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International sighting: Golden Circle "Premium Quality" SARS
Posted: 12:08 Mon 26-Jul-2004. Location: Australia. Nutritional unusualness: Soft drink, not fatal illness.
"Andy Riley" reports: Apparently Golden Circle, the makers of SARS, are a
bit of a soft drinks institution in Australia. "Australian grown - Australian owned", boasts the can. Sars is made from carbonated water, sugar, caramel, flavours, Food Acid 330 and Preservative 211. SARS is nothing to do with the acute respiratory disease. It's short for sarsparilla, a word far too long to survive unabbreviated in Australian English. Golden Circle have been in a spot of financial bother lately, which they put down partially to the deadly kind of SARS which disrupted economic life in SE Asia. Oddly, the fact that one of their drinks shares a name with the disease
didn't seem to do the drink's sales any harm in one part of New Zealand, at least. Taste-wise, the can promises a "flavour burst". My first impression was that it tasted like fizzy medicine. After another five seconds I realised it's basically a strong root beer - a taste that's never really caught on in Britain. And it's nearly as dark as Guinness, which might explain the cheery black can. I would certainly buy another one, but only because it's called SARS.
...A semi-topical sighting from first-time spotter "Andy" here, in a busy week that also saw the international launches of Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnut Drinks and a ready meal that can be re-hydrated using urine - just don't get them mixed up...
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Posted: 15:33 Mon 26-Jul-2004 by "B"
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Comment: those crazy Aussies...Golden Circle make pretty nasty carbonated drinks; I know 'cos it was all that was in the staff fridge at the health centre I worked in in NZ last year. Nice place to live though...
Posted: 20:24 Mon 26-Jul-2004 by "Chester Copperpot"
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Comment: I disagree, Sarsaparilla is weaker than root beer. And I don't understand how the shares in Krispy have gone up when they have been sliding lately due to the Atkins diet - the smallest new drink has over 3x the carbs??
Oh and you can get Terra Soda root beer with 0 carbs which is flavoured with stevia - none of that deadly aspartame.
Posted: 11:15 Tue 27-Jul-2004 by "Nebbish"
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Comment: Root beer was the only thing MacDonald's ever had going for it, and they let it go, the fools!
A friend played a *hilarious* trick on me telling me that MacDonald's in Leicester Square still sold root beer. I went in and asked for some, to be met with incredulous laughter by the staff. I felt so old.
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