This one is made by the Crown Valley Winery and named after a Siberian Tiger in the Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary. This was most likely done as an appeasement measure to keep the tigers on the ridge and out of the valley, you know, like sacrifices to the volcano gods. The bottle sports a picture of Izzy, who is a male tiger, lest there be some confusion over the gender of that name. Evidently if you collect the bottle caps you can send them in for prizes from the sanctuary who then gets some additional tribute money from the winery. It’s like cereal box tops for your school, except is root beer bottle caps for … tigers. Another plus is that this is all natural with no preservatives for those of you, like my wife, who hate artificial flavorings and sodium benzoate.
The Body has a rich vanilla and wintergreen flavors accompanying a medium strength sassafras core. There’s a solid Bite with this one as well from ample spices. The Head is medium-tall and very frothy and foamy. It lasts the whole time you drink it. The Aftertaste is a spiced vanilla and wintergreen. It has a nice clean mouth feel from the lack of preservatives as an added bonus.
This is a quality brew in all respects. Dare I say, the best all natural root beer that I’ve had. Now I wish I lived closer to that tiger sanctuary. I’d get all sorts of cool prizes with the amount of this stuff that I’d drink. See how it rates against other root beers.
I just picked up some of this in Branson along with some Ozark Mountain Bottle Works root beer and I would rate OMBW ahead of Fizzy Izzy although Fizzy Izzy is tasty.
Well, if you check http://gourmetrootbeer.com/rev4.html#ozarkmountain you’ll notice that it does rank higher than Fizzy Izzy, though they both earn the Seal of Approval
Have been drinking Fizzy Izzy for years. Just got a 6-pack in cans – NOOOO! Popped a blood bessel in my thumb using the hard plastic rings that hold them together 😔 Bottles, please!