“ Manufacturer: Asda / Type: Water „
I often buy this sparkling water in the summertime to put into smoothies to make them, well, sparkle. I like them to have a little fizz to them, and it means that they go a bit further as well rather than a glass or two and that's your lot.
This sparkling water comes in a clear plastic two litre bottle with a white lid and a green and white label (I'm not quite sure why the label is red in the picture, though). I think that it is a good thing that the packaging is simple because it means it keeps the cost down which I think is a good thing. I'd rather pay less if I can, after all, and I think this is something you can afford to pay less for because it's really no different to other products that are similar.
When you open the bottle it does tend to fizz a bit, but that's not a problem for me, as I've never found it to be so fizzy it overflows and spills everywhere. When you put it into the smoothie like I do, I find that it blends in with it well and thins it out a bit quite well too, but I wouldn't recommend blending the fruit with the sparkling water in there as well or it will fizz over and go everywhere!
I find that it is also good to use alongside fruit juice to add an extra bit of fizz to them, or for putting with squash as well. I find this is a fairly versatile water that can really be put with anything, to be honest, and the best thing for me is that it only costs 18p! Can't complain at that!
I love fizzy carbonated drinks but I have been told I drink far too many of them so I am trying to drink more water. I detest tap water, so my dear other half has been buying me some carbonated bottled water from Asda - it is in their Smartprice range and comes in a see through plastic bottle. It is very plainly packaged and costs 17p for two litres. This is incredibly cheap when you compare it to the likes of Perrier and to be honest I cannot tell the difference at all between the two.
This water is incredibly fizzy - much more so than any other carbonated drink I have tried. It always manages to fizz right up and out off the top of the bottle whenever I open a fresh one. On the plus side though, the water will retain its fizz for a very long time after a bottle has been opened. On the downside, it creates a lot of gas - which has to be expelled, in some way shape or form.
It is nice on its own or mixed with fruit cordials and squashes and I think that makes it slightly more palatable. It is a pleasant fresh taste but I think I should point out that this is NOT a mineral water as such, it is simply ORDINARY water that has had bubbles / carbon put into it, so in actual fact it tastes no different to ordinary tap water, other than the fact that it has been carbonated. It's still better than drinking flat water water, though.
I think that for the price it's a good buy and it's actually quite a nice refreshing drink if it's served cold with a lot of ice on a hot summer's day or if you just need to hydrate.
I bought this last week as I am currently attempting to give up drinking fizzy drinks such as coke and pepsi, so thought it'd be a good idea to replace them with fizzy water, as the fizz would still be there but the additives would not. I picked up the Asda Smartprice sparkling water purely because it was the cheapest one on the shelf at just 17p for a 2 litre bottle, which works out at 0.9p per 100ml which is extremely cheap.
The packaging is really simple - a translucent plastic bottle with a screw-on lid. Asda don't mess about trying to make it look something that it's not and the branding is minimalistic - the bottle simply has a thin piece of laminted paper wrapped around the bottle with the well known Asda Smartprice logo, the product name (Sparkling Water) and a basic drawing of a glass with water in it. Not very exciting really, but the writing is large enough to read clearly so is handy for anyone with eyesight problems when shopping around as it's very clear as to what the product is and what brand it is.
The plastic bottle is a lightweight bottle when empty however when full is pretty heavy so it's best to pour the water into a glass rather than drink it straight out of the bottle. As I said before the bottle has a screw on lid (plastic), which is extremely simple to open so I don't think anyone will have issues with getting the bottle open. It's important when screwing the lid to do it as tight as possible to keep the water fizzy for as long as possible, as it goes very flat very quickly when left without its lid on. When opening a brand new bottle it's very fizzy so it's important to keep the bottle still so it doesn't fizz everywhere and go all over you, but after opening it a few times the fizz dies down alot.
Pouring it into a glass is just like pouring normal water in and it's really fizzy (as fizzy as a can of coke)and it does visibily fizz and the bubbly bits gather on the top and create a quite a thin later of froth for a couple of minutes but it then dies down.
Taste wise, there's not a huge amount to say, but I don't particulary like it. It tastes very strongly of water (if that makes sense!) but doesn't taste of much - it is hard to describe. I buy this purely to mix with fruit cordial or fresh fruit juice and it works well. The water doesn't dilute the juice to the point the water becomes totally flat. The water can be tasted/be noticeable if not much juice is added which ruins the flavour of the juice, but overall for 17p I would reccomend this product.
Asda is not our usual supermarket; our local town has several smaller supermarkets and we dodge into most of them during the course of the week, looking for the decent offers.
However, lately while out and about on a Saturday we have been going to Asda in a nearby town - it's nice to have a change and to try out new products. I had a 'tight git' hat on last Saturday when we last went, so when I realised we had been caught short without a cold drink in the car, I bought a two litre bottle of this to slake my thirst on an unexpectedly warm day.
Given that it was only 16p for a 2 litre bottle, my expectation level was not high. However, if I had wanted a taste I would have bought something flavoured. As it was, as soon as we had got back to the car, I opened the bottle and had a good guzzle as I used to when I was small. The fizziness was such that it spilled out of the bottle on opening but that was probably the rattle of the trolley over the paviours outside which had shaken it up a bit.
I drank quite a bit without pausing and then as I removed the bottle from my mouth, I let out a big "aaaaahhhh" as I caught my breath. Tasted of ordinary water really except for this momentary fizz which comes and goes very quickly, disappearing almost as soon as it has hit your tongue. It wasn't really gassy, it was better than lemonade in that it didn't have that chemical, artificial sweetener taste that features in most fizzy drinks.
I don't buy or drink carbonated water on a frequent basis so I have little with which to compare this; however, I certainly didn't find it at all objectionable and although I doubt that it will become a regular purchase whilst we still have decent tasting mains water from the tap, it nevertheless met my initial needs that day.
A couple of days later I finished off the remainder of the bottle and was pleasantly surprised that it had retained its fizz quite well.
I've always regarded paying for water when I can get it from the tap as something slightly pointless, but since dating my current boyfriend, I've taking to buying it in . He has a real addiction to carbonated drinks, and he's also trying to lose weight, and while diet drinks might help with the weight loss,water is the healthiest drink overall. So to satisfy his desire for both fizziness and healthiness, I started buying in bottled water for his visits.
Sparkling water can be incredibly expensive, with premier brands such as Perrier or San Pellegrino costing a pound a bottle . I love my boyfriend, but not enough to spend that much, so the Asda smartprice stuff at 17p for 2 litres it is. Occasinally, you'll even find it on offer at 10p a bottle .
The packaging for the price is pretty bog standard - a clear plastic bottle with a green and white paper label . But really, thats all you need, and the bottle also comes with the advice that the bottle is highly pressurised and should be opened with care. There is no ingredient or nutritional information, but then again, is that really needed with water .
It looks, surprisingly enough, just like water. It tastes just like water too, apart from a slightly farty flavour. I really find it hard to describe, but the bubbles just don't taste that good to me! I have the same complaint with all sparkling waters though - I find them all a little farty in the taste. However, my boyfriend happily guzzled it down with no complaint, and I don't have to drink it ! It is very fizzy - I find I always end up with a little spilling out when I open a fresh bottle, but it does at least retain it's fizz for a couple of days when stored in the fridge.
I read a review of this recently where someone complained that there was no panel on the bottle giving information about mineral nutrition or trace elements to be found in this drink . I would just like to point out that this isn't some fancy filtered volcanic spring doo-dah . It is not a sparkling MINERAL water, it's just sparkling water. The same stuff you can get out of your tap, just with a bit more fizz and hopefully a touch less limescale!
Personally, it's not a favourite with me, but my boyfriend loves it. Really for the price I shouldn't complain, but I'm still going to - it tastes farty, and it makes me belch!
Asda managed to buy my loyalty this week, by offering me free delivery on my shopping, so I ditched Tesco, and stocked up on lots of lovely cheap Asda stuff. Interestingly, my delivery driver said that Asda have a new policy of being the cheapest supermarket and refunding the difference if you can get a product cheaper elsewhere. I predict a HUGE supermarket price war, and I, for one am quite happy to be caught in the crossfire!
One immediate benefit of this new policy is that their ridiculously cheap Smartprice range, has become even cheaper to compete with Tesco. The Smartprice bottled water is usually 17p for a 2 litre bottle, and even has 17p written on the bottle, but is it 17p. NO! IT IS 10p!!!!
This is really good news for me! Now the hot weather is here, the teabags have been confined to the cupboard, and we are all drinking lots more cold drinks. Fizzy water really livens up plain squash, so it is an absolute summer staple.
Now there is no way I am going to go on and on and write a 1000 word review about bottled water. So here are the facts:
1 It costs 10p!!!!!
2 It comes in a big 2 litre bottle.
3 The water is pleasantly sparkling but not too gassy!
4 It is great to drink on its own, but even better with squash, which my kids like to mix up and make their own cocktails (cute!).
5 A big bottle will last about 3 days before it starts going flat.
6 Asda will give you a refund if you are not completely happy with your purchase.
7 It is produced in the UK
8 An unopened botle has a use by date of Jan 2011.
So come on people! Let's all descend on the shops en masse and take advantage of the impeding supermarket price battle. At 10p per bottle, it is definitely worth a go!
Asda Smartprice Sparkling Water
Description: Manufacturer: Asda / Type: Water.
Anyone who regularly reads my reviews will know that I review a lot of products from the supermarkets own ranges which aim to offer savings to customers by spending less on fancy packaging. As we all know, the packaging just gets thrown away anyway so why spend extra on it!
I have recently become a convert to the Asda Smartprice range, whereas before, I confess that I passed it by, assuming that the cheap and nasty packaging meant that the product would also be cheap and nasty. I have been pleasantly surprised to find that on many occasions, this isn't the case and the products have actually been very good.
A 2 litre bottle of this sparking water cost me just £0.15. That is so much cheaper than the competing brands that it seemed wrong not to try it. The bottle has a plain and functional green and white label (not like the one in the Dooyoo picture) as do all items in the range.
I like my sparkling water to be quite fizzy and this one certainly doesn't disappoint. In fact, it keeps its fizz well too, so you don't find that it goes flat after pouring a couple of glasses.
I am not going to write a 500 word review on bottled water, as I am sure that would bore you to tears, what I will do is sumarise briefly as follows;
As far as bottled water goes, this one is just as good as any that I have tried. It is deliciously fizzy and when served cold with a slice of lemon, I wouldn't have a clue that it was so cheap. I will definitely be buying this again and recommend that you try it too, and save the extra cash for something more exciting!
The sparkling water trend slowly comes over from the mainland which is good for me as I much prefer sparkling to still water.
ASDA offers 2 litre bottles of sparkling water from their Smartprice range for 17 pence each - a good price but you can get 2 litre of sparkling water at Tesco's for 9 pence a bottle. Still, I always buy the water when I shop at ASDA, which is not so often as it's quite far away from my place.
The sparkling water comes in the well known green/white bottle without any fancy design which is fine by me as I want to buy water and not a nice but more expensive bottle.
Packaging and storage information are given on the label as well as a warning that the bottle is under pressure and should be opened with care. In my opinion they could have used this space to provide a nutrition box.
Look & Taste
It is sparkling water, it looks like sparkling water and it tastes like sparkling water :-) I do like the fizzy and refreshing taste and prefer it to the normal water.
There's slightly too much fizz and the bottle is too full, meaning that every time I open a fresh bottle I get terribly wet. The water stays even fizzy after a few days in the fridge.
I always have the feeling that the Tesco sparkling water leaves me with a slight aftertaste - I cannot taste anything like that here with the ASDA water, just pure and refreshing.
Nutrition & Ingredients
Well, water and? Sadly there is no hint on the bottle which mineral nutrition or other trace elements are in the water. This is a bit disappointing as it is an information I would like to have and at least in my opinion an info that ASDA should provide.
Price & Value
For 17 pence a bottle you cannot really ask for much. I'm perfectly happy with the sparkling water and I buy it from time to time when I go to ASDA - that's not because I don't like it but purely because the nearest ASDA is 40min away and we don't go there that often.
For this price and the pure taste I give it a 09/10 and I can definitely recommend it.
Last week I found myself shopping at Adsa for a change so you may see a few Asda product reviews cropping up over the next few weeks as we try the products out.
The first to try is the smart price sparkling water. This water was only 12p which is the same price as Tesco's value brand (my usual brand), the smart price packaging has changed from the picture above. All the red bits have been replaced with a lime green colour.
There was a big fizz as soon as I opened the bottle and this continued as I poured it into the glass. The water was very fizzy and the sound of the bubbles was really loud in the glass. I thought that it might be a bight too gassy when I drank it but it wasn't really which was a good point.
The water smelt and tasted quite natural, it didn't have any chemically after taste either. I thought it actually tasted a bit nicer than the tesco's version.
The bubble don't fade too quickly either I have had the bottle open for a few days now and it is still as bubbly as it was when I opened it.