Thursday, 18 December 2014
Heartsease Farm drink You'll need to remember the name
The Blackcurrant drink is sold as "Carbonated spring water with British blackcurrant juice."
And whilst that's certainly true as far as descriptions go, it certainly doesn't tell the whole story or show you the big picture.
It's a little bit like describing The QE2 as "quite a big ship, really" or a Rolls Royce as: "a nice ride."
When you open the bottle there's a pungent yet welcoming smell of real blackcurrants, so you know that real fruit is within the bottle.
It is not overly carbonated, the level of carbonation is just right, and it is obvious that a great deal of thought has gone into the correct level of carbonation for this drink. And I like that, because if the people who make a drink clearly care so much about it, then that makes it easier for me to care about it, too.
The flavour is another area where the Watkins family (who have farmed at Heartsease Farm since 1903, that's 111 years) show an extraordinary attention to detail.
The favour is just right, not too strong, not too weak, not too tart. not too sweet, but perfect.
They also use their own spring water to make the juice drinks, from Radnor in Powys, Wales, where their family farm is.
As well as blackcurrant they have Traditional Lemonade, Elderflower Presse, Raspberry Lemonade, St Clements Presse and Fiery Ginger Beer.
To learn more please visit http://radnorhills.co.uk.
They are also looking for retailers so if you have a shop or run an online food and drink retailer, they'll be pleased to hear from you. Please tell them That's Christmas sent you along!)