The source of Scots’ strength is in Irn Bru, or “iron brew”. The neon orange alone wakes you up, and its similarity to Lucozade makes the Scots look like tough people who down energy drinks like cola. However, it is just soda and the power of the drink lies in its shock factor. I still prefer Coca Cola, and had not even noticed it in the fridges of supermarkets and corner shops until after my visit to Scotland in 2014.
A recent catch-up of The Big Bang Theory made me think of Sheldon’s “Fun With Flags”, which in turn reminded me that I had not updated my soft drinks of the world review series in a while. So next up is Kinnie, Malta’s favourite drink, unique in being natural rather than artificial, featuring herbal and bitter orange extracts. To be drunk chilled with ice cubes – my first taste of it in a hotel room in Malta was not chilled or watered down enough, and it was too bitter. At its optimum temperature, it is a refreshing alternative to over-sweet sodas and fizzy (lemon)-ades.