“ Manufacturer: Aldi / Type: Soft Drink „
We always seem to pick up a few bottles of this diet lemonade every time we go out shopping to Aldi, and we always make sure that we have at least 2 bottle on hand for when guest come round or we need a quick fizzy fix. The packaging for the product looks very high quality considering what the product is and where is comes from, and in my opinion this lemonade looks more professional and of a higher quality than the more popular R. White's Lemonade. The flavour is very lemony and despite it being diet, it still seems kind of sweet and pleasant to drink. I've found that sometimes it can be a bit to fizzy and has caused me to have hiccups after drinking it. (Manly I know..) Pricing is VERY reasonable, and I've seen these bottles be priced at 39p which is better than a cheap 500ml bottle of drench water! which means that you could buy 10 for just £3.90! And this is usually the price for just two 2 litre bottles of Coca-Cola or Pepsi. This really is a great lemonade which i feel is better than a lot of the 'premium' quality bottles. I always have a bottle of this stuff in the kitchen for guests and i think you should too! And at a price like that, you could save a lot of money.
I like a glass of lemonade now and again, I have tried many diet lemonades including Tesco and Asda own brands and found that they taste artificial. I have recently started shopping in Aldi and I thought I would give their Topstar lemonade a go. A 2 litre bottle costs just 45p, this is a fraction of the costs of the likes of Schwepps and R.Whites. Unlike other budget lemonades the bottle doesn't look 'cheap'. Topstar pops are manufactured in Ireland and the lemonade contains Irish spring water as well as real lemons. A serving is 250ml of the pop and this contains just 5 calories. When you open the bottle is isn't too fizzy. I find that a lot of cheap pops are very fizzy and the slightest movement before you open the bottle will result in the pop fizzing over. Like other lemonades Topstar is clear, it has a nice lemony scent to it. I normally drink lemonade on it's own so the taste is really important to me, I have found this to be the closest to my favourite branded bottle of Schwepps. It has a really crisp and refreshing taste. The lemonade also retains it's fizz for a good week after opening. I would definately recommend this lemonade it is also great as a mixer with vodka and a slice of lemon. It gets 5 out of 5 from me.
When it comes to pop in my household we really do get through a lot of it. Me, well I'm a flavoured girl. I don't mix my pop with alcohol really as I don't really drink so I like anything highly flavoursome! My parents though will only drink one flavour and that is lemonade. They like it alone but the majority of it gets mixed with brandy or whisky or whatever on weekends when they like to relax with a few drinks in front of the tele! The latest lemonade to be coming into my home on a regular basis is this lemonade. It's available in diet or just regular varieties and they prefer the diet version as they do like to cut back on their calorie intake if they can! The Packaging: 2 litre see through bottle with a slight curve to it's a middle and a dark blue plastic screw on/off lid to the top of it. Around the bottle there is a silver coloured label and on the front of that I'm told it is 'Topstar' Diet Lemonade 'Made with real lemons' and I'm told it contains no artificial colours of flavours, is gluten free and suitable for Vegetarians and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. On the back of the bottle other information includes ingredients being listed and a full nutritional chart, I'm told how to store the drink, size is stated and contact details for Aldi are given. Nice enough bottle, it's informative enough and it doesn't look cheap and/or nasty for a 45p bottle of this size. The Drink Itself: Actually it's not bad for a diet version to be fair to it! It's clear and bubbly opposed to full of gasses and too fizzy though it does need to be drank almost as soon as it's poured as in my opinion it does go flat rather quickly and even if stored in the fridge it needs to be drank within a couple of days though the bottle states 3 days, I found after the 2nd day it was as flat a pancake and had gone even thicker and more syrupy sweet! Taste wise...yes it tastes of lemons. It's artificially sweetened and you can also taste that particularly when you've drunk it as it leaves an odd after-taste which is a wee bit tinny and for me overall it's too sweet in an unnatural way. However I like the lemony taste this has with a taste of zest which lifts the drink up and gives it a slight sour tartness. Mixed in with drinks I think is the best thing to do with this personally as it loses that heavy sweetness somewhat and I mixed mine one night with a little drop of whisky (as I was unwell) and thought it was a far better mixing pop than it was a stand alone drink! Not bad, I'm not enthralled by it but my parents love it! So two people for and one's sitting on the fence about this product lol. Only available in Aldi stores.
Aldi's Topstar Diet lemonade is very good value for money, it costs in cheaper than the equivalent products from Tescos and Sainsburys and, quite frankly, has a better flavour. I find that some diet lemonades can taste either too watery, or just sweet with not enough lemon flavour, but Aldi's Topstar diet lemonade has neither of these faults. The lemony flavour is as natural tasting as you would want in what is essentially not a terribly natural product and the sweetness is about right and again, pretty natural flavoured, though of course it can't be natual as it is achieved with artificial sweeteners. The packaging is a standard two litre bottle for fizzy drinks in clear plastic, and the label design is fine, if unexciting. I drink it very often as a shandy with low alcohol beer (oh the joy of trying to drink less ancohol _and_ lose weight <sigh>) and it is really very good as the mixer lemondade. I have also started to drink it on its own, or mixed with orange juice, and it really does a fine job in all these drinks. In fact I'm off to have another glass now!