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      04.12.2012 14:44
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      All the fruit of a light red wine with none of the alcohol.

      I almost did not try this product, let alone think about reviewing it.

      I have bad memories from my teen years of the icky and somewhat fake taste of grape juice from the parties and even later on the wedding of a very dear Mormon friend whose religion prohibited alcohol, as well as caffeine. The family did keep a special box of tea for the mini-addict that was me but when it came to celebrations Schloer was the option and it tainted my view of grape products that were not fermented or came attached to the stem ever since.

      Then I came across a try a litre fof Welch's Grape Boost for free coupon. Prudence wrestled with Bad Memories and won by two falls and a submission. A carton of juice for nothing was just too appealing a bargain for me to resist.

      I did have problems finding it in the big Sainsbury's, where I ended up freebie hunting, as it was not an option in the Sainsbury's Local over the road. Welch's is supposed to be available in both the chiller for the pricey premium option as well as the much more reasonably priced cartons at the back of the shop. I could not find the chiller option but did find the Purple Grape Boost Light in a lower shelf by the own brand and other longer life cartons, so I opted for that.

      I took it home and tried it straight away, as driving home from the big shop and finding a parking space near where I live can be exhausting and I needed a drink.

      I was gobsmacked.

      It tasted lovely. It had both the colour of a lighter red wine and its lack of cloying while delivering bags of fruity grape flavour. The rich, deep taste of the ripest red grapes too, rather than the sometimes bland and even slightly bitter taste you can sometimes get from under-ripe and over-travelled supermarket grapes.

      This was all bigger surprise as the carton I had bought was the reduced sugar version and my poor tastebuds have still to forgive me for being unfaithful to Ribena with a supermarket no sugar squash which proved undrinkable. There was no vile artificial aftertaste clinging to my mouth after tasting this juice, no matter if I just swigged a mouthful or poured myself a well-deserved glass of delicious fruitiness.

      Chilling it in the fridge after opening - as instructed on the packet - only made it taste even nicer.

      Using Sucralose rather than the foul (to me) tasting Aspartame to help reduce the sugar content by 60% compared to the regular version may be the reason why it does taste so good while being lower in sugar and, therefore, calories may be the reason. If so, I am grateful as I loathe the taste of Aspartame and do worry about its potential side-effects.

      This is a juice drink which contains water, which does help cut the calories, and so works best straight from the carton without further cutting with water.

      The Reduced Sugar version will still cost 27kcal for 100ml, but this not only delivers tasty goodness but 40% of the recomended daily Vitamin C intake, which is great value for calories, I think. A 250ml glass will cover the whole day's requirement at the cost of a glass of deliciousness.

      Though the product is the Reduced Sugar version the recipe does still contain it, at 6.1g per 100mil, so diabetics will still need to avoid or be cautious when using it.

      The carton is marked with the approval of Heart UK and the box also extols the virtues of Vitamin C and its anti-oxidadant properties, all of which are very good things and make me feel virtuous while enjoyed the taste.

      The carton is a long thin oblong with a plastic spout. The top curves in towards the stopper which looks unstable but actually works well in use.

      It is recomended to use up the product within four days. Mine did not last that long as I just kept having just one more small glass.

      My first carton not only cost me nothing, it gave me money off my shopping as it credited like a £2.28 chilled version rather than the £1.29 it was marked at on the shelf. I did not notice that I won on the coupon to the extent I did until I checked the receipt back in the car. I did reuse the difference though when I paid for my next carton on my next big shop.

      I chose the same £1.29 low sugar option, as it tastes so good that the extra pound was an un-necessary spend to get a carton of juicy deliciousness.

      This citrus loving juice girl is still surprised to be buying this and enjoying it so much, but will never regret trying it and would not even if I had not actually made a profit on my first carton.

      I have no hesitation in recomending that others try it too.

      And as it is non-alcoholic and made by a company which started off in making non-alcoholic communion wine, it is a great option to be able to offer the poor designated driver this Christmas Party/Drink Driving Campaign Season. They will get the fruitiness of a light red wine but with none of the bad safety or driving ban consequences.

      Well worth trying.

      May be cross-posted to Caio.

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        18.06.2012 20:17
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        I do like it as a change from fizzy pop

        We have been buying a great grape juice lately from Welch's. We buy it from Tescos in a large carton and we pay £2 for a litre. This seems a little bit on the expensive side to me, but it is a great tasting drink and my dear other half keeps on reminding me that it's good for me and that it's better than all the fizzy pops I keep on drinking.

        The colour of this juice drink alone is something to behold. It is a deep dark colour and ever so slightly thick when you pour it out. I always make sure I shake the carton properly (but careful, so as not to spill any) every time I pour it out. If I don't shake it then I get told off because my wife tells me that the 'bits' will settle to the bottom of the carton.

        This grape juice is full of antioxidants and it is reputed to be good for the heart and the blood. I like to have a drink (well chilled) most mornings with my toast and cereal and it really is a surprisingly refreshing drink. I can never manage to drink more than a small glass of this though and it makes your teeth go purple afterwards,, much like a good red wine does.

        The drink is high in vitamin C and we count a glass of this as one of our five a day. The little lad loves it, as does my wife. Indeed, I think it is a great drink for the whole family. And certainly very pleasant. I did think it might be quite a sweet and cloying taste but in actually fact, it isn't at all - it is rich but it is also surprisingly light. There is a 'light' variety of this drink available too, though we have not tried this, preferring to stick to the original.

        It is a lovely refreshing drink to have on a summer's day and a nice drink to serve to guests if they do not wish to have wine.

        Overall, a great tasting drink which is also good for you!

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          18.05.2012 21:04
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          A distinctive tasting juice that is not among the cheapest.

          I like fruit juice, and I think that having a glass is an easy way to one of my 5 a day. I tend to buy either orange or one of the exotic flavours such as lychee, but I am always keen to try something new. I decided to try some of Welch's Purple Grape Juice because it was on special offer in my local corner shop for £1.75 for a 1 litre carton with the usual price being £2.29. I have never tried any grape juice before, of the unfermented variety anyway! It is described as "100% pure - from concentrate."


          THE RANGE

          Welch's have apparently growing grapes since 1869, in their own vineyards. They also produce red and white grape juices, and the purple variety can be bought as either a grape and raspberry or a grape and strawberry blend. I tend to prefer pure juice rather than mixed varieties so I haven't tried these.


          THE PRODUCT

          Another reason I was interested in trying a purple grape juice is the fact that it is said to be naturally high in antioxidants. In fact it is said to have twice as much antioxidant power as orange juice. Welch's say that these antioxidants may help reduce cell aging and maintain heart health. The charity Heart U.K have endorsed the product for this reason. Whilst these benefits could probably be claimed for other grape juices, Welch's one is made from 65% American Concord grape juice which is a unique variety to their vineyards, and one that is said to be especially high in the antioxidants. I can't judge whether drinking the juice affects the health of my heart or body, so the decision to buy it or not really comes down to taste for me.


          THE TASTE

          The juice comes in a standard carton, tall and narrow so it is easy to fit in the fridge. It is bought chilled so this is important. There is a twist on-and-of cap which makes it easier to pour than juice from those cartons where you have to cut off a corner. It is also easier to store and hold, as even when the carton is full, a slight squeeze of the sides won't send juice pouring out the lid.

          It has a fruity, almost musky aroma. As the carton isn't see through, I didn't know what a beautiful colour the juice would be once poured. It is a very dark red, rather than purple as you may expect. It does look lovely in a glass. More importantly, it also tastes delicious! I was surprised at the rich, full bodied flavour. A single sip lingers sweetly in your mouth for a long time. The taste is very distinctive, and is just like eating a handful of grapes. It seems fresh and natural. Although there is no added sugar listed amongst the short ingredient list, it does taste sweet without being sickly. I suspect this is due to the natural sugars in the fruit. It tastes wonderful with ice cubes, I think partially because the melting ice dilutes the strong taste a little. I don't find that I can drink a large glass of this in one go, or that I find it as refreshing as a milder flavoured juice can be. I won't deduct a star for this though, as it's probably just my personal taste. I do enjoy sipping a small amount slowly, because each mouthful is full of flavour. I like the texture too. It is smooth and there are no "bits."


          WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS JUICE?

          It tastes nice to me but being distinctive, it's probably a love it or hate it taste. It is nice to have a change from the other juices I buy and I think Welch's have made a good quality product. It isn't one of the cheaper drinks though. If you would like to try it for yourself, and you have a Tesco near you, pick up a copy of the free Tesco Magazine, as there is a coupon inside for £1 off a 1 litre carton of Welch's red, white or purple grape juice. My sister spotted the coupon and I sucessfully redeemed it last week, which reninded me to write this review. {I have bought it in other supermarkets too, for around £2.00 - £2.39.} It's definitely worth trying for a juice that is a bit different.


          [This review also appears on Ciao, under my user name.]

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            07.05.2012 23:43
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            An ideal fruit drink for someone who's looking for something different for their taste buds!

            I only ever found the opportunity to purchase this product on the off chance that it was significantly reduced to a reasonable price for a couple of weeks in my local supermarket as normally I find the price too extortionate for something that simply does not last at all.

            The product itself claims to be high in antioxidants but also fails to let you know in it's advertisements that despite it's health benefits it is also high in sugar content. So don't be sweet talked by welch's in the assumption that it's a health drink.

            Despite the sugar content, purple grape juice is thoroughly enjoyable and extremely tasty. There is no bitterness and no "bits" and it is smooth, refreshing and of course as always it is best served cold. I adore purple grape juice as it isn't like many other leading drinks on the market and grape isn't such a common flavour when it comes to juices in the UK so I guess you could consider it as a nice change from most of the things you can choose from.

            There are also a number of other flavours available that are mixed with different fruits such as blueberry; which are just as delicious as the original grape flavour. The cartons are non drip and the lids screw on tightly which is great as I've experienced similar packaging from other products prone to leaking and falling off - so therefore it's okay to store it sideways in your fridge rather than reserving space in the side.

            All in all a delightful purchase but can be rather expensive for what it is, keep an eye out for when it's on offer in super markets!

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            28.07.2011 12:02
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            Quality grape juice that may come at a price

            Not usually something I'd go for, but this was on special offer at Tesco last week and we were keen to get something different to the usual bog standard juices that seem to get automatically put into our trolley each week. I was a little unsure as I never used to be a fan of grape juice, but I thought I'd give it a go.

            The packaging is somewhat different. It's main body is not that different to other juices, but at the top where the lid is screwed on, it's somewhat different, with an angled indent, I assume to allow for easier pouring. And would you know it, it works. I get really bugged by juices that may taste nice but they're a nightmare to either, store, open, keep fresh or pour from, and this seems to tick all the boxes. As you turn the lid for the first time, it tears the foil underneath allows instant access to the drink. None of this awkward slicing away of parts of it, or getting the scissors out and worrying you've made too much of a hole.

            But the proof of the pudding always has to be in the eating, or rather drinking in this case. Grape juice generally tends to be very high in antioxidants, which is very good for you and is almost like flushing your system out. When you pour it, it has a slight viscosity to it, and it's a very deep red colour, almost to the point where you don't get the vibrant red edges when light shines on it. It smells lovely, not too dissimilar to how Schloer smells, and when you taste it, it's initially quite rich, but when you get used to it it's really nice.

            I found it very thirst quenching, which is great as some fruit juices can leave you with a strong aftertaste and still somewhat thirsty. I wouldn't say this is great to gulp gallons and gallons of, but it has a nice aftertaste and is very refreshing. It may not be the drink of choice for kids, as it is a little rich, and there are 'light' versions which have somewhat less richness in the flavour but still retain a lot of the goodness. The berry juiciness is very apparent is this drink, and as a result it's something I'm happy to recommend.

            The only quibble comes with the price. Usually, a 1 litre carton of this can come in at over £2, which to me is far too expensive. Like I said, I only got this as it was on special offer, and I think this is the key for drinks such as this. If you can spot grape juice on offer, I'd recommend getting it as the majority of brands are lovely, but it seems as if the wine market has caused the purchase of grapes for non alcoholic drinks to be just as expensive. A bottle of Schloer, for example, is not that far off the price of a bottle of wine!

            Welch's profess to be grape experts, and they apply this in the nutritional side of things as well. They profess that drinking their product will help with your skin, immune system and vascular system. It's high in antioxidant vitamin C, which is a good thing, and it shows that the grapes have been properly processed into this drink. High in natural grape juice, it's a drink I'd happily recommend, but is just very expensive unless you can get it on special offer.

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              13.09.2010 17:48

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              on opening a packet I noticed that there was dirt by the plastic opener, but I had guests so didn't make a fuss. The drink tasted very stale and was cloudy. Later, I emptied the carton and found inside a peculiar bubble-wrap, almost rubber mat, which was going mouldy. Do I take it back to Tesco's - I no longer have the receipt.

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              27.01.2010 01:19
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              splendid

              This is something I drink only on very special flush occasions! The price tag, which is pushing two pounds something for a litre seems quite steep to me, especially as one can buy a cordial for the same price, which will last for nearly a month. This barely lasts two days when it's in my fridge!

              Welch's Purple Grape Juice prides itself on having more antioxidants than a glass of orange juice. Impressive stuff, though grapes and red fruits are renowned for their antioxidant properties. Does this mean the drink tastes hideous though? Not at all. The first thing that hits you is the deep enveloping grape smell which seems to protrude from the glass like an invisible volcanic gas. Sniffing it causes the nose to go on a journey into vineyards, it smells fresh and of summer months, conjuring up images of strolling down country lanes.

              The taste is rich and sultry, more powerful than you might expect. This might alarm younger drinkers who are not used to such seasoned merriments, but for the juice afficionado, the drink serves up something of a treat. With a consistency akin to blood, it is a pleasure of a darkened nature which one takes when the fluid sloshes down the throat. It coats the tongue in a luxurious grape flavour, the viscosity overwhelming the tastebuds and urging you to slurp another mouthful; though so very tenderly. This is a juice to be enjoyed slowly, where each mouthful is savoured, registered and appreciated. Treat it like you would do a fine wine and enjoy in the evening with some blue cheeses.

              One of the finest and most visually commanding juices I have had, it might not be overly thirst quenching, but the full bodied grape flavour is enchanting enough to draw you in and beg you to buy it one more time.

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              25.10.2009 22:59
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              A Gorgeous Juice Made From Grapes

              I love this grape juice from Welch's and quite often buy it even though it's a bit out of my budget at £2.29 for a 1 litre carton, not that I have a particularly low food budget it's just that I usually go for the 99p supermarket juices.

              This is a sweeter drink than I first thought it would be and tastes strongly of grapes. I always think the flavour is a bit too strong because fresh grapes have a much more delicate taste and this makes the drink not as lifelike as it could be.

              It's still delish though and very fruity, the sweetness tastes natural and the juice is very refreshing but fun to drink like pop. It tastes a bit of still Vimto to me only with a fuller flavour and a lot sweeter.

              It's from concentrate but to me it tastes like proper fresh juice, it's 100% grape juice though and this is why it has got such a natural and fruity flavour.

              I love this juice and think it's best drunk in the morning with breakfast. It's nice any time of day but sometimes I think there's a bit of a weird dry aftertaste like wine, this isn't all the time though and it's not majorly unpleasant when it happens but does take some of the grape flavour off a bit.

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                20.02.2009 02:47
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                **Introduction**

                I Have reviewed a few drinks on dooyoo but rarely have I reviewed a drink from the first time I have ever tried the particular drink. I was in Sainsbury's doing my weekly shop when I went to look for a carton of fruit drink when I came across Welch's Purple Grape Juice. I had seen this advertised many times before but had never tried the drink for myself so I picked up a carton of the juice. I don't drink a lot of fruit juice but usually buy some kind of fruit drink alongside my usual Pepsi Max when I do my main shop in either Tesco, Morrisons or Sainsburys.

                **Welch's Purple Grape Juice**

                As you can see from the picture, Welch's Purple Grape Juice comes in a white carton with a picture of the Purple grapes which make up the juice drink. Once you open the cap you are straight in there with the drink as opposed to difficult to open lids on some other fruit juice drinks on the market. The juice comes in a 1 litre carton and is made by the American company Welch Foods Incorporated who are based in Concord, Massachusetts. The Juice is made up of 65% Concord Grapes and 35% of other grape juices.

                **The Taste**

                Whenever I buy grapes I nearly always go for Green Grapes or "white grapes" as they are known for some reason when they are clearly not white. I tend to much prefer the taste of them compared to Purple grapes but this Grape Juice is rather nice and has a strong but rather refreshing taste which is unmistakably Purple Grape Juice. It has a naturally sweet taste and there is no added sugar which is a plus over many fruit drinks. Once opened the drink will keep for four days as long as you quickly put it back in the fridge after pouring yourself a drink, follow these orders then The Taste will stay strong and refreshing.

                **Price and Stockists**

                This juice is available in all major supermarkets for around £1.75 or as much as £2.05 in some places but you may be able to find some deals like buy one get one free or money off coupons in Health Magazines as the drink is said to have major benefits to fighting against Heart Disease keeping a healthy heart aswell as just staying healthy. The price is comparable to most other 1 litre cartons of fruit drinks from more well known brands. So I feel that it is worth the extra money against the supermarkets own fruit juice drinks which can be relatively high in sugar.

                **Other Juices**

                Like most juice brands Purple Grape Juice is not the only fruit juice from Welch's. They also produce several different drinks. They also do white grape and Pear, Purple Grape and Raspberry blend and Strawberry Blend. White Grape and Peach and also Grape and Mango. So there are Several flavours from Welch's to attract your tastebuds.

                **Overall**

                I would recommend this Welch's Purple Grape Juice to anyone who drinks Fruit drinks regularly or just someone looking to get healthier. It is a refreshing drink that benefits from not having added sugar as it has the right sweetness already. Some in summing up I feel that this Purple Grape fruit juice is A tasty drink that is good for you, well that's just sold me. If you like this one then why not try some of the other drinks from Welch's.

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                  20.01.2009 12:55
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                  lovely flavour and not too sweet

                  Welch's this is one of the best red grape juices I have found bar one.
                  Until reasently I found that the Welch's Purple grape was the best and just by accident I found another variety made by the Lidl brand name of Solevita almost just as good. At a fraction of the price I was asstounded .
                  So watch out Welch's you have some serious competition.
                  I love the rich deep flavour of Welch's juices both the red and the white grape juices and have found that I am benefitting healthwise from drinking them. So there is something to be said for the stories you hear about wine being good for you to an extent. I prefer the juice unfermented myself so straight forward grape juice is much better in my mind.
                  Solevita as I have said is a close second to Welch's juices and at a fraction of the cost which can only be found in Lidl stores.
                  So when I cannot get to a Morrisons I get this type of juice as a back up for my usual Welch's.
                  I can only say the flavour is very rich and wholesome and like welch's is 100% whole grape juice nothing else.
                  I am quite addicted to this juice now and find its health benefits quite remarkable.

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                    08.01.2009 18:07
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                    Probably my favourite drink other than vodka.

                    I love grapes and I love grape juice and believe you me, grape juice does not come any better than this offering from Welch`s.

                    Welch`s purple grape juice is absolutely delicious and very, very moreish, once I open a carton it tends to be gone inside the hour which is similar to when I open a bag of grapes.

                    It is an expensive carton of juice at £1.95 a litre but in my opinion it is worth every penny, it has a very strong taste which is quite unusual for grape juices.

                    The juice is not completely fresh squeezed grapes with 35% of it being from concentrate but it is still a much healthier drink than the fizzy juices we usually pour down our throats and tastier too.

                    The other 65% of the drink is made up from the finest American concord grapes and this I believe is what gives it the very distinctive and strong taste that it has. A 100ml serving has only 68 calories and there are no added sugars to the drink either.

                    It is packed with vitamin C and a 200ml serving of it has one of your 5 a day portions of fruit and veg. Once opened this has to be used within three days and of course kept refrigerated but that matters little to me because as I say I have usually finished it within the hour!

                    It is not too easy to find as a lot of stores do not stock it but thankfully my local Asda does and I believe Sainsbury does too but at a few pence more in price.

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                      Not a big fan of grapes, but i am in love with this one!

                      I have always been a big fan of the super fruits, like Acai and goji berries, but today I came across of the the best I have even seen and tasted!
                      I went down to my local Waitrose and I was in the Juices section and I just saw that beautiful purple cartoon of juice that caught my attention. And there is was the Welch's Purple Grape Juice. I am not going to lie, im not a good fan of grapes the only ones I can tolerate is the seedless one and if they are very sweet. So I decided to give it a try, just because of the color.
                      After I had the first cup I could not believe what I was experiencing, for me it tasted like Sangria, that is a mix of red wine and fruits, but of course it tasted like that without the alcohol. Its naturally sweet and made from 65% of American Concord Grape Juice and 35% of Grape Juice from Concentrated. I had to go to the box and check because I was almost sure it had sugar but it does not! Its Amazing.
                      Its very refreshing and I think it can be used to an alternate to those who wants to have a nice refreshing drink but alcohol free! It does not taste like those juices from concentrate that we buy and you don't even have to be an expert to know that they are from concentrated, this juice feels like you just got a handful of grapes and squeezed them by hand in a cup and its ready to drink with no gunk!
                      The Purple grapes are full of antioxidants and one of the most important one found in the juice is the Polyphenols and they are well know to be the most effective antioxidants and they occur naturally in fruit and vegetables, and also they can help to reduce the cell damage caused by the free radicals in the body.
                      Only 200ml of the juice represents one portion of fruit or vegetable a day!
                      I bought the cartoon of juice for only £ 1.94 per 1L at Waitrose.
                      I recommend 100% this super grape juice! It will make you feel amazing!

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                        09.10.2008 16:56
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                        Lovely alternative to table wine

                        I first heard of Welch's Purple Grape Juice several years ago when a friend of mine at college used to drink vast quantities of it, usually after a heavy night's boozing. I would not recommend this drink as a hangover cure, though there is lots of water contained in the drink through it being natural fruit juice.

                        The consistancy is thin, not like some concentrate juices which have a more 'gloopy' texture. The taste I found to be similar to Ribena though grape juice, like cranberry, has a slightly bitter after taste which can put some off. I find this drink to be delicious, a 1 litre bottle does not last very long in my house!. I have always been a big Ribena drinker from a young age and this drink provided a nice alternative.

                        Also, as some of the reviews have already said, it can produce a nice alternative to wine, as it has much of the same 'good' properties to be found in a red wine such as Beaujolais but without the alcohol.

                        Purple grapes are supposed to have a higher level of antioxidants in them compared with red or white grapes, these anti oxidants can help to reduce cell ageing and maintain a healthy heart. A 200ml glass a day also represents 1 portion of the 5 a day fruit and veg intake that we're supposed to have.

                        The juice is made from 65% American Concord Juice and 35% grape juice, these are blended concentrates. Other flavours in the range include Purple Grape and Raspberry and Purple Grape and Strawberry. I shall be trying these next!.

                        The drink must be kept refridgerated and consumed within 4 days [not a problem!].

                        From my local Somerfield's the drink cost £1.59 for a 1 litre carton which doesn't seem too expensive, the price may fluctuate by a few pence in other shops but not by much.

                        Get yourself a carton today!

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                          05.10.2008 04:14
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                          A healthy way to get that same Grape Kool Aid taste.

                          Ever tried Kool Aid? It's one of America's best loved powdered soft drinks entirely made by fruity additives and perhaps a few chemicals here and there. Although Kool Aid comes in a few different flavours, it's the grape flavour that I absolutely adore! Unless you have a few good friends who make trips to America regularly then there's less of a chance you'll be able to sample this drink. I love their grape flavour because it's full of packed flavour, even though it is largely chemical based. The sugar free variety is simply horrible and should be avoided at all costs because you'll end up putting in about half a bag of sugar to sweeten the darn drink. If you ever hear of anyone saying the closest product in the UK is Ribena, then they are sadly talking a lot of hoof! Why the comparison between the two? Put simply this drink is available in the UK and it's the closest thing I feel to Grape flavour Kool Aid; it is so far away from Schloer and other brands claiming to produce grape juice that the mere taste and scent from this product will have you clambering for more.


                          This carton is purple in colour, with grapes on the main front and Welch's brand label also in deep purple - it states clearly on the package that this company have been in existence since 1869. The carton is tetra pak in design and carries the Tetra Pak label of which it also states that it is made from a renewable resource. The whole carton is brightly designed using a mix of product ingredient history - Welch for example have been making traditional quality juices since 1869 - for the American market - to ingredient information and other varieties available. Similar to Tropicana's Orange juice cartons, these Welch's cartons all have screw top caps and a security pull ring once the cap has been unscrewed or opened for the first time.


                          The product claims that is made from 100% concentrate of other grape juices and that it is pure juice. To confirm this, the carton states that 65% has been made from Concord grapes whilst 35% has been made from other grape juices. This is all you will find in the ingredients because nothing else has been added - surely an advantage given most juices these days are seldom just juice! Welch also makes this juice from their own vineyards as well as using Concord grapes which is considered amongst other varieties of grapes, one of the finest types you can find. Fat content is barely 0.0g with 68kcals for the whole carton - so those on diets can gorge themselves freely on this stuff - as I have done! In fact it's quite a surprise that with a product so low in fat content and calories, the carton also states that one glass of this juice provides the recommended daily intake of five fruits and vegetables - a fact that shouldn't go un-noticed since its newest UK advert features gymnasts in purple squeezing into a large glass against orange gymnasts to ram the point home about increased antioxidants.


                          However the price of this product could be considered to be costly; Per 1 litre carton I paid £2-05 in Safeways although other stores, namely in Glasgow have been found to be slightly cheaper and on trial offers (£1-75 for example at a nearby Tesco outlet!) I haven't seen any other carton size, so I am assuming that this product along with all the other types of flavours available is limited to the 1 litre size cartons.


                          Compared to other grape juices that I have tried in the past, Schloer being one brand that I used to love as a child, I have found that several brands such as Safeways own brand and St Ivel tend to be bland whenever their juices are lukewarm. To be fair Schloer is fizzy whereas this product is completely still, but whereas most grape juices give off a short timed taste of grape and then filter away to nothing, I find that this juice borders on the sweetness of red wine, with a good body attached whilst there is definitely undertones of Kool Aid Grape flavours, which result in a broad smile across my face! The juice bursts with freshness and ripeness that you can't help yourself to another glass fast enough. When it's lukewarm, or has been allowed to stand in room temperature, the juice tastes exactly the same as it does when it's cold. It's a beautiful combination of fruity grape coupled with an endowed red wine that gives a good kick once the liquid reaches the lips and dances on the tongue. The juice must be refrigerated at all times and once opened, it must be used within 4 days. I also find that this juice is incredibly smooth, particularly if you allow it to swirl inside your mouth before allowing it to flow down your throat in one happy contented swallow. The juice is very dark purple in colour too and I find that there is no bitter aftertaste.


                          The scent also doesn't give much away if you are looking for additives or anything else - if you don't know what Kool Aid is -there is obviously the scent of sweet dark grapes, but it also carries an undertone scent of the grape flavour so readily apparent in Grape Kool Aid. A scent which seems to be over emphasized in grape and nothing else - and if you're a long time buyer of Yankee Candles and recall the old but discontinued "Vineyard," candle, Welch's Purple Grape Juice smells exactly the same.

                          Welchs however don't just produce this grape juice alone. In the UK there are other fruit juices they produce as well as fruit drinks such as Purple Grape & Raspberry, Purple Grape & Blackcurrant, Purple Grape & Passion Fruit, White Grape & Peach
and White Grape & Pear. I have sampled the Purple Grape & Raspberry but found that the strong taste of the grape was milder with raspberry and as a result much prefer the original.


                          I've yet to find a disadvantage with this drink. It's simply one of the best cartons of juice I have come across - Now all Welchs need to do is to bring out a juice to mirror the sweet, fresh taste of cherries that Americans generally know how to bring the flavour out of. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2008

                          www.welchsjuice.co.uk

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                            Great tasting fruit juice!

                            Is anyone else addicted to grapes? If I buy a bag, one by one they pass my lips until there are none left. I don't know what it is about these little juicy fruits but I absolutely love them. I just can't get enough!

                            When I first came across Welch's Purple Grape Juice, I simply had to try it. I bought a carton from Sainsbury's for £1.98. This was a 1L bottle so the price seemed reasonable. I couldn't wait to get home and try a glass.

                            The taste was very different to what I had expected but I still enjoyed it. It was stronger than I imagined but it tasted good. It contains solely grape juice from concentrate so there aren't any nasty surprises when you check the ingredients list. Unfortunately juices from concentrate are arguably not as good for you as fresh juices however the juice is still very healthy.

                            The juice is absolutely bursting with antioxidants and great flavour! I was quite surprised to find out it was unsweetened as it definitely tastes sweeter than all the grapes I've ever tried. Welch's have their own Vineyards but they add other grape juice as well, presumably to lower costs. The juice is 65% Welch's American Concord Grapes, and the other 35% is other grape juice from concentrate. I find it slightly odd that they use additional grape juice and that they don't let on where they source this from. I can only think that they are adding cheap juice. Another explanation could be that Welch's can't grow enough grapes to meet demand but I'm tending to favour the first explanation.

                            The juice comes in a carton, as pictured, which is great as the vitamin C it contains isn't being destroyed by sunlight. Too many fruit juices are packaged in transparent cartons where light can detroy their vitamin C content. Welch's cartons prevent this.

                            A 100ml serving has only 68 calories although I think most people consider a serving of juice to be 200/250ml. Nevertheless this is a great, healthy choice as it has no extra sugar added. It's sweet taste is due to the natural sugars in the fruit.

                            Most people are familiar with the 5-a-day recommendations and a 200ml glass of this grape juice gives you one of your 5 portions. However it is important to remember that if you were to drink the whole carton in a day, you wouldn't have had all of your 5 portions. Fruit juice only counts as 1 portion regardless of how much you drink. This is because it lacks fibre.

                            The only thing I disliked was the strange after taste it left but I often have the same experience after eating grapes. Overall it is a great juice and a nice non-alcoholic alternative to wine. We serve it up with most roast dinners now and the whole family are fans!

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