Product Type: Barr Soft Drink
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Barr Irn Bru Diet
Member Name: lolly23
Barr Irn Bru Diet
Date: 09/04/09, updated on 09/04/09 (202 review reads)
Advantages: Yummy, very distinct taste, refreshing, reasonably priced
Disadvantages: Doesn't quite match up to the original
I needed change for the bus this morning so nipped in to my local shop to buy something, I usually have a bottle of Diet Coke with me but I'd forgotten today so I headed over to the drinks chiller.
Now, my local shop is notoriously expensive so I don't usually bother with things unless I am desperate, I looked at the Diet Coke but at £1.23 a bottle (what???) I refused to buy it just on the principle of the matter! I scanned the shelves and everything was ridiculously priced (£1.49 for Oasis!), Luckily I checked the bottom of the chiller and found an Irn-Bru Diet promotional bottle, for, wait for it... 69p!
Now I love Irn-Bru anyway and don't drink it as much as I'd like so I grabbed the last one and headed to the counter.
I'd not tried the Diet version before so was interested to see if it could live up to the original...
It tries very hard to but doesn't quite make it.
Irn-Bru has been around for years and I'm sure we have all tried it at some point. It is an almost luminous orange colour and has a very distinctive taste. The actual ingredients of Irn-Bru are a closely guarded secret, so secret in fact, that the only person to actually blend the 32 secret flavours together for many years was Chairman of the company, Robin Barr.
Barr has now retired and the secret recipe has been passed over to someone out of the family for.
Irn-Bru diet has the same taste, although not quite as distinctive, almost like a watered down version. Don't get me wrong, it is a lovely drink in itself but it doesn't quite match up to the original.
I've decided that out of the two, I would still go for the diet version. I don't like consuming sugary drinks and the flavour isn't that much different to make me want to go for the original.
Irn-Bru was created over 100 years ago in Scotland and is still as popular today, if not more so. Irn-Bru can be found in most retail outlets although the Diet version seems to be a bit more hard to come by so you would probably be best to try a larger supermarket for this one.
You can buy the drinks in 250ml bottles (around 39p I think), 330ml cans (price really depends wher you go!), 500ml bottles (69p promotional price, not sure if this is permanent or not), 750ml glass bottles (around £1.20, the bottles can be returned to certain stores and you will get 20p per returned bottle) and 2l bottles (around £1.50-£2).
Irn-Bru don't advertise much, but when they do, they go all out and have 'Phenomenal' (Irn-Bru's favourite word) ad campaigns. The most memorable are probably their 'The snowman' advert, which used the animation and song from the 1984 film with revised lyrics and their hilarious 'Goth's holiday in Blackpool' where four goths run riot in Blackpool after drinking Irn-Bru to the song 'Here comes the summer' by The Undertones.
The advert also features the Irn-Bru ride at Blackpools pleasure beach. It is a straight track with two 'loop the loops', you go forwards and then back again. Quite a good ride but when it stops you do say to yourself 'was that it?' as there is not much to it, not when compared to, say the Pepsi Max ride which is located in the same park.
Overall, I would highly recommend Irn-Bru Diet as it has a very distinct taste and is a lovely change from the usual fizzy drinks available, Although you may be disappointed if you have already tried the original as it doesn't quite match up.
Summary: Great drink in itself, not as great when you compare it to the original.