“ Brand: Royal Crown / Type: Diet Cola Drink „
I am a massive fan of Coke usually but today I had to run into my local B & M store to grab some cleaning essentials for my new flat and as me and my family were all going to my new place I picked up some bottled and canned drinks for us all to share. This only cost me 20p for a 330ml can so I bought a few of them along with a few other choices which I thought was a real bargain.
This drink comes in a regular shaped can really with a ring pull to the top of it and the main of the colour of the can is silver and on the front of it we are told that it is Diet RC Cola 'Columbus, Georgia, USA' and that the company has been established since 1905. Please note that this is called Diet and not 'Light' and I think this is because the can has had a bit of a revamp in recent years. On the back of the can other information listed includes ingredients, a nutritional chart is stated as is the size (as I have already listed) and contact details for the manufacturer are given. This to me is an ok can really, it looks a bit cheap compared to other more well known soft drink cans but it does the job and is informative enough to be fair to it.
The Drink Itself:
Dark brown and transparent this is like a flatter version of Coca Cola or Pepsi. Its fizzy without being overly so and at first sip is nice enough and gently fizzy as I have just said and as Pepsi and Coke is is sort of fruity in a none descriptive way.
However for me this tastes like a shops own and the cheapest of those options available (think Sainsbury's Basics Cola as thats pretty awful come to think of it!). It goes as flat as a pancake once poured and loses any of its initial life it did have very quickly indeed. The sweetness of this is too much and its artificially sweetened and so much so that once you take a gulp of it you need to keep drinking because for me and my step dad this made of more thirsty than we started out and it left us with tinny tastes in our mouths. With 1.7 kcals in a whole can this is a healthier option than many but for me a definite no no I'm afraid its just cheap and inferior cola to me!
Available from B & M stores though Google if you really want to buy it!
I had heard of this brand but never sought it out or even really thought about it to be honest. When in Asda on friday hubby stated that he wanted to try it, and since I always drink Fizzy Juice as well I thought I would try it. I didn't know anything about it and I had to read the label to see a bit more about it but all I found out is that this has been out since 1905 and comes from Columbus Georgia.
This is selling in a 2 litre bottle for 98p or 2 for £1.50, or a 8 330ml can pack for £2.48 or 2 for £4. I was all for just buying this in a bottle but hubby wanted cans so he chose the normal version and I chose the light, diet version.
I can't make my mind up if this looks cheap. The tin is silver and has the large R C lettering on it. I feel it looks in the middle. It doesn't look overly cheap and the pricing of this makes me think it isn't cheap, but since I don't know enough about this brand then I cannot really comment I feel. I have heard that this brand is owned by Schweppes but after looking on the back I see the name of Cott who I think make the energy drink Emerge.
Sad as I am I sort of couldn't wait to try a drink of this and even went as far to pop a tin in the freezer to chill this quicker. The taste of this is alright and again I cannot make my mind up about this taste. It is sweet enough even though this is a Diet drink but it lacks the zing that Diet Coke has. If I can remember far enough back I would say this perhaps has a taste of Tab Clear to it, but then again i've not had a can of Tab clear in about 20 years so what do I really know? The flavour of this does seem to be nice enough and tastes of a good quality. There isn't all that much Fizz in this tin but there is enough. For all I know this could be full of fizz but my tins may have been shook to death before going on the shelves.
Per tin there is 1.7 calories so fine for a calorie controlled diet.
A nice enough taste and although Diet Coke will still always be my Diet Cola of choice I can see myself buying this now and again for a change.
A six pack of these were on offer at a fraction of the price of a six pack of Diet Coke at my local Asda.
I found the quality to be quite good, and found the name amusing in an immature sort of way. Even though it was stuffed among the other (usually rubbish) own-brand colas the design seemed to have more spent on it, and I think I remember seeing it in the states.
It's good quality pop, retaining its fizz for an acceptable amount of time. It didn't really taste much different than branded Diet Coke, it was a little sweeter and there was a sort of gingery aftertaste which I found a bit unpleasant. There is an acceptable caffeine kick of about the same strength as anything else, so don't worry that it isn't going to wake you up.
In summary this is a perfectly acceptable low-budget cola, and if like me you object to Coca-Colas horrendous human rights and union skull-cracking record in South America you'll be relieved to find a less evil alternative.
This is a new brand of cola that has hit the UK shops recently, I have only seen it in Asda so far that I have noticed and it has been on special offer deals in there since its release. The brand is founded and based in America and is called Royal Crown Cola, RC Cola for short, this review is for the diet variety of the drink.
RC cola is available in 330ml cans as well as 2 litre plastic bottles. The diet can is silver in colour, much like the diet Coke and Pepsi cans, with red and blue Branding reading 'Diet RC Cola, Columbus, Georgia, USA Since 1905'. The drink was indeed developed in 1905, or at least the full fat version was, the company is now since 2000 owned by Cadbury Schweppes plc. In the 50s the combination of Royal Crown Cola and Moonpies became popularly known as the "working man's lunch". From my knowledge this has only recently been available in major supermarkets in the UK. I think the can design looks quite classic with an old school design.
The pop is not too fizzy or over carbonated which I personally like, some fizzy drinks make me feel very bloated and leave me with a trapped air feeling in my throat. The diet cola drink has a slightly more syrupy taste than Diet Coke or Pepsi has, which I think some diet soft drinks tend to lack and I do find myself missing. This is great considering the drink is sugar free, you can really not notice the lack of sugars in this refreshment, yet there is not the sugary and sweet liquid film left in your mouth afterwards, another plus. RC Cola use Splenda brand sugar rather than Aspartame which might explain the almost full fat taste, which sounds good to me.
The liquid itself is the typical light brown cola colour we come to expect from these drinks with visible bubbles and fizz, best enjoyed straight from the fridge and served with ice and a slice of lemon. It is very fluid and quite translucent to look at. I think this might be my favourite Diet Cola drink of the lot, which is quite a statement! It is cheap, refreshing and has a great authentic cola taste.
Price and Availability
As stated I have only come across this drink so far in an Asda supermarket and so far I have only had to pay £1 for a case of six cans, a great price and I hope the deal lasts a lot longer (I think it has been this price for a month or so now). Likewise the 2 litre plastic bottles retail for £1 at the moment so I would urge you to try this out as a Coke/Pepsi alternative. The regular RC Cola is also this price.
Nutritional Values 330ml Serving
Energy - 7.3KJ
Protein - 0.1g
Carbohydrate - 0.2g
Of which sugars - <0.1g
Fat - 0g
Of which saturates - 0g
Fibre - 0g
Sodium - <0.1g