Paperboat drinks, made with traditional Indian ingredients

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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 :D Sometimes I wonder, why I don’t become a wine-taster or food evaluator ;) Anyways here are my findings -

  1. 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.
  2. Jaljeera – Again, a sweeter version of khatta jaljeera paani. Liked it.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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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.

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16 thoughts on “Paperboat drinks, made with traditional Indian ingredients

    1. OK, I get the message :) Actually, I was supposed to publish this article along with others I have scheduled for next week, but due to the excitement of receiving the pack (and drinking it), I felt tempted to post it imm. Will have to maintain a schedule from now on!

      Destination Infinity

  1. Congrats Rajesh, me coming here after a long time and lo! behold, what I see! A blog is a space for many interactions, you see.

    But still, I am a bit wary of writing reviews for products.

    Joy always,
    Susan

    1. Personally, I am fine with writing product reviews as long as they are unbiased, useful and interesting. Besides, evaluating & buying products is something we do very frequently and product review posts, if done properly, should be helpful.

      Destination Infinity

  2. Some of the flavors that paper boat offers you do not get elsewhere.But the cost 30 Rs for 250ml seems slightly higher .I will look for this juices
    There is nothing wrong to write on a blog your evaluation of products It is like a book or film review and helps wider audience know.Good job.

    1. I think, people feel that too many reviews make a blog feel like an advertorial! I am trying to mix these posts with normal posts (as much as possible), and in the future, I will try to give a choice – one creative and one review/general post. I just need to plan by publication schedule properly.

      Destination Infinity

  3. Interesting and best part a very neat and clear cut post which clarifies every bit about the product. When i started reading it, i thought its a replacement to fresh fruit juices. Thanks for your clarification at the end, which says in what perspective this drink should be taken.
    I see this one the lines of Ruhafza , but with an authentic flavour. Like u rightly said, its a perfect drink for a differentiated feel. Thanks for posting this.

  4. I see these in my office all the time. I thought they were a bit pricey for an unknown to me brand, so I didn’t try it. Looks like they are quite nice and not too sweet? I hate over-sweetened drinks.

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