“ Manufacturer: Asda / Type: Soft Drink „
I am quite fond of my fizzy drinks, thought I have been trying to cut back slightly since Christmas. I have been quite liking the taste of Asda's Limeade lately but it isn't all that limey tasting to be honest but it is still a pleasant tasting drink nevertheless. The 2 litre plastic bottle of pop costs less than one pound and I think its' great value for money. The drink itself is a good shade of green and looks like it should taste of pure limes. It has a bit of an odd aftertaste I think. It tastes fine when you first swallow, then when you put down the glass and wait second or two there is a definite odd taste at the back of your mouth, almost like a plastic chemical residue which I'm not too keen on. This happened with the first bottle I had but when I opened the second bottle I didn't notice anything at all so maybe it was just that the bottle had been standing for a long time and it was near to its sell by date. Like all Asda pops this is suitable for vegetarians and it doesn't contain any artificial additives or flavourings etc. It is very fizzy and the fizz seems to last a good long time after the bottle has been opened up. It's a pleasant sweet taste and I like it but as I say, I wasn't so keen on the first bottle I had. The little lad really likes this fizzy pop too so I'd have to say it's a winner.
A few weeks back I bought four 2l bottles of pop from Asda for £1.50 - 54p normal price per 2l bottle. I read and reviewed only 2, the remaining two being Limeade and Cherryade, two of my favourites from my time as a small person. Limeade is a shade of green that doesn't look at all natural but as with any drink it's the taste that counts. Sometimes we are persuaded to buy drinks because of the phrase No Added Sugar. This doesn't always mean that there is no sugar in the product, but in this case there is only a trace and the sweetness is provided by sweeteners. And yet, there's something about sweeteners which just doesn't get the taste right. With so much technology at their disposal the fizzy pop boffins seem to contrive to get it wrong as far as the taste is concerned. This drink is not the same as I remember it to be and to me the taste is distinct and recognisable, but it bears little resemblance to the taste of lime. It has a chemical aftertaste. There's certainly lots of fizz in this drink and just a modest guzzle or two can result in a degree of belching - not a good thing to me. The days of belching competitions with my mates are long since gone and when I have a long drink, I don't want to feel bloated which was my experience with this drink. If I had any conscience about fizzy drinks being bad for me, then this drink isn't too bad as regards calorie count with the whole bottle containing only 24 calories. However, the list of ingredients is rather off-putting with the long list of contents that sound as if they have little to do with nature and more to do with the science lab. Most interesting among them are the Fruit and Vegetable concentrate, in this case Safflower and Lemon - no lime then? Of course, this drink comes in full Asda branding and it has no artificial flavours and colours. It is suitable for vegetarians. I don't really like this drink much - primarily on taste grounds but also it seems to lose its fizz quite quickly after opening and without the mask of fizziness the rather artificial flavouring shines through. I couldn't recommend this - a feeble 3 stars from me for this one.
I have always thought of limeade as a drink for children, it was certainly a drink I often chose as a child. However, my mum apparently has different ideas as after shopping for her birthday she came home with a bottle of this - ASDAs sugar free limeade. Knowing better then to ask I let it go. However, when the bottle was still sat there several months later I thought it was probably about time it got opened. I assume the picture Dooyoo have is an old one as after checking their website this limeade appears to be the only store branded one they sell. The Drink ~~~~~~ ASDA describe this as a "carbonated lime flavour drink" no surprises there then. They also say that there are no artificial colours or flavours, which is interesting as whilst I believe this (and the ingredients confirm it) it doesn't contain lime. Id have thought that a lime flavoured drink, if it didn't contain artificial flavours, would contain lime but apparently not! Anyway, the drink is a bright, transparent yellowy-green in colour. I can see how this would appeal to children as it is quite unusual and quite bright compared to other drinks however as an adult, the shade is almost off-putting which is probably why its sat there so long! The Taste ~~~~~~ Not technically to do with the taste but deserves a mention. ASDA aren't kidding when they say this is a carbonated drink. I poured maybe two sips into a cup for the purpose of this review and it bubbled up to fill half the cup so should be poured slowly when serving. I've poured it into a white cup and against such a light background the colour has lost it's green tinge and instead appears to be an almost fluorescent yellow. Again, very appealing to a child not so much for an adult. The taste actually isn't as bad as the experiences up until now had let me to believe. The bubbles quickly settle to a drink that is only lightly carbonated. This may be due to the fact the bottle has sat there so long but I shouldn't have thought this would affect it and there was a lot of bubbles when first poured. There is a slightly lemony-lime flavour, I wouldn't say it was all lime but it is definitely citrussy with lime being the dominant taste and almost overpowering the others. It's a very refreshing drink that would be well suited to a summer evening. There is however an aspartame after taste that lingers for a little while. Would I buy it again? Probably not, but not because I particularly dislike it I'm just not a fan of the taste of sweeteners and this is a bit too noticeable here for me. However, if this is something that isn't likely to bother you then I would recommend it, especially over summer and I can see this drink appealing to both adults and children. Nutrition Information ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Per 250ml serving: Energy: 12KJ/3kcal Carbohydrates: 0.1g of which sugars: 0.1g Fat: Nil Sodium: Trace equivalent as salt: 0.1g So it's not an unhealthy drink either, I wouldn't classify any fizzy drink as 'healthy' but this is definitely one of the better ones. Other Information ~~~~~~~~~~~ The bottle is recyclable, the lid is recyclable in some areas so check local recycling schemes. ASDA also funds research into alternatives to animal testing. This is a chosen by you product and as such is subject to the ASDA guarantee. If you are not 100% happy with the product then return it to the store and they will refund you. Price, Availability And Recommendation ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Being an ASDA product this is only available from them. A 2litre bottle will set you back 47p or you can buy 4 bottles (of various ASDA fizzy drinks) for £1.50. Would I recommend it? Well, to children yes. The lack of sugar makes this a relatively 'safe' treat for them when compared to certain others such as coke. I wouldn't however recommend it as a daily drink purely because it is carbonated and fizzy drinks aren't exactly the healthiest drinks going. For adults? I would also recommend it, it's a lovely refreshing drink that would be really nice on a warm summers evening. I can also see it working as a mixer which might be what my mum had in mind when she bought it. However, the aspartame aftertaste is offputting for me so it is worth bearing this in mind. Due to this it's only getting 4 out of 5 stars as otherwise it's a really nice drink.
It's no secret that I'm partial to the odd small vodka of an evening but while the weathers been hot and ikky I've not been enjoying my usual mixers of lemonade or cola so time for a change. I used to thoroughly enjoy my vodka with frozen lime juice so while perusing the aisles in Asda for something different spotted the this appealing looking bottle of Limeade. The bottle is still packaged as shown above and it's worth mentioning that it is not only Limeade but Sugar Free... Colour wise it's a paler green than most lime juice concentrates but I feel this actually makes it a more natural colour. Opening the bottle there is a satisfying hiss and fizz, but at the point where you might normally expect to be smelling the contents of the bottle there is no discernible scent. Lifting the opened bottle to my nose again there is little lime scent, which is disappointing, I like limes, and when working in the bars was fairly well known for being the girl often seen munching slices of fresh lime so the lack of the hoped for citrusy tangy scent bothered me greatly. Still I had put off my evenings vodka in order that the freshly purchased bottle of limeade would be chilled, so I poured a small amount of limeade in to my glass, hoping in some small way that this action would release a limey smell, but nope still nothing overly noticeable, in the glass the colour becomes even paler, verging on a yellowish hue rather than the typical green of a lime. So the all important taste and fizz test...it fizzes in a wonderful manner, not too much that it is unpleasant to consume but not so little that it seems flat. But sadly as indicated by the lack of smell the taste is very slight, no mouth watering tang, no particular aftertaste. I find the taste very hard to describe, being sugar free it isn't a very sweet taste, equally it doesn't have the lovely citrus sourness of a fresh lime or even a typical lime cordial. But there is just enough of a hint of lime to save this from being simply bland - if I'm honest it tastes like a highly diluted lime and fizzy water, not even the tang of soda to give it any kick or interest. So as a standalone drink I'm not impressed by this, how about with an artificial kick of some plain vodka (I tend to drink flavoured vodka but for today am trialling a flavourless white vodka). Adding the vodka to the pre-poured glass of limeade it mixes quickly with the 'oily' look as it mixes and slight haze where the vodka immediately sinks through the glass, once fully mixed it returns to its innocent looking greenish yellow shade. Taking a sip I find that the lime taste is actually enhanced in a minuscule way by the addition of the alcohol, but it truly is a very slight increase in the taste and almost immediately covered by the tang and aftertaste of the cheapish vodka. Overall while there is nothing offensive about the taste or flavour of this product there is equally nothing to recommend it. Perhaps if this were a 'sugared' variant there would be a little more taste to it, but the sweeteners in this bottle certainly aren't doing the job of proper sugar. As a refreshing chilled drink it is nice enough but not something I'm going to be running out and buying again, though at a total cost of 48p for a 2 litre bottle it's not great shakes to simply ditch it and reach for the trusty favourites.
One of the most underrated soft drinks, Limeade is available very cheap from ASDA. At around 39p a bottle, its great for kids and tastes really nice chilled and with ice. It also makes for an extravagant alcoholic mixer for parties and such. It is very tasty and is well carbonated. It seems cherryade, appleade and limeade are all of similar quality regardless of where you buy them, the same however can not be said for Lemonade. I cant understand why adults dont drink more of this stuff, as it really has everything, taste, fizz, attractive packaging, and it really is quite a bargain. Its a really nice change from just buying coke and lemonade, and will really look after the pennies. It is marginally cheaper in corner shops and convenience stores however, as you will often find great offers on fizzy drinks of this kind. However if you really only want one bottle, ASDA is the best choice. Nutritional information follows: (Frozen Concentrate Water content (grams per 100g) 49.82 Calorie content(kcals per 100g/3.5oz) 196 Protein content (grams per 100g) 0.17 Fat content (lipids) (grams per 100g) 0.04 Ash content (grams per 100g) 0.47 Carbohydrate content (grams per 100g) 48.82 Dietary Fiber content (grams per 100g) 0.2 Sugar content (grams per 100g) 41.39