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When out shopping recently, we came across this Mango juice by a company called Rubicon. I have heard of this company before, but knew little about them. The Rubicon company started in 1982, where two employees had a taste for exotic juice drinks. Since the the company has grown vastly, going from making just a single juice drink to having multiple lines of drinks and is now a market leader in exotic juice drinks.
We bought the mango juice drink in a discount shop Home Bargains. The mango juice drink only cost us 69p, which I thought was stupid cheap, especially considering similar juice drinks in other stores can cost anything up to £3 per carton! The carton was a litre, which is standard for a juice drink. The packaging is very pleasing to the eye too, it is blue with pictures of mangoes, which is fitting for the flavor. I think the packaging is very important as a first point of contact with the customer. The drink is also available sparkling in a can.
Now usually, exotic juice drinks such as this taste cheap, and can be quite acidic, but this has a great taste to it. It has a thick texture, which is a lot like a smoothie rather than just juice, but this just adds to its quality, and makes it taste much better. The mango taste is very rich, and I thouroughly enjoyed this juice. I will certainly be buying this drink again due to the quality of it.
Rubicon juice is available in many flavors, some of which include:
This drink is very rich in vitamin C, which is very good for you, but it does have a high sugar content. The sugar is all naturally occurring due to the fruit, but then again most fruit juices are usually pretty high in sugar content anyway.
I would recommend this juice to anyone, especially is you enjoy mango like I do! The price of the juice is fantastic, and is better than most fresh juices I have tried. It is not from concentrate either which is why it tastes so good! This is a quality product that you will enjoy!
I just love Rubicon drinks, wth my favourite being the Mango. Only the still cartons though, I dont do fizzy drinks. It tastes of proper mango and not some artificial flavour. Its refreshing in the summer and great any time of year. Its quite sweet, but a natural sweet not sugar sweet. Straight from the fridge is the best way, opposed to off the shelf at the corne shop. I love it, my partner loves it and my kids love it too! A good all rounder that never fails to put a smile on our faces. Reasonably priced and quite readily available. The singles are perfect when you just want to grab a drink, or a larger carton if you are consumng at home. It needs to be cold when drunk or it tends to feel almost thick in the mouth which I have recently seen described as syrupy. If you enjoy mango this is the drink for you, cool, real thurst quencher the best of a great bunch.
unfortunately I will have to give a slightly biased view as I just hate mango, for some reason mango drinks are always so syrupy and seem to get stuck in the back of my throat, not a big fan of mango in general really but some are more palatable than others. This is one of the problem drinks for me, which is a shame because I absolutely love the purple rubicon though, I think it might be passion fruit?
These drinks are more fruity than your average pop, and they're not so fizzy- I think they give off a feeling of healthy-ness but really they're probably just as bad as coke.
The can's have a nice design, eye catching and with an exciting look- they certainly make you imagine there's a taste sensation within the can. They definitely have a strong taste, but unfortunately for this product it is not one I am fond of.
On the plus side you can find them quite easily, so if you're feeling like you need some canned fruit juice you can find it easy enough.
I am one of those silly, weird people. I LOVE to eat mangoes but I have never really been a fan of mango juice. Today I was in Boots in Paddington station, dying of thirst and aside from vitamin water (bleurgh!) and something fizzy (trying to abstain as I drink far too much!) The only thing I thought I could stomach was this bottle of Rubicon Mango Juice Drink.
It cost £1.45 for a 500ml bottle which I do think is far overpriced but this is most definitely due to where I bought it from and the area! I am sure I have seen it in Tesco for a 1 litre carton for most likely around £1.19 but as I was dying of thirst I wasn't in a position to be particularly fussy.
This is made from 19% mango puree which is evident as the consistency is quite thick, although not at all hard to swallow. It is a deep orange coloured drink, not from concentrate, no artificial colourings or sweeteners and suitable for vegetarians so it can be enjoyed by many! Should be noted it is a "juice drink" so I hope that means it will contribute to one of my 5 a day which I always have difficulty sticking to!
I was extremely surprised that I actually quite liked it, as I have not drank a mango juice beverage for ages. I hadn't tried this brand before but was impressed by the refreshing taste and what tastes like genuine mangoes. It has real fruit juice in it, and this is evidence as the bottle requires a good shake before usage otherwise it settles at the bottom and tastes more like mango flavoured water with lots of fruit at the bottom...yuk!
I am also keen on recycling and so was impressed the bottle although plastic is widely recyclable so I carried it with me home to make sure it was disposed of in an environmentally friendly way! I am not a big lover of mango drinks but overall I was happy with this drink and would probably drink it again. Don't get me wrong I am still slightly fussy so won't be rushing out any time soon to buy it, as there are loads of other flavoured drinks on the market I prefer, but if someone offered it to me I wouldn't turn my nose up at it scornfully as I have done in the past!
Rubicon's mango juice has long been a favourite of mine. Before I start to review the different aspects of this product, I would just like to point out that Rubicon retails its mango and other exotic juice drinks in different types and packaging. You can buy the sparkling, fizzy kind, mainly inside metal cans or bottles, and the non sparkling regular juice comes in cartons, whether they are big or travel sized. Not being such a big fan of sparkling drinks, the rest of my review will be mainly covering the non sparkling cartons of mango juice.
PRICE AND QUANTITY:
Mangoes, in general, are not the cheapest fruits in the world, so you would not expect mango juice from a good quality producer such as Rubicon to be cheap. However, it is not bad value for money at all; you can often pick up a 1 Litre carton for around one pound, especially considering the supermarkets' frequent offers and promotions (much as a typical orange or apple juice carton would cost). This is one of the best priced mango juice manufacturers that you can pretty much find nowadays. A 1 Litre carton is enough for a couple of drinks, but it is very tempting to finish the whole carton off in three large pint glass sized cupfuls; not very good for your purse strings if you want to be having it everyday, or if you are just generally a very thirsty person. However, it is adequately priced for an exotic juice drink, and if purchased not too regularly, it could be a very good exotic replacement to your normal, boring juice drinks.
PACKAGING AND QUALITY:
The packaging of this product is not brilliant, but it is not bad either. It has a blue background with pictures of mangoes all around it- though they do not look real and in my opinion, it gives a tacky effect to the carton. Even so, it does brighten up your cupboard or fridge! And, like you should never judge a book by its cover, the packaging of a product so delicious otherwise does not matter a great deal. I have only had one problem with the quality and that is that the real juice seems to sink to the bottom after a while, and leaves the top thin and not as lovely tasting; but that is with most juice drinks, is it not? And it can be solved by a very simple method- VIGOROUS SHAKING. Otherwise, I have found both the juice and the packaging to be of good quality.
The taste of a drink is, after all, the most important aspect of it, and this Mango Juice did not fail to meet my expectations. It was lovely, exotic and fruity, with a thicker texture than perhaps you would find inside a carton of apple juice, but yet it was refreshing. It is a yellowy orange colour; if I was to say that it was the very colour of sunshine I would be an exaggeration, but taking a sip of this does in a way remind me of the sun every time- its sweet yet refreshing taste always recalls me to hot summer days with a glass of mango juice clutched in my hand. Rubicon's mango juice is sweeter than normal juices I had been accustomed to in the past, but it was not too sweet and sickly as I had found with Rubicon's guava juice. This was a lovely exotic change to ordinary fruit juice; and also, you can mix half a glass of apple juice with half a glass of mango juice, which, in my opinion, gives it a delicious twist.
A lovely mango juice drink from Rubicon with a delightful flavour and a fair price- I would highly recommend this.
Another of my favourite soft drinks is Rubicon Mango Juice Drink. The drink is available in cartons, which I buy quite regularly. It is also available in cans in multipacks of 6 for around £2.50. The 1Litre cartons are about £1.50, with packs of 3x288ml cartons available for £1.30. As you can see there is a wide range of size options and there is also a variety of flavours within the Rubicon Juice Drink range. I am reviewing the Mango flavour, but it is also available in Lychee, Sparkling Guava, Watermelon, Sparkling Passion Fruit and Pomegranate to name but a few. There is something for everyone, provided you like your drink very sweet and sugary that is!
The first thing I noticed about this mango drink is just how sweet it is. A 200ml serving contains 27g of sugar. The ingredients are stated below and as sugar is the third item listed I can imagine most of the sugar is not natural sugars from the mango.
The ingredients are as follows;
Water,Mango Purée (19%) ,Sugar ,Citric Acid ,Flavourings ,Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum) ,Vitamin C.
The taste of this drink is very refreshing and I really enjoy the exotic mango flavour of it. There are few mango juice drinks on the market and each of the Rubicon varieties is quite unique. Upon initial tasting the juice drink is rather sweet and I don't like to drink it in great quantities. I can enjoy a small glass with dessert after lunch and I sometimes enjoy it over ice on hot Summer days. It definately tastes best chilled. As the drink is packed with Vitamin A,C and E it is obviously a healthy drink, but the sugar content is a little off-putting I can imagine.
The unique variety of flavours is obviously a huge selling point to consumers of Rubicon drinks. Although this mango juice drink is rather sweet I cannot recommend it enough. The initial attraction for me was the exotic flavour and also the packaging. The cartons and cans are all brightly coloured. The cans are obviously carbonated and also contain less mango puree in the ingredients list. My preference is for the juice drink in the carton as it isn't a fizzy drink and is also quite a thick liquid. In comparison to something like orange juice, I find this mango drink is quite a bit thicker and is of a syrup consistency.The juice drink is like velvet on my tongue and feels high quality and really gives my tastebuds a treat! The drink fills me up and even though it has a high sugar content I am happy to recommend it to anyone with an exotic taste.
I remember drinking this drink often when I was little. I have only recently noticed it has become more widely available in supermarkets. My mum used to buy it when I was younger from Asian shops and supermarkets, they seemed to be the only places to stock them at a reasonable price.
The picture above shows the drink in a can, which is a fizzy drink. The juice drink, however, is available in cartons, either 1 litre cartons, or smaller cartons, ideal for lunchboxes or on the go.
I mainly want to comment on the flavour of this product. The product itself is a sort of dull orange colour, not as bright as orange juice, and is slightly more thick in texture. It is best served cold, and a small glass or carton is really refreshing to drink on a hot day. This product really tastes of mangoes, however, is sweetened considerably, so you don't get any sharpness. I really like how smooth in texture this drink is, making it easy to drink large quantities very quickly. The main thing I dislike about this product is the sugar content, and how sickly it gets after consuming a lot. I think this is because I don't really have much of a sweet tooth, and prefer drinks with lower sugar contents. This product still tastes good watered down, which I have seen many mother's do when giving it too their children. The taste normally is fairly strong, so watering down doesn't really affect this, but makes the carton last longer as well as reducing the sugar/sweetness in one serving.
I like this drink as an occasional treat. I think everyone should try it at one point. I haven't tried a product that's quite like it.
Rubicon is just one of many brands that produce drinks which contain fruit. This is hardly uncommon these days at all but in my opinion, Rubicon is one of the best manufacturers when it comes to fruit juice drinks. For the purpose of this review, I shall review Sparkling Rubicon Mango but I've never had a Rubicon drink I didn't like.
This drink is sold in single cans at about 80p or in multipacks of 6 cans for £2.80; clearly it is better to buy a multipack of this drink because you end up pretty much getting 2 and a half drinks for free.
The can is a light blue colour, closely resembling a hot summer's day sky, and has pictures of mangos on it. This makes it very easy to identify because the flavour is displayed in writing and in picture form. On the can, it states that the product is suitable for vegetarians which is a huge bonus as not all drinks are. Also, it states that it contains no artificial sweeteners which is a bonus for children as it won't damage their teeth like some drinks can. Another bonus would be that it contains real fruit juice so it can be said that it is healthier than some other options as well.
When you first open the drink you hear a fizzing sound and then the smell of mango hits you. It smells really strongly of mango so if you don't like the smell or the taste then this might put you off. While the drink does taste of mango, for a fizzy drink it is surprising how little you notice the fizziness. The mango is the only thing you really notice and it leaves a nice refreshing mango taste in your mouth afterwards which is a good thing. This drink is good at masking other tastes as well so if you had a bad taste in your mouth, this drink covers it up well. This was why I originally bought the drink; I had eaten a cheese and onion sandwich and I was left with an oniony taste in my mouth but this totally took it away.
For those of you who are interested in the nutritional values of this drink, it contains 52kcal per 100ml, 0.1g protein per 100ml, 13g carbohydrates per 100ml and a trace of fat. In my opinion this is pretty good because other drinks are a lot more calorific and fattening than this one and it tastes better as well!
Although I said I would focus on Sparkling Rubicon Mango for this review, I will mention the other flavours available and other types of packaging because of course not everyone likes fizzy drinks or mango. The other flavours are watermelon, guava, pomegranate, lychee, guanabana, pineapple and coconut, papaya, sun exotic pineapple and coconut, sun exotic tropical fruit and sun exotic fruit paradise. This shows that there is a pretty big range of flavours available including several types of fruit I didn't even know existed. Well okay, maybe I wouldn't go that far but I've never tried them anyway. As for different types of packaging, the drinks come in cans, cartons, bottles or pouches, all of which come with slightly different varieties of the various flavours including sparkling and still.
I like the way there are several flavours but none of them are particularly common flavours because this means that you're less likely to be bored of them. Also, the vast range of drinks means that you won't get bored of the brand either. At least not very quickly. I like the fact that you don't have to have a still drink or a fizzy drink; the option is yours.
Overall I would say the Rubicon products are good and my favourite would have to be the Mango one because it tastes really refreshing and I could never get bored of it.
I had noticed this and other Rubicon flavours stocked by Lidl for months before I ever bought any. I was prompted to do so by seeing the rather amusing Rubicon ad breaks when the cricket was on television last year from the West Indies. They were played at every interval, however short and whatever we think, advertising does get to you after a while.
Rubicon is no longer an independent company. It is a brand owned by A G Barr and it has captured a good share of the market in exotic fruit drinks
I had never really had much mango in the past, other than on holiday in Sri Lanka many years ago so when Lidl had an offer on, I bought a 1ltr pack to try. The dooyoo picture represents the sparkling canned version. We had it with our breakfast on the Sunday and it tasted very nice indeed. Mango is a very distinctive taste and is really very sweet. I couldn't drink a lot of it, but it was a good way of cleansing the palette after a cooked breakfast. It doesn't have any bits in it and it is quite watery, but it's lovely when drunk chilled from the fridge.
It's National Mango Week coming up from 23rd to 30th May 2011 so at the time I am sure we will see promotions on this and other mango based products. It would be a good time to give it a try. It makes a pleasant change from the orange and apple juices that we usually buy and we buy it when there is a good deal on it, because at standard price, it's a bit expensive.
A fizzy drink, I only discovered it earlier this year and I cannot believe what I was missing out on. I popped into my local Londis to pay off some money on my gas card and I started looking for something freezing cold to drink as it was desert hot outside. I went for the one that had the set price on the front. A bright blue 330ml can of Rubicon Mango with '45p' worked into the can design. Not like other fruity fizzy drinks where 1. The drink tastes nothing like the fruit it advertises on the pack or 2. The drink has the tiniest weak hint of fruit underneath all the fizz that gives you wind all day.
THIS drink tastes great with just the right amount of mango flavouring with actual mango used in the process of making it with a light fizz. You're not quite literally drinking bubbles like with most other drinks that may as well just be called 'can of bloat'.
---Where to find?---
Tesco, Morrisons and Asda in the world food section (don't expect it to be refrigerated), small newsagents and ethnic/cultural food shops. You can also purchase 2l bottles of this drink.
SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS AND VEGANS.
Carbonated Water, Sugar, Mango Puree (8%), Malic Acid, Flavourings, Preservative (E211), Colour (Beta -carotene).
(E211) is sodium benzoate, found in a wide variety of foods like jam, vinegar and dressings.
52kCal per 330ml can.
Rubicon juices are my all time favourite and I frequently buy their Mango and Guava flavours.
Mango is one of my favourite fruit and this mango juice gives me the satisfaction of tasting a real mango. Their are many varieties of mangoes available each having different quality of taste and 'Alphonsa' mango variety tastes best and is called 'King of mangoes'. Rubicon juice is made from Alphonsa mangoes and that's why the juice tastes so good.
The juice comes in a tetra-pak carton. The carton is made from wood which is a natural renewable resource. The carton is recyclable. The carton colour is blue in colour with several mango pictures on it which straight away tells us it is mango juice, of course the Rubicon label and Mango word is clearly mentioned on the front side. The top of the carton is provided with a tab from which we can pour the juice with out spilling and after using we can close the tab which maintains the freshness of juice.
Before pouring the juice we have to shake the carton well otherwise we get the watery juice. The juice is golden yellow in colour. We can smell the mango flavour and the mango juice has a rich taste of a good quality mango. The juice is not too thick and does not taste too sweet though they added sugar into it. The juice tastes best when chilled and can be mixed with other juices like orange, lemon.
Nutritionally, mangoes are wonderful sources of minerals such as copper and potassium. It also contains traces of other minerals such as manganese, selenium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and phosphorous. Mangoes are high in vitamin A and vitamin C. The fruit also contains traces of other vitamins such as vitamin E, vitamin B, and vitamin K. The fiber content in mangoes is also higher than other fruits. It is this nutritious fruit and added vitamin C that makes Rubicon mango juice nutritious. A 100 ml juice contains 30mg of Vitamin C which is 50% RDA.
The juice is made from mango pulp (not from concentrate) and does not contain any artificial preservatives, colourings or sweeteners. The juice is suitable for vegetarians.
A full five dooyoo stars from me for its taste and nutrition content.
I remember Rubicon Mango Juice from way back, I used to buy the big carton, but now I buy the little juice cartons which are great.
So, this juice is made 'with the finest hand picked mangoes', it doesn't have any bits or anything in it and the juice itself is quite thin. Tastes exactly like mangoes. It looks like orange juice, but it is a lot sweeter. I quite like the sweetness, but it can be a bit strong for some people. The sweetness does not hit you straight away, only after a couple of seconds bang in the middle of your tongue. Because I've been drinking from the small juice cartons, I can't really smell any fragrance around the carton, once you start drinking it through the straw, you can smell a tiny bit of sweetness on the straw, but that's it.
The only problem with this juice, if you can call it a problem, is that it tends to thicken your saliva, so it feels almost phlegm-like, some people might not like that...
This is a juice that I would drink mainly in the evening, I don't think it's a breakfast juice, it's too sweet for the morning...although it may help to wake you up! It also tastes better when served cold, and is a great drink for summer. It is quite uplifting, tastes almost as good as a fizzy drink.
The small juice cartons are ideal for lunchboxes, carrying around in your bag. It has a straw attached to it...but be careful to check this before you take it to the till, as I did find one of my cartons was missing it's straw after I cam home. I tend to buy them from Tesco where you can get three cartons in a pack, 288ml each, for under £2 (sorry can't remember actual price). I'd definitely recommend purchasing either this or the bigger carton which will last a lot longer and kids will love it.
water, mango puree, sugar, citric acid, flavourings, stabilisers, vitamin c.
I drink an awful lot of soft drinks and often when I'm out shopping I often get thirsty which is why I picked this up recently in Asda....to drink around the shop lol.
330ml bright blue can with a ring-pull to the top of it. On the front of the can I'm told that it is Rubicon 'Sparkling Mango Juice Drink and that it is made with real fruit and theres pictures depicted on mango's on there. Other information on the back of the can includes ingredients and nutritional information being stated as is the size given and contact details for Rubicon are also stated. Nice, bright and informative can this is, easy to open etc.
Bright orange in colour and slightly sparkling it has a Strong and fresh and perfectly pleasant aroma of mango's to it. Taste wise this is simply superb and my new addiction! It really does taste of mango's and it's best served chilled and/or with ice. It is a sweet drink but not in a syrupy way and the natural sweetness of this actually helps to make it more flavoursome and bring out the full on fruit flavour.
It doesn't go flat either too quick, even with ice in it and all round this is a really mightily refreshing and unusual drink! Lovely Rubicon I'm so enjoying the can I'm drinking now as I write this review! Lol.
Nutritional Information Per 100ml:
Fat : Trace
Available in all good supermarkets etc and expect to pay about 38p a can!
I have never really been a huge fan of fruit juice despite the fact the fridge at home is normally full of fresh orange juice. The first time I tried this was when I was on holiday we got through our all inclusive cans of the Rubicon Mango. I had never tried fizzy mango before so I was curious as to what it tasted like.
I was very surprised at how nice it actually tasted. I think it tastes better than orange juice. I find orange juice can be a bit sickly. However, Rubicon Mango is a lot easier to drink for me.
The drink comes in a blue can with several pictures of mangos dotted around it. The can stands out compared to most of the other juices on the shelves in supermarkets because of the colours the manufacturers have chosen to use for the product they really made it stand out.
Per 100ml it has 30mg of Vitamin C and is an excellent source of Vitamin A along with traces of vitamins E, B and K. The fruit also has copper and potassium, and traces of magnesium, manganese, selenium, calcium, iron and phosphorus.
Rubicon says on the website to visit the mango orchards during the very short May/June harvest to ensure the freshness and quality of the mango crop destined for the drink. They are very refreshing and full of vitamins.
I am not sure 100% which shops and supermarkets stock the Rubicon range, therefore my quest took me to an online source http://www.energyshack.co.uk where you can purchase this stuff and get it delivered straight to your door, saving time and petrol, as it's much easier to stock up on this stuff.
Most of the Rubicon drinks are made in the UK except from the 300ml glass bottle range, which is made in Canada. The fruit pulp is brought from countries around the world and shipped to the UK for production...
I have never really been a huge fan of fruit juice despite the fact the fridge at home is normally full of fresh orange juice. The first time I tried this was when I was on holiday we got through our all inclusive deal cartons of the Rubicon Mango juice. I had never tried mango before so I was curious as to what it tasted like.
I was very surprised at how nice mango juice actually tasted. I think it tastes sweeter than orange juice which is sometimes satisfyingly tart. T I find orange juice can be a bit sickly. However, mango juice is a lot easier to drink for me.
The mango juice comes in a blue carton with several pictures of mangos dotted around it. The carton stands out compared to most of the other juices on the shelves in supermarkets because of the colours the manufacturers have chosen to use for the product they really made it stand out.
Per 100ml it has 30mg of vitamin c and is an excellent source of Vitamin A along with traces of vitamins E, B and K. The fruit also has copper and potassium, and traces of magnesium, manganese, selenium, calcium, iron and phosphorus.
Rubicon claims on the website to visit the mango orchards during the very short May/June harvest to ensure the freshness and quality of the mango crop destined for the drink. I haven't had one carton of mango juice from Rubicon that I haven't disliked. They are very refreshing and full of vitamins.
Mango juice is golden yellow in colour and looks more of a deeper orange colour than the typical orange juice.
Most fruit juices have a high content of sugar so I would recommend not drinking this religiously and just a glass or two a day. It's a great drink to drink at breakfast as it's very refreshing or on a hot day.
I really like the Rubicon mango juice it tastes really nice and is definitely my favourite fruit juice so far.