“ Soft Drinks „
Price/Availability I got my Purdeys drink as part of my Boots Meal deal which was £3.29 and I got a salad, snack and this drink, on its own Boots have it on sale for £1.80 however it is also available in Asda for £1. I cannot locate in on Tesco webpage or Sainsbury's so one has to assume its not readily available on there however I have never noticed this drink until afew days ago when I brought in Boots so its possible you can get it in other local shops or smaller supermarkets. Packaging The one thing that stood out for me the most was the packaging. It comes in what can only be described as a mini milk bottle. I like drinks in glass, a lot of companies now don't do this so Purdeys still using this method is a good thing. The bottle has a silver cover over it that is shiny but not in your face, the writing is in black and red, its simple but I think as a whole it does stand out. Taste Once opening the bottle you are greeted with a lovely fragrant fruity smell, it does have a fizz to it so you can hear the bubbles in it. Taste wise is very nice, I am not a huge fan of sugary drinks and I did fear this might be one but it is not. The grapes and apples great a wonderful fruity taste, coupled with the fizz it is a delight to drink. The fizz I should add is not to much, some fizzy drinks do tend to bloat me up but this did not and I enjoyed the whole bottle with my lunch. Its billed as a "Multivitamin Fruit Drink" and on the back lists the ingredients as well as the nutritional information. The drink clearly does have goodness in it and as part of a balanced diet it would work well. For those on Weight watchers I recently pointed it up to 3pp which I think is reasonable although probably not a drink to have every day! Overall I really enjoyed this drink, it makes a change to diet coke and/or boring fruit juices. I would buy this again as part of a Boots meal deal, I doubt I would buy it as part of my weekly shopping but in the meal deal ti does offer very good value.
I am sometimes in need of a drink that will give me a boost and refresh me. Most energy drinks rely on high caffeine like Red Bull or high sugar like Lucozade. While these do give energy they also have some bad effects, for that reason I try not to use them too much. This doesn't market itself as an energy drink really, it says 'rejuvenation' on the front which is what I am looking for when I drink this. Purdeys is available to buy in health food shops like Holland and Barrett along with local health food shops, supermarkets and it's also now available in shops like the 99p Shop and B&M bargains. The price varies quite a lot, I think it's around 90p in B&M bargains and £1.70 in Holland and Barrett although there are sometimes special offers. The drink comes in a thick, glass bottle, the bottle is silver so it stands out from other drinks. 'PURDEYS' is printed on the front along with the nutritional infomartion on the back and a description of the drink on the front. The packing is simple but good looking too. The lid is made from silver coloured metal. I like the fact that it comes in a glass bottle, it makes it feel a bit more special and some people don't like drinking from plastic. The bottle is 330ml which is about the same size as a can of coke. The bottle looks bigger than a drinks can but it is made from thick glass so it could be a bit deceptive. Instead of containing loads of caffeine or sugar, this has fruit juices and vitamins. The ingredients are; Fruit Juices from Concentrate 57% (Grape, Apple), Carbonated Spring Water (42%), Natural Flavourings including Botanical Extracts (Damiana and Chinese Ginseng), Citric Acid, Vitamins (C, Niacin, B6, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folacin, B12), Glucose. This doesn't contain any artificial sweeteners or caffeine which is great and sets it apart from a lot of the other drinks out there. It also contains some vitamins so there are health benefits to drinking this. It also contains one of your five a day! The drink itself is slightly sparkling which is nice, it's gentle and mild instead of fizzy. The taste is actually quite hard to describe but I really like it. Over half of the drink is made from fruit juices but it isn't a particularly fruity tasting drink. It claims to contain one of your five a day but it really doesn't taste like you're drinking fruit juice, there are different tastes in this drink which really go well together. I can taste the ginseng because I've tried it before in other drinks. The ginseng adds some warmth and tang to the drink. It isn't a really sweet drink but you can taste some fruitiness. It tastes nice and fresh, it's a refreshing drink and although it's hard for me to describe the taste, I do really like it. I love how it doesn't taste artificial, this is quite important to me because a lot of the time in the more 'healthy' drinks, they use artificial sweeteners which taste quite strange to me. As for the 'rejuvenation' effects, this drink does give me a little lift and makes me feel refreshed. It's not the same effect as coffee or red bull, it's more gentle, it's not something that could keep me awake at night. I think rejuvenated is the right word to describe the effects of this drink.
I'm always keen to try and make sure I have my five a day, but I don't seem to be very good at always doing it. So when I see a drink that says 'contains one of your five a day' written on the bottle I feel I have to try it. This led to me purchasing a bottle of Purdey's Rejuvenate Drink which claims: *To contain one of your five a day* *To be fortified with multivitamins* *To give you a gentle lift and help you rejuvinate* *To contain no added sugar* Purdey's Rejuvenate is produced by Orchid Drinks Ltd which is owned by the more well known brand, Britvic. The drink comes in a brown glass bottle which has a silver covering and, in my opinon, has quite an 'old-fashioned' look to it. I liked the look of the bottle but I was surprised it was glass, as that, coupled with the shape of the bottle, reminded me a lot of medicine. When I smelt the drink it kind of smelt like a weird medicine too. So far I wasn't really expecting much from this drink, but I went ahead and tried it. I was glad to find out it didn't taste like it smelt, and was actually alright. It had a sweet taste and was sparkling, but not too fizzy. I drank it chilled which was quite refreshing but as I finished the drink it had gone a bit warm which wasn't very nice. According to the bottle, the drink is made from grape and apple juice but I couldn't really detect either of these flavours in the drink, more of just a general sweet taste which I can't really identify with any particular flavour. The drink was a bit sticky which I hate, and the bottle was a bit sticky too. As for the 'rejuvination' effects the drink was supposed to have, I didn't experience any. I felt no different after drinking this beverage, no more 'lifted' or rejuvinated at all, so that was a bit dissapointing. The bottle the drink came in was 330ml in size and cost £1.30 from Asda. I've also seen it in the other main supermarkets since. The ingredients of this drink are: Fruit juices from concentrate (grape 41%, apple 16%), carbonated spring water 41%, natural peach flavouring, natural flavourings, botanical extracts (damiana, oak bark, Chinese ginseng), citric acid, vitamins (C, niacin, thiamin, B6, riboflavin, folic acid, B12). It contains just over 100 calories which I think is too many for a drink that is too sticky, and only tastes ok. It does contain a portion of fruit but it's not filling at all so I'd rather just eat an apple or something. Over all I found this to be a mediocre tasting drink which didn't rejuvinate me as it claimed to. I would rather purchase a cheaper drink which is lower in calories or just drink water!
I used to drink a lot of lucazade as I love the taste and it gives you the energy to carry on working during the day, but I have now replaced my energy drink hit with this Britvic Purdeys, Rejuvenate. This little silver bottle of elixia will lend you energy and refresh you during the day but it isn't a long lasting caffiene hit like some of the newer energy drinks that have flooded the market and it isn't a high sugar or glucose drink either. It is just a healthier option to choose and can be bought in the Holland and Barrett health shops for around £1.25 which is a bit expensive for the small 300 ml bottle you are purchasing, however all is not lost as I have discovered the B & M shops which are like new cheap stores that are opening in most towns lately stock these little bottles and they cost 89p so if you have a shop near you grab yourself a bargain drink. The bottle has a really nice design which probably contributes to the high price your paying for the drink as it has a silver coating over the glass bottle with little pictures around the bottle of grapes and apples but not all the bottles have this design some are just the silver coating it depends where you buy from. This is a multi vitamin drink which picks you up if your flagging during the day and need a little tonic or refresher to help you get through the chores of housework or your job. It has a twist off lid and when you open it you can smell the drink which is really hard to discribe, the ingredients say grapes and apples but it doesn't smell or taste of these as there are other ingredients like ginseng and oak bark in it which change the taste to one of a unique palette and at first when you buy this you think " do I really like it? " but after a few mouthfulls you soon get used to the taste and I found that it's a taste that grew on me and now I love it and this is my first choice of refreshing drink. It has Vitamin C, B12, B6, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin and Riboflavin in the ingredients and is made with carbonated spring water. However it does have 106 calories in this little bottle so drinking a few during the day isn't very good if your on a diet, but it will refresh you. I like these when i'm driving as it helps me to keep concentration on the road and like I say the taste grows on you. I'm happy to recommend .
When it comes to energy drinks they usually come with either high caffeine (a form that has become popular in recent years, due to the massive success of Red Bull), high sugar content (such as the heavily glucose based Lucozade energy drinks) and there's also the sports based salt drinks that focus more on rehydration than additional energy boosters (things like Powerade and Gatorade). So when I recently saw a bottle one on the shelf of a local B & M store that claimed to give "Rejuvenation" and was promoted as being a "pick me up" that lacked caffeine and was low in sugar, instead depending on a mixture of vitamins, water and fruit. Coming in a unique and eye catching silver glass bottle, it seems like this is the drink that stands out on the shelves much more than the canned and even plastic bottles do. The drink promises to help refresh the drinker and make you not only feel more rejuvenated but also help to support a healthy immune system (through vitamin c) and have fast energy release (via vitamin b). However the important thing with these sorts of drinks is the taste, if it's not drinkable the effects of the drink are completely pointless. After unscrewing the metal lid you get a rather fruity but slightly medicinal smell, not the most delicious scent for a drink, but not a terrible one. The taste is genuinely surprising, it's sharp, refreshing, fruity and alarming almost, it tingles your throat, your tongue and even your brain. Oddly it seems to taste cold despite being room temperature and when it hits your tongue it wakes it up, excites it and makes it tingle with anticipation of more. So the taste as such? Well it's difficult to pin point the actual flavours, they are strikingly fruity but difficult to work out, this is due to the fact that it's using sparkling water which causes the flavours to probably taste a little more excitable than they are. However using the bottle the fruit concentrates used are Apple and Grape, with additional tastes coming from Chinese Ginseng and Damiana which are botanical ingredients used as natural flavourings. Although the drink doesn't seem like it "should work" it surprisingly does, it's really hydrating, has a nice and original taste and helps to make you feel much more awake than you'd perhaps expect. A brilliant drink that I can't believe I've tried before. Nutritional Information (per 330ml bottle) Energy 452KJ/ 106Kcal Protein 0.7g Carbohydrate 22g (of which all 22g are from Sugar) Fat 0.3g (of which nil is saturated) Fibre Trace Sodium Nil A variety of vitamins are also contained in the drink.
Many of us like to take our dietary supplements in the form of vitamin tablets or capsules - but there are other options available. Described as a 'Multivitamin Fruit Drink', Purdey's Rejuvination is a blast of wellbeing in liquid form. The drink is currently on special offer in Holland & Barratt, where you can purchase two bottles for around £1.60. If you don't have a local health food shop, the drink can also be picked up in Tesco where it is a similar price. Designed as a 'pick-me-up', the drink comprises grape, apple juice, natural herbal extracts, and the vitamins that I mentioned in the opening paragraph. The bottle itself is quite cool looking - a silvery glass number with predominantly black text. The text on the front states that the drink is a "healthy and immediate way to feel refreshed at any time" - but is that really the case? The full list of ingredients are as follows; Fruit juices from Concentrate 57% (Grape, Apple), Carbonated Spring Water (42%), Natural Flavourings including Botanical Extracts (Damiana and Chinese Ginseng), Citric Acid, Vitamins (C, Niacin, B6, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folacin, B12), and Glucose. The flavour is actually quite difficult to describe - and whilst you would expect the drink to taste of grapes and apple, the overriding flavour is actually of sparkling carbonated water. Whilst it's not the most pleasant of flavours, it's by no means bad, and actually, I would describe it as an acquired taste which definitely grows on you. With just over a hundred calories per bottle, this particular drink compares quite well to other designated 'energy drinks' on the market which are often rather sugary by nature. I did feel awakened after drinking Purdey's - probably due to the glucose content. That said, it was a fairly short lived awakening which lasted no more than a few minutes! The fact that you're consuming vitamins does make the drink *feel* healthy however, and whether this is a just a placebo effect matters not, as it provides the drinker with a sense of well being. On the whole then, Purdey's is nothing special in terms of it's flavour, but its a decent drink which is caffeine free, contains no artificial flavours, and is suitable for vegetarians. Each Bottle Contains (330ml) Calories: 106 Sugar: 22g Fat: 0.3g Saturated Fat: 0g Sodium: 0g
Purdey's: I am a huge fan of 'energy' drinks but sometimes I have to avoid caffeine either due to a migraine or just the fact that every now and then I actually need sleep! When I am avoiding caffeine I don't want decaffeinated coffee/cola, (what's the point), so I go for Purdey's instead. Purdey's is not like your typical energy drink in that it contains neither taurine nor caffeine. Instead Purdey's uses a blend of grape and apple juice, botanical extracts, (including Ginseng), sparkling spring water and multi-vitamins to provide a pick-me-up whenever needed. Purdey's contains 33% of the following vitamins/minerals: Thiamin, (vitamin B1), Riboflavin, (vitamin B2), Niacin, (vitamin B3), Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C and Folic Acid. There is also 0.3g of fat, 22g of sugar and 106 kcal per 330ml bottle. The sugar content is high but it is an energy drink and glucose provides energy that is fast and easy for your body to process. Because of all the vitamins and the lack of caffeine Purdey's is a healthier option than a lot of energy drinks but it should still be an occasional thing due the sugar content. Taste wise Purdey's is odd and I can imagine that a lot of people wouldn't like it all but I love it. It has a vaguely fruity taste like the soft drinks for adults made with grape juice but with another, more odd taste that is a little malty and hard to describe, it tastes a bit like vitamins smell so I am assuming it comes from the high vitamin content. Purdey's is a lovely golden colour and very slightly sparkling; I don't like things too fizzy and I find Purdey's is the exact right fizziness for me but it's just a matter of taste really. The bottle is made of brown glass, (important because it protects the contents from light which degrades the vitamins and nutrients), with a silver label completely covering it and a silver lid. I think it looks quite 90s in style, the sort of thing you'd see people drinking on the beach in LA. It isn't ugly but not really nice looking either. Incidentally there used to be a gold bottle too and I much preferred the taste of that one but I haven't seen any for years. Purdey's used to be well over £1.00 a bottle but it had been 49p in Tesco's for ages now which makes it comparable in price to coca-cola etc and a bargain for an energy drink. I would definitely recommend it for a pick-me-up especially for those sensitive to caffeine or just need a break from it.
Of late I've been feeling really under the weather. Nothing serious but I've had little energy and not been sleeping great at all. I've been taking energy boosting pills and drinking alot of energy drinks but nothing has helped me. I got to a point yesterday I had drank 2 litres of original lucozade and several cans of red bull through-out the day and still felt rotten and phased out and couldn't wait for bedtime lol. So today I had to go the hospital and to the Dr's and everything and cos I'd paid my bus fair and the places I needed to go were in town I decided I should look round town as well and grab a few bits en route! Halfway through my shopping trip I felt close to passing out in Boots yet I had 20 quid reward points to spend on smellies on my reward card thing so when I spotted this at £1.46 (yep really!) I thought I'd get meself one and sit down for half an hour! The Packaging.... 330ml silver bottle with a silver tin screw on/of cap. On the cap there is a red and blue stamp and on that I'm told it is Elixir Vitae, Purdey's. That same stamp adorns the front of the bottle along with black and grey writing which tells me it is Purdey's Multivitamin Fruit Drink, Rejuvenation which is 'A unique formula of fruit juices, sparkling water, natural herbal extracts and vitamins, to help towards your well being and provide a healthy and immediate way to feel refreshed at any time'. On the back of the bottle I'm told a bit about the product, ingredients are listed, nutritional information is listed, contact details for Britvic (the manufacturers of Purdey's products) are there, size is stated and finally the bar-code is shown. Very nice bottle and great quality. I do like the glass bottle with the silver wrapper over though it is heavy but it looks nice! A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Bottle... Whether you need a morning energiser, afternoon refresher or an evening 'pick me up', Purdey's hits the mark. A delicious blend of grape and apple juice, sparkling spring water, natural herbal extracts and multi-vitamins provide you with a healthy way to feel refreshed any time. No artificial flavours, sweeteners, colours or preservatives With B vitamins which help aid energy release With vitamin C which helps support a healthy immune system Caffeine free Suitable for Vegetarians The Drink... Totally lovely, different and fresh I could get so addicted to these for real lol Light off white water with a zingy taste of grapes and apple blended with spring water, this is really simply a grown up soft drink that is smooth and not crammed with nasties of any kind at all. It's delicate on flavours and is totally refreshing and thirst quenching and leaves no nasty after-taste at all. It's just refreshing and light and very drinkable indeed. However did it give me an energy boost? I won't lie. No it didn't. Not at all actually! I still felt half dead and my brain wasn't functioning so much so I ended up buying fluorescent green socks! However although for me it didn't give me an energy boost which was disappointing (due to the price I paid for it), but it was lovely and really tasty! I would buy it again but it is expensive for what it is!
I love this drink. They are usually well over a pound and I only ever bought them when Holland and Barrett did them for 99 pence occasionally. I just found them in Asda for 60-something pence. wow! bargain! I think I have found a new addiction. It is a health drink that is meant to revitalise you and give you a little lift. The vitamin B2 helps your metabolism and someone once mentioned that it is therefore good if you are on a diet - who can say? It surely must be better than coke with vitamins and minerals and lots of natural goodies... surely? It is lightly sparkling without being too gassy and tastes a little like Red Bull but without the chemicals. It is basically a natural fruity alternative to energy drinks. Far superior in taste. It doesn't leave you buzzing but the bubbles at least do give you a little lift. It's a nice drink to have in the office early afternoon when you need a bit of a pick-me-up. It comes in a brown glass bottle that is covered with a silver cover. Glass can be recycled easily which is good but the bottles are heavier, which is a downside - you also think there is more left than there is because of the weight of the glass. Still it's a small hurdle to overcome!!
Purdey's. My dad first introduced me to Purdeys and I first thought it was an old fashioned drink, sorta the old man stereotype drink, but it turns out it's a new wave of energy drink, but different. It works on vitimins and not the boring box standard caffine. The taste is rather sweet, but it also has a 'malty' taste, similar to the smell of Multi-Vitimins. Price wise, I always thought it was quite expensive due to the bottle being made of glass, why they don't replace it with a can or plastic bottles I don't know. When I used to see them in the supermarkets a few years ago they were well over £1 a bottle. Today I saw one in Tesco and paid 50p because I quite like the taste that I would usually tell my friends it's strange and they probably won't like it. It's fairly healthy and quite good for you, caffine free and full of vitimins and minerals. Reccomended for people in need of energy and glucose but with a caffine intolerance. The only down side is the sugar content is rather high, which I would have thought was fructose from the fruit ingredients, however it is glucose. It also contains Vitimin B2 which is excellent for your metabolism. It looks healthy and tastes quite healthy, the other downside is the sugar content. At 330ml with 22g of sugar, this makes it a little unhealthy. Some of the sugar you can forgive due to the fruit content, but the rest is a little unforgivable.