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I have been a bit run down and unwell over the past couple of weeks and I have found my appetite lacking as a result. This has meant that I've been feeling a bit dehydrated and so my husband brought in a selection of fruit juices and soft drinks from our local grocery store to encourage me to increase my intake of fluids, hoping it would make me feel a bit better.
Many of the juices that he bought were fruit based, and slightly more 'natural' in their content, but there were a few fizzy and soft drinks in the selection too. One of the fizzy drinks in the selection was from the well-known 'Barr' range of soft drinks, namely the can of "Cherryade" which is described on the side of the can as being a "Sparkling cherry flavoured soft drink with sugar and sweeteners."
My other half paid only 37 pence for the 330ml can of fizzy pop, a price that is printed across the top of the can, and one that I thought was fairly good value for money given some cans of fizzy pop in the same grocery store are priced at around the 70 pence mark.
For anyone who is unfamiliar with the brand, Barr is a Scottish Manufacturer of fizzy drinks, with their most famous being the original "Irn Bru" which is extremely well-known in Scotland and something of a Scottish Institution. The company offers a variety of flavoured soft drinks such as Cola, Limeade, Ginger Beer and of course Cherryade.
The can has quite an eye-catching look to it, consisting of a sort of pink and red 'striped' design going which is both brightly-coloured and it suits the product very well in my opinion.
The colour of the fizzy drink is a sort of pink/red shade which I think would make it very appealing to youngsters, although I'm not entirely sure it would be the first choice of drink to give to my young nephew or nieces, mainly due to the amount of sugar and sweeteners contained within it! Nevertheless, the bright colour and appetising, fruity aroma that are evident as the drink is being poured into a glass make it appear to be a rather refreshing drink with a sweet and fruity taste.
The taste of the cherryade is one that I have found to be extremely refreshing. Packed full of cherry-flavoured fizz, the drink really quenched my thirst and I thought it would be an ideal refreshment to sip on a hot sunny day.
Whilst the main taste and flavour is undoubtedly that of fruity cherry, there is a slight sherbet-like edge to the flavour that I thought gave it a very appealing 'kick' and it wouldn't have surprised me in the slightest if this drink had turned out to be a sort of 'energy' drink thanks to its rather revitalising flavours. It's not however, and is one purely aimed at being a soft drink, albeit a very pleasant one.
I found that the sweet, fizzy cherry flavoured drink actually reminded me of a childhood drink that I used to adore, namely Cremola Foam. Whilst I believe this powdered, sherbet-like drink is no longer available in the UK, the Barr's Cherryade carries a sort of familiar sherbet-like quality that I found thoroughly enjoyable... if a little immature! I will admit that the drink is not the most grown up beverage that I have had in my cupboards in recent times, but such matters don't particularly deter me from buying - or drinking - certain drinks, so it wouldn't put me off from buying the Barr's Cherryade in the future.
According to the side of the 330ml can, 100ml of the fizzy drink will provide 21kcal which is a lot less than I had expected, given the abundance of sugar and sweeteners that are found in drinks like this.
As at the time of writing, (April 2012), the 330ml can is available from all good newsagents and grocery stores, although the drink is also available to buy in a small plastic bottle too, which costs around 50 pence, as well as a larger 2 Litre sized bottle, as shown in the Ciao page which is available from some larger supermarkets.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the taste of the Barr's drink and would award it five stars, I cannot praise it highly enough and have already repurchased it since my initial introduction to the drink!