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      29.12.2012 22:25
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      I love J20s I just wish they wernt so flipping pricey!

      Coming home to stay at my parents Christmas means we all stuff our faces and drink way too much....like now I have a monster of a hangover! However I struggle to keep drinking, we all need some time off pouring alcohol down our necks which is why my Mum bought me 12 bottles of this stuff and it helped she knew that I liked it already!

      She bought them in packs of four and the bottles are quite plain being glass and see through with a cap to the top of it you need to pull off then around the neck of it we are told the flavour of it and that it is 275ml in size and then to the centre of the bottle in big lettering we are told that it is indeed J20, then on the back of the bottle and on the neck label we are given a list of the ingredients used and told how many calories are within the bottle and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Its a nice, simple bottle this one.

      The Drink:

      Bright orange in colour these have a lovely orangy aroma to them. They are a still and thickish kind of juice drink these and very smooth. This flavour one is of course orange and blended with passionfruit, to me I can taste both of those things nicely and in equal kind of measures. It isn't too tangy and I don't think of these as really refreshing either as they are a very sweet drink but to be fair in a totally natural way.

      I love these and I love this flavour I do think however they are rather overpriced for what they are and have actually paid in the past almost four pounds in a bar for one however Mum bought me mine on offer in a supermarket for £2.50 for the four bottles so I do think thats acceptable for such a nice, tasty and great quality none alcoholic beverage!

      Available in all good supermarkets etc and in a variety of flavours too.

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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        16.07.2012 20:59
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        good for one offs

        J2O is really a one of a kind drink. It is a soft drink, except for that fact that is isn't. i say this because most soft drinks some in cans or bottles, and are fizzy and rot your teeth in no time. This still has sugar in it, so its not the best for your teeth, but with the exception of ribena, i cannot think of another soft drink that is not fizzy.

        Ok, so i should probably mention the taste at this point. Its kinda like a smooth, slightly watered down orangey taste. Ive never had passionfruit before, so i am not sure how much or little is in this drink, but it tastes just about right to me.

        The biggest problem with this drink is the price. A 4 pack from tesco normally costs around 4 pounds! Thats a pound for a bottle that i think is around 500ml! This is kinda one of the main problems with this drink, and because of this means that this drink really can only be used as one off-s for special occasions. Although this is one of the most amazing fruit drinks you can get today, the price just makes it seem a bit of a waste of money.

        ANother "problem" is the glass bottle, and i guess this adds to the price. For some of you glass may be an issue (you can't exactly take this places, that would be dangerous), but i have seem them sell plastic versions of this in vending machines, although i have no idea if this alters the taste or sensation in anyway. Personally i find drinking these from glass bottles adds a bit to the experience, and as its going to be for special occasions anyway, might as well make the moment extra special?


        In summary then, this really is a top quality product, having a nice taste, and a really nice presentation on the packaging. Shame is just costs so much, more than twice a coke of similar size!

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          11.05.2012 10:51
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          A great flavoured drink which is very refreshing in the summer

          J20 is very often the drink that I drink on the very un-often occasion when I am out and about in pubs or bars, taking my turn as nominated driver.


          What is J2O??

          I remember when Britvic first introduced J2O around 14 years ago, and lots of my friends were very unsure of how to pronounce it in terms of, is the O a letter O or a number 0?

          It is actually pronounced 'Jay 2 Oh' and is supposed to sound like the water chemical formula of H20, but with a J instead of the H to represent the fact that these drinks have a high Juice content.
          Now I have (hopefully) cleared that one up, lets get down to some details.

          There are numerous different flavours of J20 on the market today (see below), but the one I am going to review is the orange and passion fruit flavoured drink.

          J2O was launched by britvic in 1998, and the brand seemed to instantly take off. There are many flavours available today including:


          Apple & Blueberry
          Apple & Mango
          Apple & Raspberry
          Apple & Melon
          Orange & Cranberry
          Orange & Passion fruit
          Orange & Pomegranate
          White Blend - White Grape & Kiwi
          White Blend - Red Grape & Blackcurrant
          Winter Berries


          I have managed to try all of these flavours, apart from the White Grape and Kiwi flavour, which I must admit sounds very tasty, as I love Kiwi fruit.


          This orange and passion fruit J2O drink comes in a clear glass bottle, containing 275 ml of a soft orange coloured fruity looking liquid. There is a metal cap at the top of the bottle that needs to be opened using a bottle opener, and on the lid it states 'Shake well - separates naturally'. This may be a little alarming to someone having a J2O for the first time, as first impressions may lead people to think that this is a fizzy drink, but it is in fact a still drink, and so it will not fizz all over the place after shaking the bottle.


          ~~ The Taste ~~


          Once the bottle has been opened, there is a fantastic smell of fruity orange that meets the nose. It is most common to pour the drink into a glass with ice, but it can be drunk straight from the bottle if desired.
          Over the years I have tasted many orange drinks, some have just been cheap cordials admittedly, but this orange and passion fruit drink from Britvic is by far the best.


          The blend of the orange and the passion fruit is absolutely perfect to me, and it is easy to distinguish both of the flavours throughout the consumption of a mouth full, with the orange being the first that I notice, followed by a sweet passion fruit flavour gradually filtering through. The overall taste is so mouth watering and refreshing, and when served with ice it is an absolutely gorgeous drink, especially on a hot summers day. The drink is quite thick in terms of consistency, but feels full of juice, and slurps down the throat with great satisfaction.


          The orange and passion fruit J2O drink does in fact contain 35% orange juice concentrate, and 5% Passionfruit juice concentrate, with water (H2O) making up the bulk of the remainder.



          ~~~ Nutrional info - per 100 ml serving ~~~


          Energy - 47 kcal
          Protein - 0.3g
          Carbohydrate - 11.0g
          of which sugars - 11.0g
          Fat - 0.1g
          of which saturates - Trace
          of which polyunsaturates - Trace
          Sodium - Nil

          As you can see a 100 ml serving of this drink contains 47 calories in total which is quite high, but I think it is probably a lot healthier than a glass of coke, as there is the benefit of the fruit juices in the J2O. This drink also acts well as a mixer, with white spirits such as vodka or gin.

          I paid just under £4:50 for a four pack of these drinks from my supermarket, but they can cost anywhere from £1:50 - £3 (and probably more) for just one single bottle from a bar or club.


          Thanks for reading.


          © L500589 2012

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            13.03.2012 15:29
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            I don't like it.

            I do enjoy J20 and it's something I drink fairly often when I just fancy something soft and fruity, however, I have to admit that I am not a big fan of the Orange and Passionfruit J20 and it's the last flavours I would opt for. Like all of the J20 range, the juice comes in a clear glass bottle which has a bottle top on it (the type that needs to be removed with a bottle opener). I do find it a bit inconvenient that you need a bottle opener in order to open it - and I don't really know why they continue to manufacture it in this way - but it makes it difficult to drink if you're on the go.

            The bottle contains 330ml of the juice - which is enough to fit into a standard sized glass with ice. It really is best served straight from the fridge with a few ice cubes thrown in for good measure. It is very orange in appearance and looks fairly syrupy as it's being poured, but it has a nice fresh aroma and resembles fresh orange juice - although perhaps a little thicker.

            The taste of the juice is very orangey - overwhelmingly of orange and I can't really get the taste of the passionfruit at all, which is a shame. While I like fresh orange juice, I would expect this to have a different flavour because of the addition of the passionfruit, but to me it tastes just the same. It's also a lot sweeter than other fruit juices I have tried, and actually a lot sweeter than other flavours in the J20 range, and although I have a bit of a sweet tooth, I find this a bit to sweet even for me. It's also a little too thick and so feels a but claggy on my mouth and teeth when I drink it - which isn't particularly pleasant or refreshing. It is nicer once some of the ice cubes have melted in it and so it's more palatable once it's been diluted down a bit.

            Overall, I'm not a great fan of this drink and would recommend one of the other flavours in the range above this one.

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            27.11.2011 22:47

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            A great fruity drink, thats good on its own or with your meal.

            J20 was always what I had during afternoon trips to the pub before I was 18, and in fact its still what I have now when I don't want to have an alcoholic drink. This is far more tasty and sophisticated than the traditional lemonade or coca cola, and doesn't make you feel like a child. They come in such a wide range of flavours, that you could go about a month without having the same flavour on your afternoon pub trip. I do have to say however that whatever flavours are on offer I was always default back to the Orange and Passionfruit flavour, which I do think of as the original.

            One of my issues with these, is not exactly what I would call a problem. They are just so tasty that they are gone in 2 minutes, and you are still thirsty and need another one. This is more of a drink to sip when you're not that thirsty, rather than one that you want to quench your thirst.

            I have also bought it in packs from the supermarket, and they're quite good to sip in the garden, or have while waiting for the food at a BBQ. When you buy them in a pack they're actually quite good value. They're normally £3.49 for 4 bottles, but are poten on offer for £2 for that pack of 4.

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            04.09.2011 18:59
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            Alternative to H20

            J20 seems like a bit of a kids drink, but I still see it as a nice alternative soft drink instead of the usual coke or lemonade! There is a wide variety of flavours, but I always tend to stick with the orange and passion fruit variety, it seems to be the original because it is always the most readily available wherever I go.

            Usually you will get these in a glass bottle, it is a 330ml bottle. However they have started selling them as part of the meal deals in Boots and Superdrug and this is in a plastic bottle, I suppose these would be a lot safer especially when wondering round a town centre instead of just being sat in a pub! In supermarkets you can also get them in packs of 4 or 8, but I've not seen any big bottles, just lots of little ones! You'll need a bottle opener to get the top off, they are similar to the small bottles of Smirnoff ice that you can get.

            I really enjoy this drink! I tend to drink it straight out of the bottle with a straw, because when you put it in a glass it really doesn't look like much, somehow it seems to last longer in the bottle! The taste is lovely, and not fake like some of the bottled drinks that you get. There is a very strong orange taste, similar to that in drench water and then although I've not had passion fruit before it makes a lovely combination with this, making it taste quite exotic.

            Expect to pay about £2 in a pub for one, and prices in supermarkets can vary - for the multipacks they often have offers on such as 2 for £6.

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            03.09.2011 22:48
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            Another great drink in the J20 range

            I really liked this drink when I first tried it. It isn't an everyday drink, it's definitely one for that something special, and just as easily drinkable as all of the J20 range.

            This is one of my favourites, but is definitely only refreshing when served chilled. The coupling of the flavours provides a good balance of sweetness and sourness to this juice. The orange flavour is most prominent, but this product doesn't taste just like sweetened orange juice. The passion fruit brings a sweetness, yet another dimension to this product, something a little bit more exotic and tangy, which makes this product extra special.

            I could easily drink bottle after bottle of this, but normally refrain to sipping on it, mainly to make it last longer, but also so I really appreciate the taste. I think this product is far better than other juice drinks on the market with an orange flavour. The great balance of orange and passion fruit makes this drink zesty and refreshing, when served chilled is a brilliant drink to cool down on a summer's day.

            I would definitely keep buying this product, just not everyday. It is definitely one to savour.

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              09.05.2011 10:04
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              A nice adult fruit juice drink if a little high in sugar.

              I don't drink alcohol, and I can't have caffeine, so on the odd occasion we go to the pub (I'm not a huge pub goer either really), I always turn to the fruity drinks like J20 as something interesting to have.

              J20 Orange and Passionfruit was the very first of the J20 range that I encountered and I believe was the first they made. It is still the most widely available in the pubs I find, and for this reason, even though it's not my favourite, I do drink it on quite a few occasions when we go out.

              In the pubs it comes in 275ml individual glass bottles with a lid that's removed with a bottle opener just like a beer bottle. It can also be bought in the supermarkets in several forms - 4 glass bottles just like those found in the pubs, single plastic bottles of around the same size with a screw top lid for buying to drink with your lunch when you're out and about, and larger glass bottles to take home and share with friends.

              The cost varies depending on where you buy it and what format you buy it in as well. In the pubs you can expect to pay somewhere between £1 a bottle in a reasonable priced pub up to £2.50+ in those that overcharge for everything! In the supermarket you can find the 4 pack glass bottles at around £2-3.50 a pack depending on offers, and the larger family bottles (750ml) at about £2.40-2.80 while the plastic individual ones are generally about £1.25-1.50.

              Although this contains quite a lot of fruit juice, it's not a fruit juice, it's a fruit juice drink... It has a high percentage of fruit juice in it (35% orange and 5% passionfruit), but it also contains a number of flavours, colours and preservatives as well as lots of water and sugar.

              The combinations of orange and passionfruit is very nice, and quite refreshing as long as you drink it icy cold either straight from the fridge or ideally with lots of ice in it. If you don't have it cold then it's a little on the sweet side I find, and becomes a little cloying if you drink too much of it. Despite the orange being there in a much higher proportion than the passionfruit, you do get a reasonable amount of passionfruit flavour coming through, although with the ingredients containing extra flavourings it could be that they've enhanced this side of things of course.

              I have to say though, that although I do enjoy this occasionally, it's not my favourite in the J20 range. That would have to be the Apple and Raspberry or the White Grape and Peach both of which I think are much more interesting flavours.

              Overall though, this is a nice fruit juice drink for when you're down the pub if it's what's there, and it makes a pleasant change from drinking orange juice and lemonade as I sometimes do. However, it's not one I'd choose to buy for drinking at home when there are more interesting flavours available.

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                17.04.2011 18:45
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                A lovely tasting passionfruit drink which quenches your thirst

                I absolutely love orange and passionfruit J20s, the only thing that bothers me about them is how much they cost when brought from a pub! They are made as an adult soft drink, a good alternative to not drinking alcohol, but still a sophisticated drink.

                The product --> The drink comes in a clear glass bottle of 160ml, with a label around the top and label around the middle, which has J20 on it. Around the top has the flavour, and the lids for it are bottle top lids found on beer bottle, so you do need a proper opener to get in, unless you have strong teeth! The colour of the drink is very summery and appealing, being a dark orange.

                These were launched years ago, and have continued to be popular. The brand sell many types of flavours of exotic flavours, including mango, melon, cranberry and raspberry.

                This I find compliments many dishes, and is definitely best served cold. This tends to be our alternative for those who do not want to drink wine during family meals. As it is soft and not fizzy it goes down easier, especially with a big meal. Sometimes pepsi and coke can be too gassy and fill you up too much!

                It tastes very fruity, and very similar to drinks from the Tropicana label. The passionfruit comes through great, and with hints of orange tastes really nice.

                Nutritional Information --> These are per 100ml.

                Calories - 47cal
                Sugars - 11g
                Fat - 0.1g
                No Salt

                I find it too be a tad on the sugary side, but it isn't an everyday drink in my opinion anyway, as it is quite pricey. At a pub you can expect to find it for about £2-3.50, it does depend on the pub!

                The cost --> At normal price for 4 bottles it is about £3.60, but there are usually offers on for £2 in ASDA, so it is best to shop around with this.

                Overall a lovely refreshing drink.

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                  26.02.2010 17:45
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                  Britvic J2O Orange & Passionfruit - Refreshing little drink.

                  My kids had been raving about J2O for a while before I finally bought it. It was on special offer in Tesco a while back at £2 for a 4 bottle pack.
                  I had thought they would be great for pack lunch bottles, but when they arrived, I found the bottles were glass and you needed a bottle opener for the top. So much for that idea then!
                  They are available in plastic bottles with a screw top, but I think that's only if you buy them singly.

                  My kids like all the flavours, but their favourite is orange and passionfruit and I have taken a liking to it also.

                  J2O is a soft drink, containing a high percentage of fruit juice and is mainly aimed towards the adult market.

                  *Ingredients*

                  Water, Fruit Juices From Concentrate (Orange 35%, Passionfruit 5%), Sugar, Stabiliser (Pectin), Citric Acid, Flavourings, Colour (Anthocyanins), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid).

                  This product is suitable for vegetarians.

                  I find the combination of orange and passionfruit works well. You can taste both flavours clearly, even though there is far more orange juice in the bottle. The juices taste freshly squeezed and J2O has a thicker, richer consistency than most juices. It is also quite sweet and a 275ml bottle is enough for me.

                  I think it is at it's best, straight out of the fridge. I also find J2O tastes great mixed with lemonade, you get a more diluted flavour, with the added bubbles and it makes a nice change. It also goes further, which makes it much better value.

                  *Nutritional Value Per 100ml*

                  Energy - 47 kcal
                  Protein - 0.3g
                  Carbohydrate - 11.0g
                  of which sugars - 11.0g
                  Fat - 0.1g
                  of which saturates - Trace
                  of which polyunsaturates - Trace
                  Sodium - Nil

                  J2O is available from Tesco in the following:

                  330ml single bottle = £1.39 (2 for £1.60 until 20/04/10)
                  4 x 330ml bottle pack = £3.20 (2 for £5 until 02/03/10)

                  I do find Britvic J2O a refreshing drink and it's nice for a change. I would only ever buy it when on special offer though, as it is expensive, for such a small bottle.

                  I also find it disappointing that although it does have real fruit juice in it, which makes it sound quite healthy, there are also artificial ingredients too.
                  Because of this, I would award Britvic J2O 4 stars.

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                    07.01.2010 18:11
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                    not the nicest j20 flavour

                    J20 is a drink made by britvic , they are a selection of different flavour combiantions like orange and pomegranate, apple and mango, apple and melon , orange and passion fruit. As well as a couple of other flavours. They are usually about £1 on their own although this varies a lot, and in supermarkets generally sold in a pack of 4 , and a offer like 2 packs for a 6 quid. The bottles are usually glass and 275ml , enough for a few big mouthfulls, and have a top that needs to be undone via a bottle opener. The juice content is 50% and is 7% of your calorie intake.

                    ===Appearence===
                    The look is very simple . they leave as much space open so you can see the colorful contents and the labels are appealing. The bottle top is green with the j20 logo and small writing telling you to shake the bottle and that it separates naturally. Next is the neck of the bottle which says the flavour , juice drink and 275 ml. On the back of this label there is the ingrediants ,contact info and how to recycle it. Then there is a label on the center with j20 in big letters. The colour scheme for this bottle is green and orange, this works well as it doesnt look out of place. Underneath this you see the juice does look fresh and looks as though it would quench your thirst.

                    ===Taste===
                    The orange and passion fruit taste is strange as the orange is more of an after taste. The passion fruit is strong and the juice instantly stops any thirst, however the orange then kicks in and seems to dry out the underneath of your tongue and back of your throat , making you want another sip. The juice feels quite thick when its swallowed and you can feel it lingering in your throat. The aftertaste lasts for quite a while and this is what brings it down for me , i want a drink to refresh me and go, not stay around making me drink loads of the stuff. I generally get around 7 mouthfulls out of it but this isnt one of the best j20 flavours.

                    ===Overall===
                    Its not my favorite j20 drink and the combination of flavours needs work.

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                    07.01.2010 02:01
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                    Good Overall

                    My mum gave me a crate of these when I last came home. God knows where she got them from but I've slowly been sipping on them since.

                    I've been drinking them for years and I find the price varies depending on where you purchase them. I've seen them as low as 99p in the supermarkets to up to over £2 in pubs and clubs in my local nightspot. It comes in a standard bottle of 275ml which contains 118 calories and equates to 6% of your GDA.

                    I think it has a number of advantages. I find all of their flavours are rich in juice and therefore tasty to drink. This makes it handy when you're on a night out and you find yourself lumbered with the responsibility of being the designated driver or unable to drink alcohol then this provides a handy substitute. The problem I find though is that they are so easy to drink you can easily find yourself drinking them going back and fore to the bar for more. With them not being cheap, it could be an expensive night out.

                    Speaking of alcohol, they do make good mixers. If you're struggling what to mix your spirits with then the orange and passion fruit pretty much goes with anything and can easily enhance a drink to make it more flavourful.

                    I do think there are a few downsides. Considering the size of what you get, to have it in a glass bottle is something I consider to be a little unfriendly to the environment. No doubt a majority are recycled, but having them in a plastic bottle, or sold in larger quantities would be handier.

                    Also, remember to shake them before drinking. A lot of the residue settles on the bottom and often, it can be too late and it detriments the flavour. It's not a big problem but it's something to bear in mind.

                    Overall though it is very tasty and easy on the palate, and comes recommended by me.

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                    Great alternate to fresh orange

                    J2O Orange and Passion Fruit may look like alcopops but are far from it, I used to think they were as there is such a large selection behind bars in the same area as bottles of beer. These are actually the opposite as these are made by Britvic who make the Britvic 55 brand. These are perfect for if you are driving and want to still be still stood in the pub with your mates.



                    The look?

                    These come in eye catching colours, this particular one is a yellowy orange in colour, these are mainly clear bottles with the J20 label attached.



                    Price?

                    These are not that cheap either from a shop or if bought in a bar. Around £2.45 for four bottles if bought in the supermarket, in a bar you may pay this for one bottle alone. You soon get through a bottle of this so it seems to go in no time, so it kind of feels like you do not get much for your money



                    About the Taste?

                    You can really taste the orange and passion fruit in this, it's a bit thicker than say a cordial and is smooth in texture. Really not to sharp either, just the right balance of flavours



                    Healthy?

                    37 kcal per 100 mls, there is 9.8 grams of sugar per 100 mls making the traffic light red for sugar, all the rest are green.



                    Conclusion?

                    Great tasting alternative to an alcopop if stood in a bar, other than that if you can afford them these are really tasty but come at a price I think

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                    07.12.2009 22:14
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                    Fantastic!

                    This is probably one of the most delicious flavours of one of the most delicious drinks ever created by man. After being shaken up quickly before opening, this fantastic bottle will unleash the greatest burst of fruit flavour most people have ever tasted. Although there are many other fantastic flavours of J2O, this is the one that certainly stands out to me. Not only does it taste fantastic, it's also quite good for you, which is very rare at the moment. The only thing I have ever really disliked about the drink, is having to shake it up before i drink it, and every so often, although a very rare occurance, it doesn't quite get shaken up enough and all the pulp just stays at the bottom. Despite this slightly irritating yet understandable problem, I still regard this drink as one of my favourites and strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a delicious drink that goes great with any meal.

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                      03.12.2009 18:54
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                      A drink for parties

                      I went shopping with my family last weekend and as expected, I exceed my weekly budget, as they also shopped their personal treats. My beloved better half got a 2 pack of J20 which was fine with me because it's nice to have it occassionally and he picked one of our favourite flavour which is orange and passion fruit.

                      J20
                      The drink is made by Britvic and was first introduced back in 1998. It comes in a 270ml bottle and made of 50% fruit juice.

                      BOTTLE
                      A glass bottle with an easy to open cap. It has orange label around the bottle and a green pattern to indicate the flavour. The design is quite simple, you would'nt expect that it cost much than other typical juice.

                      FLAVOURS
                      Apple and Melon
                      Apple and Mango
                      Orange and Cranberry
                      Orange and Passionfruit
                      Apple and Raspberry

                      We have tried almost every flavour and as I said orange and passionfruit was our favourite. You may have also come across Orange and Pomegranate J2O which was a Limited Edition.

                      TASTE
                      It's like a smooth juice with no lumpy bits and taste as though it had been watered down, quite sweet yet sharp but not overpowering. This flavour is just perfect for me but I'm sure that other might find it quite artificial. Last summer we usually served it in a glass with plenty of ice and it's really refreshing.

                      PRICE
                      £3.78 but currently on offer for £2/ tesco

                      It's much cheaper if you buy it in pack, pubs and other restaurants offered them for almost £2/ bottle which is quite costly.

                      CONCLUSION
                      I like drinking J20 occassionally, little different from a fizzy drink. It's refreshing and has a sharp taste. Great to have after a day out, garden parties, barbecues and other events. It's more on alternative, if you don't prefer to have coke or pepsi on most occasions. Obviously it's way too much to drink everyday because it's a bit expensive and I'd rather have my squash which is way cheaper than j20. And if you want it as a treat remember that it's best served chilled.

                      Thank you for reading ;-D

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