“ Manufacturer: Barr / Type: Fruit juice „
Whilst browsing through the drinks aisle in my local supermarket recently, I came across this colourful fruit juice & decided to pick it up and take a look at exactly what it was. The label described it as a fusion of strawberry & lime, but made out of natural flavours. It sounded quite good and priced at under 80p, I thought I'd give it a try.
This is a still drink that you can drink straight away without the need to add water like a squash. The taste is quite interesting, I would say the lime dominates over the strawberry flavour. But there's something very unusual about it which I can't really put my finger on.
Although it's supposed to be made of natural products and not artifical colouring, it doesn't seem to taste very natural. It is quite sweet, probably more than it needs to be so I suspect there is quite alot of added sugar & it does have quite a tangy edge to it.
In my opinion, there are much better fruit juices out there & although this one was worth trying, it's not something I would buy again. The so called natural strawberry & lime flavours just don't come out!
I only found out afterwards that St Clements Strawberry and Lime fruit drink is made by a Scottish company called A.G. Barr, which is much better known for manufacturing a whole array of cheap fizzy drinks including the infamous 'Irn Bru' - "Scotland's other national drink" - a bright orange, entirely-synthetic type of hopped-up-on-caffeine pop mostly available in Scotland which, ironically enough, several years ago was found to contain a nefarious type of food additive that is particularly and especially bad for people from Scotland. (This has something to do with the increased prevalence of a gene in Scottish people that renders them less able to metabolize the bad additive, if I'm remembering things right). While I quite regularly consume foodstuffs that I know are no good or even actively 'bad' for me the problem I have with Barrs' products is that none of the ones I've tried ever even taste nice, so honestly, what's even the point?
As for not tasting nice, the same goes, of course, for this St Clements fruit drink. In the shop I bought it - which was a 'Morrisons' so with retrospect, of course I should have been extra junk-food-aware - I was seduced by the pale pink, 'healthy looking' colour of the juice that you could see through the transparent plastic bottle, and also the assertion on the label that it was free from artificial flavourings, preservatives or sweeteners. I stress that no matter how healthily coloured the juice appeared to be, I would never have bought this stuff if I had known beforehand it was made by Barrs - a brand synonymous with artificial flavourings and all-round questionable ingredients since time immemorial.
It cost about 70-80p for a bottle of 500ml of this stuff. It's a still drink rather than a fizzy one, and it's a nice and 'thin' juice, not too sweet, but the 'fruit flavouring' tastes synthetic and artificial and gives you a somewhat lingering, unpleasantly strong after taste. So this stuff is not nice to drink. How they managed to make the presumably natural ingredients (I'm assuming that if the flavourings aren't artificial as is stated on the drink's label, they must therefore be natural - unless of course there's some alternate category of food flavouring that I'm not personally aware of) taste like they were artificially synthesised in a chemistry lab somewhere is a mystery. Yet Barrs have done it again, and with this fruit juice have successfully extended their range of cheap and nasty-tasting drinks.
Despite its premium price-bracket, this is nothing but cheap pop, although admittedly it's marketed quite cleverly. Still one to avoid.