“ Soft Drinks / Water „
I'm a keen gym bunny and hit my gym about three times a week. I have a water bottle which I take and fill up when I'm there, but occasionally in my morning haze I forget to pack my water bottle and have to buy a drink at the gym. It's really important to keep hydrated when working out, and my gym sells the Drench brand of water in the vending machines, which is by Britvic. It costs £1.10 for a 500ml bottle from the vending machine at my gym which is extortionate, but I'm sure it can be bought for cheaper in newsagents and so on. They just know they have a captive audience at the gym!
The bottle is clear and made of plastic. I think the plastic is quite thin and flimsy, but it holds the water and can be recycled so that's good. The bottle top is quite annoying and I do think it could be improved. There is a plastic top which screws on, then there is a sports lid which you pull up to release the water. It means that you generally only get a bit of water out at a time, but I guess you could always unscrew the lid if you wanted to drink directly from the bottle. It can be a bit tough to unscrew the lid, I've bought Drench a few times and it's always a battle to unscrew the lid.
The sports lid has a plastic lid on top of it, which once you take off doesn't fit snugly back on again. This can be annoying when you're at the gym or in an exercise class and not near the bin, so I usually end up chucking it in my sports bag!
Drench is apparently sourced in Yorkshire so at least it doesn't travel too far and rack up the carbon footprint. However, for me bottled water is something that I buy occasionally - if I've forgotten my sports bottle or I'm out shopping and need some hydration. Generally I would recommend buying a reusable bottle and filling it with tap water. Drench is similar to other bottles in that it tells me about all the vitamins and minerals the water contains, but quite frankly water is water to me and it all tastes fairly similar. The bottled water does taste slightly fresher, but I do feel a bit wasteful using a disposable bottle which has been bottled and transported. Drench don't recommend reusing their bottles (probably so you buy more of their product!) I have occasionally used a bottle more than once but I wouldn't recommend it as these bottles are not designed to be reused. Bacteria can build up and make you poorly, and due to the thin bottle neck you can't really wash the bottle out properly. I've also heard that chemicals can be released from the plastic into the water, I'm not sure how true this is though but it's not a nice thought.
Drench isn't perfect in that the bottle is somewhat flimsy and the lid leaves something to be desired. However if I'm caught in a situation and need water it's better than getting dehydrated. My advice would be to buy a reusable bottle and save yourself some pennies, as well as cutting down on the old carbon footprint. I'm giving Drench three stars for being adequate.
Drench water is widely available in many supermarkets and is the water sold at KFC restaurants. I have had drench water many times before now at KFC but that's because its the only water they do. It's not the taste that bothers me, its the stupid sports cap bottle, annoying paragraphs and clutter on the label and the price...
There are constant "win this, do this, get this, free that" stuff on the bottles with promotions and i just think its a bit much, then you have the stay healthy paragraph on the back, a snazzy slogan on the front (pretty much unique to drench) while having to read the terms and conditions of that competition on the back and it ends up like a book. I just want to enjoy my water not have so much clutter on the label.
Then theres the sports cap. Despite the contents only being about 250ml they felt the need to add a sports cap? There's a reason vittel only do it on their 1L bottles of water and that's because you would run out of 250ml bottle very quickly, especially the way I down it after sweating playing squash for 45 minutes, so i think it's kind of a showing off thing rather than something with a purpose.
The sports cap only lets a small trickle of water out at a time and is really restrictive. i normally unscrew the cap completely and drink that way but there's the problem: While it can be removed, it is an expensive feature that puts the price up.
The taste is alright actually, and is no different to say, buxton water, there are plenty of minerals and a good ph balance in this and there is no salty taste so thats a positive, at least it scores some points there.
The bottle can be recycled but you should check local recycling. I know the label can be recycled as i have recycled it many times before now. The sports cap does have a small piece of plastic that needs to be removed for access and this is like a little tag of sorts, and can get lost or easily dropped for wildlife to find, watch out for that.
Overall, its not great. It's trying too hard, its water and it has a slogan? It keeps giving lots of info about hydration and a sports cap despite the small size, which just pushes the cost up.
We are all constantly being told to drink more water. Hydration is good for you. Fact.
Drench is a relatively new brand to the bottled water market. With a clean no nonsense design the logo is big and clear in blue on white. The 500ml bottle is clear with a formed design to represent water dripping down it - a very cool touch in my opinion. Up top the screw top incorporates a spout with a flip open lid.
With the tag line - 'Stay hydrated, Stay drenched' this water really does the same job as any other brand. It tastes of nothing, and does it's job. Although it does contain trace amounts of minerals there are no detectable tastes at all.
Where this brand does win me over is the lid they have chosen. The hinge on the flip top is really stiff and secures the bottle completely. I have no fear that a bit of pressure will pop it open in my bag and ruin everything. This makes drench the drink (or certainly the bottle) of choice.
Bizarrely, Drench seem to actively discourage you from re-using their bottles. In the small print it actually says "We recommend you don't fill this bottle". I wonder what dangers a second use could bring?
All in all, its a win for me, even if it is just for the packaging.
I have recently started a new diet and included in it is the drinking of water instead of fizzy drinks or other juices. I have never really been a fan of water and I have always wondered why there are so many types of bottled water as I think water tastes plain and is the same everywhere.
After two weeks on water I have began to realise that water is different dependant on where it comes from. This water is bottled by Britvic and is bottled at source in Huddersfield. Also from the same source is the brand Pennine Spring also by Britvic yet they taste totally different, which I found most parculiar as they are not only from the same company but comes from the same source too!
I find that Drench is one of the best brands of water I have tried. The taste is more crisp and fresh, I find it tasting very pure and free of chemicals (that you can sometimes taste in tap water).
You can buy Drench in four differerent sizes, they have 2L, 1.5L. 750ml and 500ml. The 750ml version sells for 61p in Tesco and this is the one I buy the most as it has a sports cap on it so is easy to drink whereas the others all have a screw cap which can be annoying taking it off and putting it on if you are drinking from it frequently.
It is a relatively new brand of water and you may remember the adverts where Brain from Thunderbirds dances and then drinks water and dances better, saying the slogan "Brains perform best when they're hydrated" after it. It was a very popular advert at the time and raised the profile of Drench huge amounts.
The bottle that water comes in is nothing special with regards to shape and colour, most bottles of water are pretty standard and you can see through it just like all the others. I think the prices for them are very reasonable and will continue to buy Drench for its fresh, crisp, hydrating taste.
I've never heard of Drench bottled water before but that was the only one they had in the kiosk at the train station today so I got it because I don't think there's a lot of difference in bottled water so will try and brand I see.
I think out of all of the bottled water I've tried this one is the one that tastes most like tap water, and I mean that in a good way because I live in Birmingham and we've got wicked tap water. That's why I don't drink a lot of bottled water because ours is that good that you can drink it straight from the tap, but I went to Bristol with my mate once and their water is rank.
So it tastes like Birmingham tap water, take that as a compliment!
It's very refreshing when it comes straight out of the fridge and I drunk most of it back straight away. But when I got home about 3 hours later and went to drink the rest of it I thought it tastes quite stale and I was suprised about how dull the water went so quickly.
I like the smoothness of the drink and also that it doesn't taste too strong of minerals like Volvic and Evian, you can taste that it's a pure drink and it tastes a lot fresher because of that.
The bottle is good, it's got a sports cap and it's easy to drink out of. When you push the cap down it doesn't leak at all and even though the plastic bottle is quite thin it stood being shoved in my bag for hours without denting or starting to look battered.
I paid about 69p for it and that's about the same as all the other bottled water, cheaper than I was expecting for a train station actually.
Bottled water is still something I don't see the point in, Volvic was just bottle water that seemed like it was from the tap, Evian was just terrible and made me thirsty. I thought I was still missing something so thought third time lucky and tried to some Drench. Made by Britvic, the second largest distributor of soft drinks in the UK (only behind Coca-Cola), their product this time is head to head with Danome. Britvic are best known as being the people in Britain who sell Tango and Pepsi (under license from Pepsi Co) as well as some water products (such as this).
Drench comes in a rather cool bottle, with 750 ml of water in it (making it 50% bigger than the previous 2 bottles I'd had). The bottle top was rather confusing, with a tab that had to be found wna dripped off before the lid would open, to reveal a quite clever solid blue squirty hose type thing. It looked like a futuristic sports bottle. The bottles body also has the plastic to look like the bottle is over full and running down the side, a nice effect and probably better than the Evian mountain design.
Anyway on to the wet stuff, I was happy after the first mouthful that I wasn't experience any extra dehydrating effects as was the problem with Evian which made me feel thirstier. In fact for the first half of the bottle it was what was to be expected, a plain colourless liquid with no odour or taste. Perfect as far as water seems to go as long as it hydrates, which this did...
Sadly as I got down the bottle I started to to taste a rather dirty taste, a tainted soil like taste that was quite off putting, this started with about ½ the bottle left (I don't know if your meant to shake the bottle before use). The taste had suddenly gone from nothing to being really quite disgusting and nasty tasting, on further inspection when this started, I took a closer look at the bottle and could see it wasn't as clear as it should have been. There was little white particles in it in the bottom part of the bottle, floating about, they were solid and not very appetising if truth be told, I'm unsure if they were meant to be there (something left over from the spring) or whether it was just a contaminated bottle...but as I'm too miserable to buy a new one I finished it off like a trooper.
Whilst Volvic is taken from a Volcanic spring (I think in France) Drench if off't Yorkshire 'ills in England. The drink is bottled at it's source (thus the white things?) in Huddersfield (or should it be 'uddersfield) and is one of the few cases, where the French beat us in a product.
Typical Values (mg/Litre)
Ph 7.9 (water "should" be 7).
Overall it started well...then got a bit dirty.
Drench bottled water came bursting onto the scene in January 2006 and contains only 100% British spring water. That must be a plus considering it has not travelled across half the world to get here and therefore cuts the carbon footprint. Therefore Drench must be the perfect green solution to British bottled water. The bottle is attractive and advertises there green consciousness well with no unnecessary information just the simple facts on a brief and small label compared to many other bottled water companies. It also comes in a recyclable bottle which again must be a bonus as it again cuts down on the carbon footprint. With the catchy slogan "stay drenched" for me this product is a winner. I purchased the 500ml bottle of Drench for 55p; this makes the brand cheaper than all other bottled water brands, which can retail at prices from 80p up to an outrageous £1.18 for which price you could have a litre of drench!
What can you possibly write about about a bottled water?! Well quite a bit actually, particularly when you drink so many of them as I do!
In my case water comes out of my taps tasting of chlorine and once sploshed into a cup or mug or whatever our water is white and you can visibly see dirty looking particles! It does settles after a minute or so but it is off putting and of course I could invest in a water filter but to be honest I can't be bothered with the messing about and would rather buy it chilled and stuff and read to go!
500ml clear plastic bottle with a white label to it's middle, an embossed 'water' splattered pattern to the top of the bottle and a navy blue plastic screw on/off lid to the top of it. On the front of the label I'm told it is 100% crisp British spring water 'Drench'. On the back of the bottle I'm given typical values (of what it contains), the best before date is stamped on, I'm told how to store it (store it in the fridge and consume within 3 days), contact details for Britvic are given (the manufacturers of the product) ad finally there is a bar-code on there. It's a nice enough, simple but basic bottle however I'd not like the stupid screw on/off lid that comes with it! I and alot of other people buy water for the the gym and stuff and it's right annoying!
Well what can I say? As promised it is clean tasting, fresh and with no hint of chemicals to it at all. I find alot of bottled spring waters to have a slight tinny taste to the them...this really doesn't. Of course being water it is refreshing and rejuvenating and this leaves no odd after taste or anything like that. It simply is a purified, flat water enriched with calcium, magnesium and potassium which are all things our bodies need! Personally I'm low on potassium and there's only so many bananas a gal can eat trust me lol so anywhere else I can get some input from without trying is gratefully received!
This tends to be cheaper as a rule than many leading brands and expect to pay about 39p a bottle though Wilkinson's tends to usually have this on offer at 2 bottles for 40p more often than not! A great buy, shame about the flipping lid/cap Britvic!
I was thinking of something to write about, and the bottle of 'Drench' on my bedside table came to mind.
First of all, the actual water. I wouldn't really say there's anything amazingly special about it, it tastes like most other bottled spring waters, although in my opinion it is better cold!
The main reason I love Drench is the bottle, unlike most bottled waters, it is a 750ml water bottle, which is, for me, a perfect size. I think 500ml is too small for me, and if I was out and about, a litre is a little too much to carry around all day long, especially when I don't have a bag. The bottle doesn't feel as cheap as other bottles, the plastic feels stronger and more durable, which will make you want to use it again, unless you just want to go buy another bottle, after all, everywhere i've seen it, it's been 30p, which is a lot cheaper than other bottled waters! Unfortunately, i've only seen it in two Woolworths stores... The design of the bottle is very attractive, it's a nice shape, fits in the hand well, and has a cool, raised section at the neck of the bottle in the shape of a splash of water dripping down the bottle. The logo design and positioning of the slogan, nutritional information and other information is outstanding, making the bottle more visually interesting. The logo design is very simple, it's just the word 'drench' in small letters (not caps), in a mid-blue colour, on a white background - there are also two drips of water in a even lighter blue. In my opinion it looks very good, even though it's very simple.
It tastes good, it's well designed, and the bottle is durable enough to be used over and over again, and it's only 30p a bottle!
Launched in January 2006. Britvic Drench is 100% spring water and with its stylish and modern packaging, is designed to appeal to the youth market. Drench is one of a range of water brands from Britvic, which includes Pennine Spring and Fruit Shoot H20.