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People say that this drink is what keeps Scotland running. The sales spike in the early hours of the morning, and again at the end of the day: this fizzy drink fuels an entire nation. Hangover cures, treats for a kid, teatime beverage... Irn Bru is a fizzy juice that is so good you'll make up any excuse to have it (even if you probably shouldn't). It probably explains Scotland's latent poor health, but that's a completely different discussion to have!
The drink, bright orange, is sickly sweet. It's like human nectar. I've not had anything like it before or since. It outsells Coca-Cola in Scotland because of how good it is - exactly because of that - and it is thus entrenched in the country's identity. Scottish people are so proud of Irn Bru, and rightly so.
The drink's ingredients do make it something of a cause for concern amoung most parents, however. Irn Bru contains several colourings which are artificial, and a lot of sugar, and so it is suspected it makes children hyper. It certainly gives me - an adult - an elevated amount of energy, but the drink has been blamed on adverse activity in children. My kids just get a little bit giggly - no more than when they are with good company or have drunk Coca-Cola.
It's plain to see why this is so beloved a drink, though. It's very unorthodox, very iconic: watching the cheeky Scottish humoured adverts will give you an idea of the ethos of Scotland and its baby Irn Bru. I love it, in case that wasn't clear. Next time you visit Scotland be sure to pick some up - it's rare to get in anywhere but the north of England and Scotland!
Forget the thistle, when you see a bottle of Irn-Bru you can't fail to think of Scotland.
This Glaswegian based energy drink is famed for it's unique orange colour and taste.
Priced at 89p this drink is one of the cheaper soft drinks although in some places it can be more expensive for example train stations.
The packaging has rarely changed, and is very simple yet effective conveying a image of a well toned man.
The taste is not something you've ever tried before and is really quite unique. It is sweet but not artifical like many energy drinks taste like - Red Bull is one of the most strange tasting.
Now as a word of warning this product may not be the best drink for children. To gain its bright orange colour Irn Bru contains Sunset Yellow and Ponceau 4R flavourings in addition to caffeine which can make kids go wild.
Most soft drinks are unsuitable for children due to high additive count, but Irn-Bru especially so.
Irn-Bru is a lovely drink which tastes great and really wakes you up. Don't drink it in the evening though or you won't get any sleep.
In Scotland Irn Bru outsells coca cola, but in England you can hardly get it.
In Scotland they sell it in 45p can's and 90p bottles (750ml) which get you 30p back when you return them, you'll often see folk carrying 5 or 6 bottles back to the shop, usually in exchange to buy more Irn bru- it's a good system.
In england i've only ever seen in in plastic bottles, it tastes a lot fizzier in a plastic bottle, and I think it tasted better out of a glass bottle (that being said, coca cola tasted better out of glass so maybe it's more to do with the glass than the actual content...)
I'm 100% convinced that they save all the best irn bru for scotland, they ship the rest worldwide, and then fob the remainder off to england.
It's a niche drink in England, only drunk by builders for some reason, but if you can get your head around the bright orange liquid you will learn to love it. They did a limited edition version called fiery irn bru, which was really spicey and a good alternative to the normal bru. It also comes in sugar free.
Irn Bru also have the best adverts, but they're played rarely in England
A Nice drink, but have a glass in Scotland before making a real judgement.
This drink is a predominently scottish, sold throughout scotland and Northern England, in smaller bottles and cans, however the bigger bottles are available further south in larger supermarkets also. The drink was formerly produced in the Parkhead area of Glasgow, but then moved out to the area of Cumbernauld in Lanarkshire, where it remains today, and has a second factory in the city of Mansfied in England. It is also available worldwide in countries such as America, Canada and Russia.
The drink Irn Bru is produced by BARR a scottish brand which makes a various range of soft drinks, which they sell in glass bottles, such as Irn Bru, Cream Soda, Lemonade, Ginger Ale and the like. These glass bottles cost around 99p and you are able to recycle the bottles if you take the empty ones back to the supermarket you recieve 30p off your next bottle of pop made by BARR. This I feel is very vintage and hardly seen anywhere in Britain these days apart from in Scotland, pioneered by BARR. The tagline for Irn Bru is the word "phenomenal", they like to advertise their drink as a "phenomenal phenomenon". Another tag line is that Irn Bru is "made from girders", which ofcourse isnt true.
The smaller 500ml bottles are priced rather cheap, some supermarkets such as ASDA sell Irn Bru for around 69p, however the Diet version costs around the same as a normal bottle of juice, around £1.19p. Irn Bru is known widely throughout Scotland as "fizzy juice" a term which I get told is incorrect when I say it. Cans of this juice can be bought anywhere from corner shops, fish and chip shops to supermarkets and can cost anywhere between 39p to 70p in the more expensive takeaways. You also get smaller bottles of juice which is nicknamed the "WEE BRU", you get 250ml and these cost around 29p to 49p, and are also sold in multipacks from ASDA. These are more ideal for smaller children who cannot drink a large 500ml bottle. The 2L bottle of Irn bru retails for around £2 in many supermarkets, however it is sometimes on offer at £1.
Irn Bru is known for its conventional bottle/can colourings of orange and blue, of which the drink is also orange, a very different and unconventional colour for juice these days, it is known to have contained over 32 additives. The Diet range of Irn Bru is in a silver themed bottle, it does not have all the blue markings of the full fat juice, you can tell that it is sugar free as it does taste a lot more bland than the full fat variety. If I am drinking vodka I do tend to mix it with Irn Bru, this is because I feel the taste is acquired and unconventional. The juice is also avaliable on pump in many bars and clubs around Scotland, however many do sell the mixer just as a can, so that you can add your prefered amount to your spirit.
Irn Bru has no specific taste that you can put your finger on, it is very unique and you will not find a similar tasting juice anywhere in the world. Irn Bru did release a energy drink called Irn Bru 32, in which a life size bird did shout " IRN BRU 32, COOKOO". It was very funny and very memorable. The Irn Bru brand was also made into chewy bars, called Irn Bru Bars, they tasted just like the drink itself but a lot stronger as they contained a lot more sugar. Irn Bru also released a limited edition can for the rugby world cup which was called a "BIG CAN" it contained the amount which you would normally recieve in two standard 330ml cans put together, these were retailing for around a pound. In 2011 Irn Bru also released a limited edition flavour called Fiery Irn Bru, which tasted strongly of ginger and blew your mouth off to be honest.
Irn Bru is also well known for their christmas adverts in which the snowman comes to life and the well known tune is changed to reflect the branding of the Irn Bru product. In the advert we see the young boy falling from the snowmans grasp as he says "He nicked my Irn Bru, and let go of my hand", this is iconic and widely recognised at christmas.
Overall I would recommend buying Irn Bru for the unique taste of the brand, the different acquired taste from Pepsi and Coke. It is also a cheaper variant particularly in Scotland as I mentioned before. They also work very hard on their advertising and I feel that it is very effective, as they are following the current climate and the snowman by Raymond Briggs is effective every year. Buy Irn Bru, you will not go back to the conventional brands of fizzy juice.
Two things have always puzzled me about Irn Bru - firstly why it is not more widely popular outside of Scotland and second; what on earth is that taste? It tastes neither of orange as it's colour would suggest, nor iron, as the name would suggest. It is instead a totally unique drink and surprisingly addictive. I mean that in a non drug dependant way. It can be found widely in it's home land, is known colloquially as 'ginger' in Glasgow and is a somewhat more difficult to find jewel in England, Ireland, Wales and Lichtenstein.
Irn Bru - whilst a fine drink and hangover cure on it's own is also a great addition to gin - which may first sound like an insane concept, but one of the key ingredients in Irn Bru in quinine - a similarly key ingredient in tonic water, making it an ideal substitute for someone feeling a little more adventurous and puts a great spin on a classic Victorian cocktail.
Officially the bestselling soft drink in Scotland, outselling even market titans like Coke-Cola, Irn-Bru is a strange one. Between its bright orange colour and unusual flavor, many people unfamiliar with it tend to view Irn-Bru with something akin to suspicion. However, as a big fan of the drink, I can assure you that Irn-Bru has a sharp but sweet taste guaranteed to refresh you just as much as any other big-brand soft drink. Up until a few years ago, you'd struggle to find Irn-Bru anywhere but Scotland, but nowadays it has become more or less ubiquitous across the whole of the United Kingdom as demand for the funny Scottish pop has grown. Personally, I recommend a tall glass with plenty of ice to get the most out of your Iru-Bru, as it is definitely better cold, but there's nothing I enjoy more on a hot summer day than a good Bru.
Irn Bru is a drink which is made in Scotland, although may not be soon from what I heard on the news recently. The first thing you will notice about this fizzy drink is its distinct orange or 'ginger' colour. I can only assume Irn Bru played on the stereotype that all Scottish people have ginger hair, who knows. However, it's the kind of colour that just screams that this drink can't be good for you.
So what does it taste like? Well... it tastes like Irn Bru, it is really the only way I can really describe it, which isn't exactly helpful for those of you who haven't tried it. It has such a unique taste that it is very hard to pin down personally. There is certainly a little kick to this soft drink and it definitely feels a lot fizzier than most other soft drinks.
As far as I'm aware the majority of Irn Bru is sold in Scotland and the UK and it is definitely on the list of things to try when you go to Scotland along with haggis and deep fried mars bars. It has very much become an icon of Scotland.
Its distinct orange and blue packaging can't fail to go unnoticed; there is never a doubt when you're buying Irn Bru. As with most fizzy drinks is can be bought in various sizes in cans or bottles.
I almost always see this on promotion in the stores.
Great drink but I probably do wonder what it does to the insides when I drink it.
Irn Bru is the orange coloured fizzy drink that outsells coke in Scotland. The current advertising campaigns are very tongue in cheek but "Scotland's other national drink" was the main strap line of my youth and I have been a keen partaker of this fizzy juice since then.
There are a few myths I wish to clear up first about irn bru before turning the main spotlight. Firstly it is not made from girders and in fact contains no iron at all. Secondly it is absolutely one of the best-selling fizzy drinks in Scotland despite the attempts of some supermarkets (yes sainsburys ...) to keep it from their fridges. Thirdly, unlike Guinness, it does travel and can be purchased with confidence south of the border. Finally both the sugar free and main irn bru make an excellent morning after cure for those wild nights.
Now irn bru is available in a variety of sizes and packaging. The original comes in a 750ml glass bottle (return value 30p at the tine if writing), a can with 330ml and then plastic bottles from the wee bru at 250ml, through 500ml, 1 lirte up to 2litres. A quick check on the irn bru website would indicate that there is little difference in taste between these but I beg to differ. Although I have not conducted any rigorous experiments or trials I believe the same piece of science that will create a volcano by dropping polo mints into a bottle of "fizzy juice" explains why.
Now before moving on to taste, a word of how to drink you "bru". In company and other polite circles, a glass should be used. However there are occasions through choice or necessity when only swigging from the bottle will do. In these situations, do not go beyond the 750ml in size. Anything more is likely to result in orange stains on your clothes from an overflow of fizziness at the bottle neck. Also always check around your lips after for that tell-tale orange moustache.
Finally taste. It is difficult to describe the taste of irn bru as there is nothing similar to it. It is sweet with an aftertaste and almost coating that will stay in your mouth for quite some time (one reason why it goes so well with a fish supper). Those in the know agree that the glass bottle size is best giving a good level of bubbles to cut through the sweetness. Next in line I would say it is evenly split between the 500ml bottle and the can. Both of these also have the advantage of no loss of fizz as they are drunk in one sitting. The remaining sizes I would suggest are only for emergencies as the ratio of fizz to flavour just does not work I my opinion.
I would thoroughly recommend this drink, subject to normal health rules on the consumption of fizzy juice.
IRN BRU is by far my favourite drink which is a double edged sword because obviously it tastes fantastic and that's why I like it but on the other hand it's a fizzy drink and obviously not doing wonders for your teeth if drank regularly.
The design as far as I'm aware has stayed the same or only changed extremely slightly for as long as I can remember and I prefer this because I think if a design works and you stick to it people remember it and it becomes part of your brand. Orange, white and blue are the main colours including the actual drink which is the same orange tone as that used on the label. Overall the packaging is very eye catching and appealing.
The taste is something which is very difficult to explain it even says on the label that it is made from a secret recipe and it really must be because if you get the cheap versions from the supermarkets it really tastes very little like the real thing. It definitely has a sweet and fruity taste but there's no real fruit you can put your finger on as an individual one it tastes like.
Price wise it always seems to have the best offers over any other brand name drink on the market it seems every time there's a big sporting event they release 500ml cans for around 50p-60p which is almost half the price of a bottle the same size from another brand. The 500ml bottles are almost always 69p, 79p or 89p. And the supermarkets always have BOGOF offers or reduced price bottles so you are always sure to be able to get a bargain with them.
Only down side is it tastes TOO good and I want to drink it all the time they do a diet version which I'll also review as it tastes terrible.
Barr's Irn Bru has to be just as well known around the world as the other scottish tipple - whiskey.
I remember as a very young child not liking the feeling of fizzy juice but as time went by so did my dislike of the fizz. Today I will admit I am an 'addict' who can not say no to the unusual flavour which as the packaging states 'bru'd in scotland to a secret recipe for over 100 years' Even on a night out I will opt for irn bru with a splash of vodka of course! and upon waking in the morning with a rather sore head (from the music of course!) my first act is to crawl to the fridge for an ice cold can of bru which has to be the best hangover cure ever.
The packaging and advetisements are fantastic the tv ads over the past few years have been so funny and certainly cought my attention although I am a little bias. The drink itself it a brilliant orange colour and makes the mind wonder as to what those secret ingredients could be! I would guess as a new drinker you would expect to taste something along the lines of orange fruit flavours but this is not the case. I would find it hard to describe the flavour but to me it has an unusual fruit mix to it - sorry if this is not too helpful but it certainly tastes original and unlike any other fizzy drink that i have tried well worth a try.
I cannot remember life without irn bru as far back as 20 years ago I can recall returning the empty juice bottles to the local shop in exchange for another bottle and of course a penny chew or two. You may notice that my love of irn bru is slightly obsessive and you would be right! I take great pleasue in adding a multi pack of cans to the weekly shop recently noticing the 330ml cans come in a pack of 8 in asda with 2 packs for £4 who can resist.
I would and often do recommend this drink to friends or anyone who will listen!
Oh my goodness Irn Bru takes me back to my childhood, spending the whole of the 6 weeks school summer holidays in Scotland with my Scottish relatives and drinking Irn Bru the whole summer long. I'm surprised I didn't turn orange with the amount I used to drink as a kid!
I've loved Irn Bru ever since those childhood summers spent in Scotland, I especially love Irn Bru floats, basically a coke float but made with Irn Bru instead of coke. You should try this, believe you me, you will thank me, they are absolutely delicious. I've introduced my husband to them, and even he likes them. I used to have them all the time as a kid, when the ice cream van came around I'd be sent off with a tupperware dish to get the scoops of ice cream. I'd run back with the ice cream, and my Auntie would make me an Irn Bru float, mmm.
I don't drink Irn Bru very much any more, just very occasionally. It is an absolutely brilliant hangover cure though I have to admit, a couple of bottles of Irn Bru and some ibuprofen and I'm as right as rain! This is probably due to the preposterous levels of sugar and caffeine that it contains!
Irn Bru is a Scottish fizzy soft drink. It is bright orange in colour and contains a whole host of flavourings and colourings, it's probably best I don't know what these are, as I'd probably never drink it again! I don't have it that often, but I do still like the odd Irn Bru float, and if I can drag myself to the corner shop with a hangover I'll definately buy it then.
You can get Irn Bru in the supermarkets, the corner shop, Boots, Poundland, loads of places. It's available in 330ml cans, 250ml, 500ml, 1 litre and 2 litre bottles. It's available in the regular version, and a sugar free diet version.
I've left the taste to the end as it's really difficult to describe. It's got a slight citrusy flavour, mainly orange, but there's something else there too that's difficult to describe, vanilla maybe? It is really tasty and refreshing though, and it's best served chilled. It's certainly not to everyone's taste, my husband isn't too keen on it as a drink, although he will have it as an Irn Bru float.
I still love it after all these years, and it has the ability to take me right back!
I'm kinda craving a glass of Irn Bru now after writing this review!!
Welcome to my first drink/food review!
Irn-Bru ingredients list:
Carbonated water, sugar (carbohydrate), citric acid, flavourings (including caffeine and quinine), preservative (E211), colours (E110, E124), ammonium ferric citrate (0.002%)
Irn-Bru has a great track record of outselling Coca-Cola as the bestselling soft drink in Scotland, as well as being the third bestselling drink after Coca-Cola and Pepsi in the UK. It was first produced in Falkirk, Scotland by a local soft drink manufacturer, A.G.Barr.
Unhealthy as it is, this has got to be one of my favourite soft drinks. I typically only buy it when I have a Boots meal deal which isn't all that often. It is actually hard for me to describe the taste well - think carbonated fizzy orange with a twist! This drink is definitely best served chilled.
Since January 2010, in an agreement with the FSA, the two artificial food colourings, E110 and E124 would be banned from the drink, though a date has not been set for when. A few months later in July 2010, EU law required manufacturers of food and drinks containing certain food additives to put declarations on packages. This applied to Irn-Bru's two colourings, sunset yellow (E110) and ponceau 4R (E124) :
"E110 & E124: may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children"
Despite assurances that Irn-Bru meets all EU and the UK FSA regulations and quality standards, and despite how good it tastes, I was pretty put off by a recent experience. Normally I, and I would assume nearly all people, drink Irn-Bru straight from their cans or their bottles that are under 1 litre. I happened to pour some out into a white cup for drinking, and I was shocked at what I saw afterwards. Only when I'd finished the drink did I pay attention to what had happened to the cup - inside it was stained with the same bright orange colour as the drink. This could be washed off, but it did make me nervous about drinking it again in the near future, particularly when I couldn't recall other drinks like Cola for example behaving in quite the same way.
The flavour of this drink tastes really good. Most of the ingredients are quite standard with E111 being a widely used food preservative and also used in medicine and cosmetics as well, but especially with the link between hyperactivity and E110, E124, I don't think I would buy this drink again until at least when the company replaces these two ingredients.
Recently, i've started buying mini bottles of irn brus from poundland. The ones I have started getting are the 250ml and are 3 for £1 at a range of poundshops. I seem to only find these bottles at the pound shops and have not seen them in the supermarket. I find them to be a great size to carry around in my bag if needed.
Irn Bru is a orange coloured fizzy drink made in Scotland and is also quite a popular brand. The bottle states that it has been bru'd in scotland to a secret recipe for over 100 years. I cant really describe the flavour of irn bru. You'd have to taste it to know whether you like it or not as it's quite different compared to the other fizzy drinks out there.. I also think it's more fizzier than the others as well.
Also these little 250ml bottles that i've been buying is irn bru but also known as "wee bru's" on the label.. which is quite cute and very scottish!
Each 250ml bottle contains 107 calories and like any other fizzy drink.. it's probably best that you don't drink too many of these, as they aren't very good health wise. But I do find the drink to quench your thirst and I am starting to like drinking Irn Bru.. I always used to find it to be too fizzy and preferred drinking coca cola.. but it seems my tastebuds have started liking these wee-bru's too!
The label and drink is bright orange so you should be able to spot the drink easily. The bottle has a screw top like most other fizzy drinks and the bottles that I have bought had an expiry date of 8 months.. so they are also fine to stock up on.
I give the drink 4 stars as it's not a hit with everyone and I tend to go through phases myself of liking it or having had enough of it and not drinking it again for months.
I have always had a thing for Irn Bru. I remember it as a child about 20 years ago, drinking it at school disco's as a treat. I were told that drinking it would put hairs on my chest! My Dad used to quote the advert to me, saying Irn Bru is made from girders. The bright orange colour was one of the attractions for me. Drinking a bright orange drink as a child was better than a boring coloured drink! Also, the flavour is something quite special. For me, Irn Bru is the best carbonated drink there is!
Barr manufacture Irn Bru and also Tizer, another popular drink. Made in Scotland Irn Bru is one of the best selling soft drinks in the UK and is popular in my household. We usually buy cans, but it is also available in 500ml bottles and the large 2litre bottles aswell. The taste is quite unique really. Although it has its immitations there are none on a par with the real thing.
As Irn Bru is a fizzy drink it has a high content of sugar. The problem is that it is so addictive! I love the taste. I buy the cans in 6-packs and the plastic wrapper and cans are a metallic orange colour with the distinct Irn Bru branding. The 6-pack of cans can be bought for a couple of pounds from most supermarkets and in my opinion is the nectar of the drinks world.
It is impossible to describe the taste. If you like the very sweet fizzy drinks then you may like Irn Bru, although I would say you either love it or hate it like Marmite.
The ingredients of Irn Bru are as follows;
Carbonated water, sugar (carbohydrate), citric acid, flavourings (including caffeine and quinine), preservative (E211), colours (E110, E124), ammonium ferric citrate (0.002%).
Irn Bru contains a special blend of 32 secret flavourings. They are obviously top secret and only listed as 'flavourings' in the ingredients list. According to Barr, only two people know the identity of these 32 secret flavourings. I think the mystery is the real attraction for some people, as the flavour is impossible to describe and is (almost) impossible to repeat without the recipe.
I have seen the Irn Bru website and noticed their range. I havn't come across their 250ml bottles, perhaps it is a Scottish thing as the bottles I have come across are 500ml. I wish I had come across their 750ml glass bottles aswell! I love drinking Coca-Cola from glass bottles as it tastes 10 times better than from a plastic bottle! I am unsure why. I think it may be because the glass is cold to the touch and feels more refreshing on your lips? Whatever the reason, I would love to try Irn Bru from a glass bottle!
I would definately recommend all drinkers of fizzy drinks try Irn Bru. The taste is quite unique, so it is impossible to describe and allow you to form an opinion until you have tried it, so go on!
Yesterday on a trip to my local shops for a few bits I asked my husband if there was anything in particular he wanted getting. After a few seconds of in depth though he said 'yes, irn bru'. So I thought I would look in our Iceland store as they often have offers on fizzy drinks and spotted cans of irn bru on offer which worked out more economical than buying a large bottle.
The cans of irn bru were on a special offer, 9 cans for the price of 6 as well as a price reduction. Therefore I actually paid just £2.00 for 9 cans which works out at just over £0.22 per can. I would not normally buy cans as they often work out more expensive, but they do have the advantage over a large bottle as they can be drank when wanted and do not go flat.
Irn bru has been made in Scotland to a secret recipe for over 100 years! I was quite surprised when I read this on the can as I didn't expect it be have been around for so long. The first time I tried Irn Bru was when I was at secondary school and a friend came back from a holiday to Scotland raving about it.
The Irn Bru contains the following nutritional information per 330ml can:
Calories - 141
Sugar - 34.7g
Fat - 0.0g
Salt - Trace
The Irn Bru is a bright orange fizzy drink, the brightness is somewhat shocking when you first see it. The taste of Irn Bru is very unique, it is quite sweet and a little fruity but you cannot pin point the taste to anything specific. I do really like the taste of Irn Bru but can only drink so much of it before I find it too sweet and sickly. It is possible to buy a diet version of the drink but as with most diet versions it just does not seem to taste the same. You can also buy Irn Bru chew bars and a alcoholic Irn Bru flavoured alcopop. I like to make my own version of the alcopop by simple adding vodka to the Irn Bru this also seems to take away the sweetness slightly and makes a nice drink!
If you have never tried Irn Bru I would certianly recommend it!
Irn-Bru (pronounced "Iron Brew") is a popular caffeinated soft drink in Scotland. In certain parts of Scotland, typically the Glasgow/west regions, it is popularly known as 'ginger'. It is made by A.G. Barr plc, of Glasgow.