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- Why I Bought -
I don't often buy bottles or cans of soft drink when I'm out and about as I usually carry a bottle of top tap water in my bag. However, on a recent shopping trip I realised I had forgotten to bring a drink with me so I bought what I thought was a bottle of Volvic still mineral water from a convenience store. It was only upon taking a sip of the drink that I realised I had actually purchased Volvic Touch of Strawberry.
- The bottle -
The 500ml bottle looks very much like the regular Volvic mineral water, hence my mistake. However there is a picture of a few strawberries with the name of the drink, Touch of Strawberry, so I probably should have noticed this! The bottle has a blue screw on lid and the bottle itself is made from a fairly thick plastic so it feels sturdy. This was my main reason for choosing a Volvic water in the first place as I tend to keep the bottle and refill it with tap water so I need a bottle that isn't going to get crushed in my bag too easily. The label is attractive enough and creates the impression that what you are going to drink will be refreshing. There is a brief description about how Volvic water is filtered through 6 layers of volcanic rock which gives it a 'unique mineral composition'. Sounds impressive but is actually quite vague. I presume it means the water contains minerals that regular tap water might not but what minerals is anyone's guess. There is also a list of ingredients and nutritional information.
- The Taste -
The taste is pleasant enough. It is sweet but not sickly which is a big positive for me as I'm not a big fan of sweet soft drinks. The strawberry flavour doesn't taste really artificial but neither is it the most natural of tastes. It tastes like a strawberry squash rather than water with a hint of strawberry. It is refreshing and hydrating though so it does achieve its main purpose. I think next time I will stick with plain old water.
- Sugar free -
After realising my error of picking up a flavoured water the first thing I checked was whether it contained sugar. I was pleased to see that it is sugar free. However, on closer inspection of the ingredients I notice it does contain sweetener. Of course something sweet is needed to make it taste nice but I would prefer a natural sugar like fructose rather than the artificial sweeteners Sucralose and Acesulfame Potassium that are used in this drink.
- Price and Availability -
This drink is available in a 500ml bottle for around 80p, or a 1.5 Litre bottle for around a £1. This demonstrates how the handy travel size bottles are very over priced when you consider the price per ml. They are available in Tesco, other supermarkets and convenience shops.
- Would I Recommend? -
I wouldn't recommend this drink as I personally prefer plain water. I'm not a fan of artificial sweeteners in soft drinks, although this is preferable to sugar. I found the drink to be refreshing and the strawberry flavour pleasant enough but I didn't like it enough to buy it again.
We all know that we are meant to drink two litres of water everyday to stay healthy and keep hydrated but it isn't that easy in reality. I have to say that I am terrible at drinking anything and I go for hours without having a drink because I simply hate the taste of tap water, tea and coffee. I usually choose sparkling flavoured water but as an alternative, I thought I would try Volvic Touch of Fruit Sugar Free.
As an alternative, it is still flavoured water as opposed to plain tap water that contains less than 4 calories per 250ml serving. This seems a good way of upping your water intake and something to drink in a calorie controlled diet. However it does contain loads of artificial sweeteners so in light of that it really isn't that good for you.
I personally couldn't drink this stuff and ended up pouring it down the drain as I couldn't bear the taste. It tastes sort of stale with an odd aftertaste, almost metallic like. I ended up having to drink something else afterwards to get rid of the taste. It reminds me somewhat of cranberry juice, quite dry and not at all thirst quenching.
To be honest, I wouldn't bother with this and would just drink plain water or stick with something else. In case you want to try it, it costs about 80p for 1.5 litres in most big supermarkets.
I dont need to stress enough how important water is in our daily lives so I shall get right to the product. I usually stick to my tap water but my landlord was doing some repair work and asked me to lay off drinking from it for a while so went to tescos to pick some bottled water. I myself havnt tried any flavoured water and 99p for 1.5L I thought it was pretty cheap. Also noticed smaller versions of it and its available in off licenses for those who need the quick hydration.
The bottle boast is being sugar free and has 4 calories for every 250ml for all you weight watchers out there. I had purchased the touch of strawberry although there is a lime/lemon and peach flavour as well. There is a definete hint of strawberry in the water which is quite nice to taste and it leaves an aftertaste for a while. However I noticed that I didnt feel as refreshed or hydrated with this as after normal chilled water. Though Volvic boasts about ite 6 layer filteration in the product I felt a lot more satisfied on a hot day or after a run to just gulp down cold water than one of these flavored variants.
The plus side is volvic for africa movement which says that for every 1L purchased 10L of drinking water will be sent to countries in Africa but this is a reflection on all volvic products.
I wouldnt really recommend this product but then again it just might be my dislike towards flavoured water in general. However if you do want to try go for a smaller bottle than buying a 1.5L. Safe to say that I will be sticking to normal water or one of the hydrating drinks or fruit juices for variety.
I haven't delved into the world of flavoured water before, so I decided to try out Volvic - Touch of Lemon and Lime flavour (Sugar Free).
What is it? : Volvic is a well known mineral water that according to the label is sourced from water that "filters slowly through 6 volcanic layers giving Volvic its unique mineral composition." Volvic - Touch of Lemon and Lime introduces a citrus tasting flavour to the water to offer a new option to consumers. There are also other flavours available such as strawberry.
Packaging: The water is contained within a transparent plastic 500 ml bottle that can be recycled. The addition of the lemon and lime flavour does not affect the water colour that is also reassuringly transparent. The bottle top is blue and is easy to open. The bottle can also be re-sealed with the top by simply screwing the cap back on.
Smell: The lemon and lime flavour gives off a nice citrus scent that is not overpowering and does not smell of artificial chemicals. It is enticing enough to try out the drink.
Taste: The drink tastes of citrus fruit and is quite palatable. The drink also does not have a bad aftertaste which can often be the case whenever a flavouring and artificial sweetener is added.
Value for Money: The bottle I purchased from Co-op cost 83p. A standard bottle of Volvic costs 56 p so this is not great value for money. Of course, a more cheaper and natural option than buying this product is to use tap water and add in your own ice cubes and a slice of lemon! However if you are travelling or commuting, this is a good alternative.
Healthy?: Fortunately this product is sugar free despite the addition of a flavour, and only contains 7 calories per bottle. However, instead of sugar, the product contains the sweeteners sucralose and acesulfame K. As mentioned above, I could not notice the sweeteners giving an unwanted aftertaste.
Overall: This is a nice and palatable drink if you are on the move. However, it is not great value for money and if you are home you could easily use tap water, ice cubes and a slice of lemon to create a cheaper and more natural option.
We all know we should drink plenty of liquids every day, especially water to keep us hydrated and everything working properly but how many of us actually do it? I admit I'm terrible and can sometimes go hours without a drink as I find water so plain and boring, and half the time can never be bothered to trek to the kitchen for tea or coffee.
One way to make it easier to up your fluid intake is by drinking flavoured water, Volvic Touch of Fruit sugar free is an alternative to plain water that contains less than 4 calories per 250ml serving.
My boyfriend used to be obsessed with this stuff and could get through 2 large bottles a day, I have managed to get him to change his ways and drink coffee or diet coke instead as I personally cant stand the stuff and dont want it in the house.
This water is expensive at around 85p per bottle, though you can sometimes get them cheaper on offer in Asda or Tesco. It also has an odd unpleasant aftertaste, rather metalic like that lingers on the tongue for quite a while. Water is meant to be refreshing but I find this water anything but, I often have to drink something else afterwards to quench my thirst properly which defeats the point of buying it in the first place!
I agree with another review of this, dont bother and either drink water, or if you cant face that then drink pure fruit juice or squash instead, it'll probably be better for you as it wont be full of artificial sweeteners like this flavoured water is.
Volvic Touch of Fruit Sugar Free water is a great alternative to ordinary H2O. As it's the only one I drink I will review the strawberry water.
I was looking for something that I could drink often but was low in calories but also didn't have the very bland taste of water. Then I came upon this stuff. Now I drink it every day. There are very few calories, even though it may seem like a lot with 4 calories per 250ml it's still relatively nothing and you'll probably work it off the next time you go up a flight of stairs.
I prefer the taste of this water to the ordinary Volvic strawberry water, not that I would ever drink that stuff anyway because it's way higher in calories and sugar! This water has got a more subtle taste, when it hits the sweet part of your tongue you get a slight hint of succulent strawberries which to me is better than the taste of the ordinary stuff, which is quite overwhelming and sickly.
The price is high, but that is to be expected as bottled water is quite a lucrative market, in ASDA they are 86p I think and 3 for £2.50, which saves you some money.
Overall a refreshing drink to quench your thirst, I recommend this to anyone who likes strawberries and for people who don't like the taste of ordinary water.
We all know how important it is to replace our body's fluid loss with water rather than other drinks but not as many of us do as should. I personally won't touch tap water for anything other than washing in, I don't even use it boiled for my tea or coffee. I buy two huge 5litre bottles of spring water from Asda with every shop but if truth be told I am not a keen water drinker at all. Constantly looking for ways to replace my water loss with a better tasting product than just water I turned the other day to Volvic touch of fruit sugar free and let me tell you I should have stuck to plain old water.
The particular one i chose was peach flavour as I love peach flavour as a rule but this tasted little of peach at all and more like water that had gone off. The taste was nothing short of horrible and it also left a nasty after taste in my mouth too, needless to say I will not be drinking it again in a hurry. The other flavours available might be better but I for one won't be trying them to find out. You can find this stuff in most shop fridges these days priced around 75p per bottle but my honest opinion would be to steer well clear, if you can't do plain water then look for a sugar free still juice or a pure fruit juice instead!