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Britvic Robinsons Barley Water

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      18.05.2012 04:53
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      Good quality, depends what you like!

      Just lately I have been feeling really thirsty all the time. I've had a sugar test and I'm not diabetic so goodness knows why but I have been getting through copious amounts of drinks lately!

      So the other day whilst I was in my local Asda store I spotted all the Robinsons Barley, Juice drinks on offer at a pound a bottle opposed to the usual price of about £1.59 so I picked a 'Tropical' flavoured one to try.

      The Packaging:

      This juice comes in a see through plastic bottle that has a dark blue twist on/off lid to the top of it and we are tolf on the front of it that it is Robinsons Tropical Fruit & Barley 'Only we know how to make it smooth' and that it has no artificial colours or flavours and no added sugar in it and that the company was established in 1823. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and how to make it up, the ingredients and a nutritional chart are stated as is the size which is 1L and contact details for the Robinsons are given. Nice enough and informative bottle this is and the whole thing is recyclable too.

      The Drink:

      To make this up you simply use water and basically we are told on the back of the bottle to dilute 1 part of this light yellow coloured thin juice to 4 parts water and this makes up a squash basically that smells very much of pineapple and mango in a sweet, natural and juicy way and is still a light yellow in colour. Making this drink up is not rocket science and in my opinion best served chilled or over ice.

      This for me though is a bit sweet even if I make up according to the instructions on the bottle. Its very thin and smooth as promised and is quite watery in its flavour with only a hint of pineapple and mango flavouring to it and I cant taste the other flavours in the ingredients list at all (which are passionfruit, orange, lemon and apricot). I can't of course taste the barley though its very good for our digestive systems which I am thankful for of course lol.

      I can't argue that this isn't a quality juice but it really isn't one I'd buy again. Maybe the flavour just isn't in it enough for me or these juices are a bit too sweet, me I'll go back to buying Asda Smart Price juice next time for a quarter of this price because to me its more flavoursome than this sadly!

      Available in all good supermarkets etc and in many different flavours too.

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        05.08.2010 11:39
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        An affordable, good quality lemon barley dilute juice.

        At the moment, I'm finding it hard to drink enough water, which I know I should do for my health. My colleague at work brought the Lemon Barley version of this Britvic concentrated juice drink, and I've been really addicted to it! Normally I've only enjoyed berry varieties of cordial, such as Ribena, etc, but I really like the flavour of this Lemon Barley. It's really light and refreshing, and perfect for these summer months.

        It comes in a 850 ml plastic bottle, and can currently be found in Tesco for the price of £1.59, which is pretty reasonable, especially as it lasts quite long being a dilute juice drink.

        Unlike the bottle in the picture, the bottle I am reviewing is the lemon barley water juice, and the colour of it is a misty white. It has quite a sweet lemon and sugar taste, which to some people might seem too sugary, so best to just start with a small amount to dilute with and then add more if it seems too strong. I never tend to follow instructions with juices like this, I just splash it in and see how it goes!

        The bottle is easy to grip, and the packaging and label is pleasant, straightforward and un-gimmicky, and it is clear from the label what you are buying. I think this comes in two varieties, standard and no-added sugar. I've drunk the standard one, but from experience the no-added sugar ones are still pleasant enough to drink.

        Ingredients: Water,Sugar ,Lemon Juice from Concentrate (17%) ,Barley Flour (2.5%) ,Citric Acid ,Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite) ,Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid) ,Natural Flavouring ,Sweetener (Saccharin).

        Once you have opened this bottle, it should be consumed within 9 months, which should be no problem for a normal household. As with any Robinsons drink, the quality is pretty good, and its an enjoyable drink for the whole family to enjoy.

        This is a healthier alternative to fizzy pop, and like anything, should be drunk in moderation, but obviously, water is the healthiest drink around, so where possible, it is best to drink plain water if you can!

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          04.09.2009 12:08
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          A nice change

          Just recently my partner has been hankering after something other than orange juice and milk to drink so on our last shopping trip he chose some Robinsons Lemon Barley Water. Robinsons were established in 1823 and are well known for their orange and lemon barley water. Barley water does actually involve barley, apparently the barley is washed, boiled then strained before flavour and sweetener are added to produce this drink.

          Barley water is a cordial so it is recommended you dilute it 1 part concentrate to 4 parts water but it's really more a question of taste. It does state on the bottle that it is essential to add extra water if given to toddlers but I wouldn't think the lemon version of this would really appeal to kids as it's quite bitter.

          The product has no artificial colours or flavours, but has added sugar and artificial sweetener in the form of saccharin. It is juice from concentrate and suitable for vegetarians. It also says on the back this was first made for players at the 1934 Wimbledon Championships.

          Nutritional statistics are (per 250ml serving): 48 calories, 0.1g protein, 11g carbohydrate or which 10g sugars, trace of fat, fibre and sodium. The bottle is 1 litre in size and cost £1.36 from Tescos and should contain 20 servings.

          I'm quite a fan of bitter drinks so I was pleased my partner had gone for the lemon version rather than the orange and within a couple of days I found myself pouring out some of the cloudy barley water into a glass. I would say 1 part concentrate to 4 parts water is about right and the drink looks like murky, very light cream coloured liquid once diluted.

          The taste is pretty sour, considering this has both sugar and saccharin in it it still manages to be very tart and this is why I wouldn't think most kids would like it. It also has the strange effect of quenching your thirst but making your mouth dry at the same time which is because lemons are naturally astringent (this is why lemon essential oil is good for spots!) and I found myself wanting a sip of water afterwards.

          It is tasty though if you like lemon flavouring and if you don't then there's always the orange version. As this contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C) it also has natural antioxidant properties which is a bonus.

          One minor gripe though is the layout of the claims. There's a box with ticks at the side of particular claims such as no artificial colours etc and I found the fact they'd ticked "added sugar" and "artificial sweeteners" rather odd and to be honest initially my brain translated this to no added sugar or artificial sweeteners which I suspect is the intention so watch out for this if you are trying to avoid either. It also is pretty high in sugar for a drink.

          Overall though it made a change and the tart, sour taste of lemon appeals to my palate so we'll definitely buy more at some point. 4 stars from me and recommended if you like lemons.

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            06.04.2009 20:02
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            A very fruity drink, a marvellous thirst quencher.

            The well known name of Robinsons can be traced right back as far as the early 1800's.
            Robinson and Belville sold Patent barley in a powder form, this powdered barley was added to boiling water to make a nutritious barley drink.

            Robinsons Barley water and Wimbledon have always gone hand in hand and as early as the 1930's all of the players had a ready supply of Robinson's Barley water in their dressing rooms.

            Robinsons was acquired by Britvic in 1995. The Essex based company Britvic was founded during the 19th century and was initially called The British Vitamin Products Company, hence the name Britvic was formed as an abbreviation of the company name.
            Britvic started life as a small concern which was run from the back of a chemists shop, over time they branched out to manufacture all kinds of drinks, including tonic waters, soft drinks and lemonades.
            During 1938 Great Britain suffered a depression and Ralph Chapman the owner of Britvic noted the need for a reliable source of Vitamin C,. At that point he managed to successfully bottle fresh fruit juices without using preservatives, the juices were sold to the public in small bottles and were an instant success.

            Robinsons produce their barley water in both orange and lemon flavour, the fruit squash has a unique and distinctive flavour.
            You might have noticed that Robinsons have another fruit and barley squash on offer in the supermarkets but this isn't a patch on the traditional barley water.

            Robinson's Barley water comes in a plastic bottle, much easier to handle and safer to transport.
            The plastic bottle is not a state of the art design, it is plain and simple and has an oval label on the front which clearly states all of the product information.

            If you look closely at the plastic bottle you can clearly see that the barley water is much thicker than the normal fruit squashes. When you pour some into a glass ready to dilute the liquid is quite thick and creamy. As you fill the glass up the barley water appears cloudy at first but this soon settles down after a minute or two.
            It does have a different taste to plain fruit squash. The addition of the barley creates a unique drink with a very 'nutty' flavour.
            If I was going to choose a flavour it would have to be the lemon barley water, it has a refreshing `bite` to it, if the weather is hot is is a wonderful thirst quencher.
            Both the orange and the lemon barley water are rich in fruit flavour and only a small amount is needed before adding water.

            But Robinson's Barley water doesn't only have to be a summer drink, as the colder weather sets in it makes a good hot drink. Add some barley water to a mug and pour in some hot water. The hot water brings out the best in the barley and the drink is scrummy. If you have one of the family in bed with a cold then it makes the ideal drink.

            A bottle of Robinsons Barley water costs around £1.50, so it is a little more expensive than other juices.
            100ml contains 96 calories, 0.3g protein, 21.8g carbohydrate of which 19.8 g is sugars and 0.1g fibre.
            I bought my last bottle in Tesco but I know that it is a popular drink for anyone who has been poorly and most chemists always stock it.
            Barley water, another of our great British Traditions.

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              29.03.2009 19:07
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              A traditional British drink.

              My favourite diluting juice drink is orange barley water. There is nothing more refreshing on a hot day, although I drink it whatever the weather.

              I guess the association with it being a drink for the summer comes from its use at Wimbledon - with a bottle of barley water and a tennis racket we all think we could be stars of the future. The drink has been associated with Wimbledon since the 1930's and would appear to have been originally been made with powdered patent barley that was added to boiling water and can be traced to 1823.

              The cost of a bottle is around £1.52 per litre and it is widely available in supermarkets.

              I find the lemon barley water a little too sharp for my tastes, but as they are both juices to be diluted then you can adjust the strength of flavour. This is a drink that is also supposed to be helpful if you suffer from bladder infections, though how true this would be I am unsure.

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