People, looks like the *popularity* of my blog is steadily rising everyday! Have a look at what I got for review through the courier, today
Paperboat drinks/juices advertise themselves as being made of natural & traditional Indian ingredients. I was hooked by that ‘traditional Indian’ thing because it’s different. Btw, everyone announces themselves as natural, even those instant juices where we need to put the concentrate and add water! Paperboat juices are not like that – they come ready to drink. We just need to open the pack and you know what to do next…
As you can see above, I received 250 ml packs of seven different flavors. Except the Aamras (which is normal thick, sweet mango juice), everything else surprised me. They were not necessarily new but different! I will list the flavors below according to my liking and (taste) ratings. Needless to say, I tasted (a small amount of) each and every juice for evaluation purpose. Ah, the perks of being a Blogger 😀 Sometimes I wonder, why I don’t become a wine-taster or food evaluator 😉 Anyways here are my findings –
- Golgappe ka pani – You know how the pani-puri liquid tastes. This one is slightly sweeter (than the original), and hence it’s great to drink. I loved it.
- Jaljeera – Again, a sweeter version of khatta jaljeera paani. Liked it.
- Jamun, Kala khatta – A very different (and enjoyable) taste. I can’t explain it, but if you’ve tasted kala khatta ice, you will know. Tastes good.
- Aamras – This is ripe-mango juice. Sweet. Actually, I liked it more than the above two, my tongue preferring the sweeter taste, but the same flavor is available everywhere. That’s why it’s at no. 4.
- Aam panna – Raw-mango juice. I am sure you can imagine the taste. Only, it’s slightly sweeter than the original. Nice.
The other two, Imli ka amlana & kokum, I didn’t like it that much. Probably I might have liked it if I tasted them before others, but they were somewhat stronger flavors and my preference is for the sweeter ones. If you like strong khatta flavors, you might like these.
They packed all these juices and sent it to me in a gunny bag. Yes, the orange thing that you see behind the juices is a gunny bag!!
Their website says, they have put in nature-identical and natural flavors, but they don’t add any artificial flavors. While I appreciate that not adding artificial flavors point, why not go 100% natural and 100% organic? Their site says, these ingredients are necessary to make sure that they are not spoiled due to heat (they are packed stored for sometime before they reach you, right?). That is the reason.
While the packaging (and sealing) is good, the packing material (outer one) is made of plastic, which is non-biodegradable. The manufacturer might want to think innovatively on how to use biodegradable substances to pack it, like how they thought innovatively and put these packets into the gunny bag. Also, they should name the juices in English, in addition to the Hindi-names already given.
They admit in their website that these are ‘the next best thing to freshly plucked and juiced’ (read: not as healthy). That should be obvious to you, but I am sure these are much better than the bottled soda-based beverages.
I would like to drink these Paperboat drinks occasionally, but not frequently. I would love to surprise guests at home with something different, like this. I think I can also take it with me, while traveling. But I don’t think Paperboat drinks will replace my regular consumption of fresh fruit juices. Well, actually, I am trying to convince the nearby fruit-juice vendors to buy organic fruits 😉
Each pouch contains 250 ml of beverage and costs Rs. 30/-. I think they maybe available in supermarkets. I also found some online outlets selling it.