavour and use similar bases – but Della Terra’s is more of a medicinal (in the best way) old fashioned root beer flavour and this is more true to a root beer float kind of flavour (in fact I best this would be near orgasmical cold brewed with a dollop of Breyer’s double churned vanilla ice cream on it). Both are really good, but they’re very different kinds of root beer tastes.
I think however this is the one I prefer and can see myself craving more often. I like creamy things – and ultimately I had floats in mind when I was eyeing up both of them. When Friday hits, if I order some of Della Terra’s version, it’ll be the 1 oz. size and nothing more. Just so I have the kind of different root beer taste if I am ever feeling the Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer kind of vibe.