(Editorâ€™s Note: Todayâ€™s review is brought to you by one of the Impulsive Buyâ€™s original readers, Megan, who was kind enough to send me from Germany a bottle of Britannia Soliss Pear & Ginger Sparkling Water. She sent it because she wanted me to know what REAL sparkling water tastes like. Thanks, Megan!)
As many of you already know, my first experience with sparkling water was one Iâ€™d like to forget, but unfortunately, it will probably forever haunt me in my dreams…or when I get thirsty.
So it was with some trepidation that I tried the Britannia Soliss Pear & Ginger Sparkling Water from the United Kingdom.
After taking a hesitant first sip of the Britannia Soliss, the first thing that came to my mind was, â€œWhat the hell died in the Aquafina Sparkling Water to make it taste so damn horrible?â€
The Britannia Soliss was crisp and clean. It went down smooth. It had a nice distinguished pear taste, with a hint of ginger, which gave it some spice. But most importantly, it didnâ€™t make me gag, it didnâ€™t make me want to spit it out, and it didnâ€™t taste like my tongue licked a fire hydrant. In other words, it was waaay better tasting than the Aquafina Sparkling Water.
Ever since taking that first sip, not only has my view of sparkling water changed, my whole view of the world has changed dramatically. The Britannia Soliss has lifted the blinders from in front of my eyes and it has made me see everything in a whole new light.
I no longer consider rain to be dismal and dreary. I now call it liquid sunshine. I no longer read Playboy only for the articles. I no longer see ALL the Baldwin brothers as B-movie actors, just Stephen, Daniel, and William. I no longer think of prostitutes as whores, I now think of them as sex professionals.
Itâ€™s like the world is anew.
One of the the things that caught me off guard with the Britannia Soliss was that they actually tell you where the got the water from on the label.
Britannia Soliss is a unique new range of drinks blending natural flavours and extracts with Spring Water drawn from a source at the end of the Pennine chain, with its protected environmental ensuring purity.
I got nothing of the sort from the Aquafina Sparkling. For all I know, some sweaty, hairy dude in adult diapers, sitting in a kiddie pool filled with sparkling water, might be filling each bottle with the water heâ€™s sitting in.
Oh, I hope those bubbles in the water were from the carbonation.
Besides the taste, one of the best things about the Britannia Soliss was the price and size of the bottle. For only 99 cents, Megan picked up a one liter bottle (about 34 ounces).
If the Britannia Soliss and the Aquafina Sparkling were in the same school, the Britannia Soliss would totally be taking Aquafina Sparklingâ€™s lunch money and giving it a wedgie every single day, because itâ€™s much bigger.
Sure the Aquafina Sparkling Water has no calories, but the entire bottle of Britannia Soliss only had 15 calories. I could probably burn that amount while typing this review or…ahem…reading an issue of Playboy.
Of course, if there was one downfall of the Britannia Soliss, it would be the fact that most of us canâ€™t get our hands on it here in the States. But if you happen to be in Europe, especially the United Kingdom, and youâ€™re thirsty, Iâ€™d recommend the Britannia Soliss.
Item: Britannia Soliss Pear & Ginger Sparkling Water
Purchase Price: 99 cents (purchased by Megan in Germany)
Rating: 4 out of 5
Pros: Tastes helluva a lot better than Aquafina Sparkling, but what doesnâ€™t. Crisp and clean taste. Made me change my mindset about sparkling water. Big-ass one liter bottle for less than a dollar.
Cons: Might not be available in the United States, but itâ€™s available in parts of Europe.