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~ Fentimans Mandarin and Seville Orange Jigger ~ Now thats what I call a mouthful for the name of a drink , but just what is it I hear you say . Well this is a fermented botanical orange drink with ginger and herbal extracts . ~ Botanical Brewing ? ~ An age old brewing process , where (in this case ) ginger roots are milled , placed into copper steam jacketed pans and left to bubble and simmer, to release all the flavours.Once completed , herbs , spring water , natural flavours ( Speedwell , Juniper ) and brewers yeast were added , and the concoction left to ferment . Once completed the liquid was transferred to 'Grey Hens' ( stone jars ) , corked and left for about a week before it was ready to drink. Th ewhole process taking approximately ten days . Today the processes have been updated through the addition of mild carbonation to replace the carbon dioxide lost in pasteurisation, which gives the product a longer life and keeps the level of alcohol to no more than 0.5%. ~ And Jigger ? ~ Traditionally , a "jigger" is an old fashioned term for good measure , and in this instance it means that each bottle of juice contains the equivilant of two oranges, with each bottle containing in excess of 30% of pure mandarin juice, enhanced with natural seville orange flavour. ~ Packaging ~ A traditional drink should come in traditional packaging , and so this does , a 275ml glass bottle , whoose only allowance of modern technology is the inclusion of a twist cap , rather than cork / stopper . The front label is in tradition olde-worlde styling , pale cream and orange , with details of the drink within . The neck of the bottle has the picture of a dog , which apparently goes by the name of Fearless , the original Mr. Thomas Fentimans prize Alsatian , a double winner of Crufts Obedience Test and the company logo . The reverse label list the usual ingredients , web address etc. et
c. ~ The Content ~ A mildly alcoholic carbonated orange drink , which looks slightly pale when bought , and come complete with sediment at the bottom ( the product of the brewing process and integral to its flovour ) . Shake to disperse , uncap , and drink. First to hit the taste buds is the ginger and herb extract . Now I don't like ginger , but this was a pleasant taste , not too overbearing . As this taste fades , so comes into effect the true orange flavour , which is neither too sweet nor sour , and tends to last a fair while . Both flavours compliment each other perfectly , and are delicious when served chilled or over ice . ~ Cost and availablility ~ The RRP of this is £1.18 . I however am only paying 49p at present , when purchased at my local Safeway . Sainsbury's also offer this drink , but I have yet to see it at the likes of Asda or Tesco. ~ Why not try ... ~ Fentimans produce three other botanically brewed drinks , namely ; Ginger Beer , Old Curiosity Cola and Traditional Lemonade . ~ Further Information ~ Try their web site at www.fentimans.com , where you can read all about the history of the product , further explanation of the brewing process and even order on line. ~ And finally - my overview ~ At £1.18 , this drink would prove to be a little on the expensive side for everyday drinking , however for that refreshing treat it is highly recommended , and if you can find in on special offer , stock up while you can .