Product Type: Sainsbury's Soft Drink
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Sainsbury's Basics Lemonade
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Sainsbury's Basics Lemonade
Date: 12/01/08, updated on 13/01/08 (177 review reads)
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I'm a huge pop drinker. I drink far too much of the stuff, far too often! I know my Pepsi from my Coca Cola. I can spot in a pub even half cut when I've been given cheap and nasty watered down fizzy rubbish mixed with my vodka when I've categorically stated coke or whatever once leading to me getting barred a rather disgruntled bar man.
So why did I go out and buy this? Well it wasn't a mistake. Firstly and foremost I needed some pop. Secondly I'd come on here the other night to look at reviews and I came across this product and noticed it had never been written bout. Thirdly I tried Economy Tomato Soup from Sainsbury's the other night and I loved it. So I bought this to try it out and write about it on purpose while purchasing a couple of bottles of my preferred brand. For the price its not exactly a hardship lol
Well its exactly as shown in the photograph at the top of this review. It's a 2 litre recyclable see through plastic bottle with white screw on lid. Paper label in white and orange around the middle. Clearly states who it is by and what it is. Lets me know its only natural flavours and that it has 'no less fizz'. Also gives me an at a glance nutritional value guide in a little chart and tells me it's suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans. On the back of the label it tells me it is a carbonated low calorie lemon flavoured drink with sweetener. Then a comprehensive run down on nutritional values on a chart and also another chart that tells me all about women, men's and children's daily nutritional recommendations. I also have a list of ingredients and the promise that Sainsbury's are now only using natural colours and flavours and that they don't use Benzoate preservatives or Aspartame Sweetener. Also tells me how to serve it lol, (best served chilled of course). Then it tells me a little about the bottle being recycled nd gives me contact information for Sainsbury's and the best before date is situated on the neck of the bottle.
All in all for such a cheap bottle of pop the labelling is excellent. No stone unturned in knowing exactly what your putting into your body!
Upon opening it gives off a slight fizz. Not a long fizz I'm used to though, it was rather disappointing lol. The smell is slightly lemony with a hint of pencil sharpenings?!, but again, not as strong as the brands I'm used to.
The taste is peculiar. It's slightly sour and a few bubbles hit the tongue and they vanish quite quickly. Really there isn't a lot of taste to it. Its like a sweetened water with no hint of lemons. What's weird is if you breathe out when you swallow some I swear in my mind it tastes of pencil sharpenings. If I was blindfolded and tasting this I wouldn't guess it was lemonade at all. The after taste is not pleasant and not thirst quenching. It leaves a rather nasty taste in the mouth and down the throat like I've been chewing on them little white sweeteners.
In honesty there isn't much I can really say. If I was gagging for a drink I would drink it at a push. I wouldn't dream of adding it to my spirits it would ruin it. I guess this would be ok for kids who guzzle pop all day long though but I'm not sure even they would appreciate it lol.
I wont be buying it again and my bottle is in the bin , worth a try though lol
Of which is sugars Trace
of which is saturates Trace
of which is sodium Trace
20P a bottle in Sainsbury's only.
Summary: Not worth the 20p, don't be so tight!