If Irn-Bru can do this, maybe I should try some the next time I manage to make it to the U.K.:

(Via Attuworld.)


  1. #1 Paul Power
    June 17, 2007

    One early slogan for Irn Bru was “Made in Scotland – from girders”.

  2. #2 Acad Ronin
    June 17, 2007

    Carbonated, cafinated, bright orange soft drink from Glasgow, based on a secret formula. Originally “Iron Brew”.

  3. #3 Richard Carter, FCD
    June 17, 2007

    It is extremely nasty: it tastes like liquid bubble gum. This from the land that gave the world Laphroaig. Those Scots are crazy.

  4. #4 SMC
    June 17, 2007

    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.

  5. #5 Donalbain
    June 17, 2007

    Irn Bru is for the morning AFTER you have the Laphroaig. It is without doubt the finest hangover cure in the world.

  6. #6 Justin Moretti
    June 17, 2007

    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…

  7. #7 Jane
    June 17, 2007

    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”

  8. #8 fusilier
    June 17, 2007

    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….

    James 2:24

  9. #9 Mark UK
    June 18, 2007

    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…

  10. #10 Ursula
    June 18, 2007

    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…

  11. #11 MikeB
    June 18, 2007

    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….

  12. #12 Lucas McCarty
    June 18, 2007

    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.

  13. #13 Mary
    June 18, 2007

    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

  14. #14 Mary
    June 18, 2007

    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.

  15. #15 probe
    June 19, 2007

    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!

  16. #16 Deacon Barry
    June 20, 2007

    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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