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I purchase a lot of squash as I do not drink tea or coffee and get a little bored of drinking plain water so like to add squash to it to make it a little more exciting. Although I do normally tend to purchase berry flavoured squashes the last time I needed to stock up I went to my local Tesco store and decided to purchase a bottle of the Tesco Whole Lemon squash for a change.
The squash comes in a 750ml bottle and cost £0.99 per bottle or is currently on a promotion allowing you to purchase two bottles for just £1.50.
The cordial comes packaged in a clear plastic bottle with a blue screw top cap. The bottle has a wraparound plastic label which gives you all the details about the squash. On the front of the label there is a picture of fresh whole lemons on a bed of grass with a blue sky. It states that the squash is double strength, has no added sugar and contains 30% more fruit. On the sides and the back of the wrapper you can find more detailed information about the squash including full ingredients listings, nutritional information, allergy advice and preparation information. It also states that the bottle is recyclable and that the squash is suitable for vegetarians.
The squash is a cloudy very pale yellow colour and when you open the bottle you can smell a lovely fresh lemon fragrance. It states on the bottle that it contains around 30 servings as you only need half the amount of normal squash as it is double concentrated. The squash is really easy to make, firstly though you need to make sure you shake the bottle as some of the fruit can settle at the bottom. It states on the bottle to dilute one part squash to nine parts water, personally I use a little less as I like my squash quite weak but this means that the bottle lasts even longer.
I really like the taste of this squash its lovely and refreshing especially if it is made with ice cold water. It also has a tangy taste and is not overly sweet or sickly, it quenches my thirst and leaves me feeling refreshed. As this squash is also sugar free it means that a 250ml serving contains only 4 calories. I have also added this squash to lemonade and soda water which makes a lovely fizzy drink.
Overall I have been very happy with the cordial, it makes a lovely tasty drink is low in calories and is great value for money especially when on special offer.
So I'm not a massive fan of drinking water unless I'm at the gym or drinking it with a meal so for me squash is an absolute essential to have in the kitchen. I also really like bitter things and lemon seemed like the perfect flavour for a refreshing drink on a summers day hence my purchase. (Not to mention the two bottles for £1.50 offer in Tesco).
...The Packaging and Info...
You get 750ml of double strength (i.e. twice as concentrated) product in a nice sized bottle. The thing that annoys me most when buying bottles of squash is finding there too big to fit on your shelf, but this one fits in nicely. The label on the bottle has been updated since the photo above was taken but it's very similar. It features a cluster of juicy looking lemons sitting on grass with a blue sky type background. There's a little blue sticker on the packaging saying "improved, now 30% more fruit" which is good to know. It also tells us there's no artificial flavours or colours something that many people will be pleased to know and that there's no added sugar.
Under the title "additional information" we are told the bottle contains about 30 servings and it should be stored in a cool dry place. The packaging is also recyclable On the back of the bottle the preparation guidelines recommend you shake the bottle well and dilute 1 part squash to 9 parts water. There's also the usual allergy advice and a list of ingredients, a rather long list but to be honest, but I don't really care too much about what I'm drinking as long as it tastes good and is fairly cheap. It also gives us the nutritional values per 100ml (it doesn't make clear if this is when the drink is diluted or not but I'm assuming not) on the front it has the nutritional values per 250ml diluted; 4 calories, 0.2g of naturally occurring sugar, traces of fat and 0.1g of salt. I'm pleased to see it's low cal as I probably wouldn't buy it if it wasn't.
...The Actual Drink...
In terms of look it's aesthetically pleasing; it simply makes the water look a bit cloudy (a bit like cloudy lemonade) but in the bottle it looks more yellowy. When you smell the bottle it smells very strongly of artificial lemons which isn't particularly appetizing to be honest but when you dilute the product the drink just smells faintly sweet and the lemon smell isn't noticeable.
So the big one, the taste. The drink if you make it as the guidelines suggest isn't very strong at all I tend to make it approximately one part squash six parts water but I know other people who prefer it stronger still. It tastes, as you'd expect it to really, of artificial lemons. The drink is maybe too sweet for me but at the same time it has that bitter kick of lemon to it. This drink definitely tastes better the colder you serve it although there's no "best served chilled" on the label. I've also diluted this with lemonade and it creates a really lovely strong lemon drink with a nice fizz. It also tastes good when you drink it with sparkling water as well. Overall I will continue to buy this squash as although the taste isn't perfect its very refreshing and quenches my thirst well.
As a Tesco product this is only available in Tesco stores or from there website. It cost 99p to buy it on it's own but you can get two bottles of squash for £1.50 a very good offer I think. It's not there cheapest squash, there everyday value lemon squash is only 32p but can only be found in the larger stores or online I purchased this squash from a Tesco express. However compared to other branded squash's it is very good value for money and I will be buying it again.
We end up drinking so much squash at home that it's nice to have quite a few flavours in otherwise you end up getting bored. We also have lots of fruit juice, but squash is cheaper and less filling, so we get through much more of it. Tesco no added sugar whole lemon squash comes in a 750ml container and costs just under £1. It appeals to me as it is no added sugar. Like I say we drink so much of it and I don't want us damaging our teeth!
The drink comes in a clear plastic bottle, which is 100% recyclable, always a bonus for me. The bottle has a screw on and off lid, which passes my leak test of being held upside down once opened and re done up. Very important as bottles are always getting knocked over in our cupboard and the last thing you want is leaking sticky squash. You would have an insect fest!
The lemon squash is white in colour and has a cloudy consistency. The bottle is much more concentrated so you really only have to add a tiny bit (about a fingers width, depth) to a glass full of water. I find it mixes better when the squash is in the glass before the water is.
The drink doesn't have an appealing consistency or appearance. It is cloudy and white, looking unsettled with a layer on the top. It looks murky and horrible, but there is really nothing in it, it tastes gorgeous. I love lemon squash, it is really quite refreshing. I have tried the Robinsons one before and I was a bit worried about this one as it advertises as no added sugar and I know lemon can be quite bitter, so I was worried, but it is fine, really nice tasting. It is not quite as creamy in texture, a bit harsher than the robinsons one, but that is nearly double the price. I am happy to settle for this one based on it's price. It is a good squash and the best I have tried of the tesco no added sugar squash range.
I decided that it would be a good idea to review the varieties of Tesco No Added Sugar Squashes, since I drink them so often, and 4 bottles can usually be found in our kitchen. While Diet Coke is my favourite drink, it's not practical to be drinking this constantly - the amount it would cost, possible health issues, excessive burping - need I say more?!
Having reviewed the Tropical flavour, I am now moving onto Lemon. Traditionally lemon squash has been my favourite of squashes - even as the world's fussiest eater as a child lemon squash was one of the few things that I enjoyed, and have enjoyed consistently throughout my life so far.
Even better still though, this particular lemon squash has no added sugar, which is very good since I'm already overweight so don't need any extra unnecessary calories!
The bottle contains 750ml. As noted in my previous squash review, I should note again (word for word) that the Tesco bottles of squash have double the concentrate, so the bottles are a lot smaller than they used to be. However, the squash goes further, so technically you get more in the 750ml bottle than you did in the previous litre bottles! It is supposedly meant to be more environmentally friendly perhaps, but I would imagine that they could make the squash even more concentrated! The bottle is made of 100% recyclable PET whatever that might be. The bottle is also easier to fit in cupboards, being smaller!
The label is blue and has a picture of lemons on it - because it's lemon squash.
---What's in it---
As expected the main ingredient is water, followed by Comminuted Lemon from Concentrate (20%), Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Malic Acid, Sweeteners (Aspartame, Sodium Saccharin), Natural Flavourings, Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite), Stabiliser (Carboxymethylcellulose). Yeah yeah, I know there's no need really to list all ingredients, but if I don't someone will probably ask me whether a certain type of flavouring is included!
For those with allergies it contains sulphites, a source of phenylalanine and can't guarantee nut free.
There are just 4 calories in a 250ml serving, but then I suppose there's just over twice that in the pint I'm about to have - but nothing too excessive!
---The Drinking Experience---
I sometimes remember to shake the bottle, sometimes I don't. Then officially you're meant to pour into a glass with one part squash to 9 parts water (remember it's double strength). Obviously though this does depend on personal taste, and less squash, more water will be needed for small children.
It's been a long day, and I'm gasping for a drink. I have my pint of lemon squash, so here goes.....
The smell is fairly pleasant, just like lemon squash really. The squash tastes much like any lemon squash - practically impossible to describe if you've never tasted lemon squash...and quite honestly if you've never tasted lemon squash I'm not really sure where you've been. I should perhaps say that lemon squash doesn't really seem to bear any resemblance to sucking the juice out of a lemon (something which I love doing...mmmm, lemon), the taste is slightly lemony but quite mild really. Like most lemon squashes there is a slight bitter aftertaste. I have found some lemon squashes (those with added sugar) far too sweet, but I find that this one is just right, and it's good to know that I'm not rotting my teeth in the process.
The drink isn't meant to be frozen, but ice lollies can be made from it (from personal experience anyway).
Tesco no added sugar squashes currently cost 80p. I'm not sure how long a bottle lasts really since we have such a variety, but it is good value for money.
What I like to do for a change is use half lemon and half lime squash, and make a lemon and lime squash. Just adds variety to the drinks available in our kitchen. And you'll be pleased to hear that my next squash review will be for Tesco No Added Sugar Lime Squash!