Product Type: A.G Barr Soft Drink
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KA Sparkling Black grape
Member Name: duskmaiden
KA Sparkling Black grape
Advantages: cheap,rrefeshing at first
Disadvantages: artificial colours, preservatives nd flavourirng, no grapes , too much sugar
When it comes to fizzy drinks cola and lemonade are classics but they can get pretty boring sometimes. At these times I often go for either ginger beer or a fruiterer drink such as Vinmto or lilt. One drink I do like now and again that is a bit of a guilty pleasure is KA Sparkling Black Grape manufactured by Barrs more famously known for their Iron Bru made from girders.
KA is a range of soft drinks based on traditional Caribbean recipes and also includes flavours such as Kola, Fruit Punch and Pineapple. I've tried some of these but the black grape variety is by far my favourite. Its available in a lot of corner shops round my part of Southeast London and also in the ethnic foods aisle in most major supermarket, as s my area does have a large Afro Caribbean population.
One reason I buy this drink is that it is a bit cheaper than some of the leading brands. A 330ml can costs 49 pence or less(I go it for 39 pence in Asda last week). I tend to buy the cans but occasionally buy the 500 ml bottle. Its also available in a 2 litre bottle.
When pouring the drink you get a lovely very fizzy dark purple drink that is so dark it is almost black. The froth when opening the can is a rather attractive lilac. I spilled some by accident and it turned a sheet of paper a lovely lilac as well. The other thing to note when I spilled it was how sticky the drink was. Unfortunately the colour used to get this drink is E151 also known as brilliant black. This chemical concoction is not recommended for consumption by children and banned in a whole load of countries. Nice! The smell that wafts when I sniff it is a very sweet sherbet like scent. Its not got a grape juice like aroma at all. When drinking its got a nice fizz to it that feels nice in my mouth. The flavour is very sweet and reminds me of a grape sherbet I used to have as a child. Its very sugary (not surprising the second ingredient is sugar) and leaves a slight aftertaste. It can be quite refreshing to start with but I doubt I could drink a lot of it at one sitting , as the sweetness could get too cloying.
One thing to make clear is that KA sparkling black grape is a black grape flavor drink and there are no black grapes involved in the manufacturing process whatsoever. (although there are some blackcurrant and carrot concentrate lurking in there.!). The nearest it has come to an actual black grape is if Sean Ryder has ever drank it. I am not sure what the actual flavour consists of as the ingridents just say flvourirng. Barrs have recently released a still black grape flavored drink which I have tried that has 5% black grape juice. Why can't they change the sparkling version's recipe to incorporate this 5% juice to make it less chemical filled. As it stands the drink is as artificial as Jordan. The other concern I have is the Sodium Benzine used as a preservative that could become addictive especially for children. So this is no no for more than an occasional drink for those with children due to the sugar levels and all the nasties in it would make a child totally hyperactive. Calorie wise its on par with most non diet drinks at about 1about 170 calories in a 330 ml can.
I do like KA sparkling black grape as a change from some of the other fizzy drinks but do not have it too often for th sake of my teeth and and my insides.
Summary: sparkling grape flavour drink with no grapes