Irn Bru Releases Original Sugar-Loaded Drink From 1901 to Ruin Your Teeth

By Gavin Whenman on at

Irn Bru fans are known for their dedication to their favourite soft drink, with stockpiling and howls of anguish when the sugar content of the Trump-coloured beverage was halved last year ahead of the introduction of the sugar tax, as well as efforts by one sugar fiend absolute genius to homebrew his own recipe that tastes the same as the old version.

Now manufacturer AG Barr is rolling back the clock, not to the calorific days of 2017, but to the even sweeter early 20th century, announcing plans to release a limited-edition version of the carpet-staining drink based on the original prototype recipe from 1901. And yes, it's loaded with oodles of extra sugar.

The old recipe was apparently discovered in a handwritten book stored deep in the company’s archives and Irn Bru 1901 will be served in glass bottles, taking drinkers back in time to a period when the beverage could be enjoyed with your syphilis-riddled best mate while you watched emaciated urchins being run down by a horse-drawn growler.

Robin Barr, who unearthed the recipe, promised fans:

‘This is Irn Bru as you’ve never tasted it. It’s a chance to enjoy a unique and authentic piece of Scottish history – but don’t hang about, we don’t think it will be around for long.’

And nor, of course, will your teeth.

The liquid throwback will be available from 2nd December for £2 and if you don't like this 1901 variation, or the changes the company made to the drink last year,  you can always join the fans who are planning to storm the factory next month to find the pre-2018 recipe. [Metro]

Featured image: AG Barr