Paper Boat Drinks - Product Review

Paper Boat Drinks manufactured by Hector Beverages are one of the newest entrants to the packaged juice industry. Aimed at putting one in a reminiscing mood, they have largely expanded their operations from what it was in 2012 and now cater to multiple airlines, marts and malls making it a national brand. When they contacted us for a product review, we accepted it at once.

Paper Boat All Flavours
Paper Boat All Flavours

Sold at a reasonable cost of Rs. 30/- for every 250ml of juice, the packaging boasts of honest Indian drinks with no added preservatives and artificial flavours, as we found out after tasting their drinks. Every sip is a refreshing one with the sweetness and tanginess of the natural flavours flooding the mouth, creating a mystical swirl which brings back old memories.

Paper Boat Packaging
Paper Boat Packaging

Starting off with only 4 flavours, they are increasing their variety in a prolific rate much to the joy of the customers whom they cater to. We have tasted 7 of their flavours which they were kind enough to send in a neatly packaged orange gunny bag. While the looks of the packs inside were cute, they were also designed for keeping the drink fresh and convenient to carry around.

Aamras

Paper Boat Aamras
Paper Boat Aamras

While you would argue that Aamras is basically Maaza or Slice, the taste differs significantly. The juice is naturally more thicker and isn't artificially sweet like most of the soft drinks. The sweetness comes from the mango pulp which is equivalent to heaven even by Alphonso standards.


Paper Boat Imli ka Amana, Golgappe ka Paani and Kokum
Paper Boat Imli ka Amana, Golgappe ka Paani and Kokum

Imili ka Amana

Paper Boat's experimentation with Imli - Imli ka Amana, was a tad bit disappointing as the tanginess has been greatly mellowed down to make way for a sweet and soothing drink. Though the drink gets top marks for originality as no one has ever concocted a drink with imli yet, the natural flavor of imli was greatly diminished.

Golgappe ka Paani

Golgappas, phuchkas, pani-puri -  though all of them essentially refer to the same snack , the composition of the water dip ( Golgappe ka paani) is what differs from region to region. The tamarind concoction in the drink has a fine blend of black salt, cumin, red chilli powder, coriander powder and aamchur powder which makes it so tasty. The Paper Boat version is that of the version popular in the western parts the India and is a bit sweeter than its counterpart which is a tad bit spicier.

Kokum

Used as a souring agent in Goan/Konkani curries, the taste of the Kokum juice was a bit surprising to me. It was tangy and a bit spicy, but was equally soothing. The fact that I have never tasted Kokum juice before made this new flavour even more appealing.

Aam Panna

Paper Boat Aam Panna
Paper Boat Aam Panna

Aam Panna is everyone's favourite summer time drink. The taste of raw mangoes seems refreshingly good and the spicy khatta meetha taste brings back nostalgic memories of childhood. The Aam Panna is extremely effective against heat waves and heat strokes which makes it extremely popular during the sweaty summers.

Jaljeera

Paper Boat Jaljeera
Paper Boat Jaljeera

Another popular Indian summer time drink, the Paper Boat Jaljeera is the perfect infusion of cumin, rock salt, lemon juice and black pepper. Technically, there are two versions of Jaljeera which are famous in India, the spicy one and the khatta meetha one - the drink in the pouch is of the khatta meetha variety. Other than the sweet and heavenly taste, the jaljeera serves to cool the body and the jeera along with black salt in the mix aids in digestion.

Jaamun Kaala Khatta

Paper Boat Jaamun Kaala Khatta
Paper Boat Jaamun Kaala Khatta

The flavor of the drink is predominantly salted Jaamun, rather than Mumbai Kala Khatta. The juice is spiced up, tangy and leaves a faint aftertaste which can be expected from Jaamun flavored drinks. Fortunately, unlike the common Jaamuns, it doesn't leave a bluish tinge on the tongue, which makes us more presentable even after drinking gallons of the juice. Also, it is the only Paper Boat juice on which 'Shake and Sip' is mentioned just below the bottle cap.

Paper Boat All Flavours
Paper Boat All Flavours


Website : http://www.paperboatdrinks.com/
Manufacturer : Hector Beverages

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6 comments:

  1. 30 bucks for a pint sized pack is reasonable?! Get real.

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    1. I don't know if you were trying to be punny, but I shall respond such that either way, both your questions are answered.

      According to me, the cost justifies the product. If you do get Real Juice tetrapack which is 200ml for Rs 20 or Tropicana which is exactly the same rate then essentially you are just paying Rs 5 extra (250ml would cost Rs 25) for the Paper Boat natural flavoured drinks with no additional preservatives. A small extra price to pay for such added bonuses.

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    1. If the post is too much of a TL;DR , please read the ones you haven't tasted, this way you know which one to taste next ;)

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  3. Tasted almost all of the varieties except for Imili ka Amana and Golgappe ka Paani. I liked Kokum the most, followed by Aam Panna. And in response to the comment of Sudhindra, I would say, yes it is justified and much better compared to the other packaged drinks which I have tasted so far.

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    1. Do give Imli ka Amana a try, it is one of my favourite flavours, right after Aam Panna and Jaamun Kaala Khatta.

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