“ Brand: Fisherman's Friend / Type: Lozenges / Dosage Form: Drops „
Growing up my grandfather always swore by fisherman's friend lozenges and always had a bag in the house and would take them at the slightest hint of a sniffle or sore throat. For me I can there are far better cold sweets on the market but that is just my personal taste because I do not like the taste of these and think that there are nicer tasting ones you can buy which do the same job.
Taking the taste out of the equation these are actually one of the better cough lozenges that you can buy because they aren't just hard boiled sweets but actually contain ingredients that will help soothe your throat and clear your nose a little.
They contain menthol and eucalyptus oil and these are the predominant flavours that you will taste when sucking them. This is good in a way as these are the ingredients that will actually help soothe you. Whereas a lot of lozenges contain menthol I have never tasted one that is quite as strong as these and I find that they actually burn then numb my entire mouth. I can never suck a whole one of these until they disappear as the taste is just so overwhelming.
I have to give them their due however and say that they are really good at doing exactly what they promise and I know after sucking one of these for a few minutes my throat is slightly better as well as my sinuses being clearer. I also think they are really good to take when you have a cold and have a coughing fit as they just soothe your throat and chest enough to stop the worst of the coughing.
These come in a little bag so they aren't individually wrapped which is a bit annoying as once opened they tend to stick together really quickly and I can end up getting my hands all sticky trying to prise them apart. This might have something to do with the fact that I don't buy them often and when I do I only have them when I feel I really need to so they sit in the packet longer than they might with someone who likes the taste and doesn't mind using them.
If these tasted nicer I probably wouldn't ever use any other lozenge but unfortunately for me I hate the taste so I only ever get these very occasionally and even then only if the shop doesn't have any others that I like. If you don't mind the strong taste though then these can really help you next time you come down with a cold.
Over the years I have eaten Fishermen's Friend lozenges occasionally but I cannot say that I particularly enjoy eating them or indeed like the taste very much at all. They are just far too strong for me but I will take them if I need to give my stuffed sinuses a really good blast but I have yet to eat one all the way through. I usually manage to get half way through sucking one before I am forced to spit it out inside a handkerchief. They actually do make my eyes water.
My husband loves Fisherman's Friend Original Lozenges and he will happily eat them regardless of whether or not he has a stuffy head, stuffy sinuses or blocked nose. The overriding taste and smell and the active ingredients are both eucalyptus and menthol and these are strong on both of these fronts. I have yet to taste a throat or cough lozenge which can beat the strength of a Fisherman's Friend.
As far as I am able to tell, these lozenges both look and taste exactly the same as they did years ago when my own dad used to eat them. They come in a small white pack and they cost around £1.50. The shape of the lozenge itself is a sort of mucky brown tea colour and the lozenge is shaped into a crude oval shape. It's rock hard, has to be sucked as opposed to chewed (unless you are really hard) and the taste and smell is so strong it literally takes my breath away!
They do work quickly in terms of clearing a stuffy nose and easing a throat or cough but they are nasty and better tasting and I will only use these as an absolute last resort and if I am really desperate. I do know they come in different flavours these days but to be honest I don't think the other flavours taste any better than these original ones.
Overall, I'd recommend them if you need to relieve cold and flu symptoms such as catarrh, sore throats, stuffy nose and sore throats but they are certainly medicinal in taste and not something you would want to eat for pleasure.
When I recently had a cold, I headed to Superdrug to stock up on some non-medicated natural remedies. My main issue was a sore throat and congestion, so I bought a mixture of throat lozenges and menthol sweets which I was hoping would give my sinuses a blast. These certainly did that, but they tasted so vile I preferred to stay congested to be perfectly honest!
Fisherman's Friend are quite a traditional brand, I can remember my nan having these many many years ago. They are packaged in a small bag, with the trademark picture of the boat on the front. The colours are red, black and white, and I find the packaging quite distinctive. However, nothing is sacred these days, and like everything else, these now have spin-off's in different flavours including a blackcurrant flavour and extra strong. The store I was in only offered the original or extra strong, so I opted for the original, remembering that these are quite strong anyway.
These lozenges contain menthol and eucalyptus, and are safe to use alongside other medication or when pregnant. On opening the bag, you get an immediate whiff of the nastiness inside. On further inspection, they look a little like something you'd give your cat as a treat. I must have had about two of these before the bag got banished to the back of my drawer at work, because they just tasted so foul.
So, what do they taste of? It's hard to say really, because the menthol hit does make your sinuses burn and destroy any sense of taste. But from what I could tell, they were very medicinal, quite bitter, and quite frankly, awful. I spat the first one out about halfway through, and tried again with another one a bit later on, but everything about these from the smell to the taste and the consistency of them feeling like cat treats in my mouth, just put me off using them. Grievance aside, they did give my sinuses a blast, so maybe if I could find the blackcurrant ones they might be worth a try.
Thankfully, I didn't spend much on these, with a bag of around 40 costing 90p. But I won't be bothering with these again as there are so many nicer tasting products on the market that produce the same results.
(Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
Back when I was a teenager I went on a family coach holiday Oop North. It was all a big adventure as I hadn't been north of London before. We visited lots of coastal towns including Blackpool and Fleetwood.
I'd never heard of Fleetwood but I remember the tour guide telling us it was where Fisherman's Friends were made, and we drove by the big factory which makes these lozenges.
The name always stuck in the back of my mind, and over the years, when I've been stuffed up with a bad cold, I often purchase a little paper pack from a newsagents. I'm hardcore: I don't suck this product, I crunch them up, and oh boy do they clear my sinuses!
According to Wikipedia, Fisherman's Friend was a product originally designed for fisherman. After watching lots of episodes of Deadliest Catch (worth Googling if you don't know it) I can see how cold, wet and exhausted fisherman must get, and the sniffles (and worse) must constantly plague them. It's nice that the pack design still shows a fishing vessel, and that the product is still made in Fleetwood, where it's been produced for over 100 years.
Again Wikipedia states that it was the fishermen themselves who started calling the lozenges their 'friends', hence the rather sweet (no pun intended) name.
Fishermen's Friends are small lozenges containing ingredients which include menthol and eucalyptus oil, both which contribute to their sinus-blasting quality. They also contain licorice. Now I don't like licorice at all, I loathe it in fact, but in this product I can't taste it and so it is an honourable exception to my licorice aversion.
There are many flavours available, many of which are sugar-free, but I must confess I am Old School and stick to the original product, as I know it works for me.
I'm glad that the lozenges still come in a paper pack. Very few products come in such biodegradable-friendly wrapping these days!
I find Fishermen's Friends give me instant relief from the snuffles, an effect which lasts for several hours after eating. I find that over the week-or-so duration of an average cold for me, I only get through about half a bag of these products. Sadly they don't keep very well once opened, so I usually discard the rest of the pack, but since, at around £1.50 they're cheaper than many other cold products, I don't mind.
A very effective product which tastes nice and works instantly to blast the sinuses!
And on a final note, I highly recommend visiting the official site, as I did when researching this article. (http://www.fishermansfriend.com). It's very entertaining!
===A Chip Off The Old Block===
Do you ever have a feeling that you are turning into a replica of your parents? It's been happening to me a fair bit lately. I have cold feet like my father and an occasionally snuffly nose like my mother - and that's just for starters. They both always have some kind of cough sweet or mint to hand; I think Dad has shares in polos! With Mum it's usually some kind of menthol sweet. If you go anywhere with them you're guaranteed to be offered one of these sweets at some stage. I'm not sure whether it's nature or nurture but I find myself doing the same thing.
Until recently I was singing backing vocals for a local band. My throat has always been a bit prone to feeling scratchy so as well as having bottled water to hand when singing I had some kind of throat sweet or cough sweet on hand to soothe my throat. I became quite skilled at singing while sucking, as disgusting as that sounds! And I don't think anyone noticed.
===Unwrapped Suits Me Best===
I used to go for products like Tunes or Halls, but there's a wrapper involved in these and I had to avoid any paper-rattling noise being transmitted over the microphone. On impulse one day I picked up a pack of Fisherman's Friends. I remembered them from my childhood - I thought they were disgusting then. However there have been a few things that I hated in childhood that I've found very different in adulthood, and the price was reasonable enough at £0.59 a pack, so I gave them a go. I knew that they wouldn't be individually wrapped and I hoped I could discreetly put one in my pocket before going on stage so that it was available if I needed it.
===All Ship-Shape And Correct===
The pack I selected was the Original Extra Strong Fisherman's Friends. Other flavours are available, and I currently have a pack of the cherry flavour on the go. Both come in a pack that has a paper coating on one side and a foil lining. The packs are 25g and contain about 20 lozenges. All varieties have a distinctive image of a ship on the front - I take it to be a trawler. The information panel on the reverse of the pack states that the lozenges were first developed in 1865 to aid fishermen working in the Icelandic fishing grounds with all the severe weather conditions that must entail. They claim that the product is now available to over 100 nationalities across the world.
===A Simple Formula===
The lozenges are oval in shape these days. I may be mistaken, but I thought I remembered them as more rectangular. They are probably about 2.5cm long. In the original extra strong format they have a medium-brown colour and seem to have a light coating of something powdery and white. The nutritional values are given in full on the packet, with a calorie count of just 4 per lozenge despite not being sugar-free. The ingredients are: sugar, flavourings: liquorice powder, menthol, eucalyptus oil, capsicum tincture, dextrin, thickeners, gum tragacanth. I think they explain the extra-strong qualities. I don't know much about some of them, but I'm sure capsicum is chilli-connected! To me that reads as a list of reasonably simple, natural ingredients.
===The Taste Experience===
I slip one into my mouth and let it gradually begin to dissolve on my tongue. The flavour begins to develop quickly and the heat soon makes itself evident. These are definitely sinus-clearing .I would describe myself as someone who usually likes a strong flavour; these definitely have that. It would be difficult to chew these at the start, I believe; they seem to have a really hard texture. I was quite surprised to find a broken lozenge in the pack. I couldn't resist chewing towards the 'end' and experienced a real burst of heat. The flavour lingers in my mouth for a considerable time, such that the flavour of anything taken soon after, like a drink, for instance, would be significantly affected. I think it's the menthol and eucalyptus that lingers.
I've been fortunate in recent years not to be prone to many colds. I've only had one this winter. I used these when I felt heavily congested and found they were good at relieving mucus obstruction in my nasal passages, soothing my occasionally sore throat and stopping me coughing when this developed as an aftermath. They are the kind of product I would always like to have at hand for that kind of situation.
For me, these original extra strong Fisherman's Friend lozenges tick all the boxes. The price is good, they're readily available and they're effective. A five star product for me but not for everyone as I know the flavour will not always be liked. If you think you wouldn't like these it might be worth trying one of the newer flavours, such as the cherry or blackcurrant versions, as you might find them a bit easier to get on with.
Manufactured by Lofthouse of Fleetwood Ltd, Fleetwood, Lancashire, England, FY7 7LP.
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©Verbena March 2013
I always imagined Fisherman's Friend throat sweets were what Dads would eat when it was cold out or they had a bit of a sniffle. Then I met my partner. I had never touched one of these before as the packaging wasn't very appealing and they made me think of old men but my partner made me try one and I was quite surprised.
Fishermans Friend lozenges were orignally made in the mid 1800s for the fisherman working out in the cold oceanic conditions by James Lofthouse in Fleetwood, Lancashire and are still made in the same place today.
I bought these in Home Bargains for 49p for a 25g pack and they are available in other stores such as Savers, Boots, Superdrug and newsagents.
The packet is white and feels like paper with an image of a fishing boat on the front and the Lofthouse's logo and Fisherman's Friend in red writing. On the back is the information about the history of Fisherman's Friends, ingredients and nutritional information (4kcal per lozenge).
The lozenges are quite thin and hard, they are brown in colour and quite a traditional type pf sweet and usually loved by the older generations.
The lozenges are not individually wrapped so easy to just dip into the bag and pull one out. They are really strong and have a mentholated property which helps airways and numbs my throat due to them being so strong. They also have liquorice in them and I really like liquorice so I think this helps but I would never just suck on them unless I had a cold!
These sweets are suitable for both vegans and vegetarians as well as all ages but kids may have their heads blown off by the strong flavour!
There are other varieties available in different coloured packs such as cherry, lemon and mint plus sugar free types.
These lozenges are definitely for acquired tastes but when you need something string to numb your throat and get you through the day these are definitely one to try!
I'm sure whatever age you are you've heard of Fisherman's Friend or at least seen them on sale at the till in your local newsagents.
I have only recently been introduced to Fishermans's Friend though I have known about them for years of course.
The most common type is the "Original Extra Strong" variety which come in a white paper packet with the picture of an old fishing boat and some writing telling you they contain "Menthol and Eucalyptus".
On the back of the packet it tells you that they were originally developed in 1865 by pharmacist James Lofthouse to relieve respiratory problems suffered by the fishermen working in the extreme conditions of the Icelandic deep-sea fishing grounds.
Originally it was created as a liquid but later made into lozenges for easier administration.
The fishermen began to refer to the lozenges as their "friends" and thus the name stuck.
A 25G bag (the most common size) costs about 60-70 Pence (I paid 69p for mine) and contains around 25 lozenges.
These are not "sweets" in the traditional sense of the word, like toffees or bon-bons, but rather for clearing out the old "pipes" and providing a nice taste in your mouth (if you like the very strong taste that is). I imagine these would also be good as an aid to quit smoking, but don't hold me to that.
A lot of people use these primarily for colds since the Menthol and Eucalyptus works fantastically at clearing our your nose and throat whilst preventing coughing also.
I use them for that too but also just when I feel like it (in the same way one would have a Tic-Tac for example).
The lozenges themselves are brown coloured (not exactly enticing I know) and oval shaped. They are quite thin and wafer like.
Pop one in your mouth and you'll see that they have a strong taste (mainly of Eucalyptus but the Menthol is in there as well) and almost immediately clear out any blocked sinuses and stop irritating coughs (which I have often).
Unlike larger lozenges like Lockets or Halls which last 10-15 minutes, these only last around 5-10 minutes before fully dissolving which is good if you don't like the taste!!
For me personally I like the taste very much and so far have only tried the Original Extra Strong ones, though I do plan to buy a bag of Aniseed ones (which were on sale alongside the Original Extra Strong) and shall update this review to let you know what I think about them when I can.
So without further a-do, I shall leave you to rate this review and comment if you so wish.
Until next time - goodbye!
When I was little my uncle used to buy these and have them on his card table and me and my sister used to dare each other to try and keep one of the lozenges in our mouths the longest to win the dare as they were so strong and tasted strange , but they did warm you up and get rid of a cough. She always won as I wasn't keen ont he flavour at all as I have a sweet tooth.
The other day when I had a tickly cough I saw these in the chemists for 69p and impulse bought them as they are not something I usually go for due to not really liking the taste.
These are stil hot and as soon as I put one in my mouth I remembered just how much I didn't like the taste of them but persevered with the lozenge as it did help to sooth my cough.
These come in packs of 20 lozenges and the packet is white with the black and red writting and a fishermans boat on the front, you can get them in aniseed flavour too and that packet is yellow with the same writting and logo on the front. With hindsight I wish I had bought the aniseed flavour as I really don't like these.
They are hot, harsh and really hard so you have to suck them and altogether not nice.
I won't be buying these again as my taste for them hasn't changed over the years. They might be good for coughs but the taste doesn't do the result justice.
The ingredients are menthol and eucalyptus and it is a really strong flavour.
The price is cheap but the taste is nasty. Some people do like them though as they are really popular in other countries like thailand and china but for me I'm afraid I will be sticking to something nice like soothers or cherry tunes as these are not for me.
If you haven't tried a Fisherman's Friend Lozenge then I expect you will have heard of them at least. These things are very strong. They now come in a range of different flavours and the most recent ones I tried were the sugar free lemon ones which worked wonders for my sore throat and cough. Personally speaking, however, I do think I tend to prefer the original flavour and these come packaged in a strong little paper bag in an off-white colour.
I am unable to eat a whole one right to the end because I find them TOO strong but before I need to finish it I find that my cough has subsided anyway. These particular ones (original flavour) manage to clear my airways and unblock my nose within a minute or so of me putting one into my mouth.
They are meant to be taken for medicinal puproses only and to be honest they are not something you would choose to just suck on at a whim because they are so very strong. One 45g packet will set you back about one pound or thereabouts.
They are square little hard sweets which are hard all the way through to the end with no soft bit in the middle and they work really well at helping me with my cough when I have bad phlegm. My other half cannot bear to eat them not does she like the smell and the little lad is not allowed to try one yet.
They are very effective but oh so strong but they do work well.
Review also on Ciao as sorehead
When my mom was still alive I'm sure she was being unfaithful to my dad - she never went anywhere without a Fisherman's Friend! Seriously she always had a packet in her bag and she loved them.
So what are Fisherman's Friends?
Well they are extra strong lozenges which were actually first made by a pharmacist called James Lofthouse in 1865 specifically for fishermen working in the extreme conditions of the Icelandic deep-sea fishing grounds.
They are still made in Fleetwood and the recipe has not changed in all those years.
Where can I get them?
Well anywhere you like I think - they are now sold in over 100 countries across the world!
Here in Britain they are sold in most newsagents, chemists and supermarkets and a pack containing 25g (about 20 lozenges) currently costs 70p in Boots so they are not an expensive lozenge by any means.
What do they look like?
The lozenges come in a little white packet made from plastic lined paper. On the front of the packet is a sketch of a trawler together with the words 'Original Extra Strong - all natural - Lofthouse's Fisherman's Friend - Medicated Cough Suppressant Lozenges'.
The lozenges themselves are brown in colour - just like a good old fashioned cough sweet which is pretty much what they are!
What are they made from?
Well the ingredients are as follows:
Sugar, Liquorice, Edible Starch, Edible Gum, Menthol (0.9%), Eucalyptus Oil (0.15%) and Capsicum Tincture
So the lozenges have no artificial colourings or flavourings.
What do they taste like?
Ah, this is where the problems start for me - they taste vile! Mind you given the fact that they taste of liquorice and menthol, both of which I hate, I was never going to be their greatest fan was I?
The taste is very strong and, like Marmite, I think that you will either love them or hate them.
What are the effects of eating Fisherman's Friends?
In contrast to the vile taste the effects are brilliant. When the pain of a sore throat is really getting you down, just pop one of these in your mouth and suck it until is dissolves, and the pain will be relieved to a great extent. The effect of the lozenge sort of numbs the throat and thus helps with the pain control.
So now you know why there are people who will use these lozenges even when they can't stand the taste - they actually work!
Are they suitable for anyone?
Well I have done a bit of online research before writing this review and cannot find any age limits anywhere although I can't imagine that children would like the taste of these!
They are, however, suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
Do they come in other flavours?
Well, it is funny you should ask that!
As well as the Original Extra Strong lozenges they also come in aniseed flavour - that's not going to help me though as I hate aniseed as well! They do a Super Strong Mint flavour which would be about as bad for me - oh dear I am not doing very well here am I?
They have also brought out a sugar free range sweetened with Sorbitol and the flavours available are as follows:
Original Low Sugar, Citrus, Lemon, Blackcurrant, Cherry, Mint and Apple and Cinnamon
Next time I have a sore throat I may well give the lemon ones a try - I'll let you know what they are like.
The various flavours come in bags with the same design as the original but in different pastel colours and the sugar free ones come in striped bags.
If there is a particular flavour that you want to try and can't find in your local shop Lofthouse does provide a mail order service.
Well I have to say that Fisherman's Friends would not be my lozenge of choice - I prefer Strepsils - but there is no denying that they do the job when I have a sore throat.
I will give them four stars for their excellent effects but I have to take one off for the taste!
I still can't understand my mom though - she used to suck them any time just because she actually liked the taste!
Just out of interest, when doing my research, I found out these two facts:
Over 6,000,000,000 Fisherman's Friend lozenges are eaten worldwide each year.
If they were all laid end to end they would stretch around the world 4 times!
So there must be plenty of people out there who do like them then!
** Fisherman's Friend Original Lozenges **
I think everybody heard ones about Fisherman's Friend and for my feeling they have been around forever! They have been around for some time because they have been developed almost 150 years ago now. They were actually used for fishermen who had to work in bad conditions at sea and could use some help!
In the beginning they already consisted of menthol and eucalyptus oil and later on they made them into small lozenges. They help you when you have a blocked nose and throat and they are a life saver. I'm always so annoyed when I have a blocked nose and just the feeling of not being able to breathe normal. It's like being trapped and especially with eating it's a horrible feeling.
The Fisherman's Friend Original Lozenges comes in a small package that I think never has changed for years but why should they. It's easily recognisable in the shop and they have good to use. You just rip them open. The problem is that you can't close them again so that might be a improvement.
One thing I remember of these Fisherman's Friend Original Lozenges is the very strong even a bitter taste when you first put them in your mouth. It's really strong and you can taste the pepper but also menthol coming trough. It helps and gives your body a little kick that it probably needs but I have had nicer ones. At least they help and that's the most important part!!! I feel that my blocked nose and throat are less and they give me a feeling of relief.
What's also good about these is the price of 1 pound for a pack of 39! I think that's really cheap for such a relief and help. Next time I have a cold I would buy them again.
The Fisherman's Friend sounds like a fun fix to a sore throat, like a little cute bird or fish that will just glide down and fix your problems. That is how I used to imagine them when my Grandad took them, how wrong I was...
Fisherman's Friend lozenge has been around for over a century and it is no wonder. They are beastly brown powdery devils that burn the throat and mouth on impact, flooding your taste buds with a twisted mint hell-fire before then burning their way down to your stomach and hitting your brain with all sorts of random signals.
This makes it sound like I hate the things, I really do not but I do think that is a pretty accurate description of how they taste. They are actually my favourite lozenge, probably due to their awfully strong potency and they seem to be far more effective when compared to their weedier competitors. Whenever I have a sore throat I take these. The taste may be foul but it is a must, if I am sick I want to get better no matter the cost.
The lozenges are brown in colour and used to make my eyes stream due to their potency but no longer do. Most people I know cannot hack the taste and never last a whole lozenge, however they are more effective the longer you keep them in your mouth. Preferably suck them until they are gone completely.
I buy them in packs of 20 at a time. They come in a nice iconic packet and it is sturdy, so there is no chance of accidentally ripping it. Despite the packets robustness it lacks a reseal option so the tablets often spill into pockets or across your bag in transit. So i often find another small bag or container to put them in, making me look like a drug smuggler or a sweet vendor.
They do taste foul but the after effect is wonderful. They numb your throat and you feel better for a long while, allowing you to forget about your sickness. I generally take them and not too long after constant use my sore throat disappears. To overcome the bad rep that Fisherman's Friend have for their flavour the company released various flavoured versions. Despite their efforts I find these flavoured ones even more repulsive and actually cannot digest them.
Fisherman's Friend lozenges have been around for over a century and they deserve their hard reputation both for their effectiveness but also their foul flavour. I have given them five stars due to my personal success with them despite their sickening and to most, off-putting flavour. However do not knock them until you have tried a good few, they really will fix your sore throat better than any other lozenge, you just have to put up with the sick flavour.
Fishermans Friends are a tablet lozenge that are designed to be use to cure bronchial problems, particularly those induced by the cold, damp and Winter in general.
If I have a bad cough, cold or sore throat and other conventional lozenges aren't helping to relieve the problems, I'll reluctantly resort to using Fisherman's Friend ones. Why reluctantly? Because I hate them! They taste so strongly of minty menthol and eucapyptus that I hate having to resort to putting one of those little oval shaped capsule lozenges in my mouth! My dad used to suck on them as sweets, and he gave me one as a child. I've hated them ever since and only use them as a last resort when I'm already feeling miserable so there's no harm done.
Why do I buy them then, if they're so awful? Because unfortunately for my tastebuds, they work wonders for chest and throat problems. I hate to admit it, but they are really good at their job.
With 20 sweets in each simply designed tough paper packet, there is enough there to make any dry tickly throat numb, soothe any blocked nose and ease breathing of pretty much anyone, no matter how bunged up they're feeling. 1 lozenge at a time is all it takes to each cold and flu symptoms and provide relief from headcolds for around 30 minutes, after which time, depending how ill you feel, the symptoms might come back and you'll need to pop another one sadly. They are very strong little 'sweets', and start working as soon as you begin reluctantly sucking on them, and because they are so strong and horrid, I'm never tempted to crunch on them as I've learnt that that just seems to make them stronger. It's better for your throat if you suck them slowly and don't chew, as they last longer and the menthol and eucalyptus fumes are around for more time.
When I use them, I try to spin them out, not because they are expensive (a packet of Fisherman's Friends costs around 50p depending on where you shop which is a good cheap remedy) but because they taste so strong and foul to me. Some people love the taste and chew these for fun, but these people are mad and should not be listened to.
If I could, I would give them 1 star for taste, and 4 stars for effectiveness, so I'll settle for 3 stars in total as I suppose the end results are more important than the taste.
The thing that is readily available from my Dad is the product I will now review, with my son even buying him 20 packets of them as part of Christmas box last year!
The product I will now review is - "Fisherman's friends".
The one's my Dad always has to hand are the original one's, these come in there own yellow coloured paper packet, I read a review on these yesterday saying how they didn't have anyway of sealing, we actually anticipated this last year, with my son sewing his Grandad a custom made fisherman friends pouch!
This brand was actually invented in 1865 (or at least that's what the official website states - www.fishermansfriends.com), my a man named James Lofthouse, to combat the problems that were brought on for the Lancashire fisherman, when fishing in freezing cold conditions, as their fishing routes often took them to the Arctic circle.
Problems included coughs, colds and many different bronchial problems, so by adding menthol and eucalyptus together, in a tablet form, these seemed to be really effective for them, so much that they soon started to refer to them as there friends!
Back to the now!
I have to say that my Dad has always suffered quite badly with acid reflux (where the stomach acid rises back up in to the gullet), so says he always a strange taste in his mouth, so I think the main draw is the strength of flavour in these.
For me, these are just the best, albeit strongest, remedy on the market, perfect for relieving a dry and tickly throat, and if sore numbing it beautifully for a little while to give you some relief.
Each tablet is a small oval shape, and a deep brown colour, nothing fancy looking about these, made for men!
There is a distinctive smell emanating from the pack, though the menthol is more noticeable at this stage than the eucalyptus.
In a pack there are around 20 sweets, which in fairness could last you a good week, never try and put two of these in your mouth at one, it feels as though your tongue is burning, so if you don't do strong foods and flavours, these really aren't for you.
These not like boiled sweets that are the normal type of cough sweets, but a chalky type, slowly dissolving and due to how strong they are, they do discorage you from chewing!
When you first taste them it feels as though they are going to be too much for the tongue to take, persevere with them though is the tongue soon gets used to it and this is when you realise how effective they seem to be.
Not only do they sooth sore throats, but due to the menthol and eucalyptus combination, seem to also open all the airways, clearing congestion in the chest and nose too (though can I just state these will be temporary effects, though if only a reprieve when you feel rubbish due to colds and such, these offer a very welcome reprieve!).
Each tablet and it's effects will last a good ½ hour, with there being no real restriction on amounts taken in a day, though I would find it difficult to eat them as sweets, my Dad does, and I am sure there are others out there!
There must be, on the website it states that if each Fisherman friend that was purchased on a yearly basis was laid end to end, it would be long enough to wrap a round the world four times, such is the popularity of this product!
The type I have reviewed are the "original" variety, with these being really quite the strongest one's I had tried, though since looking on the website there is a stronger variety available (might be a bridge too far for me!), and also a plethora of other flavours too, with there being a particularly nice looking packet of cherry ones on the market, will keep my eye out for those!
Price wise these are pretty well available everywhere and range from the radius (80p a pack, I paid this in a hospital shop going into work once!), but more often around the 40p - 60p mark (Wilkinsons!).
These are very effective tablets, that I would highly recommended!
Thanks for reading x
Fisherman's friend are a type of throat lozenge that has been around for over 100 years with pretty much no updating so that tells you already just how effective these little lozenges are.
They are not my favourite type of lozenge manily due to the strong taste they have but they are pretty potent things and sometimes a locket just won't do the trick.
If I am having a particularly sore throat then I like to buy these as I know that I am going to get a lozenge that works but it really does have to be very sore for me to be able to put up with the taste.
I normally buy a pack that contains 20 lozneges and they come in a paper package that is plastic lined so it is quite strong and won't just accidentaly rip in my bag causing the lozenges to go everywhere.
However there is a problem wih the design in that once they are open there is no way to seal the packet up again so I can't just chuck them in my bag or pocket again.
The lozenges are a brown colour and you are supposed to suck them until they disolve as this will give the best results for your throat.
They contain menthol and eucalyptus oil and as I have said they are extremely strong tasting. I find that they are so strong they actually feel as if they are burning my mouth and I really don't find them plesant. When I first pop one in my mouth they make my eyes water and I have to try not to spit it out until it starts to get to work.
The fact they are disgusting to taste doesn't take away from the fact that they are excellent at doing the job of soothing a sore throat. There is a reason that they ave remained so popular over the years and that's because they are so good at what they do. No other lozenge in my eperience can compete with these in terms of the pain relief they give.
They actually numb your throat and I find that this lasts quite a long time which is great when you have a sore thorat and swallowing is painful as it allows you to forget about the pain at least for a little while.
You can now buy a few different flavours but they all taste pretty disgusting really although to be fair to them some people absolutely love them. My dad for instance eats these like sweets and loves the strong menthol taste.
Personally I need to really be in pain before I will take these logenzes but when I do have a sore throat I am grateful that I can actually buy something so effective so for that reason it has to be 5 stars.