The Root of All Deliciousness

The wait is finally over. After what seemed to be an eternity, the bottle of Root I ordered nearly 2 weeks ago arrived yesterday afternoon (Woohoo!) …and I’m here to tell you, it’s worth every single highly-anticipated second of that wait time. In fact, I cracked it open just as soon as I got home last night.

Root LiquorIt’s probably because I’ve always had an affinity for the smell and taste of Root Beer that explains the excitement with which I opened this handsome bottle of liquor. Something about the smell of root-anything reminds me of the summer trips of my childhood to North Carolina, visiting my extended family and sitting out on the front porch looking up at the stars. Even now, during the occasional walk past the Home Brew section in our warehouse, I catch a whiff of our Root Beer Making Kits and it sends me back to those warm, homely thoughts of childhood summers.

Produced by Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (Art in the Age for short), Root takes us back to the pre-Temperance Era before Root Tea became the soft drink Root Beer that we know nowadays. That is, this baby’s got alcohol.

Root LiquorAt 80 Proof, this deep reddish-brown, caramel colored liquor has a smooth flavor – just as root beer would (and should) if it had a kick. It is a well-balanced blend of natural herbs, spices and alcohol – without being overly herbal or overly boozy. Best of all, it leaves a wonderful after taste that is somewhat spicy, yet totally refreshing and very much root beer-like. Even the bottle seems to throw back to its days as an herbal remedy – which was Root Tea’s original, native purpose.

Popping the cork, the blended aroma of anise, cloves, orange and lemon peel, birch, cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon wafted from the bottle. A wayward drop of Root soared into the air and came to rest on my finger, giving me my first taste ever… Delicious!

Nothing about Root, its flavor, packaging, or promotion says “pretense.” Nor does it reek of effort – which is always a good thing in my book. Overall, this is pretty much a low-profile liquor that deserves every bit of the attention and spotlight it gets – and more.

If you’re lucky enough to have a liquor store near you that carries Root, I recommend you pick it up; otherwise, you’ll have to order it. See Art in the Age’s website for details.



  • Alex September 1, 2009 @ 3:07pm

    I actually drove from MD to PA a few weeks ago just to get some of this stuff. And it was SOOO worth it.

  • Ed September 1, 2009 @ 3:34pm


    I bet you saved a good chunk in shipping. Clearly I’m gonna have to take a road trip… maybe head south to visit family and pick up a couple bottles along the way.

    I have to admit, when I ordered it, I hadn’t had so much as a drop beforehand. Never tasted it. Ever. Now, mind you, I’m not one to usually do something like that, so it was an even bigger surprise that my roll of the dice turned up a complete and utter winner. Of course, I probably used up a karma point in doing that, but it turned out to be well worth it.

    Now I feel like I’m on a one-man crusade. In fact, I may have tempted Pete here at the office to get some. (That’s only because I decided I’d be selfish and not share! HA!)

    Cheers and thank you for backing me on this.

  • aeon September 3, 2009 @ 10:58am

    I too was enchanted by the thought of a Root liqueur, but seeing as how I live in WA I had to go to some lengths to get it, but I did! And let me tell you, the only way to truly experience ROOT is to try some for yourself… So far I’m loving it neat or over ice, but I can’t wait to make some cocktails with it. ROOT will definitely be consumed with affection. Thank you Art in the Age!

  • Ed September 4, 2009 @ 9:17am

    @Alex: TY 4 da tweet! [chirp chirp CAW CAW CAW]

    @aeon: Oh yeah! Definitely forgot to mention that Root is really good neat. YUM. TY 4 reminding me. Incidentally, Pete, our draft beer buddha here also suggested just mixing it with plain soda water – which I’m going to try this weekend, along with some plain “root beer” soda. Mmmm Mmmm! [drool]

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