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[Made in scotland, from girders].

Irn-Bru, Scotland's other [Whisky|national drink], is a [carbonated] "flavoured soft drink" made by [Barr|A.G.Barr]. [Scotland] is one of the very few nations on earth where the most popular non-alcoholic beverage is something other than [Coke]. Bru, with its unique flavour, properties as a hangover cure (essential to us Scots), and sizable dose of [caffeine] is a staple part of the Scottish diet, in some ways more a part of Scottish culture than [Whisky], [kilts] or [tartan] are in modern times.

Irn-Bru, also known as [Irn Bru], is bright [orange] in colour ([ginger] orange, not [orange juice] orange) and tastes something like a cross between [bubblegum], [cream soda], and [burnt plastic]. It's a lot nicer than that sounds, and is a great mixer for [vodka] or cheap [whisky] ([single malt whisky|expensive] whisky should be enjoyed [untainted]). A 2 [litre] bottle contains enough [caffeine] to make you bounce around like you're on drugs for [hours], or to [dispel] all but the worst of hangovers. The high [sugar] content helps a bit too. It also comes in 750ml glass bottles, for around 70p (about $1), and which offer a 20p refund upon the safe return of the empty. With excellent value, and a combination of all the good points of both coffee and coke, it's no wonder it's so popular. [Diet] versions and an [isotonic] version called [Irn-Bru XS] are also available, for sporty types or the weight-conscious.

Irn-Bru was first produced in 1901, under the name [Iron] Brew. It does in fact contain iron, or, more accurately, [ammonium ferric citrate], but only 0.02% by volume. In 1946, a change in laws required that the word "[brew]" be removed from the name, as the drink isn't technically [brewing|brewed]. The chairman of the company came up with the bright idea of changing both halves of the name to the [phonetic] spelling, giving us Irn-Bru as it is spelt now. The [hyphen] seems to be part of the name now as well, but its origins are [unknown]. The [formula] for the flavour syrup has been kept a closely-guarded secret since its creation, and is rumoured to only be known to two members of the [Barr] family, with a written copy in a [Swiss bank-vault] in case a tragic accident should occur. All the quirky [mysticism], [rumour] and [folklore] surrounding Irn-Bru only serve to help keep it in its place as an [icon] of Scottish culture.

The ingredients of Irn-Bru are listed as;

  • [carbonated] [water]
  • [sugar]
  • [citric acid]
  • flavourings
  • preservative (E211)
  • [caffeine]
  • colours (E110, E124)
  • [Ammonium Ferric Citrate] (0.002%)

[If spilt, this product may stain].