I mentioned last week that I got lucky with my BzzAgent products to review recently. Well, the Teisseire syrup was one that I wasn't expecting but which is probably one of my favourite things to review.
I don't really do squash drinks. I mean, I might add a dash of blackcurrant
to some lemonade occasionally but I don't think I've ever really gotten over the
trauma of those terribly weak cups of squash you used to get as treats at school
or at birthday parties. You know the ones, where they'd got one bottle of juice
and had to stretch it out to at least sixty children. Everyone got a tiny
trickle of juice which was so watered down that you could barely taste it; it
just made the water taste funny.
Even today I prefer plain tap water over diluting juice. At work everyone's
got a bottle of diluting juice on their desk and I'm the one with a couple of
packets of hot chocolate floating around.
All the same, I'm always willing to try something new, so when the Teisseire
campaign came up I figured I'd give it a go. It was advertised as a drink
flavouring syrup, to be added to cocktails, water or lemonade. I'm not really a
cocktail drinker but if I can like something you add to water to make it taste
differently, then it has to be a hit.
And it was!
I'm actually really sad that I ran out a couple of weeks ago and haven't had
a chance to get any more since then.
When I signed up for the campaign I was told I would have the choice of two
flavours, pineapple and grenadine. As it happened, there was no pineapple left
so grenadine it was. I had to look it up to see just what flavour that would be,
but I'm glad I got that one. I'm going to have to try the other flavours at some
point, but the grenadine is just lovely.
The stuff comes in a massive bottle that says it does enough for about fifty
or sixty litres of drink. I was half expecting to receive a little sample bottle
so this was a pleasant surprise. It lasted for weeks and that includes taking a
generous sample in to share at work.
As it's a syrup and not a juice, it's really thick, so you just don't need as
much as you would with a regular diluting juice. My first few glasses were maybe
a little stronger than it needed to be until I got the hang of just adding a
small splash; a little goes a long way. It's got a wonderfully strong flavour,
something which Mr Click and the girls at work all agreed with.
I never did try it as a cocktail, as I said, I'm just not really a cocktail
sort of person. I did however add it to water and lemonade. I don't often add
flavour to lemonade but it made it feel like a nice treat, especially in the
warm summery weather we had (right at the end of the summer)!
I'm planning on picking up some more as soon as I can because, if nothing
else, I did notice it made me drink more during the day at work. I stay hydrated
by keeping a water bottle on my desk, I'll top it up during the day but once the
water starts warming up, I drink less. Over the course of some days I'll maybe
drink a bottle to a bottle and a half; on the days when I added a splash of
Teisseire grenadine flavour syrup to my water bottle I'd drink twice that.
If you get a chance to pick up a bottle of this, I'd definitely recommend it.
It's slightly more expensive than your average bottle of diluting squash, but it
goes a long way, has a fantastic flavour, and is a little bit more grown up and
decadent than a basic bottle of Ribena!