As a big soft drinks fan there is nothing better than discovering new ranges that are good enough to keep coming back to. This is one I first discovered Christmas Day 2012 and have received a few times since but not really written about. I've only seen these a few times in the wild, but my partner's mother has a local shop that sells a mighty range of them, so I keep getting them as presents. Very, very welcome presents!
I've had a variety of lemonades and other 'boutique soft drinks' and happened to remember to take pictures and notes for the latest batch.
First up and the most intriguing of this batch is the Rhubarb and Ginger.
While I'm not a great fan of ginger in spicy food (where I find it amplifies the flavours too much for me) in drinks and snacks I find it quite exciting. My recent gingerbread experiment used fresh ginger and I really liked the explosions from the strips I'd used. Similarly this has a Rhubarb background flavour with for me the ginger overtaking this and adding a refreshing layer on top. My partner isn't a fan of rhubarb and found that taste to be too powerfully present for her. I used to chew on fresh sticks of the stuff as a child so maybe could have had even more!
I'll happily have this in the future, preferably in the summer.
Finally for today we have this Dandelion & Burdock. As I've mentioned before I hated this as a child (i probably tried it once and refused afterwards) but discovered that I love it as an adult. With a lighter flavour than the Fentimans version that I usually end up drinking while out in bars this is much more suitable to enjoy with a meal. Again this is non artificial and made in the UK and has a very natural flavour.
While I don't think this will become my D&B of choice it's certainly very enjoyable and something I will undoubtably pick up again. Theres something very alluring about the flavours here, and while they just aren't as strong as I may be used to the awards it has won are very deserved.
You can find out more about the people behind this here and the site contains some very exciting flavours I shall have to try and locate. Maybe I'll have to visit the garden centre these all have been coming from myself!