Dating back to the Civil War Squamscot has been making old fashioned beverages and distributing them to the thirsty people of New England ever since. Lucky for us they also ship their product to Seattle where we found a bottle near Pike Place Market.
Again, absent from the ingredient list was any mention of ginger. Our concerns were further raised when our olfactory senses detected a weak level of spice and a comparison to the smell of Sprite was made. But any worries this would be another tame drink were alleviated after the first sip. A consistent burn begins early and continues rolling through until well past the after taste. Our tasters award a spice score of 5, which would turn out to be the highest of the day.
An amber coloring made for a less exciting cocktail when mixed into a Dark ‘n’ Stormy. The burn that was prevalent while solo is tempered by the rum and the drink begins to sit heavy with the taste of cane sugar. While our jury was not blown away by Squamscot, they enjoyed it declaring it “an average ginger beer”.