If Irn-Bru can do this, maybe I should try some the next time I manage to make it to the U.K.:
One early slogan for Irn Bru was “Made in Scotland – from girders”.
Carbonated, cafinated, bright orange soft drink from Glasgow, based on a secret formula. Originally “Iron Brew”.
It is extremely nasty: it tastes like liquid bubble gum. This from the land that gave the world Laphroaig. Those Scots are crazy.
If I remember correctly (it’s been quite a long time since I tasted it) the stuff has EXACTLY the flavor of “Juicy Fruit” Gum (at least as it is made in the US…)
And “Tizer” reminded me of Pez, for some reason.
Irn Bru is for the morning AFTER you have the Laphroaig. It is without doubt the finest hangover cure in the world.
When I asked a bunch of Scottish medical students about it, they said “It’s the Scottish national drink!” Apparently it is one of only two soft drinks in the world which locally out-sell coca cola.
Certainly it is nasty – I recall a display in the outpatients department of the children’s hospital in Glasgow, which featured children’s teeth soaked in Coke and Irn-Bru. Irn-Bru was worse.
I tried one can, once, and could not finish. I compared the experience to fellating tribbles. Not that I’ve actually tried that…
Don’t listen to the doubters – it’s lovely and you can get a diet version now, even as far south as London. When I lived in Edinburgh it was advertised as being “Your Other National Drink”
You can get it at most Scottish Festivals. I’m not sure where you are located, but there’s sure to be one near you.
I’d say it tastes more like “cunnilingus on a tribble” but then I haven’t actually tried that, either….
There are no doubters with this drink. Only sane and sensible people. That is, those who avoid it like the plague. Then are the nutters who drink this radioactive waste. It IS good against a hangover. This drink is so foul you’ll forget all about that…
I’ve never tasted Irn Bru because I was put off it by ‘sane and sensible people’. I love this advert though ……….ah the Undertones. Brilliant. This argument seems to be similar to those who either hate or love Marmite. I love it. Maybe I’ll pluck up the courage to try some Irn Bru…
Horrible stuff – like liquid sugar, but orange. Even more unpleasent than Lucozade. Mind you, I’m from the south, so what do I know (although I’m OK with Laphroaig). But I do like Tizer and Marmite….
The Scots were once the fittest nation on Earth. Kept out the Roman Empire and others until the English got longbows and strong cavalry.
Now they are remembered for haggis, deep-fried chocolate in batter(I kid you not) and Irn-Bru.
One good thing about the commercial: we got to hear The Undertones play “Here comes the summer”. (Why an Irish band got used for a Scottish drink escapes me.)
Undertones on TOTP: http://youtube.com/watch?v=kUg7OO1gZk0
Aw, what the hell …
Teenage Kicks: http://youtube.com/watch?v=wAtUw6lxcis
My Perfect Cousin: http://youtube.com/watch?v=w0MCti-LBFg
Yes, I’m old.
A combination of 3 of my favorite things:
1. Irn Bru
2. That insane forward/backward Blackpool rollercoaster
3. The Undertones
Took me back to my Diploma of Trop Med + Hygiene days in Liverool in ’98.
Thanks for the memories!
Irn Bru is way better than cola. I get a crate of 24 at a time for a fiver at my local cash and carry. It did outsell Coke here until a couple of years ago, but Coke has just pulled ahead. Irn Bru adverts are famed for their off the wall humour.
Pardon me while I go and pour myself a glass of the amber nectar…
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