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Scots seem to agree that Irn-Bru “tastes like the color orange”


More people drink here than Coca-Cola, and probably as much as water, but the Scottish debate will never really stop about what Irn-Bru actually tastes like.

Although it contains 0.002 percent ammonium iron citrate, it is definitely not “Made from Girders” as the famous slogan suggested, and with the carbonated soft drink made from an original secret 32-flavor recipe, we may never know for sure.

But that has obviously stopped people from finding “flavors” like chewing gum, rust, “a bubbly highland stream mixed with casual violence,” salty banana, “tutti frutti,” cough syrup and marshmallow, and “heaven,” just to name a few we met a few.

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However, there’s another – wild – suggestion we’ve come across that Scotland’s “other national drink” tastes like, and a quick look at Twitter shows us that there are dozen of Scots all saying the same thing – the color orange.

Right, not orange like the fruit, but the actual color. Here is a look at a selection of such “takes” to taste:

@ ShaneMcGuirk2 – ‘Irn Bru really tastes like orange (the color, not the fruit).’

@heretic_saint – ‘Irn Bru tastes exactly as the color orange should taste.’

@enken12 – ‘Irn Bru tastes exactly as you would expect from an orange drink that is not orange.’

@mmmfiber – ‘My favorite Wikipedia entry today: What is the taste of Irn-Bru (Scottish drink)? It’s orange, but not orange-flavored, but it’s exactly how you would imagine a non-orange-flavored orange drink, all orange (but not orange). Their main flavor is banana extract. ‘

@ spacedog17 – ‘Strange how irn bru tastes like orange, the color but not the fruit orange.’

@GenGens – ‘But Irn Bru tastes like the color orange! (the delicious traditional recipe, not the terrible new one) ‘

@FedoraGoat – ‘I can only describe it as Irn Bru. It tastes like orange. Not the fruit, the color. ‘

@ AllyLouks1 – ‘I am describing Irn Bru: “It tastes like orange – the color, not the fruit”‘

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@RaAntell – ‘Irn bru now somehow tastes like the color orange and water’

@_caitlinaf – “someone please tell me how Irn Bru tastes because it is so good but so strange … I have a feeling it tastes like what the color orange looks like”

@BoxFullofBats – ‘Irn Bru is a Scottish drink. No fruit or vegetables in it, it’s just “The color orange, made bubbly.”

@justonespice – ‘for those who don’t know – irn bru is a Scottish soft drink known for being orange. it also tastes just like the orange color. It is our national drink. I hate it. I drink it every day so my passport doesn’t get confiscated. ‘

@hyosungpop – ‘The only way to describe the taste of Irn Bru is bubbly orange, but not the fruit orange. the color orange’

@AbismyOs – ‘No it’s not beer, it’s Irn Bru. A very Scottish soft drink that tastes like pure orange. Not the fruit, the color. ‘

@ no1kiwifan – ‘give the Germans their very first irn bru. “it tastes like the color orange”


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