“ Manufacturer: Volvic / Water „
Looking on the shelf for drinks I've yet to try has become harder and harder as I've pretty much tried to sample every available drink in the local shops. Though when I saw this deep red Volvic I realised it was something I hadn't tried, so snapped up a bottle of what turned out to be Volvic Revive. Coming in a 500ml bottle with a square base and at a mere 39p this seemed like a value buy.
As far as bottled water goes, it seemed to me that Volvic, despite it's claims of "Volcanicty" was more similar to tap water than anything else, and sadly this made it the most drinkable of quite a sorry bunch. However looking at Volvic Revive struck me as something that was entirely different, from the colour to the claims on the bottle, it seemed there was something special here. With a name like "Revive" it was easy to think this was something more like an isotonic drink than a pure water, it wasn't just "Volvic" it was "Volvic revive". The grey and red label has eye catching phrases over it like "Stimulating Hydration", "Invigorating lift" and of course "Berry Blast", these sounded alive, alluring and exciting.
Though the bottle, like so many now a days comes with one of those annoying sports caps that I can never quite work with. Why does a "water" drink come with a "sports" cap, it makes no sense, sports drinks are isotonic drinks or glucose based energy drinks (funnily enough glucose drinks don't seem to ever actually sports caps). A personal dislike of sports caps as they make drinking the contents much more difficult leads to the question, why do so many company's use them? Are they cheaper?
So aside from the anti-sports rant, what does the drink actually taste like? Well it has a light and rather weak fruity taste with the juices of Grapes, Black currants and blueberry's used to make the drink it comes as no surprise they do form some of the taste. Though as they account for just 2% of the overall contents of the drink, it's easy to realise they are completely out powered by the water contents (97%) that dilute the taste of the fruit combination. The drink also has plant extracts including Ginseng, Caffeine and Anthocyanins (which despite actually having an E number of 163 are a natural colourant in some plants, used to give the drink it's red colour, and are seen as being beneficial). As well as these the drink has added sweetners in the forms of Sucralose and Acesulfame K and without getting into a huge argument, neither pose much of a risk at the levels contained in the drink (in fact it's assumed that with out going into excessive consumption of either you'll be fine with them in a regular diet). The sweetners are evident whilst drinking the liquid as they are almost as noticeable as the fruit juices making the drink.
Finally the drink also has a preservative Potassium Benzoate, this is E212 and it's advised that children don't consume it, so this might be the only real health concern with the drink. Though there does appear to be ongoing tests on the product as it's closely linked to Benzene which is a carcinogen, and so consuming it could end up being a problem, though the UK Foods Standards Agency have shown the people are at a minute risk of benzene forming in drinks.
Nutritional Information (per 500ml)
1.5g sugars (<1%)
0g Fat (0%)
0g Saturates (0%)
Trace Salt (<1%)
Overall the drink holds the middle line between "bottled water" and fruit juice, much better than any of the flavoured water drinks do, which always seem to taste terribly poor. However it must be admitted that the "Invigorating lift" never seemed to kick in sadly, though the taste was delightful if a little bit on the weak side, though at 39p it really was a bargain. Well worth a try if you're happy at the infinitely small risk of benzene.
For those worried about benzene, the preservative which is featured in a lot of soft drinks (Potassium Benzoate) can be seen as being to blame for 3.1micrograms in an average persons day. This is the same as 50 seconds stood at the petrol pump filling your car. Not much of a risk at all.
Always been a diet coke fan myself even though my other half keeps telling me that fizzy pop dehydrates you more and that i should drink more water based drinks. to which i always reply i do not like them! the other day after not feeling very well and being very tired it was suggested i try a bottle of Revive! I was reluctant but was very surprised as with in twenty minutes i did feel revived, so just for good measure had a second one. have now been having it regularly when i am tired. best chilled really does not taste nice even slightly warm colder the better. would be better in other flavors blackcurrant would be good. in fact cant understand why there are only two flavours available. For a none fizzy water based drink was impressed, it is under advertised drink. Sparking version would be even more refreshing.
It was absolutely boiling here the other day and my dad had me out and about everywhere running errands with my 19month old twin boys in tow. I was dying of thirst after 3 hours so popped into the spar closest to me, headed straight for the drinks fridge and stood there bemused. What on earth was I going to buy?
I decided water would be a healthy and perfect thirst quencher but in the corner of my eye in the water section a shiny red liquid was staring back at me. Volvic Revive apparently? Red watet ... really? I decided to take a closer look at this water imposter. It is basically a water that is fruit flavoured and coloured to represent it's flavouring.
It came in a 500ml plastic bottle the same way their other waters do but the lid not only screws off for if you want to drink straight from the open hole but it has a flip top lid which allows you to drink from a smaller gaping hole. The lid does click back down again to prevent the drink spilling everywhere. There is a red and silver sticker around the bottle telling us it's Volvic Revive - Berry Blast Flavour and Ginseng and Guarana. I decided to give it a try. It was this whole red coloured liquid thing - I was curious. I paid 99p for it so it had better quench my thirst I thought.
I flipped open the lid and noticed quite a wide hole to drink from so I knew it was going to pour out rather quickly. I squirted it down the back of my throat and sighed a huge sigh of relief afterwards expecting my thirst to be deeply satisfied. To my dismay I felt more desperate for a drink minutes later. It left a tangy film in my mouth and terrible bitter aftertaste as if I had been sucking on tangy sweet for hours. It left my mouth feeling thick and sticky and left me more thirsty. Well if you lived on a desert they would have to re-name this from Volvic Revive to Volvic - Won't be Able to Survive!!! You would never feel rehydrated after this.
Don't get me wrong the fruity berry is most definitely evident when you drink it but it's way too bitter and tangy and the aftertaste and feeling in my mouth is just not worth it.
These type of drinks are meant for people who are active and particapate in sports, do regular exercise etc they have magical ingredients that supposedly give you a boost. In this case it has Ginseng and Guarana to provide with you this uplifiting boost - well I'm still waiting for this boost to kick in and I drank the bottle last week? No no sign of it yet!
As I've said this is the type of drink that's meant for people exercising etc but I just don't reccomend it at all. When exercising you need a drink which quenches a thirst, rehydrates you leaves you feeling energised - just plain tap water would pleasure and satisfy you more than this I think.
For anyone that is still curious to try this drink after my review a 500ml serving of this contains;
I won't be buying this again that's for sure think I'll stick to plain water next time!
Anyone involved in Sport will tell you about the importance of being properly hydrated so I take notice of this When I play Sport, I usually play Football or Basketball and when I do I usually have quite a long game so need some refreshment. I have used many sports drinks and have never really found one that did not work for me. As I like Mineral Water I decided to try the new Volvic Revive as I had heard good things about it.
As you will probably know, Volvic Revive is a mineral water based drink which has a fruit flavoured taste. There are a number of different flavours of Volvic Revive, These include Citrus Kick and the one I am reviewing today which is Volvic Revive Berry Blast. The drink also includes Ginseng and Guarana which will both give you a boost. They say it is "A delicious and stimulating fruit flavoured water drink that's designed to give you an invigorating lift".
Whilst the real value in this drink is the boost it gives you, the taste also matters and although it does not have all that strong a taste, The berry still comes out well and the combination of the clear, fresh mineral water and the berry flavour is really good. The drink includes juice from Grape, Blackcurrant and Blueberry. All in all I am very impressed with the flavour of the drink but there are nicer tasting mineral water and fruit juice drinks around so you may go with them instead of this one.
I am very impressed with this drink as It works rather well to give you an energy boost and it also leaves you feeling refreshed when you are feeling rather thirsty. Drinking this allowed me to carry on playing when I would have had to stop a lot sooner had I not had anything to drink. Whilst Lucozade, Powerade and Gatorade probably produce better results this drink is not to be discounted as it does produce good results and some people may prefer the more relaxed taste of this drink.
So having weighed up the pros and cons I would recommend this drink to anyone who likes water and to anyone who likes to go jogging or play sport. Not quite the best sports drink out there but certainly one that does it's job well. One drawback is the price which is typically just over £1 which loses points over the rivals as they tend to be a little cheaper than that and can often be found on certain offers.
A few weeks ago I went on an 8 mile cycle with a few friends, after about 3 miles I had run out of water in the bottle I had brought with me and being a bit out of shape needed something to pick me back up. I stopped at a shop intending to buy a bottle of lucozade sport which I really enjoy and also feel does perk me up a bit after exercise.
On finding out that they had no Lucozade sport I decided to go for the only so called energy drink they had in stock, Volvic revive. The bottle I had was the citrus kick version which is yellow in colour rather than the red shown in the picture here. The bottle itself is actually clear it is the water inside that is coloured.
Well after cycling another mile or so I had my first taste of this citrus flavoured water that was supposed to revive me, at first I thought mmm that's not too bad but then I got the after taste as my mouth immediately dried, it was although I had been sucking on a lemon that had gone bad some years earlier.
I was so thirsty I had to reluctantly give this stuff another go and one more go was all it got, it really was a horrible taste and the after taste it left was even worse. I don't doubt that it may well be good for you and I can't say that it wouldn't revive you because I didn't drink enough to find out but what I can say is that it is nothing short of putrid and I would not recommend it to anyone.
If you are dying of thirst and this is all you have then see if there is a puddle nearby or just die would be my advice!