“ Fruit juice „
Don Simon is a Spanish brand that have a range of juices, as well as selling cheap wine and sangria. You can pick up Don Simon orange juice at most big supermarkets and it comes in several different styles. There's a plastic bottled version and at least 2 cartons - the 1,5l and 0,75. The one that I'm reviewing is a green carton with a yellow plastic screw top and some oranges covering half of the carton as seen in the photo above. I doubt that the packaging has any effect on the final taste though!
A fairly cheap brand, the 1,5l version retails for the equivalent of about 70p in my local shop and a quick google tells me that the 0,75l version costs about 50p in Asda at the moment. The world of fruit juice is a bit of a mystery to me because you never quite know what the consistency of a new juice is going to be, I'm glad to report that Don Simon has the texture of juice the way I like it, whilst definitely not like freshly squeezed juice it has a certain thickness to it that places it above the watery types.
Supposedly the hand-picked oranges come from Spanish orange groves which is always good to know, because last time I checked there weren't a great deal of orange trees in Asda car parks. Tastewise it's got an orange flavour without having that sharpness that tickles the back of your throat and can make you cringe, unfortunately it's a little bit too sweet for me and tastes a little artificial. It's certainly not bad and is definitely above most of it's rivals in the same price bracket and the screw top and shape of the carton means you don't have to worry about the spillages that tend to occur when you have snipped off the corner of a carton.
Just recently Asda have dropped a load of there usual prices. This orange juice in a 750ml size is currently on offer at 49p rather than the usual 99p price tag and after trying out and loving the Citrus Cooler version of this when I was next shopping in Asda I picked up a couple of these to try as well as I do love a nice cool glass of fruit juice of a morning, in fact pretty much time of the day I enjoy it!
I bought this in a plastic bottle which has a curve to the top of its neck and it has a green screw on/off cap to the top of it and on the labelling there is a picture of oranges all over it and we are old that it is Don Simon Orange Juice 'Premium' and that it isn't made from concentrate. Other infomation on the bottle includes ingredients and nutritional infomration, the size is stated (as I have listed already) and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Ncie enough bottle this is and infomrative enough.
The Juice Itself:
Well this is a light orange in colour, is really smooth and smells really great. This doesn't have to be diluted, isn't fizzy and only contains one ingredient which is only oranges and nothing else, so nice and simple it is!
This is lovely, fresh orange juice and I like the way it is so smooth and naturally sweet. The oranges are really good quality and fresh with a slight zest to it though nothing too harsh and really this is just a delightfully refreshing and yummy and worth every penny, even at full price!
Nutritonal Information Per 200ml Serving:
Energy: 86 Kcal
Protein: 1.2 g
Carbohydrate: 20.0 g
Fat: 0.0 g
Vitamin C: 80 mg (132% RDA)
Available in alll good supermarkets etc.
I've been buying Don Simon fresh orange juice for months now. Asda usually offer a good value price. Orange juice helps to dissolve kidney stones too. BUT BEWARE! I bought some Don Simon 1.5 litre bottles last week. Only yesterday did I discover that these were a "fruit drink" - 30% fruit juices mix + citric acid - the rest water. In other words diluted cordial. And the same price as the fresh orange juice. The cordial/water mix is too strong leaving a sharp acid taste in the mouth - followed by acid indigestion in my case.Yet the label says "not from concentrate". Technically no - but it's still 60% water
We had visitors with us at the weekend and my wife hid the cheap juice we usually get in favour of two bottles of this stuff. She didn't tell me how much she paid for it, but it looks expensive and I have since found out that it is, because I spotted it in Asda at the weekend.
Anyway, the visitors came and went and I for one do not believe for a moment that they thought we were posh in having this. She should just have used a jug and poured the usual stuff in, but then I have largely given up arguing now and am resigned to just swallowing my medicine (as long as it isn't own brand!)
I have to report, though that this juice is very nice, with a lovely authentic taste. It's one for sipping and savouring rather than for swigging and swallowing. I wouldn't waste it on the kiddlywinkles. It doesn't make you pull your face like some of the lesser juices made from concentrate. If only she had used smaller glasses there would have been more left than the half bottle we polished off with our mushroom omelette for brekkies this morning.
The Don Simon Premium Smooth that we bought comes in a bottle rather than the waxed cardboard containers which are used for the majority of juices and shown in the illustration. However, it is only a 750ml bottle so be careful when making price comparisons. The 750ml bottle costs £1 in Asda.
It is apparently Spain's number 1 juice brand and the manufacturers make a big thing about the fact that they squeeze their oranges within 24 hours of their being picked. Also, the fact that they come from Spain rather than the Americas, means they have travelled fewer miles. That said, if food miles is a concern to you, then go for Apple juice from here in Blighty!
This product contains only 100% squeezed or pressed juices. It has nothing added and nothing taken away so in terms of goodness, well, it's pretty good for you.
It tastes a lot nicer than the cheaper brands we normally use, but not so nice that we will make a permanent change.
I have been buying Don Simon Premium Juice from the chilled department in Sainsburys for a couple of weeks now. It really is a great tasting juice, and I love the fact that it hasn´t travelled as far to the UK as say Tropicana which I once remember reading actually comes by boat from Brazil...!
The 24hour from tree to squeeze claim is great, because I know I am getting a juice with all the vitamins of a real orange. I personally prefer the Juicy Bits variety as I think it tastes freshly squeezed.
I know a couple of friends that buy the long life Don Simon in ASDA, which comes in different looking packaging. They basically look exactly like you would imagine a Spanish orange juice brand to look like and, when they are put in the fridge and chilled down, they taste absolutely great. One of my favourite long life juices they do is a cloudy apple juice, and am not sure they grow Apples in Spain, but it really does taste nice and is full of flavour.
Only problem is that I haven´t seen the apple juice in Sainsburys yet.... shame.
When I´ve mentioned Don Simon to other people they often wonder what the hell am talking about. It seems that the brand is a well kept secret. But it feels kinda good that way, as it means its a bit more speical...
Do you like Don Simon? I asked my mother, to which she looked puzzled and said is he an actor or a singer? I laughed and explained it was a new juice I had found.
I love fresh orange juice and apple juice on a morning to start the day right. I hate juice from concentrate and refuse ot buy it. I was drinking Tropicana as it was always high quality but a little costly. I stumbled across Don Simon in my local Asda which sells x2 of the litre cartons for £1.50, bargain! These are based in the same aisle as diluted orange etc. They do also sell 1 litre plastic bottles which are exactly the same but found in the chilled fridges and cost £1.50 a bottle. Crazy as its the same product just different packaging!
Don Simon is a delicious orange juice made NOT from concentrated, but rather just from purely squeexed oranges. You can get it smooth without bits, or as I prerer with bits. It has a nice texture which isn't too watery/runny and isn't too thick. Its delicious.
Don Simon also do an apple juice which I love to as it is pressed and not pure, which I much prefer. There is a citrus cooler which is too sweet and a thinner texture, my least favourite. There is a tropical mixed juice which i've tried, but again prefer one flavour juices.
Don Simon began its like in 1998 and due to clever and catchy adverts, became the market leader in Spain in 1 year!
I have now switched to Don Simon as they are not from concentrate, juicy and full of flavour and also great value which a good selection of flavours.
Don Simon is available for a low price in Yamaya stores in Japan (about $1.25 US). We once scoffed at this low priced drink for the masses until one day the nectar touched our undeserving lips. This heavenly manna activated our saliva glands so thoroughly that we developed a lisp for a week due to the constant excesses of salive in our mouths. However, my friend, mad with sensory passion, foolishly Don Simoned a whole liter of the subtle libation just prior to vigorous exercise and did develope a slight stomach ache as a result. Overall, I would highly recommend that you Don Simon a carton of this delicious drink at least once and learn what the spanish have known for ages, "In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd (Cervantes, Don Quixote)."
"24 Hours from Tree to Squeezed"
If you had asked me only a few days ago what 'Don Simon' was, I would probably have guessed at a Spanish singer - you know, the Julio Iglesias type. Well actually, the only thing which this product and the popular singer have in common is their orange colouring - Don Simon is simply a make of Orange Juice.
After undertaking a bit of research, I discovered that Don Simon juices were launched in 1998, and due to a popular TV advert, became a market leader within 12 months in Spain.
I came across this particular brand in the offer section of the supermarket and decided to give it a go. Costing £1.95 for the one litre bottle, at Tesco you can currently get two of these for the price of one - bargain!
Of course, being an orange juice, there are two versions - one with 'juicy bits', and one without - both costing the same. I generally go for the ones with bits in, as it makes the whole OJ experience a bit more 'orangey' for me.
The juice is 100% pure - meaning it's not a concentrate and therefore has to be kept in the fridge. The text on the packaging goes to some lengths to explain that the oranges they use are of the best varieties and at their optimum ripeness blah blah blah - the usual marketing stuff - but how does it actually taste?
The flavour is very pleasant - just the right sweetness, with no bitterness. The only difference I can detect from some of the other mainstream brands like 'Tropicana', is than Don Simon seems to be a little thinner in consistency - although im not necessarily saying that as a bad thing.
The company also make a 'Citrus Cooler' which can be purchased as part of the two-for-one offer - however, I would steer clear of that, as it's too watery, too sweet AND too sour all at the same time!
I can only recommend Don Simon Orange Juice very highly - it does exactly what it says on the tin (or carton in this case). The taste is great, and it is also cheaper than Tropicana - what more can I say except 'give it a go!' 5/5.
We first came across Don Simon orange juice when we were on holiday in Valencia, Spain. It was one of the more expensive orange juices and we were in a very cheap run-down supermarket so we figured it would be better to pay the extra in order to get a decent juice. We were not disappointed with this product.
When we came back to England we were delighted to find Don Simon fruit juices in our local Asda. There are a number of different types of fruit juices, both chilled and on the shop shelves with the cartons.
The orange juice is really fruity and you can get it both with bits and smooth without bits. There is a slight sharpness to the taste, which makes you think of home-made freshly-squeezed orange juice. Also I have noticed that sometimes the juice is sharper than others and no two cartons are identical tasting. This really shows that the flavour of the orange juice depends on the specific oranges that go into making it.
It is much cheaper than Tropicana and in fact if there is an offer on, can work out the cheapest option for orange juice (discounting any own brand value juice which I would not count as real fruit juice because I am a snob!)
It is not too thick and not too watery. Just right!