“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Soft drink „
Since buying there more expensive own brand double strength squash and it being very nice, I decided to give there basics squash a try. At about 60p for a 1.5 litres bottle of double strength squash, it looked like a good buy so I thought I would give it a try.
It comes in a see through plastic bottle that is 26cm x 9cm x 9cm and has a light blue screw cap. The label round the middle is white all over with text on the front in orange, just like the rest of the basics range. The other sides contain all the usual information about the drink.
I have the Apple & Blackcurrant Squash, which is the same as I had before. It says on the front that it contains 5% fruit, which compared to more expensive squashes is a lot less. The 5% is made up of 4% apple juice and 1% blackcurrant, which when in 1.5l is very dilute! The squash has a deep purple colour and when diluted becomes a lot lighter. The bottle recommends that it should be served 1 part juice to 9 parts water. I have tried this out, but I have found that it still makes the juice very dilute. Sadly, the low fruit content is very noticeable as the squash is very bland when diluted. There is a slight sweet flavour, but nothing compared to the taste that you get from more expensive juices.
On smelling the concentrate, there is a feint smell of the blackcurrant and apple juices, but nothing that makes it very appealing. I have found one advantage to it though. As the water from my tap has a funny taste to it, it does make the water a lot more palatable. Overall, not the best squash I have tried, I think that is definitely worth paying an extra 30-40p for a more expensive and juicier bottle of squash. I don't think I'll be buying this flavour again, but I may try one of the other flavours that are available, Orange or Tropical.
For those who are interested, a 250ml glass only contains only 2 calories, trace amounts of fat and salt and only 0.1g of sugar.
I think because of the lack of taste I can only give it 2/5. It is not one of the better products in the Sainsbury's Basics range, but you do get what you pay for.
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