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I've reviewed a few Barr products now, some I love, others not so much.
I think there are some great Barr flavours, and some which fell through the cracks. This one is the latter, I'm sure barr would agree with me as you can't buy it anywhere- certainly not in supermarkets, and occasionally they have an odd can in Spare or your local corner shop, it isn't as rare as lime-ade, pineapple-ade, or any of the even weirder flavours I find when I venture back to Scotland.
The taste is very artificial, almost cloying with sickly sweetness, a chemical taste of sweetness- the sweetest of all the bar products it's even worse than lime-ade, although possibly more paletable.
Cherryade, and limeade are in my mind some of those 'for children' drinks, so maybe they've formulated it to appeal only to children (I don't like their limeade), eitherway it doesn't feel acceptable for anyone to be drinking lime, or cherry pop and not feel immature, if you want to be a classy lady stick to irn bru, diet coke, or possible cream soda!
I like to sample as many Barr products as I can, but the more obscure flavours like pineapple and, limeade, well I think there's a reason they're not so popular. But don't take my word for it, vote with your wallet, buy it and see how you like it.
I have been a bit run down and unwell over the past couple of weeks and I have found my appetite lacking as a result. This has meant that I've been feeling a bit dehydrated and so my husband brought in a selection of fruit juices and soft drinks from our local grocery store to encourage me to increase my intake of fluids, hoping it would make me feel a bit better.
Many of the juices that he bought were fruit based, and slightly more 'natural' in their content, but there were a few fizzy and soft drinks in the selection too. One of the fizzy drinks in the selection was from the well-known 'Barr' range of soft drinks, namely the can of "Cherryade" which is described on the side of the can as being a "Sparkling cherry flavoured soft drink with sugar and sweeteners."
My other half paid only 37 pence for the 330ml can of fizzy pop, a price that is printed across the top of the can, and one that I thought was fairly good value for money given some cans of fizzy pop in the same grocery store are priced at around the 70 pence mark.
For anyone who is unfamiliar with the brand, Barr is a Scottish Manufacturer of fizzy drinks, with their most famous being the original "Irn Bru" which is extremely well-known in Scotland and something of a Scottish Institution. The company offers a variety of flavoured soft drinks such as Cola, Limeade, Ginger Beer and of course Cherryade.
The can has quite an eye-catching look to it, consisting of a sort of pink and red 'striped' design going which is both brightly-coloured and it suits the product very well in my opinion.
The colour of the fizzy drink is a sort of pink/red shade which I think would make it very appealing to youngsters, although I'm not entirely sure it would be the first choice of drink to give to my young nephew or nieces, mainly due to the amount of sugar and sweeteners contained within it! Nevertheless, the bright colour and appetising, fruity aroma that are evident as the drink is being poured into a glass make it appear to be a rather refreshing drink with a sweet and fruity taste.
The taste of the cherryade is one that I have found to be extremely refreshing. Packed full of cherry-flavoured fizz, the drink really quenched my thirst and I thought it would be an ideal refreshment to sip on a hot sunny day.
Whilst the main taste and flavour is undoubtedly that of fruity cherry, there is a slight sherbet-like edge to the flavour that I thought gave it a very appealing 'kick' and it wouldn't have surprised me in the slightest if this drink had turned out to be a sort of 'energy' drink thanks to its rather revitalising flavours. It's not however, and is one purely aimed at being a soft drink, albeit a very pleasant one.
I found that the sweet, fizzy cherry flavoured drink actually reminded me of a childhood drink that I used to adore, namely Cremola Foam. Whilst I believe this powdered, sherbet-like drink is no longer available in the UK, the Barr's Cherryade carries a sort of familiar sherbet-like quality that I found thoroughly enjoyable... if a little immature! I will admit that the drink is not the most grown up beverage that I have had in my cupboards in recent times, but such matters don't particularly deter me from buying - or drinking - certain drinks, so it wouldn't put me off from buying the Barr's Cherryade in the future.
According to the side of the 330ml can, 100ml of the fizzy drink will provide 21kcal which is a lot less than I had expected, given the abundance of sugar and sweeteners that are found in drinks like this.
As at the time of writing, (April 2012), the 330ml can is available from all good newsagents and grocery stores, although the drink is also available to buy in a small plastic bottle too, which costs around 50 pence.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the taste of the Barr's drink and would award it five stars, I cannot praise it highly enough and have already repurchased it since my initial introduction to the drink.
Cherryade is one of my favourite fizzy pop drinks but I am always disappointed when I pick it up from the supermarket as, even though it is very cheap, it doesn't taste of much at all! However, I have always found Barr's cherryade to be the best and pay a little extra for a better tasting drink!
Recently I saw 6 cans of Barr Cherryade for just 98p at Tesco and swooped on the offer as I usually pay between 70-90p for a 2litre bottle of Barr Cherryade so I was very pleased with this offer. The packaging is very eyecatching and is much better than the bottle's packaging. It is red and pink vertical stripes with striking white text and the Barr logo.
The taste is obviously predominantly cherry flavoured and it may sound obvious and pointless me saying that but I find that supermarket branded cherryade is very watered down and now very fruity at all but Barr's Cherryade is incredibly fruity flavoured which makes it refreshing and tasty. The colour of the cherryade is red which makes it fun to drink - the best idea i've seen using Cherryade is at children's halloween parties as it is blood coloured which is a really cool idea.
The Cherryade is, like most other carbonated drinks, best served chilled. I usually pop Barr Cherryade cans into the freezer for 20 minutes as it makes them very cold, but don't forget about them in the freezer as it's likely that they'd explode!
One of the disadvantages to Barr Cherryade is that it stains. It literally stains everything from clothes to furniture so small children and cherryade don't really mix! Despite the latest stain removing products on the market Cherryade stains remain stubbornly!
A further disadvantage is the sugar content which is unsurprisingly high st 17.2g which is very bad for your teeth but everybody needs a sugar kick every now and again and its good as an occassional treat!
Overall, when drank in moderation, Barr Cherryade is the best tasting cherryade in my opinion and at such low prices you can't really go wrong.
I love pop! I can't stop guzzling the stuff and one of my personal favourites is cherryade. This is yet another purchase I made the other day on the way to go to accident & emergency on the way there the other night knowing I was in for a long wait (which I waited 4 hours to be seen!) and I really don't like hospital prices!
This I bought for 29p a bottle. The bottle I purchased was a handy 250ml but this is also available in 330ml cans and 2L bottles however I haven't ever seen this in any other size apart from the size bought!
Like I have just mentioned this bottle I bought holds 250ml of the drink and is a see through plastic bottle with a dark blue screw on/off cap/lid to the top of it. Around the middle of the bottle there is a pink and red label and on the front of that we are told that it is 'Refreshing The Nation' Barr Cherryade and then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes ingredients, a full nutritional chart as well as an at a glance one and contact details for Barr is given (www.agbarr.co.uk). Simple enough bottle in design this is but informative enough.
The Drink Itself:
Some of the flavours from this range, to me, have been rather hit and miss but this flavour is most certainly a huge hit with me, in moderation and it reminds me of how cherryade used to taste when I was kid!
Slightly bubbly opposed to fizzy this is best served cool/cold in my opinion. Its a bright red in colour and smells of very sweet cherries almost like marzipan and the aroma is simply tantalizing of this one!
Taste wise this is wonderful, initially. It really does taste of cherries, stains the tongue red and is simply full of flavour and rich and smooth. It is very, very sweet indeed but I love it in small doses. The only reason I can't drink too much of this is because if I drink too much I can really start to pick up on the added sweeteners flavourwise which is slightly bitter and leaves an odd tinny after-taste!
However like I say in small doses (the amount I had was a little much thats how I know there is an odd taste after drinking too much of it of course lol) however if you wanna get stuck in guzzle, unless you like the taste of sweeteners I'd avoid this!
Nutritional Information Per 250ml:
Not readily available as far as I am aware though can be found in some independent/corner shops and the likes if not Google!