A few days ago, I received a mail from Paper Boat Drinks who wanted to send over a few of their choice products for me to sample and subsequently give them my opinion. I accepted, and a few days later, received a package from them which contained packets of their drinks. The packaging was done in a way which inspired childhood memories, and the drinks themselves are such stuff which would invoke in the consumer a nostalgic feeling of one’s glorious golden past.

I received four flavors – Aamras, Jamun Kala Khatta, Jal Jeera, and Aam Panna.

To be frank, I have tried the Aam Panna and Jal Jeera before, so I was eager to try the other two which I have not. The drinks are all packed in a paper-plastic package with a screw top which can be broken easily. The drinks contain no artificial flavoring, preservatives or colors. However, it does contain “nature-identical flavoring substances” (not sure what that is, but when I Googled it, this is what I read at this link – “Chemically identical to natural flavourings but are prepared or extracted using chemical methods. They are identical to the molecules found in nature and the body cannot distinguish between them. Nature identical flavouring substances include: ethyl acetate (identical in nature to many fruits) and decanal (nature identical to orange). Vanillin may be obtained from vanilla pods but the flavour is now produced chemically from a plant material called lignin.”), “acidity regulator” (citric acid) and “antioxidant” like ascerbic acid. )

I started off by sampling the Jamun Kala Khatta, since a) I love Kala Khatta, and b) I love Jamun. The drink, for one, was perfectly balanced, if slightly lacking the jamun flavor. But it did have a lovely tangy flavor, and a good hint of spices that included, among other things, cumin and pepper, and apparently contains some apple juice in it, though I could not detect it while drinking. This drink was a gorgeous pink color, and the spiciness of it effectively cut down some, but not all of the sugar of the drink, and left a faint aftertaste which I liked. At 44 calories per 100 ml, it had the lowest calorie quotient among the four.

The Jal Jeera was up next. I have had this drink before, and quite loved the little hits of lemon and ginger in the drink, and the noticeable but not overpowering hit of cumin in the drink. I am pretty sure the cumin used for making this drink was roasted before they were ground, but I might be wrong. It did taste like that. The drink was sweet and salty, and quite addictive, because I kept on sipping it after every 4-5 minutes. I would have loved this drink to be slightly less sweet, though, and at 51 calories per 100 ml, it had the second highest calorific quotient.
The Aamras came next. This was the second unknown quantity for me. The first thing I felt when the drink hit my palate was “sugar overload”. This was way too sweet for my taste again, and it did leave a very sweet taste in my mouth which seemed quite artificial to me, and reminded me of popular mango drinks available in bottles (like Slice or Frooti). I would have preferred this drink to be less sweet and I had to drink a bit of water afterwards to get rid of the aftertaste. At 66 calories per 100 ml, this one had the highest calorific value among the four as well.

The Aam Panna was the final one up for judging. I have always had a weak spot for this particular drink, since my mother makes a very good version of it. Paper Boat makes a nice version of it too – sweet, sour, sugary, with a very distinct flavor of mangoes in it, but not artificial in any way. I liked the color, the taste, and the flavors, and at about 48 calories per 100 ml, this one was quite all right (expect about 125 calories a package, which is not a bad deal). 

Currently, Paper Boat drinks are priced at 30/- INR per 250 ml. bottle, and they are best four months from manufacture, so check that before buying, okay? 



Disclaimer: Poorna Banerjee was sent a package of Paper Boat Drinks for her opinion. Her review is honest and unbiased.
Written by Poorna Banerjee

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