“ Manufacturer: Robinsons / Type: Soft Drinks „
A few days ago I found myself delving into the shady underworld of the squash industry, with my review of Robinsons' new 'Apple & Wild Blueberry Select' drink. Although my findings were... well, generally mundane (I concluded that the drink was a pleasant little number, but not quite as nice as the 'High Juice' which it is replacing), I wanted to sample another squash in the range to see what the other flavours are like. Therefore, today it's the turn of the 'Red Grape, Pomegranate & Raspberry' variety, which many people are claiming is best of the bunch.
In terms of its ingredients, the drink contains;
Sugar, Water, Fruit Juices from Concentrate (Red Grape 20%, Pomegranate 5%, Raspberry 5%), Citric Acid, Natural Flavourings, Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphate), Natural Colour (Anthocyanins) and Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid).
Anyone who is mildly observant may notice the fact that the drink only contains 30% real fruit, compared to the 50% which High Juice previously offered. Whilst I don't find this to be a real issue, it is a shame that the fruit content had to be scaled back.
In terms of its taste, the drink has a pleasant flavour, with the raspberry and red grape combining wonderfully to form a full and fruity ensemble. The pomegranate can only really be detected in the aftertaste, but nevertheless provides a subtle and tasty finish. That said, the general flavour is fairly similar to that of the Apple & Wild Blueberry variety, which is a little odd considering the fact that none of the ingredients are the same. Sweetness-wise, you only need to add a small amount of squash to your glass (unless you've got an incredibly sweet tooth), as this stuff seems to be highly concentrated. As the drink uses real sugar instead of a sweetener, the flavour isn't spoiled by a saccharine taste, which is something that I certainly appreciate.
Red Grape, Pomegranate & Raspberry Select can currently be purchased from Tesco for £1.59, although it should be pointed out that all the drinks in the Select range are sold in smaller 850ml bottles than the industry standard one litre. All in all then, although the taste is a little familiar, the drink is great for this hot spell of weather that we're having at the moment, and comes with a strong recommendation from me.
Nutritional Info Per 250ml Serving
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