=Old Jamaica Ginger Beer=
I was at my local £1 shop, and they had cans of pop at 3 for £1, and the one that caught my eye was the Old Jamaica Ginger beer, I haven't had Ginger beer since I was a lid, so I thought I'd try this one.
The tin I have is the standard 330ml tin, it is Cream in colour, with stripes going across the front with the word Old Jamaic Ginger Beer on the front. Just below the name is the statement with Fiery Jamaican Root Ginger, with images of palm trees. On the rear of the can is the ingredients, along with nutritional information.
Wow you can taste the ginger, it has a very strong taste, and you can feel the warmth going down your neck and into your stomach, it has a very refreshing taste to the can.
It is nice cooled with some ice.
I shouldn't laugh, but Mr Thrifty fancied a Shandy, at the weekend with the hot spell, not quite BBQ weather (phew), I told him where the lemonade, about 5 minutes later, he says the beers off but it has a ginger taste and it was nice, what he had done was picked up the Ginger beer instead of the lemonade (2 different colours) but never mind... it was refreshing as it gave a 3rd dimension to the beer.
There have been limited edition flavours within the range.
Ginger Beer Twist Mulled Berry - Mixed with berries
Ginger Beer Twisted Gold - Honey and Spices,
It was nice to relive my childhood with Ginger beer, and it has plenty of uses, i have previously made poached pears with Ginger Beer'
=Would I buy again=
I wouldn't necessary go looking on the supermarket shelves for them, but if I picked the odd one up from a £1 shop, that suit me, as i feel ginger beer is an acquired taste.
Im not the biggest drinker in regards to carbonated drinks, unless its the odd energy drink to give me a boost or a bottle of Lucozade. But from time to time,maybe due to complete and utter thirst or just wanting a change, a nice fizzy drink goes down like a treat. I have had this particular drink many a times in the past, but have to be very much be in the mood as its not usually my first choice. But thanks to the other half buying afew 330ml cans from Quality Save, at a cost of 25p, I made an exception.
How is it packaged?
Firstly, the product I am reviewing today doesnt look like this. Ive actually got the same product but in two different formats in my fridge at the moment.The standard look which is readily available in all shops, is a 330ml tin.Cream/eggshell in colour with slanted stripes going across it. ' Old Jamacia Ginger Beer ' clearly on the front.Just below product name there is the statement ' With fiery Jamaican Root Ginger '.Below that is images of palm trees. On the back is ingredient details, nutritional information and size.
The other version of this product is actually in a bottle ( was purchased from Home Bargains for 19p each ).Slightly less drink inside at 275ml. Same details on back and front. Needs to be opened with a bottle opener rather than pull ring like the can version.
What does it taste like?
This truly is a ginger tasting carbonating drink. You can really taste it, its not overwhelming to the point it blows your head off, but its strong enough to leave a tangy taste in the mouth and a warmness down the throat and into my belly. It is quite refreshing, but the taste of ginger does repeat on me and and not to sound rude, really does make me burp alot!
Now,if your looking for something alittle different, I had revelation about this drink ( Im probably the last to know! ). I didnt realise that they had limited edition flavours. One is called Ginger Beer Twist Mulled Berry, the other Ginger Beer Twist Gold. Both have still got the distinctive ginger element to it, but then infused with a berry flavouring ( Mulled Berry ) and honey and spices ( Gold Spice ). The Mulled Berry has a slight and delicate berry flavour to it and the Gold Spice although is supposed to have honey and spices, well I didnt taste any spice and the honey was so tiny in taste I could hardly get it. Not a bad thing for me as I think it would have made it too sweet, rather than the slight hint of sweetness it provided. The packaging is slightly different in regards to the colour of the stripes and limited edition on the around the top, but still easy to identify.
Would I buy again?
Well-I didnt buy them in the first place BUT I would go out of my way to get the limited edition flavours again. The reason I wouldnt necessarily go for the original is there are so many good quality tasting ginger beers out there, alot supermarket branded, that I feel I could get a similar level of taste replicated with something else.But the limited editions?I find interesting and a great idea and gives it another dimension.
I do try and keep my intake of fizzy drinks to a minimum but occasionally I do indulge in the odd fizzy drink and one that I have purchased recently was the Old Jamaica Ginger Beer. Although I do normally buy this in the sugar free version it is hard to find so this was me really being a little naughty and purchasing the full sugar version.
The Old Jamaica Ginger Beer is made by Cott beverages and is sold in cans, individual bottles or large sharing bottles. My last purchase was of a 330ml can which I brought from my local independent grocery store for £0.50.
The can is cream in colour with red stripes and pictures of orange palm trees with a ring pull opening. It states on the front of the can that the ginger beer is made with fiery Jamaican root ginger. On the back of the can you can find more detailed information about the drink including ingredients listings, nutritional information and storages instructions. It also states that the can is made of aluminium and is fully recyclable.
This ginger beer is the original version so is high in sugar and therefore calories. The ginger beer contains the following nutritional information per 100ml:
- Calories - 64kcal
- Protein - less than 0.1g
- Carbohydrate - 16g
- Fat - less than 0.1g
You can drink the ginger beer straight from the can or pour into a glass. It states on the can that it is best served cold which I would certainly agree with as it makes it more refreshing and seems to bring out the flavour of the ginger better. The ginger beer is a slightly cloudy colour and has a good amount of fizz. The taste of the ginger is quite strong so you certainly have to be a fan of ginger to drink this. One reason I really like this drink is that the initial taste of cold refreshment soon turns to a nice warming feeling from the ginger. I certainly think the 'fiery' label is correct as it certainly packs quite a punch but is not overly sweet or sickly tasting for a full sugar drink. I do like to drink this ginger beer on its own but it can also be used as a mixer for alcoholic drinks and goes well with vodka or whiskey and strangely with tequila too!!
Overall I really love this ginger beer it is excellent quality and has a lovely powerful taste without being too sweet. For anyone who likes the taste of ginger I would certainly recommend this drink and is one that I will purchase again in the future.
Can't say hand on heart that I am a very big juice drinker, especially fizzy juice, pop, soda what ever you want to call it. Funny thing is that in the west of Scotland they call it ginger regardless of what flavour it is, I haven't a clue why. The reason it is funny is because it is a ginger juice I'm going to review.
D+G Old Jamaica Ginger Beer
The light brown/dark cream can with the tan coloured trees bordering its bottom quarter is my sign of perfection. It is inlaid with Gothic writing and the words Old Jamaica, underneath this in a different font and in bold black lettering are the magic words Ginger Beer, and further down still in small letters with fiery Jamaica root ginger. It is the standard size can of juice, being that it holds 330ml.
As far a standard goes that about it, from now on in it just gets better. The drink is in my opinion best served chilled, but not too cold. It is a cloudy off cream colour, but don't let this put you off. If poured into a glass you can certainly se that it is a fizzy juice and you get a definitely hint of the fieriness to come from its very inviting smell. I could easily drink a can of this in one foul swoop, but I don't and the reason is very simple, I like to savour its authentic ginger taste.
Fiery as described on the can may be a little misleading, although it does have a kick I couldn't say it's the hottest ginger beer I've tasted. That said I still think it is the best. I love hot, but it is the overall effect a drink has on you which defines its stature in your mind. This seems smooth and refreshing when drinking it cooled, then wap you get a hint of fieriness, again it seems to tame just you hit you again stronger and hotter. It does give a little sting on your throat if you attempt to drink too much in a oner.
I just love this and since it is currently on offer in Morrison's at two 6 can cases for £3, I simply had no choice but to get some in. My wife likes it less chilled than I and says she thinks it tastes hotter when drunk in her preferred state. So we are all in party mood with a long weekend and a big wedding so take a glass of the chilled Old Jamaica Ginger Beer and add a good shot of Vodka, and you have a Moscow Mule fiery on two fronts, refreshing and with one heck of a kick. I think this would also be a big hit at barbies, and would compliment quite a lot of barbie favourites including Ken. Sorry couldn't help myself with that one.
The cost to me is not really important, I'd have bough the six cans for the advertised £3.05 instead of the two packs for £3 offer, I just love this stuff. It does come in larger bottles, although these do seem harder to find. I've seen this on lots of shelves so getting some isn't a problem, but shop around and get the bargains.
I used to love the home-made ginger beer made by my Mum. (The kids in Swallows and Amazons - including Able Seaman Titty - also drank lashings of ginger beer.) She (that's Mum, not Titty) always seemed to have a ginger beer 'plant' on the go - the oldies in dooyoo land will remember these - you could keep feeding it and produce more and more beer and split it to make more 'plants' Can you still get the stuff? I can feel a Google coming on.
I do like a ginger beer and have been meaning to buy some of that alcoholic newfangled stuff I have seen advertised. However, I am happy enough to have a can or two of this as the fancy takes me and since it has been on offer at Morrisons at £3.00 for 2 x 6packs of cans, I thought I would treat myself. It's nice to keep a few cans in the boot of the car where they have a chance of staying reasonably cool.
Each can contains 330ml and contains 211 calories. It's mostly carbonated water, sugar and ginger root extract and it is the latter which gives the drink a nice kick as it hits the back of your throat. It is this short-lived kick which gives the drink its appeal but for many people, this is the bit they don't like.
A 330ml can will go down quite nicely in no time at all, but when I have previously bought this in a 2l bottle, it did lose its fizz quite quickly.
If I have any issues with it at all, then it would be the fact that it is quite gassy and gas has a habit of working its way out quite quickly, so careful if you are drinking it in company. It can certainly bring on a touch of the Donalds.
I see that you can also get the 500ml bottle in Asda at the moment for only 50p. If you want to know more about Old Jamaica Ginger Beer then Google it to get a link straight to their website. It's quite interesting, but not so interesting that I am going to nick bits of it to pad out this review.
Well this is the daddy of Ginger Beers on the market in my area (although thats not saying much as its either that or supermarkets own brand), I remember when I used to live in South London closer to Caribbean influenced shops there were some amazingly authentic Ginger Beers that could blow your head off and clear colds, mouth ulcers and hangovers with one gulp, this is much more of a corporate product but is still reasonably good in its own right.
Products in range:
Well its all about the Ginger Beer, but you can buy the products in 500ml, 1 litre or 2 litre bottles, or 330ml cans, the packaging is a Plastic bottle or can with the white and orange lined product design. It looks fairly cool with some trees on the packaging, it does give a Caribbean feel to the product and doesn't overdo it in anyway.
You can easily buy these products in any good supermarket, they are also available in most smaller shops, especially in London, where you can buy all of the products pretty much everywhere. Its not the kind of product you can get in bars or restaurants unless they are available in places i've not visited yet.
Current Prices at Tesco:
330ml Can - 33p
500ml bottle - 79p
1.5 litre bottle - £1.07
There are 64 calories per 100ml, meaning a can takes about 220 calories which is one tenth of a man's recommended intake.
Carbonated Water, Sugar, Ginger Root Extract and Other Flavouring, Citric Acid, Preservative (Sodium Benzoate), Stabiliser (Quillala Extract).
It tastes fairly good, it has a good kick, although not enough to really make it an authentic Ginger Beer. Personally I think the prices are a bit high for the quality of the product, but it is decent enough. The ginger in the flavour shines through and it is very carbonated, its great if you have a sore throat as a bit of light relief. If I can't make my own at home, this will be the one I use to drink with a curry or spicy meal, it has a lovely relaxing taste and then a kick that surprises and brings you back down to earth. This is a 3 out of 5 product and is easily available everywhere.
In one of my earlier reviews I asked what the difference between ginger ale and ginger beer was, this got me into trying different brands of both as well as trying to find out the difference for myself (sad I know).
Well I did find out, apparently The main difference between the beer and the ale is that the beer is brewed (the ginger root is steeped it in hot water for around 24 hours before the drink is made) meaning that it has a much stronger ginger flavour and is cloudy in colour. Ginger ale is made by adding ginger botanicals so although you get the ginger aromas and flavours it is a milder taste and the drink is clear. Despite the name neither actually contain any alcohol (sorry) but my gran did used to brew some with yeast for a while to produce one with some alcohol in I can't remember what this tasted like but I wouldn't advise it.
Anyway ginger is good for many things it has been shown to be a good natural anti-inflammatory and it is a digestive aid. Anyway I love ginger and a good ginger beer/ale is usually in my fridge.
Old Jamaica ginger beer is a well known brand and has been around for years. It is one of the few I drink as it does not contain artificial sweeteners. However, it does contain sodium benzoate (a preservative). It is available in the regular 330ml can 500 ml bottle and larger bottles. I tend to buy the 500 ml bottles which cost me 70p from my local tesco express.
Nutritional info bit per 100 ml
Energy 64 kcal
On opening the bottle there is a faint aroma of ginger which was slightly disappointing as I would have expected it to have been stronger. It is cloudy in appearance and it does have a good amount of 'fizz' to it and it does not go flat the moment you pour it into your glass. The taste is quite strong on the ginger side but it does not catch the back of the throat too much. There is no sickly artificial taste as other brands occasionally have and there is a good lingering after taste of ginger which I find quite refreshing. In fact the ginger taste comes through even stronger after you have swallowed. On the down side I do find this a little too sweet for my taste. This is, as most soft drinks are, best served ice cold with plenty of ice. Whilst the ginger flavour is there it is not the strongest on the market but the depth of the ginger after taste does make up for this.
The good ginger kick this has would make it a good mixer for cheaper whiskies. I say cheaper as I personally would never insult a single malt or an aged whiskey by adding a mixer other than a splash of soda to it but that is just me.
There is also a 'light' version of this but as I despise the taste artificial sweeteners give things I have not tried this as I tend to avoid the diet versions of any soft drink like the plague.
Old Jamaica Ginger Beer is a childhood favourite of mine. In fact I grew up supping a variety of ginger beers but would have to say that D and G's Old Jamaica clinches the title of best ginger beer in my eyes, if not the best soft drink.
The blend of fiery spice provided by root ginger extract with a sweet, refreshing taste is balanced well, although since my childhood the sweetness has seemed a little too prominent. It still beats other brands however, that can seem a little insipid or others like Fentimans, that in my opinion are far too medicinal. Of course my judgement may be slightly biased due to my father's claim to fame that he won a slogan competition run by the brand years ago, with the dubious entry "Hot even when it's cold". This resulted in a T-shirt being awarded with the slogan emblazoned beneath the image of a can of this pale elixir. The shirt has been subsequently passed down the generations and I now use it when painting rooms or in other splatter-likely scenarios.
The image of the can itself is somewhat iconic I feel. Unlike the picture above, its beige appearance with bold red and silver stripes with quaint font gives it a stylish Caribbean charm. It is true that it acts as a real thirst quencher, and unlike many carbonated drinks it has a freshness and cleanness to it that is most satisfying. Strangely, when left to go flat it takes on a milky sweet characteristic that is not wholly disagreeable in an odd sort of way. It can also serve as a good mixer for a number of spirits for those not adverse to something a bit stronger. For me though, ginger beer will always be a drink of innocent youth yet can be enjoyed by all ages (one of the few carbonated drinks where this is the case). It has of course got quite a bit of sugar in it but I don't think the other ingredients are too bad. Ginger not only holds great flavour but contains medicinal properties, although I am not sure how much of these will translate into the drink. Drinks such as this are for pure enjoyment however and definitely not a healthy option so pour yourself a glass, savour a drink which is refreshing, and forget all your worries, the Caribbean way!
I have memories as a child in the 1970s of growing our own ginger beer, in bottles on the kitchen windowsill - there was some way of using the last bottle to start off the next batch of ginger beer, and we always seemed to have a supply on the go. I have always had a bit of a fondness for the stuff as a result.
Ginger is a root plant, and is widely used for cooking and for its medicinal purposes. It has a warming effect when taken, and can provide a kick to your food when used in cooking, and can give your body a wake up call and your skin a wonderful tingly feeling when used in shower products and body lotions.
So, it would be no surprise that ginger beer is going to provide you with more than just your normal carbonated soft drink!
Despite the name, ginger beer is not alcoholic - not at all. I have always likened it to a cloudy lemonade with a spicy kick! It is a soft drink, suitable for all ages, but not everyone will like it because it can be quite strong, and can take you by surprise.
The clue is in the title, and some ginger beers, including Old Jamaica, use the word "fiery" in their brand name or their description , so you should be prepared for something a little stronger in taste than 7-Up or Tango!
The picture above is of a bottle, but I buy my "Old Jamaica Ginger Beer" in cans - found in Asda and other supermarkets, often in multipacks on offer - so stock up when you find them cheap!
I have tried some brands over the years that really are too fiery for my taste - they have almost made me sneeze as I bring the glass to my mouth, as the smell is so strong, and the taste has made me cough - not a pleasant feeling. I like the taste of ginger, but I DO want to enjoy my drink, not splutter everywhere......apart from anything else, it is not a good look when you have company!
But Old Jamaica seems to have the balance just right for me - a real depth of ginger flavour, with a wonderful warming feeling as it goes down my throat, but without the overpowering heat and certainly without the eyewatering spluttering going on.
For me, I like the fact that I can pour this ginger beer from the can into a tall glass, and can get a refreshing drink full of flavour. It tastes great from the fridge - chilled and just perfect for a summers day, but it also tastes perfectly good at room temperature - the warming properties of the ginger just mean it doesn't NEED to be cold, like some cans or bottles of soft drinks, for it to be delicious! So a perfect drink all year round!
This is not a sugar free drink, so as you would expect, the calories are fairly high - 64 cals for 100mls.......with each can holding 330mls that is over 200 calories per can.....quite a lot if you are watching your calorie intake, so you might want to just be aware of that. However, if you are looking for a drink with a bit of a bite to it, then you can't do much better than this, so we can forgive the calories just a bit, can't we?
Plus, cans in the fridge are less messy and prone to spillage than bottles on the windowsill!
Old Jamaica Ginger Beer is one of my absolute favourites both as a ginger beer and as a soft drink in general. I tend to buy six packs of the 330ml cans which look quite different from the picture above. The cans are a light beige colour with red diagonal stripes and golden palm trees along the bottom. The 'Old Jamaica' font looks quite pirate-y which makes me think of Pirates of the Caribbean every time I drink it! I think 330ml is just the right size for this drink as I always end up leaving some for later when I buy a 500ml bottle. The drink itself is quite sweet and syrup with a strong ginger flavour. It's fizziness is intensified by the kick of the ginger. And it does have quite a strong drinks unlike other disappointing ginger beers which have the flavour but not the spiciness. The sweetness of this drink makes me suspect it probably has quite a lot of sugar or sweeteners but I don't really care, I like it too much to worry about my teeth falling out!
I am a massive fan of all things ginger! I love Cilla Black, adore ginger perfume from Lush (now discontinued) and always overdose on it when i grate it into a stir fry but most of all I love Desnoes & Geddes Old Jamaican Ginger Beer so it was only a matter of time till I found it and started drinking it!
Yes I know I shouldn't really be drinking carbonated soft drinks, and yes I know its full of sugar and it bloats me out but look I don't drink, I don't swear I have hardly any vices at all, I'm near on perfect (lmao)!
I first found this in my local Nisa shop at 39p a can. Cos I drink a lot of ginger pop, well pop in general I always buy cheap stuff that has no kick and I don't enjoy it its just habit so the first time I drank this it nearly blew my head off!
I've seen a couple of different designed cans around but they are the same drink and simply its a can with a ring pull silver lid. Both designs of can are very similar so I'll describe my can as I have it in front of me if I may!
Its a 330ml aluminium can in beige with diagonal red lines on it and I am told what it is and who it is by on there and listed is the ingredients and nutritional information and so on. The can is nothing special at all, it wouldn't jump off the shelf and say buy me anyway!
Its sold chilled wherever I have seen it and does say on the can best served chilled and I wholeheartedly agree with that, it's just not nice warm!
Carbonated water, Sugar, Ginger root extract and other flavourings, Citric acid, preservative (sodium benozate) stabiliser (quillala extra).
Nutritional Information....: Per 100ml:
Fat: Less than 0.1g
What I think about the drink:
Its sunshine in a can I can hear the steel drums in the background starting up and I wanna dance! Everything about it is amazing, if you like ginger beer you'll adore it. Its highly gingery in flavour and its fiery, it hits the back of your throat in an unoffensive way and it tingles and bubbles on the tongue for ages. It smells as good as it tastes, its just simply really delicious!
Its quite thick and sugary and I feel really enlivened after drinking a can if not a little hypo-active! Maybe not one to give to the kids this one lol.
My final words:
As far as I'm concerned there's no better on the market and I do try every Ginger beer that I come across, its very strong flavoured, very syrupy sweet its not for everyone but at 39p a can its worth a try eh!
Available in all good supermarkets and in bottles too.
Review also posted on Ciao under this same username.