“ For those who don't want to compromise on taste, Volvic Touch of Fruit is the most delicious way to stay refreshed and enjoy a taste eruption. Volvic Touch of Fruit is made with Volvic Natural Mineral Water and mouthwatering fruit flavours making it the ideal drink to enjoy at home, on the go or any time! „
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~*~*~ Volvic Touch of Summer Fruits ~*~*~
~ What it is? ~
This is a flavoured water, and this particular one is my favourite! It has a purple plastic lid and berries on the label wrapper on the bottle.
~ Packaging ~
I buy these in the small size and the large 1.5l size and it is the larger that I have at the moment. The bottle are very much the same except for the size.
The bottles are squared clear plastic and the neck tapers up to the opening, they have a screw top lid of which the colour various depending on which flavour you choose, mine is purple. Around the bottle is a plastic label which contains all the relevant information such as brand - Volvic, flavour - Touch of Summer Fruits, ingredients, nutritional info and the likes.
It is simple and plain looking but it is very appeasing on the eye. It is neat and tidy looking - for a bottle of water!
~ Best served chilled! ~
Of course this is a drink that is best served chilled or failing that it is nice with ice, as I am drinking it now!
This is a flavoured water but it has no colour and just looks like regular water, the flavour is very refreshing and clean tasting. It has a very raspberry scent to it but tastes quite different with the three berries blending together to form a quite unique taste, the three berries are -
It is a very thirst quenching drink and is one I really enjoy.
~ Price & Availability ~
I tend to buy the smaller bottles of this in my local Premier store where is costs around £1 but today I noticed that Asda are selling the larger 1.5l bottles for £1 so I stocked up.
It is quite widely available and I have seen it in many shops.
~ Overall ~
I could just opt to drink plain tap water and I do do this quite often but I really do like this flavoured water, it has a nice refreshing taste and is great in warm weather to make sure everyone is keeping up with their fluid intake. This does contain some sugars and has 46 calories per 250ml serving so it is best to be drank in moderation but it is much better for you than regular soft drinks.
My children like this, and the two who don't particularly like water will happily drink this with no fuss so I do give it to them to keep them hydrated, I would rather them have this than a bottle/can of coke etc.
Being a branded name water this one is more expensive than the shops own brands but I do think it is worth it as it really is delicious!
A really tasty and thirst quenching water.
Thanks for reading :o) x
I'm the kind of person who need's to be constantly drinking something throughout the day, I get dehydrated very easily and find it crazy how some people can go without a drink all day or who don't drink when eating, I just couldn't possibly do that, with that being said I don't exactly choose the healthiest things to be ingesting, generally drinking either Soda or Milkshakes, however I do occasionally go through bursts of strictly drinking Fruit Juice...
I myself, absolutely love flavoured water however I get put off by how much flavour they put in, I find it a bit overpowering and normally end up watering it down to get the taste how I like it, though with Volvic I didn't have to do this...
Volvic Water is available in 1.5l, 75cl and 50cl bottles, the bottles have a different colour cap and label for each flavour, making it easy to distinguish which one you're looking for.
There are 6 flavours of Volvic Flavoured water, Tropical, Summer Fruits, Orange and Peach, Strawberry, Lemon and Lime and Blackcurrant as well as Sugar Free versions.
I bought four bottles when they were on a 2-4-1 offer in Iceland, I picked up the Orange and Peach, Summer Fruits, Tropical and Lemon and Lime I found each to be really refreshing and not too clingy on my vocal cords.
Although still very nice, I would probably say Tropical was my least favourite flavour, it tasted exactly like classical Tropical Juice only turned into water, meaning that the taste of Pineapple was a bit too overpowering for my liking, I would also say this was the flavour with the most flavour, so if unlike me you like your water to be very flavoured pick up this one.
Orange and Peach ~
This was by far my favourite flavour, the two fruits blended well together and weren't too strong, I think this is soon to be my favourite drink.
The Volvic version of this flavour is a lot better than shall we say Perfectly Clear, again the flavour is not over powering nor is it too soft, this flavour is very refreshing with some ice.
Lemon and Lime~
Generally I'm not a big fan of Lemon and Lime flavoured products, however this surprised me and this was probably my second favourite flavour, very nice and not too tangy.
I definately recommend this product and will be drinking it regularly from now on, the best flavoured water on the market!
I try to drink at least eight glasses of water a day because when I do I can really see the benefits. Sometimes though its hard to just drink plain water and so I often go for a nice flavoured water. At times I think these are nicer than a fizzy drink and really quench my thirst on a hot day.
The Volvic variety of fruity waters are my favourite and so more often than not I will have one of these. They sell them in Boots and are part of their meal deal so I often get one of these for lunch instead of a fizzy drink. According to an article I read, "Volvic water is volcano filtered and it says on the bottle that it is full of volcanicity. Apparently, "In a unique preserved ecosystem, Volvic Natural Mineral Water filters slowly through 6 volcanic layers giving Volvic its unique mineral composition! On the bottle they show you the differeny layers that it is filtered through. They are: surface humus, Andesite, Puzzolana, Basalt and Granite. That seems like a lot of effort/processes to go through but all I know is that volvic tastes quite fresh and clean in my opinion and does not taste like chemicals in any way which is nice."
Volvic touch of fruit comes in a number of different flavours for you to choose from such as lemon and lime, strawberry, summer fruits and now a new tropical fruit flavour although I haven't tried this one yet. I have to say strawberry is probably my favourite although the lemon and lime is good too. The thing I like about these drinks is that, like the name suggests, you just get a touch of the fruit flavour, it is not an overpowering fruit flavour like you would find with a fruit juice but a subtle flavour and the liquid tastes more like water with a little something added in. This is nice because you still get the flavour of some fruit and something a bit more exciting than just water but not a full blown fruit juice.
However, after reading an article about this water, it turns out its perhaps not as healthy as it could be. "Volvic's Touch of Fruit in lemon and lime, has 27.5g of sugar in its standard 500ml bottle - equivalent to almost seven teaspoons." The article goes on to say that, "Drinking one bottle gives an adult a third of their recommended daily intake of sugar and is equal to eating three powdered blueberry-filled Krispy Kreme doughnuts, which each contain 9g of sugar.
The drink, which promises 'tasty hydration', contains even more sugar than a Kit Kat bar, which has 22g."
If that's the case I think I will just stick with my plain old boring water from the tap and eat a doughnut when I want to.
It is widely acknowledged that water is good for you and many a headache can be blamed on not being hydrated enough. As a result, I do try to keep myself very hydrated at work the only trouble being that I often find plain water quite boring to drink. As a result, and after a look around my local fuel station, I recently bought a bottle of Volvic 'touch of lemon and lime'.
In my local fuel station there were three flavour choices available in the Volvic 'Touch of Fruit' range and these were lemon and lime, strawberry and orange and peach. However, having had a brief gander on the Volvic website it is clear that they do also provide other fruit flavours which are blackcurrant and summer fruits although I have yet to see these in store. Each flavour is packaged in a clear plastic bottle with the associated fruit flavour printed onto the front of the bottle with an accompanying illustration of the fruit itself. In addition, each flavour is easily identifiable by the colour accent on the bottle label and lid. For instance my lemon and lime bottle has a yellow colour theme, strawberry is red, orange and peach is orange, blackcurrant is purple and summer fruits is a pinky purple. Although simplistic in packaging I do like the idea of a different colour for each flavour as I find it makes each option stand out. Each flavour is available in 50cl, 75cl and 1.5l bottles; however for the purposes of this review I will be reviewing my 50cl lemon and lime bottle.
Although the water inside the bottle looks clear in colour I am assured of the lime and lemon flavouring and was therefore keen to try it. Once screwing off the lid the water has a slight hint of a citrus smell and the water is still and not sparkling. The taste is slightly different to the sweet fruity taste that I often associate with flavoured drinks and is instead a very accurate portrayal of the real lemon and lime flavour. The result is a slightly sour but definitely citrus flavour which is quite refreshing and goes down easily with or without food. In my opinion this is very much an interesting drink which feels much healthier than other flavoured drink options as it contains significantly less sugar. In addition, although I usually like to drink water straight out of the fridge I find that because this drink is slightly flavoured it can be drunk at room temperature. For information the ingredients in my lemon and lime bottle are: natural mineral water 92.2%, sugar 5.5% and acidity regulator.
As a flavoured drink option I find that this is a tasty alternative to sugary drinks and I would therefore recommend it. This drink cost me 79p from my local petrol station which I consider just about what I would expect to pay and I have seen it for a similar price in most supermarkets. Plus the bottle is reusable and therefore having finished my flavoured water I top up the bottle with plain water to keep me going throughout the day. Overall this is a nice drink in my opinion and a good change from water, I just need to buy a larger bottle of it now to last a full day at the office.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
I always used to drink the strawberry flavoured Volvic water, but recently, my friend introduced me to the lemon and lime flavoured one. I gave it ago and I loved it.
A lot of the time, you find that flavoured water doesn't taste anything like the flavour it is supposed to. However, I can definitely taste the flavour of lemon and lime together in this lovely drink. The flavour is very strong, and to me, this is a slight disadvantage as I quite like the taste to be subtle but noticeable, otherwise it spoils the drink for me. Therefore, I still prefer the strawberry flavoured drink as it isn't as strong and as a result to that, it is more enjoyable. On the other hand, I still find it very nice, but it is something I would have occasionally as oppose to every day as I have the strawberry Volvic.
The packaging is exactly the same as all Volvic bottles nowadays. The lid is yellow as well as the label. This is to represent the lemon flavour, and all Volvic bottles are colour coded like this. The label consists of all of the standard things you would find such as the nutritional information, flavour, best before date, etc.
At Tesco, this drink costs 99p for a 1.5 litre bottle, which is, I believe, the same price as all the other flavoured water from Volvic.
Per 100ml of Volvic water, there is:
5.5g of Carbohydrates
5.5g of which sugars
Traces of Sodium
I have been informed that this particular flavour has the most calories and sugar than all the other flavoured Volvic drinks. It isn't by much, but I think this shows by the strength of the flavour.
Overall, I would recommend this drink to anyone who is a fan of lemon and lime. I will warn you that it is quite strong so it isn't for you if you only like subtle flavours. I wouldn't recommend that you have this a lot as the flavour is strong, but for every now and again, I would say it is definitely worth it.
I really should try to drink more water, I know I should, but I am addicted to fizzy drinks and I know they are not good for me or my waistline. My dear other half is constantly trying to get me to take in more water but I just hate the stuff - I don't like the taste at all.
Recently however, she has been buying some bottled water by Volvic, which has a Touch of Lemon and Lime in it, and I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised by this. We have bought a few bottles of this for 55p and it comes in a plain and see through plastic bottle with ridges, and a screw off yellow cap.
This drink is best served very cold and straight from the fridge. I like it with a few ice cubes and served in a tall glass. It is quite a sweet tasting drink and this is probably why it appeals to me. Even before I have tasted it, I can smell the definite smell of limes as soon as I take off the cap and it smells and tastes very thirst quenching and refreshing, to boot. It's a great drink to have on a hot sunny day when you are sitting in the back garden.
Ordinarily, if I am drinking plain water I would have to be adding some sort of cordial to it, but this way I am getting my water with a little bit of added lemon and lime and it tastes very natural and not at all acidic, like I was expecting it to taste.
The only downside is that it does contain added sweeteners to make it have that sweet taste, but this does not take away the fact that the taste of this water is very natural tasting and not at all manufactured, like you might expect it to taste.
I really like this great tasting water and it is so much better than just drinking plain water from the kitchen tap, in my opinion. It's not too badly priced either and although it has sweeteners in it, I really do like the taste a lot.
I tend to drink a lot of water throughout the day as I hate to feel dehydrated. I went through a stage of drinking very little water and feeling rubbish all day. I am now trying to be good! I do find drinking water very boring and not much to look forward too. I had seen this on the shelf before and hadnt tried it up untill a few months back, it was on offer at 2 for £1 in the co-op next to my house. The bottles were the 500ml size and I tried the lemon and lime citrus one. (I have recently tried the strawberry one, but I am going to base this review on the citrus version which is shown by dooyoo in the image above.
The bottles are colour coded to the specific type of drink you are drinking. Citrus has a yellow lid, strawberry has a red lid and so on. They look very similar to the normal volvic bottles, just they have the image of the fruits that are within the bottle. Its very good looking, but still has the familiar water design. The liquid is see through and If you were not paying attention you may mistake this for regular water. Overall the bottles are nice and not much different from the normal, its easy to see what flavour due to colour coded lids. You can buy a larger bottle which is 1.5litres, this is better for use at home. 500ml bottles are perfect to carry in your bag to work or college.
The drink has natural mineral water in it, so its just as healthy as normal water. The flavour is very subtle in the drink but really tastes excellent. If you give the water a sniff it has a slight fruity scent, the citrus one smells very lemony and fresh. This water is best drank cold, I love drinking the citrus drink on a hot day as its really refreshing. It really livens up water and keeps you hydrated. Its also very healthy for you and the flavourings added are not meant to be bad for you either. I dont tend to buy mineral water as I like tap water, but because this is flavoured I find it much more appealing than tap water. It also tastes much nicer than squash as its already been added to the water. Its very different to the normal water, but well worth a try. Its not expensive compared to coke or sprite and if you buy the big bottle it is more cost effective. It can also be a very good way of getting children to drink more water, They wont see it as water! The liquid is completely clear and looks like normal water, no hints as to the flavour by looking at the water. Overall this was a brilliant drink and I buy 4 or 5 bottles a week to keep me going in the car or at work!
a great change to boring water. They are good for you and taste great. I would recommend this to children and to adults. The whole family will be able to use this and enjoy it. I am going to be awarding it 5 stars as I have had nothing but pleasent experiences when it comes to volvic flavoured waters! My favourite as you may have guessed is the citrus flavoured drink!
Thanks for reading my review on volvic flavoured water!
I frequently drink the Volvic Touch of Fruit range of flavoured water drinks, and while I do enjoy the taste - it isn't as healthy as I would expect. The sugar content is fairly high with a single bottle containing 30% of the sugar content for an adult's daily recommended amount. I continue to drink these because I'm under the impression that they are healthier than the carbonated soft drinks that compete against them.
Perhaps, I should change my diet and either switch to the 'Sugar Free' variants of the Volvic Touch of Fruit drinks, which are harder to find in my experience, or switch to plain Volvic water.
The flavour I find myself drinking most often is the Lemon & Lime variety, which has a sharp citrus taste that isn't diluted by the water at all. It almost tastes like a non-carbonate 7UP. The strong taste makes the drink taste more interesting, but I do get a sugary aftertaste once I've finished a mouthful, which along with the statistics about the sugar content is making me reconsider this as my drink of choice.
Possibly not the best drink to give to children, or diabetics.
After discovering springs in the Puy de Dome area of (South-Central) France, Volvic has been marketing bottled water since 1938. The special appeal of Volvic water which has led to it being a massive international brand is the unique mineral content, this is due to the springs close proximity to a volcano and consequently the water filters through six layers of volcanic rock. In 2005 Volvic broadened its horizons and ventured into the "touch of..." market which introduces fruit flavours to its bottled water, there are currently four fruity varieties on the market, one of which is Touch of Orange and Peach which is the subject of this review - I did ask for it's own separate category but Dooyoo wouldn't (or couldn't be bothered to) add it to the catalogue and I was told to put it here.
Produced in a clear bottle, the product has the appearance of just plain old water. There is not a hint of colour and the clear packaging and transparent labelling accentuates this but the label design is attractive and eyecatching. So, it looks like water, but as soon as you open the lid, you know for sure that it is not water. You are met with a saccharine like aroma, the orange hits you first and there is a slight undertone of peach, but I would not have detected that at all if I had not known it was there. It smells like Lucozade tablets so immediately put me in mind of doing cross country at school which unfortunately puts me off the product!
Fortunately that initial scent does not follow through into the flavour of the drink. The strongest flavour is undoubtedly citrus in my opinion, but I would say that it is more like a Clementine than orange as it is just that little bit tangier, it is too sour for my taste buds and I quickly sense the saliva gathering as though I have just eaten a sour cherry! The peach comes through slowly as an aftertaste and to be honest, I do not find it at all appealing. After each swig I am left with an awful sensation in my mouth and I feel as though my tongue is coated with the product. The aftertaste lasts for ages in my mouth, and even plain water doesn't seem to disperse it! I have tried this product at room temperature, straight from the fridge and chilled with ice but unfortunately none of these methods improve this product for me, I simply do not like it and I find it less hydrating than water, it does not quench my thirst it has quite the opposite effect of drying my mouth out - However, it cannot be all bad as my children like it. They like the flavours, but their only complaint was that they were not strong enough (but having said that, they usually dilute 10:1 squash at about 5:1!) but they are more than happy to drink it.
So, am I happy for them to drink it? Each 250ml serving contains 51 calories and 12g of sugar which I think is a lot, I would be happier with them drinking water, in fact, I would be happier with them drinking (no added sugar) squash which when diluted properly has 4 calories and 0.3g of sugar - a big difference. This product may well contain natural sugars, but in my opinion, sugar is sugar and it is going to rot teeth no matter where it originates from so this product will not be welcome back in my house again, even the cherryade which has been languishing in my cupboard since Christmas has got less sugar in it that Volvic Touch of Orange and Peach and I feel slightly miffed that it is marketed as "a still natural mineral water drink" as I feel that it is giving out completely the wrong message and if you did not look closely at the nutritional information, you could think that this is just a small nutritional step away from water.
I picked up a 1.5L bottle in Tesco for 99p (it is currently on offer at 3 for £2.50) but it is also widely available in other stores and supermarkets but the price does vary a little (eg. Asda, £1.10). A smaller bottle (330ml) is an option if you are on the run, but these are not so widely available and its price is roughly the same so you are thoroughly paying for (and being ripped off in my opinion) the convenience. Multi packs of four small bottles can also be purchased for around the £2.50 mark.
Volvic Touch of Orange and Peach comes in a clear PETE (Polyethylene terephthalate) bottle which means that it is fully recyclable; all Volvic bottles have been bottled in this synthetic material since 1997. As with most plastic lids, they are not widely recyclable as they tend to jam up the recycling machinery, but I keep mine in a big tub as they come in handy for all sorts of craft projects! The bottle is grooved which makes it easier to hold whilst pouring, and I am informed but my husband who is an engineer in a bottling factory that grooved bottles are easier to detect during the filling process if they are damaged or broken! The product has an expiry of approximately one year from manufacture, but once opened it should be kept refrigerated and used within one week.
So to sum up my opinion; it tastes awful, it is not good for you and it is not thirst quenching, but the bottle does look good! Give it a miss and have a glass of tap water which is free.
Also posted on Ciao! under my username chilcott1
Up until about six years ago you wouldn't catch me drinking water much. I smoked back then and somehow Diet Coke just went perfectly with a cigarette but when I stopped smoking I wanted to drink something different to take away the craving of caffeine and nicotine and as I don't drink tea or coffee it was the Diet Coke that had to go.
I switched to bottled mineral water then and although I still have the occasional diet fizzy drink I have cut right down on them now and 90% of what I drink is water - whether that be bottled or filtered tap water.
Of course it can be a little boring to drink the same thing and variations are always welcome. Volvic, the French mineral water company, have addressed this with their fruit flavoured waters, subtitled "Touch Of". These are available in large 1.5 litre bottles and I was curious to try them out. I do, however, wish I had done a little more research before blithely picking the bottle off the shelf in Morrisons and putting it in my trolley.
Like almost all bottled mineral waters, Volvic Touch of Orange & Peach comes in a clear PET plastic bottle which is recyclable. It has a peachy coloured screw top lid and the label predictably has a picture of oranges and peaches surrounded by water.
The packaging is, to my mind anyway, trying to suggest this is a particularly hydrating drink - perfect for hot summer days. The label also proclaims that the water is "bursting with flavour" and on a hot summer's day there's no denying the bottle looks lovely and conveys an ability to refresh the most parched mouth.
The first thing that struck me when I opened the bottle was the sweet smell of peach - it wafts out almost instantly and from the smell anyway, you would be hard pushed to know there is any orange in this. This is surprising when you check the ingredients however - as there isn't actually any natural peach flavours listed.
When you drink the water you know you are drinking a sweet, fruity water and once again it's the peach flavour that hits the palate first, with the orange coming through later. The problem is, it's actually too sweet and in amongst those peach and orange flavours you can taste something rather fake which I suppose is the "other natural flavouring" listed in the ingredients.
I said earlier that I regret not checking the label when I picked this flavoured water up and the main reason for that is it didn't enter my head that Volvic Touch of Orange & Peach would have sugar in it. Now I admit herewith that that was probably a rather stupid assumption to make but I was shocked at just how much sugar was listed in the ingredients - almost 5% of this drink is sugar - which is a lot when you consider 94% of it is water. If this was a fizzy fruity drink I wouldn't be shocked at these figures but this is essentially water and when the second ingredient listed after water is sugar, I tend to be concerned.
I have to say, putting my reservations about the ingredients to one side, I don't find the taste of Volvic Touch of Orange & Peach to be unpleasant although I do find a little bit of an aftertaste after drinking it - perhaps brought on because I drink so much water and notice flavourings in drinks. I wouldn't want to drink it with a meal however because of the overwhelming sweetness but as something to refreshen you when thirsty it does hit the spot.
I bought my bottle in Morrisons for 98p and I suppose it's probably healthier than a similar sized bottle of a fizzy drink - whether that be the diet or normal variety - but I think it's wise to caution that this isn't anything like as healthy as just drinking plain water - and eating some orange and peach.
So in conclusion I think I will stick to drinking plain, sugar free water, and eat fresh fruit to get the flavours the natural way.
Volvic Natural Mineral Water (93.2%)
Acidty regulator (citric acid)
Natural Orange Flavouring
Other Natural Flavouring
Preservative (potassium benzoate)
Figures based on a 250 ml serving. There are 6 such servings in each 1.5 litre bottle.
Salt Trace <1%
It's worth noting that the calorific figure represents 3% of your daily recommended allowance and the sugar content represents 13% of your daily allowance. So if you were to drink an entire bottle in one go, you would use up 78% of your recommended daily intake of sugar.
In the 1980s the advertising industry finally achieved the equivalent of selling sand to Arabs - they got the western world to buy tap water for 1000 times its value, at the same time one third of the world still had no immediate access to even basic drinking water, vulgar capitalism at its worse. It was a stunning coup as the so called 'mad men' rebranded the simplest and easily available product in the west and got people to buy it at a pound a bottle, instead of its 'street value' of 0.1p a litre, Perrier the must have drink in the restaurant or at the dinner party if you wanted to look cool and hip. They even sponsored a comedy award, fittingly ironic if you understand the life of stand up comedians.
The key was to sell its 'health giving properties', a product that is definitely that and we certainly can't live without but their water somehow healthier because it came from natural springs. Today the young and 'with it' women of the world won't be seen dead without a small bottle of Evian or Volvic in their handbag, sold the dream that spring water can even make you skin look younger and so you look better. Even the female eco warriors have a bottle of 330 ml tucked away in the sling bag for Glastonbury, regardless of its horrendous eco footprint. Believe it or not but it takes six litres of mains tap water to get every bottle of spring water to the stores shelves!
The main players of Perrier and Evian dominated the market for ages with their highlighted mountain fresh taste ad campaigns. But the rest of the world slowly cottoned on to the incredible mark up on offer and over 500 brands are sold world-wide today, America alone currently selling 109 different brands of mineral water. One very well known American soft drinks brand even tried to sell it straight from the tap in the United Kingdom, claiming their 'Dasani' brand had been 'rehydrated' through some gizmo that mad it fresher and healthier. When the tabloids revealed the swizz the public still seemed unwilling to accept their tasty and freshly bottle water brands were just tap water and sales actually rose for rival spring water brands. Tests only last year proved that tap water in the U.K was even fresher and safer than most bottled water brands due to chemical traces added during the bottling process but again no effect. It's an extraordinary product and just shows the power of advertising on the masses. The idea of 'different tasting water' is absurd, of course.
So the next step was to flavour that healthy water to keep the profits high, Volvic, the second biggest bottled water brand in the world the first to act, effectively turning the water back into soft drinks with brands like their 'Touch of Fruit' flavoured range here, but without the sugar that flavours the drinks, sugar that piles on the pounds, of course. One can of Coke apparently contains 10 tea spoonfuls of sugar! Volvic claim just 4.3% sugar here.
The Volvic brands distinctive selling point, like the name suggests, is due to the nearby volcano to the main factory in France, which last erupted in 5760 BC (so not that volcanic then). Apparently it's filtered through no less than six layers of volcanic rock! The first of the springs was tapped in 1922 and the first bottles appeared on the market in 1938, via a local commune, France the epicenter of the bottled water industry. Today, the Volvic people export 60% of production to more than 60 countries throughout the world. Two bottling plants produce over 1 billion bottles of water annually. Since 1997, Volvic has been using PETE, a recyclable material, to make their bottles to counter that sustainable eco argument. They haven't explained how shipping water around the world is also sustainable.
Their current flavored water drinks (soft drinks to you and me) ranges (why we are here as I ramble on) are 'Strawberry', 'Lemon & lime', 'Orange & Peach' and newcomer 'Berrylicious'. Not naming them soft drinks enables Volvic to keep the healthy drinks label on the bottle and so placed well away from the more sugary soft drinks in the supermarkets and so the prices higher. We all know how important branding is to the worlds biggest companies and Volvic are not about to admit they sell soft drinks, whatever a soft drink officially is.
93% natural water
Whereas soft drinks are basically sugar in various forms mixed with water, a 'flavored drink' suggests a pipette of taste dropped into a litre of fresh spring water, just enough to keep it water and so not a soft drink, no orangey colorants added in the case of the orange and peach variety here. But just as Cuban cigars are not rolled on beautiful Cuban women's thighs in Havana factories; pretty milkmaids with pigtails don't stir in freshly squeezed oranges and peaches for your aperitif pleasure here, although it's a lovely thought. The oranges and peaches are declared on the label as 'natural orange and other flavorings' here.
The taste is bitter over sweet, not fizzy and certainly not like drinking Tango, Sunkist or Britvic; popular orange and peach drinks in the full tangy fizzy form. In fact it's rather sharp and so the subtlety lost, presumably the point of flavoring spring water with citrus fruit, no fizzy in it to make it appeal to kids more. Therefore the tang is in-between and a rather odd sensation on your tongue, not a drink you can guzzle down, perhaps more of a table drink than a handbag or rucksack one.
The big bottle retails around a £1 in the big supermarkets although, rather interestingly, the smaller 350 ml bottles of normal non flavored Volvic spring water also edge a quid, meaning the economies of scale here see you paying for convince sizes over volume of the actual drink. The Volvic fruit flavored ranges are all placed in the health and sports drink sections in supermarkets to avoid the unhealthy soft drinks but still up against the supermarket in questions own brands, surprisingly not that much cheaper. It's often the case that supermarket own brands and reputable brands are made in the same factories although I can't see that here on cost alone. It is unclear were Tesco's and Sainsbury's own mineral and spring water comes from. I have visions of Delboy in that allotment.
With its transparent bottle and minimal labeling they want you to concentrate on the clear water product and so not much the invisible flavoring, this spring water after all. It's a big cumbersome plastic bottle that would crack if dropped and so very much a shopping trolley purchase. It has a grippy design like action mans hands but would slip out of a wet hand or two.
It's not a thirst quencher that's for sure, more a table drink for adults who don't like or approve of a bottle of plonk every main meal time. It would though make a great mixer for spirits like Vodka or Gin, that kind of fruit flavored drink. The excellent price for the big bottle should appeal and with four different flavors so far there is almost something for everyone. As I say the likes of Tesco and Sainsbury have bought out similar style drinks and flavors but they have gone down the pretentious route with stuff like wild berries and cucumber flavor and so keeping it simple keeps Volvic ahead of the game. Oh and you are supposed to consume before one week of opening. But let's not get into the shameful 'best before' nonsense...
Snack time at school means my boys are only allowed to take water to drink and as they are not overly keen on this I decided to try out a few of the flavoured waters to see if this encouraged them to drink it. The one which came out as the most popular with both my eldest boys was this one.
The water comes in a clear plastic bottle which allows you to see the clear liquid inside and know exactly how much is left in the bottle. There is a clear label around the middle of the bottle which has a green and purple colour on the edges and this contains the product name, the Volvic logo and all the information about the water. The top of the bottle has a purple screw cap which is easy to get on and off.
The water is very pleasant to drink and when opening the bottle I noticed that there was a faint hint of a smell, this was just like weak blackcurrant squash. The smell remained for the life of the drink. My boys enjoyed this water and found it was very refreshing but for me I think would have liked and bit more flavour.
It tasted very much like very weak squash and I am not a fan of weak squash and have to add a lot of cordial to make mine strong enough to drink. This was pleasant to drink on the hot days as it quenched my thirst easily. I did notice that I was left with a slight blackcurrant taste in my mouth after drinking this but it did not last long.
The water is better when it has been chilled and I do tend to leave mine in the fridge which means that by 10am snack time there is still some chill on the drinks in my boys water bottles. I found it is more refreshing when chilled.
You can make this stronger by adding blackcurrant cordial to it but this is defeating the object for me as they need the juice to be clear so the teachers think it is plan water.
The water comes in a bottle size of 1.5l and depending on how much you drink is how long the bottle will last. One bottle in my house s lucky to last for 2 days as my boys do drink a lot of it and so does hubby.
The ingredients for the blackcurrant water are:-
Volvic natural mineral water (94.4%), Sugar (4%) Acidity Regulator (citric acid), Natural Flavourings, Preservatives (potassium benzoate)
The nutritional values for a 100ml serving are:-
Energy - 16.7 Kcal
Protein - 0g
Carbohydrate - 4.0g
Of which sugars - 4.0g
Fat - 0g
Of which saturates - 0g
Fibre - 0g
Sodium - trace
The bottle has the usual Volvic claims that the water used in this drink has been filtered through 6 layers of volcanic rock and that is why it tastes to good but I don't know whether to believe these or not!
~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~
We paid just under £1 for this 1.5litre bottle and compared to the free tap water this is quite high. They are usually on offer these bottles at Tesco with 2 bottles for £1.50 which is slightly better. We bought ours from Tesco but this is widely available in all good supermarkets.
I can personally only give this 4/5 stars, my boys and hubby say it deserves the full 5 stars but for me the lack of flavour has made me drop one star. This would be ideal if you like drinks with a hint of flavour and this is definitely worth buying to encourage children to drink more water.
I had seen Volvic Touch of Lemon and Lime Flavour Water on the shelf several times but I have to admit I always dismissed it as a gimmick and something I wouldn't like. I do try to force myself to drink water (and I only ever drink bottled water) but the truth is that I really don't like water and literally have to force it down because its good for me.
However, today when I was in the Co-op, they had an offer on in which you got two 1.5 litre bottles for the price of one - and so I relented and actually bought them. For two bottles it cost me 56p (which equates to just over 18p per litre).
Well, I have to say I am so amazingly surprised that I actually like this water. The water smells very fresh and limey and surprisingly enticing. When I tasted it, I found that the water was very fruity and had a definite taste of lime to it. To be honest, I would say that the taste of lemon and lime is certainly more than a "touch" and I would say it is more of a lime drink than water with a twist. Having said that, I really like this flavor as ordinarily I would add squash to water to make it more palatable - and now, with this added flavour, I don't need to add anything to it.
It does have sweeteners added to it in the form of sucralose and acesulfame K and so there is 4 calories per 250mls, but in the scheme of things this is very little and is considerably less than adding squash would give - and it is sugar free.
As other Volvic water, the water has been filtered through six layers of volcanic rock, namely Surface Humus, Andesite, Basalt, Puzzolana and Granite.
The bottles I bought are in partnership with World Vision where they will generate 10L of drinking water through their well creation in Ghana, Malawi, Mati and Zambia - and so you can drink this knowing that it also is doing good for development within the third world.
Overall, I really like this new twist to water.....and for me, it will encourage me to drink more of it......and surely that can only be a good thing.
As the summer months approach us, I find that I get alot more thirsty in the days. Whilst I fully admit I drink too much tea and coffee in the cold months, there is nothing I find more refreshing than an ice cold glass of natural mineral water.
Having sampled most brands of water from mostly every spring that ever existed, for me the only water that really hits the spot and provides a smooth refreshing feeling is Volvic.
Volvic is one of the brands produced by the huge empire that is Danone. Infact Danone produce the majority of bottled water to the masses, as they own the top three most popular selling water.
Volvic is derived from a spring which can be found deep within the volcanic regions of the mountains of France. I believe that it is due to the springs close proximity to these volcanic regions that the water is so high in mineral content.
As I have mentioned I love Volvic. I find it has a smooth texture to it. It is very easy to digest and does not sit heavy on the stomach. I also like the pure, natural, quality to this water. You can almost taste the mountains and it's clean fresh surroundings which helps to make this drink feel so healthy and positive for your well being.
A few years ago, Danone decided to extend the Volvic range. By doing so it introduced a number of flavours which had been added to the volvic water. I can't remember where I was the first time I tried this variety, but what I do know is that I think it is a great alternative to plain unflavoured water.
There are a couple of flavours on the market, one of which is lemon and lime. I have always been a fan of more zesty fruity flavours and therefore this variety ticks all the boxes for me. The packaging is almost identical to volvic natural except for a splash of lime and lemons on the labelling. Also the plastic screw top lid of this bottle is lemon coloured, which makes it easier for those who are in a rush when shopping.
The lemon and lime flavour to this water is very subtle. I don't think it takes away the clear, fresh, purity of the water's natural flavours. I think the lamon and lime combination works a treat, as the lemon offers sweetness whilst the lime gives a good zingy kick which is a real wake up call for the taste buds.
In some ways I think I always feel more refreshed when drinking the natural water. I don't know why this is. But the natural water is more wholesome and honest. I think the fact that the lemon and lime flavours add a fair degree of calorific and sugar content to the drink takes away the drinking pleasure to some degree. A 500ml bottle will set you back a rather hefty 117 cals. Whilst there is 27.5g of sugar. I know this may not seem like a lot, but when you are drinking large quantities, this soon adds up.
However if you feel like an alternative to natural flavoured water, then you could do alot worse than this drink. It is far healthier and nutritionally balanced than a can of fizzy pop.
I always find, when I drink more of this water, I notice a difference in my skin. I have never had spots, but I do notice after drinking this that there is a healthier glow to my skin and the elasticity of my skin is more defined. This just further reinforces this water's health benefits.
When I have overdone the consuming of the lemon and lime flavoured volvic, I have noticed that I do tend to suffer from a slight degree of heartburn. I don't know why this happens, but it has indeed happened on a few occasions after drinking this water. I also notice that after drinking this water there is a slightly bitter aftertaste in my mouth which is rather metallic and quite unpleasing.
Having weighed all this up, I would much prefer to drink natural vovic. But I would certainly recommend the touch of lemon and lime. I think this would be particularly beneficial to a consumer who does not enjoy the flavour of natural water. This lemon and lime may then help to increase your consumption of a really healthy drink.
Everybody needs water. It is the most important liquid in the world- without it, we wouldn't be here. So when Volvic decide to add a little touch of zing to water, it makes you wish this stuff came out of the taps.
The taste is refreshing and sweet. It is best to pop it in a fridge for a while and to drink it chilled. Or maybe add it to a few ice cube and sip it through a straw. I always opt for a fruitier flavoured water when I am sat in lectures. It's so much more refreshing than an energy drink or a hot drink. And a lot more healthier too!!
Although, Volvic's Touch of Lemon and Lime is not as healthy as a regular bottle of water. In fact, one 500 ml bottle contains 27.5g of sugar- which is 31% of the guideline daily amount. It also contains 117 calories- which you do not expect from a bottle of water. Nevertheless, there are worse drinks out there!!
A 500ml bottle costs around 68p, depending on individual shop prices. The packaging is simple; a yellow lid and a clear bottle. The label contains all the important nutrition details. It is also interesting as it tells you how the water is filtered through 6 layers of volcanic rock and has a nice little diagram.
Another bonus to this drink is made known on the label. That is, that for every 1 litre of Volvic purchased, 10 litres of drinking water is generated in wells throughout Africa. It's always nice when a company as big as Volvic, actually give something back. The bottle is also 100% recyclable.