“ Manufacturer: Britvic / Type: Soft Drink „
I really liked it. I couldn't quite put my finger on what it tasted like and thought it had a slight ginger-like flavour to it but when I looked at the ingredients it was probably the koka bean extract and caramel I could taste.
It doesn't have the sickly sweetness of most soft drinks, and for me didn't seem quite so acidic (I get terrible heartburn with most soft drinks). I also liked the fact that it wasn't super fizzy, it just has slight carbonation to give it some life.
It makes an excellent mixer for spirits, giving an extra depth of flavour that you don't get with ordinary coke.
The thing I didn't like was the fact that they seem to be marketing it under the "healthy, natural" banner which I think is a little disingenuous. There may be no artificial sweeteners, colours, flavours or preservatives which is always a good thing, but it plays down the fact that it contains lots and lots of real sugar with one 250ml can (a standard soft drinks can is 330ml) containing 27% of your recommended sugar intake for the day!
A few weeks ago a mysterious new product was on the shelf of my local B&M Stores, a new Pepsi product that sounded different, looked different and something new and fresh about it. "Pepsi Raw" coming in a brown can with "RAW" written down in white and retailing for just 20p a can (250ml) it seemed well worth trying. The drink was selling as a "natural born cola" made entirely from natural ingredients, this was either going to be a great concept excellently done as a substitute for Pepsi or a terrible product, similar to Coke Zero which seems to be sugar free and taste free. When it comes to soft drinks experimenting outside of the norms their can be some brilliant results but their can be some dire ones, but at 20p it was worth finding out where this stood.
When the can, which resembles one of those tall cans such as a Red Bull can rather than the shorter traditional Pepsi cans, is opened it releases a familiar Coke like scent, fans of Pepsi or Coke drinks in general will feel at home straight away with it. The drink didn't appear to be massively fizzy, though I still wouldn't take the risk of shaking it up (though the drink doesn't contain usual "carbonated water" ingredient typical of similar drinks) and thankfully it doesn't seem to have an annoying gaseous feel to it. Instead it seems really smooth and easy to drink just like you would hope of a soft drink (though rarely actually get), though it's not going to be selling on being a "smooth soft drink" if it fails to have an actual taste. Thankfully this is where it distances it's self from several similar drinks, it has a solid full coke-type taste, though there does seem to be something different the most noticeable taste is the "coke" one, with a little something different. Surprisingly when compared with some other "alternatives" this is actually one of the best tasting "Coke" type tastes out there. All I can say is "more" to "Pepsi Raw".
Product contains no artificial colours, sweetners, flavourings or preservatives
Every ingredient comes "from a natural source except for the bubbles"
Produced by Pepsico and distributed in the UK by Britvic
Contains natural caffeine and Kola Nut extract
Nutritional Information (per 100ml)
Energy 168KJ/ 39Kcal
Carbohydrate 9.9g (of which 9.6g are Sugars)
Fat Nil (of which Nil is Saturated)
I first came across Pepsi Raw in my local B&M bargains store which sold a four pack of 250ml cans for 99p. Cheap enough to try even if I didn't like them. They come in a 'raw' brown card packaging to emphasise the back to nature selling point of this new product.
As soon as I opened the can it smelt very fruity almost like Dr Pepper. It sounded very fizzy on opening just like traditional Coke and looked a similar caramel-brown colour.
The taste was quite hard to describe at first. It was quite sweet and fruity but it still had a firm grasp on the coke like flavour. Sometimes it tastes like a Cola Ice Pop. Either way it was quite addictive and very enjoyable to drink.
My only real issue is that one 250ml can contains a quarter of my daily sugar allowance. Ouch! Imagine what that is doing to your teeth! One can contains 96 calories, so considering its size it isn't that different to standard Coke.
The main selling points to this drink, to make it new and different to other brands, is that it says all the ingredients are from natural sources. It contains no colours, preservatives, flavourings or sweetners.
Each 100ml serving contains 39 calories, no fat and 9.6g sugar.
Overall its a nice taste, quite fruity but like cola tasting however the sugar levels are outrageous. I think it would be nice as a treat but I'd stick to water on the whole to save my teeth from droppung out!
I've been getting the packs of 4 bottles for a while now and love it; it has a very sweet taste. Pepsi RAW is marketed as being much more natural than any other soda products. But how, you ask, can soda be natural? Well Pepsi RAW comprises of:
- Natural extracts
- Cane sugar
- Sparkling water
Pepsi also promise that there are no artificial flavourings or sweeteners, and no artificial colours or preservatives. All of this is great, right? Yes. It looks great in the bottle and tastes even better. The only real problem with Pepsi RAW is the premium you have to pay for the above. The four packs of bottles is £2.00 from ASDA, which I'd say is a good price although you can get a six pack of Pepsi max/diet/regular for £1.50. So yeah, it's a little more expensive.
Design wise, RAW is made to look very natural. The packaging of the bottles and cans has a very grainy, beige unattractive colour. This is a nice touch because it adds to the whole 'natural look' of the cola. The bottle cap is simply a white Pepsi logo with a brown background. I like the simplicity of it, and the fact that the background is the same colour as the drink is a nice touch too. The bottle has grooves all around it which make it nice and easy to hold and drink from. I also like how the RAW logo is vertically placed on the bottle with no other writing. The website associated with the drink - pepsiraw.co.uk - is worth a look, as it's interactive and well laid out, producing further information on the drink for you.
I'm not sure how to explain how RAW tastes. It has sort of a tangy flavour, and is very different from the other Pepsi products. It has a subtle after taste that can linger on your pallet for quite some time - which I think is a good thing as I love the taste. It's all personal preference really, you either love it or you hate it. I've found that (like most soft drinks) RAW is quite gassy and one bottle can last me quite some time. Having said this, however, I do find it slides down my throat with ease, unlike other fizzy drinks.
About as natural as cola is ever going to get, the packaging is recyclable and so is the bottle. But don't be fooled, RAW isn't designed to please hippies and health nuts out there... it genuinely benefits from the natural ingredients - RAW has a natural, raw taste. Bearing in mind the lack of artificial preservatives, colours flavourings and sweeteners, the price of 50p a bottle is very reasonable and the taste doesn't suffer either.
This morning was a bit of a challenge- one of those days where you haven't slept very well and its only Wednesday and you have to go to work... You are running late and you are exhausted. Fortunately, I had bought a 250ml can of Pesi RAW from Boots for 15p on the clearance aisle a few weeks ago and thought I would just buy it and keep it in the fridge until required. I made the good decision of popping it into my bag this morning and decided to open it when I got to work as by that time I was desparate for anything- to wake me up a bit.
I don't drink coffee or tea normally and have not had any caffeinated drinks for a few months so I was hopeful this would do what I needed it to and get me through the day at work and clear my head a bit. I read the ingredients "sparkling water, apple extract, natural cola flavouring, natural caffeine, cane sugar, kola nut extract, citric, tartaric and lactic acids..." I was relieved to see caffine and kola nut extract.
This drink smells like flat pepsi. It has that odd cola fragrance similar to a cola ice pop or a cheap supermarket cola. It does not taste much better- it tastes like fizzy water with cola and apple in it. It has a bizarre flat cola after taste- fortunately I was drinking this ice cold, I cannot imagine how bad it would taste if it was at room temperature. I thought it tasted like sparking water with some flat pepsi poured into it and a bit of apple juice. Then the ingredients list clicked- it is just sparkling water with cola and apple extracts and cane sugar!
I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting from this, I bought it because it was on offer for 15p and I drank it because I was literally falling asleep at my desk and I was desparate for something caffeinated! I drank it slowly, it took me over an hour to finish the 250ml can and I did grimace a little at first but I just tried to get it over with. It did wake me up a bit- but it was not like a Red Bull energy shot it was just a gentle slightly tingly feeling of no longer feeling like I was about to fall asleep. I ended up having a quite cheerful and productive morning. But that didn't make the taste any better.
This has exactly the same calories per 100mls as "full fat coke" and normal pepsi- 39. Carbs are 9.9g per 100ml of which 9.6g are sugar-on par with coke and 0g fat (same as coke and pepsi). This was a bit surprising as I thought (perhaps wrongly) that the Pepsi RAW range was supposed to be stripped back more "healthy" version. Nutritionally, if this is the same as normal pepsi and standard coke then I cannot see why anyone would put up with the taste of this over normal coke or pepsi. This has the sort of taste you would put up with if it was a diet drink. It isn't.
Overall I would not buy this again unless I see it on sale for 15p! I can understand why Boots were selling these off as I cannot see they would be a big hit as the taste is odd. The can design has a very retro nike feel (brown and white) and it looks the part, but it does not pass the taste test for me. I've tried to find its full price online but even the Asda site is showing "no results". Perhaps that sums it all up.
I'm probably still sworn to secrecy... but I'm going to tell you anyway. I was part of the trials for Pepsi Raw before it was officially launched. Well, that makes my role sound very grand, whereas in reality they just sent me a glass bottle in an enormous polysterene box (not very eco, Pepsi!) and I excitedly shared it with my children, before filling in copious questionaires about our opinions on it.
I'm not a big fan of fizzy drinks, and I especially loathe sweeteners. If I am going to give in to an occasional craving for a teeth rotting drink, it will usually be a 'full fat' cola (Coke, to be exact) that I'll have. I was actually quite excited about this product, because as an entirely additive-free and 'natural' cola, it is the sort of product usually only available from niche suppliers (Fentimans, for example) at high prices and with sporadic availability. Pepsi Raw contains no artificial additives of any kind. It does contains loads of sugar, of course, but then you can't have everything. In fact, it has slightly less calories than 'normal' Pepsi, coming at 117kcals for the 300ml bottle pictured above. (also available in 150ml and 250ml cans.)
I should really mention the taste... difficult to describe a taste. Well, it is like cola, but more subtle. It doesn't have the teeth-hurting sugar kick of ordinary cola, and I notice that someone else has described it as watery - it isn't, but it is refreshing in a way that most fizzy drinks aren't. It doesn't taste as if it is packed full of sugar (although it is, really) but it doesn't taste like fruit juice either. You'll either like it or you won't! If you don't like it - it is partly my fault for giving good feedback in the trial. Ooops.
Pepsi Raw doesn't look like other Pepsi products, the packaging is understated and tasteful rather than in your face colourful. The Pepsi logo features on the bottles and cans but you only notice it if you look carefully. I have see practically no advertising for the drink. This not-quite-but nearly-healthy cola seems completely out of character for a company like Pepsi, since when did they care about our health?
Well they don't, of course, but they care about profits lots and lots, and so this is an attempt to tap into the 'Curiosity Cola' market. It has worked on me, because I appear to be their target audience, and I love it, but I doubt that it will work on most confirmed fizzy drink lovers - and most of the preceeding reviews confirm this! Sadly, I suspect that Pepsi Raw won't be around all that long, so I'd better stock up on it! (Especially whilst a four pack is half price in Tesco at the moment!)
**NATURAL COLA, ARE YOU MAD?**
Pepsi raw is the latest "fad" product from the Pepsi brand. I say fad because it's one of those innovative ideas which won't have enough support or generate enough revenue to be a long term investment. Especially because the advertising campaign for launch of the product is practically non-existent. In fact the only thing that I've seen that qualifies as advertising is the fact that it is on offer in almost every shop that sells it, as through the bright yellow offer stickers make up for a few posters in the bus stop. Which is a shame really because this is actually a really nice product. It does have a facebook and twitter page, but while I am all for internet marketing, unless you've heard of the product before hand you're not going to go seeking its friendship... It is called "Pepsi Natural" in the states...I much prefer the UK name.
It is obvious that the package designers sought to distinguish this product as completely different from Pepsi (and indeed Coca cola) because they are as different as they can be without abandoning traditional fizzy drink packaging all together. In my opinion it is attractive and well designed.
The cans are skinny and tall, think a well known energy drink, with an earthy reddish brown colour and all writing and detail in white and silver. They come in 150 and 250 ml sizes (compare with usual 355 ml of regular Pepsi). The front has the Pepsi logo, the word RAW in large font and "natural born cola", there's some nutrition information on the side and the usual ingredients/nutrition/contact info on the back (we'll get the the ingredients later). Cost for 4 pack is 1.88 (rrp).
There is also a bottle version that I can't comment on because I've neither seen nor bought, but apparently it's glass and contains 300ml.
I tend to get the 4-pack of 250 ml cans which are blatantly seeking approval from your environmentally concious side because unlike most packs of cans the outer packaging isn't plastic, it's recyclable cardboard from sustainable sources (PEFC). Again the colouring is brown, silver and white. When I consider it, I don't think the skinny cans could really come in plastic wrap, it could be a skewed perception but I imagine that they'd likely get damaged as you try to get them out..
This is obviously the most important part, ok it looks nice but is it any good? I won't lie to you, this doesn't taste anything like regular Pepsi, and if you expect it to then you will be disappointed. The "sweetness" is more or less the same, as is the fizzyness, but the underlying flavours are less fruity and more caramel. I think it tastes like burnt caramel, a little apple and I can really taste the caffeine. It's almost like someone's taken cola and watered it down with toffee apples (green apples not red!).
The colour is slightly less intense than regular pepsi or coke, it looks like watered down Pepsi, a paler, more transparent caramel colour.
I really like the taste (hence the 5 stars) but it seems the general consensus is one of disappointment. I imagine this is because it is so different to most other cola that the unusualness and unfamiliarity combined with the expectations make the initial experience unpleasant, but I approached this knowing it wouldn't be the same so I had no disappointment.
It's not so much a Pepsi substitute as it is a variation, and certainly I wouldn't decide to never again drink Pepsi or Coca cola in favour of this because it is so different.
Reading some reviews on here, a lot of people feel the fizzyness is less than regular cola. Drinking out the can I found it to have the same fizzyness, but from a glass it had lost a lot in the pouring, and also it looses fizz quicker than regular Pepsi. Not a problem for me because I prefer to drink from the can anyway but certainly an interesting point.
I wouldn't normally add an ingredients list to something as benign as a soft drink bit I feel an ingredients list is appropriate here since this product is marketed on the basis that its ingredients are natural.
Sparkling water, cane sugar, apple extract, Colour: plain caramel, natural plant extracts (including natural caffeine and kola nut extract), citric, tartaric and lactic acids, stabiliser: gum arabic and thickener: xanthan gum.
**REALLY IMPORTANT STUFF**
Natural does not imply healthy, in the same way organic chocolate is still just chocolate, natural cola is still cola. It's still a sugary drink, if drunk in EXCESS it will still damage your teeth, make you burp and probably contribute to weight gain. The only "better" aspect is the lack of e-numbers which sends kids to the moon, but the caffiene might still do that anyway. Usually "natural ingredients" are from an unnatural source but since Pepsi claim that the sources are natural you can assume that this is an actual natural product and not "naturally inspired".
© L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.
*Ladies and gentlemen, I am a soft drink addict*
Much to the chagrin of my dentist (and my front teeth), I love soft drinks. I'm a borderline caffeine addict (although I have managed to rein it in to no more than two caffeinated drinks a day). As well as this, I'm always willing to give the wackier inventions from the soft drink manufacturers a go. Hey - what's the worst that can happen?
Trying to strike a balance between pleasing my dentist and pleasing myself, I picked up one of the tiny 150ml 'mixer' cans of this when I popped into Sainsbury's this afternoon. I'd fancied trying it for a while, but the reviews to date encouraged me to start off with a small portion.
*Availability and cost*
This product is widely available from supermarkets, high street stores such as WH Smith and a selection of local corner shops unlucky enough to buy it in bulk when Pepsi first tried to float the idea of their 'natural cola' and it was cheap.
Prices vary depending on the size of the container (the range includes small cans like the one I opted for, as well as 250ml cans). I've seen it priced at £0.45 to £0.99, although it's often included as part of multibuy offers.
*Stillborn apples do not make a good cola*
First impressions of Pepsi Raw aren't terrible. It's sweet, has a strong flavour and it's generally ok. That is - until the aftertaste kicks in! This is cloying, with notes of soggy caramel and more than one apple flavour struggling for attention from your palate. As others have mentioned, it's fairly flat and only has a gently effervescence going for it (not a crime in itself). It doesn't taste horrendous, but suffice to say I'm glad that I've never seen this in 2 litre bottles...
*Would I recommend it?*
I'd recommend it for a one off experiment, to try for yourself. It's not as bad as some of the 'natural/herbal' colas on the market and it's an interesting taste (even if it wasn't to my liking). I strongly doubt, however, that it will make it into your regular soft drink rotation.
*Ingredients and nutrition*
This drink has been dreamed up by marketing wizards who think that we're morons.
It panders to the health conscious consumer to the extent that it detracts greatly from the quality of the product and will alienate most of the people who try it. It features apples in various forms, kola nut extract, gum arabic and xanthan gum.
Apples are high in sugar and are acidic, causing enamel damage. Kola nuts are a stimulant and does a good glass of pop *ever* need a thickener? This question is rhetorical and now that I think about it, the use of gums is making me gag just a little.
True, artificial sweeteners have their problems, but there are adverse affects to be found in natural products as well (see above). There's no point in having a 'natural' version just for the sake of it - that's about as sensible as saying you don't believe in gravity. I strongly doubt that anyone has ever conducted a detailed study into the effects of beverages containing kola nuts as part of a Western diet. Science can be a good thing and natural ingredients do not necessarily mean healthier ones.
A silly, faddy product - it's not even significantly lower in calories than regular colas.
*What would it go with?*
Good question - I'll get back to you when I find the answer!
Ok now for those of you who have read a number of my food and drink reviews you will know that I'm not a fan of anything with artificial rubbish in. So when I saw this which stated that it contained no artificial colours, sweeteners, flavourings or preservatives I decided that I had to give it a go. Now this was probably a mistake as I'm more of a coke drinker than a Pepsi drinker. Anyway the first problem is that it is expensive, a 250ml can was 80p in my local tesco. Still not deterred I still bought a can.
On opening the can there was no real sound of the pressure being released. I soon found out this was because this 'cola' goes flat within a couple of minutes of pouring it into my glass. The colour of it is much paler than I would have expected from a cola. This I put down to the lack of artificial colouring. It looked like it was made of half a can of normal cola which had been topped up with water.
The smell is also rather odd, not what I would expect from a cola. It is slightly reminiscent of half fermented apples with a faint whiff of cola. This really did not bode well for the taste of this stuff masquerading as cola. The taste was very strange, sweet yes but not overly so. Again the main taste to me appears to be that of apples but apples which have gone bad. You know what I mean, the taste of the dark patch of an apple that has gone past its best. There is also a very strange after taste of something that I really find hard to describe but it is strangely chemical (this is very strange as according to the ingredients it doesn't contain any). After this it left my mouth feeling quite dried out. This was in no way refreshing and I doubt even serving it in a pint glass chock full of ice would improve matters.
Pepsi claim that this version of the drink has fewer calories than their regular Pepsi. I'm sorry but considering just how bad this tasted I will be sticking to the full calorie version and just do an extra few minutes on the cross-trainer.
Nutritionl info (per 250ml can)
Energy - 98 Kcal
Sugars - 24g
Fat - 0g
Salt - trace
Despite its claim to be additive free this actually tasted more synthetic than regular Pepsi. This is certainly not something that I would consider buying again. If there is anyone out there who can remember 'tab clear' and how revolting that was trust me this is far worse. The only way this could perhaps be improved is for the apple extract used in the concoction to be removed as at least this might get rid of the rotten apple taste.
I'm now off to wash my mouth out with some ordinary cola to get this awful aftertaste out of my mouth. I have given it one star as I could not give it zero
As a once not-so-proud owner of a 1980s Soda Stream, I thought I had tasted some pretty abysmal carbonated concoctions. That is until I bought a can of Pepsi Raw.
Released to combat the growing trend amongst Britons to reject artificially flavoured products, Pepsi Raw is being marketed as a "healthy" cola which is said to be made from natural ingredients and contains no artificial preservatives, colours, flavourings or sweeteners.
Traditional Pepsi contains fructose corn syrup, sugar, artificial colourings, phosphoric acid, caffeine, citric acid and natural flavours - In comparison, Pepsi Raw has only natural ingredients including apple extract, plain caramel colouring, coffee leaf, tantaric acid from grapes, gum arabic from acacia trees, cane sugar and sparkling water.
By replacing corn syrup with cane sugar, Pepsi claims it has managed to reduce the calorie content of a 300ml bottle, from around 126 calories per serving to around 117 calories. Although any calorie reduction in fizzy drinks is of benefit to the figure conscious consumer, 9 calories difference is hardly anything to boast about. If you're that bothered, drink Diet Pepsi - it tastes much better anyway.
Pepsi Raw comes stylishly presented in a bronze coloured slimline can with silver lettering, similar to the brand styling of many other "stimulation" and "energy boosting" concoctions now filling the eye-level shelves in the drinks aisles of supermarkets.
Upon opening the can, I found Pepsi Raw to have a light cola smell and when poured into a glass it is noticably paler in colour than the other cola brands. I also noticed that it was much less fizzy, giving the drink a pallid, flat, and watery appearance.
The taste is awful, there is simply no other way to describe it, and it is probably one of the worst colas I have ever had the misfortune to taste. The flavour can only be compared to cheap watered down own-brand supermarket value cola, which has been left to go flat, finishing with a revolting apple aftertaste. The drink is not as refreshing as the other Pepsi products and I found when I had finished drinking the concoction, that it left an almost solid, sticky coating on my teeth.
How Pepsi can market this as a cola I don't know. It doesn't look like cola, it doesn't smell like cola and it certainly doesn't taste like cola. It doesn't even come in the same price bracket as cola; ridiculously priced at 90p for a 250ml can. I feel that Pepsi have simply jumped on the healthy beverage bandwagon in an attempt to cash in on a niche in the market, but the product simply isn't good enough.
It may well fall into the category of, say, Marmite, with the consumer either hating it or somehow loving it, but if that is the case then I am definitely in the "hate it" category!
I will certainly not be buying Pepsi Raw again even if the price was significantly reduced and I would happily choose any other cola ahead of Pepsi Raw, and yes, that does include Panda Pops!
I love a can of Cola from time to time and if I am pushed to make a decision between Pepsi and Coke then it would be Pepsi that came out on top but the other day I was presented with a old style glass bottle of what I first thought was just original Pepsi but I soon found out was actually Pepsi Raw.
Pepsi Raw is a drink I just don't get; it is more expensive than original Pepsi and does not taste half as good. What makes it different from original Pepsi and all the other colas is that it is made from natural spring water and other naturally sourced ingredients.
The fact is though that these natural ingredients just can't crate the same great cola taste that the non natural, very bad for us stuff can. The juice is thicker in consistency and much sweeter in taste but the taste is more a fruity one than one of cola and not really that nice in my opinion.
There is over 90 calories and 23g of sugar in a 250ml bottle which is more than there is in the original full sugar and with everyone turning to diet juices and being told to look after themselves I cannot see where the market for this stuff will come from.
It is apparently on trial at the moment and only being sold in a few places across the UK, my opinion is that if you see a bottle or can of this stuff on the shelve you should leave it there it is expensive, very fattening and just not that good.
When I see a beverage I haven't tried before, I just have to give it a go. When I spotted a can for Pepsi RAW (not a bottle as pictured) I initially thought it was an energy drink because of the size of the can and the price in relation to it. However, I don't think it is, although it does contain natural caffeine.
It seems to simply be Pepsi, but made from all natural (or mostly natural) ingredients. In this way I will compare it to Red Bull Cola for anyone who has tried that. I would certainly say that it is better than Red Bull Cola. It doesn't taste all that different to Pepsi in fact, not quite as fizzy, not quite as sweet but still pleasant, it certainly exceeded expectations and I was very surprised after my first mouthful, and I'd definitely say it tastes better than Diet Pepsi or Pepsi Max (as I really dislike them). After a while however, it started to leave a slightly odd taste in my mouth, kind of bitty, not entirely sure how to describe it. It wasn't too bad just a little odd.
I can't really see the point of this drink to be honest, it's all natural so maybe healthier? Then again if you want to be healthy don't drink fizzy drinks in my opinion. It isn't an energy drink yet carries the price tag of one which is my biggest problem with it. If it was the size and price of normal Pepsi cans I would consider buying it occasionally probably, or at least give it a couple more chances when I fancied something a little bit more subtle than Pepsi, but at the moment, I can't really see it lasting long on the shelves, especially when you can get a larger Red Bull Cola for a similar price and they are relatively similar products although in my opinion the RAW tastes better.
I'd say maybe give it a go, you may love it, or it may be that you cannot drink normal Pepsi for whatever reason, so definitely try these things, don't take my word for it, but personally, I won't be buying again. It's not that it's 'bad' it's just nothing special.
My name is wigglylittleworm and I am a cola-oholic. It has been about two hours since my last fix. I know it's bad for me and that it makes me fat and rots my teeth but I simply adore it and my attempts to give it up always end in failure after a few days.
My cola of choice is cherry cola followed closely by coca cola. I can tell the difference between coke and pepsi, pepsi is far sweeter and just not as nice but I will drink it if nothing else is available. When I saw Pepsi Raw I simply had to try it. Costing about 90p for a small 250ml can it is more expensive than the other colas out there. Pepsi raw claims it is different from the other colas out there as it is made from sparkling spring water and naturally sourced ingredients
Time to put it to the taste test. It is a deep brown fizzy drink, just like you would expect it to be with a slightly fruity smell. Upon tasting it, it is a really strange taste. The predominant taste is not of cola itself but a strange mix of apple, cola and despite its lack of sweeteners a nasty bitter tang that I would associate with diet drinks. The juice is extremely thick and manages to leave a nasty oily coating in my mouth. It did not quench my thirst at all but actually made me more thirsty as I wanted some water to get rid of the coating in my mouth.
The ingredients in this drink are sparkling water, cane sugar, apple extract, colour:plain caramel extract, natural plant extracts (including caffeine and kola nut extract), citric, tartaric and lactic acids, stabiliser:gum arabic and thickener xanthan gum.
It contains 93 calories and 23g of sugar per 250ml can.
Reading the list of ingredients, it hardly strikes me as being a natural drink and those thickeners sound like something out of a science experiment and account for the thickness ond coating on my tongue. I wonder what the plant extracts are? No doubt if they were something healthy then pepsi would be shouting about it.
The website told me that this was being trialed in a few cities around the country before being rolled out nationwide, I've no idea if it has passed the test in those cities but I bought it in a tiny village in central Scotland and have not seen it anywhere else.
This is a vile drink full of horrible ingredients that I will not be buying again.
Takes cola back to basics.