I''ve never written a review before but decided to do so in this case because I felt I could add a little balance. I never used to drink any kind of cola, being more addicted to lemonade, particularly R Whites! On the few occasions when I resorted to cola it was usually Coke, and not the Diet versions which I felt tasted ''artificial'' compared to the ''real thing''. However I started drinking Sainsbury''s Basic Diet Cola after trying, and liking, their Basics Lemonade. I found that it was bearable, especially at the price of 17p per 2litre bottle, but not as enjoyable as the lemonade. But, overtime I found that I was buying more cola than lemonade and now it''s virtually all I drink. I did try a Diet Coke more recently and understood why people might prefer the original but, in my opinion, the difference in taste isn''t justified by the difference in price. Also, because I''m a bit of a junk food junkie, I tend to put on weight easily and, when I''ve done any VLC diets which require daily consumption of 2-3 litres of water, I''ve found it easier to maintain if I drink this stuff instead of water. Maybe I''m the exception that proves the rule but I really love this cola and, if anything, I prefer it flat to fizzy as well so, if it does lose its dizziness quickly, that''s a plus for me as I''m currently getting through 2ltrs per day. I''ve tried Tesco''s equivalent at the same price and that was truly revolting. Tesco''s contains Aspartame, as do most similar drinks, which I am keen to avoid and Sainsbury''s dumped Aspartame in 2007 in favour of Sucralose. Does that have anything to do with the taste? I don''t know but it certainly makes me more comfortable with the volume I drink. I guess a lot of this is down to personal preference so I''d always say, if you haven''t tried it yourself, it''s worth giving it a go in spite of the negative reviews because at 17p, there''s not a lot to lose and you might be one of the minority, like me, who love it!
As a student, I tend to buy the lower end stuff from supermarkets. I'll skimp as much as possible unless I'm feeling the need for something special. So, looking at how much I was spending on Coke and Pepsi, I gave this a try, having been thoroughly impressed with Sainsbury's Basics range overall. I thought hey, it's probably only going to be mixed with vodka and Jack Daniels, so may as well save a bit of cash. Big mistake.
I cannot describe how terrible this tastes, or what it is that gives the terrible taste, the closest I can come to making any sort of conclusion on it is it was part of an A Level Chemistry experiment that went horrifically wrong, and somehow got bottled up and sent to Sainsbury's. I suppose that I shouldn't have expected anything more than this, seeing as it's 17p a bottle.
I must admit, the core range (i.e. one above Basics) of Sainsbury's Cola (same for the other supermarkets if I'm honest), doesn't taste any different, but for some reason it's 65p a bottle. To be honest, it's not worth saving your money in this department. Not often that I'll say this, but given the choice, I'd rather spend the extra on the brand leaders, but Pepsi seems to be on special offer every other week anyway. But if you're saving money already by buying the 65p "by Sainsbury's" Cola at the moment, buy the basics stuff instead, it's no worse to be honest.
Good old Basics range, familiar white and orange lable, plain but to the point.
17p for a 2L bottle, even if it tastes like dish water can you really complain about it? The answer....no, apart from on a review site like this one, and that is what I am going to do now!!
My kids drink this and yes they can definalty tell the difference between this and Coca Cola! It is a normal brown cola colour, smell sweet and vile like most brands do. Right amount of bubbles, not overly fizzy but not half flat either. Now onto the crunch, the actual flavour. It is a hard one to describe really, it taste like Panda cola used to, vaigly like what cola is meant to taste like but so far apart from the actual Coca Cola they are trying to copy.
It isnt that vile that I would never drink it again, on a very hot day, if its ice cold and there is no other option I might have a glass but as a rule, my kids have full rein on this one. Although I know its a bit gross, the fact it doesnt taste 100%, means it lasts longer, which ups the value for money level too. Not as daft as I look eh!!
Ok for the kids, would be a waste if used as a mixer for spirits, stick to the real thing for that.
I'm in charge of doing the grocery shopping, so when my boyfriend Marc asked me to pick him up some diet coke on my next trip to the supermarket, I decided to get him a couple of bottles of the Sainsbury's basics coke as it is much cheaper than the branded stuff and I am not brand loyal.
Although there's no doubt that the official Coca Cola coke tastes much better than the cheap supermarket own brand versions, I am trying to get my boyfriend to cut back on the amount of Coke that he drinks so I was hoping that he wouldn't like it and therefor would opt for something else to drink, preferably something a little healthier!
This coke is priced at just seventeen pence per 2 litre bottle, which is over a pound less than the 2 litre bottles of Coca Cola. The packaging is simple - a clear, cylindar bottle made of plastic. There's the white and orange Sainsbury's branding wrapped around it on a thin plastic label/wrapper. This has all the information that a consumer needs such as the ingredients and nutritional information. The bottle has a screw-top lid which although can be screwed back on easily after the bottle has being opened, doesn't seem to stop the drink going flat, and my bottle went flat within a day, with the lid on.
The drink is not available in cans/multi-packs. There is the option of diet or non-diet cola in the Sainsbury's basics range, and I opted for the diet version. This is described as a carbonated low calorie cola flavour soft drink with sweetener. There is no sign of the dreaded aspartame in the ingredients and the drink is instead sweetened with Sucralose, which is the same ingredient used to make splenda. Sainsbury's state that the drink is made with 'simple natural colours and flavours' and from looking at the ingredients I can see that this contains fruit and vegetable extracts and barley malt extract.
This did not bother me at first as I assumed that it would make the drink taste naturally sweet and tasty, when in fact it just gives the drink an absolutely horrible aftertaste which to me tastes almost like off/rotting vegetables! My boyfriend said it tastes bland and although he drank a few glasses of it, he told me not to buy it again. Also, as far as I know caffiene is not natural, so their claim that the product is flavoured with natural ingredients is a little misleading in my opinion. There are 3 calories per 330ml which is obviously very low due to the artificial sweetener. Although the coke tastes gross (think fizzy water with a weird aftertaste), it actually does look like Coke - dark brown and fizzy, although this for me is not good enough and I wouldn't purchase it again.
We've just recently had a large house party, and as such we had lots of drinks and cocktails flowing all night. I did want to try and keep the food and drink costs down slightly as they were in danger of spiralling out of all control, and so in the weeks beforehand I was trying out cheaper versions of various products.
One of the products that I tried was the Sainsburys Basics Diet Cola.
After previously trying the Sainsburys Basics Diet Lemonade and finding this a more than acceptable alternative at a fraction of the price of the branded lemonades I decided to give the basics diet cola a go as well. I would normally buy either Diet Coca Cola or Diet Pepsi, whichever happens to work out to be the cheapest at the time, I have to admit that I would never normally buy the basics diet cola. However when you take into account that it is just 17 pence per bottle, and would probably save me a fortune then I figured it was definitely worth a go.
I bought one bottle to try out before the party and if it was ok then I would stock up on this instead. The basics diet cola comes in a 2 litre bottle, and it costs just 17 pence per bottle. It contains just 3 kcal per 250ml glass.
We tried this diet cola out both ways; as a mixer for long drinks and cocktails, and also drinking it on its own as just a glass of cola. I have to say that it wasn't very successful either way.
When you mixed this a spirit I thought that this had a very distinctive and odd taste to it, which really seemed to overpower the spirit that you paired it with, and it also left quite an unpleasant aftertaste as well. It was slightly better when mixed with a few other ingredients in a cocktail, but even then you could still taste the odd cola taste coming through, just not quite as much as when paired with just the one spirit. The best description I can think of for the taste is a very chemically taste, it was really not pleasant at all.
Drinking the basics cola on it's own wasn't very pleasant either, it certainly didn't taste like either Diet Coca Cola or Diet Pepsi, it just seemed to have its own really weird and odd taste. It had a very synthetic and chemically taste, and once again it left a really unpleasant aftertaste.
The basics cola was really fizzy, and I certainly can't fault it here. I can't comment as too how long it holds it fizz for when stored in the fridge for a few days - as we only kept only the bottle in the fridge overnight. But it did keep it's fizz for that 24 hours, and when we did more taste tasting the second evening it was just as fizzy as the first evening.
I can't say that I was impressed at all with this basics diet cola, I didn't end up buying any more for the party, and I certainly won't be buying it again. It was really cheap at just 17 pence, and I'm sure that some people must actually buy this as Sainsburys seem to sell a lot of it!
With money tight and family budgets reduced, many consumers have turned towards store-brand products over big name brands; in paticular, the budget varities of afore mentioned store-brand products.
But I am here to warn you that there are sometimes reasons why such products are so cheap. Because they contain no ingredients of any substance or flavour perhaps?
Sainsburys Basics Cola is one of the worst own brand carbonated beverages I have ever tasted and thus is a prime example why some of these value ranges are probably best avoided by anybody with any sense of taste!
For starters, it tastes of....well...nothing actually. It is kind of sweet but not in a paticulary nice way and though lacking the consistency, is almost more like a syrup in flavour. Its fizz barely lasts much past the moment you open it meaning that as well as being lacking in any flavour other than sweetness, it is also quickly flat and drinking this feels more like a punishment than a pleasure! Even the Caffeine cannot save this drink from relegation as it is so barely noticeable that it might as well not be present! Drink Coca-Cola after this and you are likely to get high and experience a head-rush!
Like all of Sainsburys Basic range, the packaging too hardly appeals. Easily recognisable, its primary colours include red lettering along the label with Sainsburys traditional trademark orange and white; it stands out on the shelf but only because of its blandness.
To be fair, it is cheap. At less than 20p for 2L, it costs virtually nothing and that is appropiate as that is what it tastes of! But for about another 30p or so you can buy their next range up so why anyone would ever dream of purchasing this more than once is simply beyond me!
There must be a lot of people out there who simply aren't that fussy!
I've recently been trying a few different brands of cola to see if there really is much difference between the various brands. To be honest, in many cases I have found that there isn't a vast difference. With this one, it wasn't as close to the real thing as I would have liked it to be however.
The bottle itself is a two litre clear plastic bottle with a white and orange label on it, signifying that it is a Sainsburys value brand. I found that this product was fairly easy to identify and the writing on the bottle was easy enough to read. The fact that they only do this in a diet variety was somewhat strange but I felt this didn't really truly make much difference so I decided to go ahead and purchase it anyway - especially with the price being just 17p. It wasn't like I had lost anything anyway!
When I looked at the nutritional values, I found the following information on the bottle:
per 250ml (glass)
Sat Fat Trace
I felt that this was very reasonable, especially for a drink that is generally very high in calories and generally pretty bad for you.
Having seen this, I decided I should try the product. When I opened it, there was a lot of fizzing and the bubbles nearly came out of the top of the bottle. This is a good thing for me because I like cola to be fizzy (although I can see how this may put some people off). The smell was somewhat gaseous but then this is only to be expected given that it was very fizzy.
When I poured the cola into a glass, it had an almost greasy, oily appearance on top which reminded me somewhat of a glass of cola out of a machine that uses powder. Nonetheless though, it looked like an ordinary glass of cola, although it was perhaps a little darker than normal. This didn't really take anything away from it at all though.
When I drank it, it was somewhat more fizzy than ordinary cola, almost like how cola was before they took out the fizz. While I didn't taste exactly the same as the proper stuff, it did remind me of cola. Some products I've tried didn't even remind me slightly of cola so I suppose this is a good thing. It had a less sweet taste compared to normal cola but again, this wasn't as off putting as I thought it might have been.
Sure, it wasn't perfect and it wasn't exactly like cola but, to be honest, I think I will buy it again. I have also found that it goes very well if you mix it with other drinks, such as red bull and cola style drinks, because it tastes quite similar to the mixture you'd expect here. I personally prefer it as a mixer than as a straight drink but, that being said, I would buy it again.
Now that my exams are looming ever closer, I have decided to stock up on fizzy drinks, sweets and generally nice tasting things to keep me going during revision. I opted for this Sainsbury's Basics Cola mainly because of the price and because I have never tried it before.
--- The Bottle ---
You get 2 litres of the Diet Cola from the Sainsbury's basics range for only 17p, which is quite a bargain. It comes in a large see through plastic bottle that is 32cm tall and 8cm in diameter. Wrapper around the middle of it is a simple white and orange label that matches the rest of the Sainsburys Basics range. The front of it has the name of the product and a picture of a bottle cap. The rear is packed full of all the product information.
The bottle has a white screw cap on top which is easy to get on and off.
--- Healthiness ---
Being cola, it isn't ever going to be the healthiest drink ever, so that is why I opted for the diet version over the full fat one. Per 250ml serving it contains 3 calories, trace amounts of fat, 0.04g of salt and only 0.2g of sugar. This is not too bad at all for a diet cola drink. It also isn't too bad ingredients wise either as it only has seven listed ingredients. I expect that there are a lot more that they haven't had to list though, such as colourings, flavourings and sweeteners. On the whole it seems that it isn't too bad for you, however I'm sure if you drank a lot of it, it would have its problems.
--- The Drink ---
The cola is very dark brown in colour and I have found it to be very fizzy. When I first opened the bottle, I had to leave the froth to go down for quite a while as it would of overflowed otherwise. This has not happened since though which is good.
The drink has a smell that does not remind me of the usual cola flavour at all. It is quite a deep smell that is not very sweet like the scent you would get from a premium brand of cola. The taste of it is similar in the way that it isn't like premium brands at all. I expected it to be a bit like Pepsi or Coca Cola, however it is very different. At first it does taste slightly sweet, however this flavour soon disappears and is replaced by one which I think is slightly bitter.
The taste of it is okay, however it is not as nice as Coke or Pepsi whatsoever and I find that I cannot drink it as fast.
--- Overall ---
On the whole, for the price I paid for it, I got exactly what I paid for. It is just a cheap copy of the more expensive and much nicer premium brands. I will probably finish the bottle off as it is drinkable, but it's not brilliant. I don't think I would buy it again as it isn't great and I would rather pay a bit extra for a drink that tastes a lot nicer.
I am therefore only going to give this 2/5 as on the whole it is a bit of a let down, however the low price and it being mildly drinkable have saved it from being 1/5.
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