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Coca-Cola Sarsi

Coca-Cola Sarsi is the last of the sar­sa­parilla soft drinks in South-east Asian coun­tries that D and I found in our loc­al Asian gro­cer­ies.

The drink is a trans­lu­cent dark brown col­our with a sharp and clean liquorice nose and mod­er­ate car­bon­a­tion. Served chilled, prom­in­ent notes of liquorice come through in the head and into the body before an overly sweet corn syr­up takes prom­in­ence towards the end of the body and into the fin­ish.

This sar­si dis­tin­guishes itself from oth­er South-east Asian brands like A&W, F&N, HeySong and A S Watson by being the only one without an over­whelm­ing win­ter­green fla­vour, mak­ing it the most pleas­ant. Despite its focus on liquorice, though, the over­all fla­vour lacks the depth of fla­vour that’s found in the Schweppes Sarsaparilla, which rounds the sharp­ness of the liquorice with pleas­ant vanilla notes.

This can of Coca-Cola Sarsi con­tained 330 ml. It was bottled in the Philippines and was pur­chased in Sydney, Australia in 2017.