Flavoured sparkling water is all the rage these days, with people seeking a healthier alternative to both sugary soft drinks and alcohol. Dash has fast become one of the best-known spritzer brands in the UK and beyond, and in this Dash water review I look at whether the products are worth your time and money.
I drink a LOT of spritzers. I quit alcohol over two years ago, and didn’t want to replace it with empty calories with unhealthy soft drinks. I get through cases upon cases of sparkling water, so thought it would be fun to review and compare them.
You might not think there could be much variation between different waters flavoured with a bit of fruit. However, it’s surprising how nuanced they can be – both in flavour and brand ethos.
So let’s begin this Dash water review with a little about the company.
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A Bit About Dash Water
Dash water is a product from the UK. It’s made with sparkling spring water, bubbles and “wonky fruit.”
This rather charming use of words refers to fruit that would perhaps otherwise not have been used for anything. Perhaps I’m a sucker, but I find this rather endearing, and it’s obviously great from a sustainability perspective too.
Dash Water Review: Flavour by Flavour
In this section of my Dash Water review I’m going to look at each of the flavours in turn. There are six flavours available and all are covered here – I’ve recently added two that weren’t available when I first wrote up my review of Dash water.
Dash Water Blackcurrant
Blackcurrant Dash is probably my favourite flavour.
It’s obviously important to emphasise, especially to people new to drinks like this, that a sparkling blackcurrant water isn’t going to taste like Ribena! All Dash flavours are subtle, and the aromas carry more strongly than the tastes.
However, this is thirst-quenching and clear tasting, with a distinct essence of blackcurrant. Once you’ve adjusted to these, the flavour is more than enough.
This one gets and 8 out of 10 from me.
Lemon Dash Water
Lemon-flavoured Dash is perfectly refreshing and enjoyable. It has a simple lemon taste and is neither too sweet nor too sour.
While I enjoy Dash lemon, it’s probably the flavour I’m least excited about when I blindly pull a can from my mixed case. I think this is, in part, because I’m a real fan of the lemon and yuzu from the Loveau Water range (reviewed here). This is still good, but it’s not as good.
7 out of 10 from me, for this flavour.
Peach Dash Water
The first time I ordered Dash (spoiler: it wasn’t the last!) I was dismayed to see a peach flavour, because peach isn’t really my thing. Peach makes me think of drinking Archer’s liqueur as a teenager – sickly sweet and the cause of some of my earliest hangovers!
But Peach dash is very different, because there’s only the essence of the fruit in the drink. This lack of sweetness is a good thing – for me anyway. A good natural flavour that I always enjoy.
Peach flavour gets an 8/10.
Dash Water Raspberry
Dash raspberry is a little like the lemon – perfectly enjoyable, perfectly pleasant, but rather more competent than outstanding.
It’s a good natural flavour, but just doesn’t shine quite as much as the blackcurrant for me. With this one I always find myself wishing the taste was a little closer to the smell.
I give the raspberry a solid 7/10.
Dash Water Mango
The strength of flavour is impressive with this one – it’s fruity enough for my five-year old son to enjoy, which is a triumph in itself. It’s a good clean taste – but one you’ll definitely drink quickly on opening the can. Flavoured sparkling waters do NOT taste could when they’re warm and flat, and that effect – for some reason – is particularly noticable with this flavour!
Mango gets a strong 8/10.
Dash Cucumber Water
This is the flavour I was most sceptical about, and not one I’d generally choose.
BUT – oooh, it’s good! The cucumber flavour is really strong, and it’s a really refreshing drink that comes into its own in the summer. I didn’t expect to go back for more with this one, but it surprised me.
Cucumber Dash gets a surprise 9/10!
Ingredients and Nutrition
There’s not a huge amount you can say about the ingredients of Dash – because there aren’t very many of them. But if you’re keen to live a healthy lifestyle that can only be a good thing!
Obviously the main thing is carbonated water, and it’s carbonated spring water – not water from the mains supply. It surprised me to find out that quite a lot of the producers of these products do use mains water. Then there’s a bit of acid, citric acid, and the essence from the wonky fruit.
Although these waters are marketed as “no calories,” there’s actually one or two per 100ml, but it’s such a negligible amount it doesn’t really count. Presumably it doesn’t count officially either, since all of these water brands state “no calories.” As I said in the review of another spritzer water, you’ll burn one or two off picking the can up!
As I said above, I try many different sparkling waters, but Dash is one of the ones I keep coming back to.
The reason I like this brand is because all of the different elements converge in a pleasing way. It’s spring water, not tap water, the flavours are good, and – well – I’m just sold on the idea that you’re helping that “wonky” fruit meet its destiny.
In recent months I’ve started to love having a “Dash stash” in my home. If you’re looking for something healthy and refreshing, why not get one of your own?
Where to Buy Dash Water
While You’re Here!
- See my San Pellegrino Essenza Review.
- Check out my review of Loveau waters.
- Find out how my life changed when I cut out alcohol.
Dash Water – Simple and Refreshing