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      06.05.2012 16:57
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      A good value cola by tesco, worth a try

      I'm a huge fan of cola, and like most people I usually drink coca cola! When at uni I couldn't afford to drink anything too expensive. We had a local tesco and they sold this stuff. You can buy it via bottles or cans. I personally have never tried it out the bottle, I have only bought cans. I really liked this drink and I will now go into more detail about this product. Price: You can buy a pack of 8 cans for £1.99. This is good value as they are the same size (330ml) as coca cola, but are around half th price. They are brilliant value. The cans are made from aluminium. They are very cheap and that promotes there appeal! Great for parties or to stock up the fridge, without destroying your bank balance. Cola can be addictive, and most of the time it's expensive. This is a cheap alternative. Taste: Tastes very nice, it has a great cola taste, it's very fizzy out the can and has a great cola smell! The after taste however isn't as nice as coca cola, it's tangy. If you didn't know this was tesco's own brand, you would think it was expensive. For the price, the Taste is fantastic. This tastes great out of the can, I also used this for mixing drinks such as vodka and Bacardi. This tastes much better than the tesco value cola, which is nasty. You will be pleasantly surprised with this drink, it's well worth the try. Can: The can doesn't look as nice as other brands, but this doesn't matter at all. The cans are red and they have an image of cola in a glass with some ice which is rather appealing on a hot summers day. They are also nice to hold and easy to open, can't complain. Overall: I was really impressed with this product from tesco. The reason why I like this so much is because there is not much difference between other more successful brands. I don't see the point in paying silly money for expensive drinks when you can buy this for a much cheaper price, it's brilliant value and is worth the try. It may not be as glamorous, but it's perfect to have at home in the fridge. I am going to be giving this 4 stars as its really nice and surpassed my expectations. Give it a go! :) Thanks for reading, hope it helped you out Josh **** this review also appears on CIAO under my user name of jrlaker1992 ***

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      12.03.2012 12:19

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      Just as good as premium branded cola

      I love this Tesco cola as it is tasty, refreshing and excellent quality. The cola comes in a multipack of twelve cans and each can has 330ml of cola, which is the size of an average can. The cola pours well from the can and it's the usual cola colour, which is a sort of dark caramel. The cola smells like "real" cola, just like premium cola. The cola itself is very fizzy but it soons settles down after it's been poured. You can drink the cola straight from the can or you can pour it into a glass. You can also add ice and/ or slices of lemon to the cola if you wish. The taste of the cola is quite tangy and refreshing. It has a real "bite" to it and it tastes great after it's been chilled. It doesn't taste awful when served at room temperature but chilling the drink first makes it even more refreshing. The drink can be drunk on it's own or it can be drunk with food. If I do drink the cola with food I make sure that i'm not eating anything that's too heavy, otherwise the drink leaves me feeling bloated and uncomfortable. The drink leaves a pleasant cola aftertaste in your mouth after drinking and it really helps to quench my thirst. The drink really hits the tastebuds and it's really refreshing drank when you're hot - it really helps to cool you down! This is a great tasting drink at a fraction of the price of premium branded cola cans. Yum!

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      05.10.2011 11:27
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      A better product than I expected, the best own brand cola I've tried

      I didn't think things could get any tighter financially, but now my husbands pay cut has started to bite I've been proven wrong. So spurred on by the positive reviews I've read on Dooyoo I decided to try Tesco's own brand cola. I liked the bright packaging a nice vivid red, not dissimilar to that of Coke. We've tried both the bottles and the cans. Both are a great price the bottles at the time of writing are 54p for 2 litres, and the cans were £1.99 for 8 both a huge amount cheaper than 'branded' Colas. It can also be bought in packs of 6 500ml bottles. I wouldn't take these prices as gospel though as Tesco pricing seems to change daily Incidentally has anyone noticed the con Tesco is currently pulling, with it's huge promotion of 3,000 items including value ranges reduced in price. We certainly have, we noticed a few weeks back that our usual value pack of 75p bacon (the equivalent of misshapes in biscuits or chocolate) went up to £1.00. It was sold at this price for a few weeks, and now low and behold it's reduced to 75p as part of the promotion! There are other items we've noticed this with too. Anyway I digress. Back to the pop, I found the bottles very tightly sealed and needed help to open them every time, resorting to the nut cracker and my freakishly strong eldest daughter on a few occasions, but I'd rather this than a leaky bottle. The cans are the standard ring pull, with the same quantity of fluid as other standard cola cans (330ml) Both the bottles and the cans were nice and fizzy, but not overly so as some pops can be, its not quite the same black brown as Coke and Pepsi, with a slightly more brown hint. The taste is much better than I'd braced myself for, normally all I can taste with supermarket brand colas is fizz and a flavour that reminds me of those fizzy chewy coke sweets that you can get. We always drink our fizzy drinks very cold and on first sip I was very pleasantly surprised. The taste was very 'Coke' like, full bodied with a refreshing kick. I would say it's a little sweeter than some big brands, not in a sickly way but it's not something I could drink a lot of just for pleasure, as my widening girth is sorry to say I can with Coke or Pepsi. The fizz seems to me to be just right, and it lasts pretty much to the end of the bottle, some can get really flat towards the end, of course this does loose a little fizz but it's certainly drinkable to the last drop. The cans too have a nice fizz, not hyper fizzy, nor under powered, I'm surprised to find that I prefer the bottles, this is a huge turn around for me as I never prefer the plastic bottles to cans or glass bottles. I really can't quite explain why, I get a little more hint of cheap cola with the cans, and my taste buds may have been having an off week when we tried the cans. We will usually buy the cans though as they are more convenient, and save on washing up when not used with a glass, something I'm always keen to save on. My girls enjoyed this too, which is a big surprise as they are extremely fussy with drinks, there is only one squash currently that they will drink, and before buying this only two fizzy drinks. The youngest even experimented with an 'ice cream float' which she declared very nice indeed. You could probably use this very successfully in cooking too, hams cooked in coke are very tasty, there's a Nigella recipe for it here http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/516270 , but it's been being done for much longer than this lady's been around. 250mls has 100 calories, so about the same calorie content to other non diet colas. Although I'm sure we'll still buy Coke from time to time, and probably stick with our usual diet drinks this will be finding a place in our shopping basket on a regular basis from now on, as it's the best supermarket brand cola I've found. In difficult financial times it will make a significant difference to my shopping bill. .

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        26.09.2011 17:31
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        A very nice alternative to the big brand colas

        Ever on the hunt for a bargain and with out favourite household tipple being so expensive I decided to try this after reading a positive review on it here. I'm writing from the perspective of buying the 2 litre bottles, but as the Dooyoo title says Tesco Original Cola with no mention of cans despite the picture I assume this is ok, as it's the same drink we are talking about. Tesco own brand Cola looks a bit classier than you're usual own brand or value brand in it's eye catching red livery. I don't think it's an accident that it looks a little like the Coke 'a' Cola branding. I want to try the cans, but for some reason they aren't sold in the most convenient Tesco to home so I have to make do with the bottle. We rarely buy bottles of fizzy drink as the plastic doesn't keep the fizz well once opened. Glass bottles are so much better for storing drinks in, but also so much more expensive and heavy, so we take the rough with the smooth I guess. The wife found these bottles very difficult to open (wimp), she said the lid was more deeply corrugated than usual and was very tightly sealed. She had to resort to jamming the top in the door jamb to loosen it. The ridges she said hurt to much to get a good grip. I too found them more solidly screwed on and needed a bit of heft to shift them. This isn't a bad thing though, and better than a leaking bottle in your shopping bag. It may even have been an inconsistency in manufacture and not all of them are like that. Opening the bottle there was a reassuringly robust hiss, which assured me that the drink would be nice and fizzy and not half hearted as some budget brands can be. In the glass it's a nice deep brown, looking like a cross between coke and dandelion and burdock to me, with plenty of bubbles dancing up and down in the liquid. I am more than happy with the taste, I'd recently bought the co-ops own brand of cola and was disgusted with it, it tasted the same as Panda pop from the old days (I'm not sure if they are still making their vile brews). So the first sip of the Tesco brand was a delicious relief. I can honestly say it's the best own brand cola I've tasted so far. I have to say though that I haven't tasted a huge variety of home brands as the family are fairly brand loyal to Coke and Pepsi, but have got my lips around a few. The flavour is full and sweet and refreshing, just what I'd expect from a decent cola. It does seem a little more sickly than Coke, I can't sump it down in the same way as I could with the more expensive brand (which I guess can only be good for the waistline and teeth). It has a more caramely flavour and feel on the tongue, and as my youngest put it, it doesn't have the refreshing 'bite' that Coke does. The fizz seems just right, some drinks can be hyper fizzy but this seems to strike a good balance. The fizziness seems to last all the way through the bottle, though it does decrease a little the longer you keep it, we haven't found it to become close to being so flat as to be undrinkable at the end of the bottle, as many fizzy drinks do. My daughters are extremely fussy about their drinks and would much prefer water to something that isn't up to their 'high' standards. They have no problem with this at all, and enjoy it for what it is, they don't think it tastes exactly like Coke or Pepsi, but is as near as damn it. 250mls contains 100 calories, so a similar calorie content to other non diet colas. The two litre bottle which we've been buying until I can get hold of the cans to try costs at time of writing 54p! A huge saving on Coke's £1.74 for the same size. A pack of 12 cans cost £1.99 I've just been in-store and see that the cans there are £2.68 for 12! either they've gone up over night or the website is inaccurate, the low calorie option is even cheaper at 39p for 2litres! I'm not sure we'll risk that though as a family we aren't keen on any diet drink and can just about tolerate Pepsi Max. Though the price is excellent currently I'm concerned that Tesco will soon hike it up by a massive percentage as it has been doing with many many of it's lower priced brands over the last several months. Very unethical in my opinion, seeing as most people's wages are static or reduced. If they do this I will stop buying it just as a point of principal and move to a less tasty but more ethically priced product. In financially tough times this is a more than acceptable Coke substitute, which we will be buying regularly as long as the price stays the same or rises only in line with wages. We will still buy Coke from time to time, when on offer, or as a treat when feeling flush but it won't be on our everyday shopping list from now on.

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          08.09.2011 20:11
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          Good replacement if you are looking to tighten your budget

          Since having my little girl we have been trying to cut back on our spending by trying none branded items. Cola was one of the last ones we have tried as we have had bad cheap cola's previously. Comparing the price for a 2 ltr bottle Tescos cola = £0.54 in comparison with Pepsi and Coca Cola at £1.79 currently, it is significantly cheaper! The cola itself is a pleasant sweet fizzy slightly tangy refreshing flavour, but not too sweet as you find with many of the cheaper brands, but it does have that sugar on your teeth after taste feel. Cola is probably one of the worsts drinks nutritionally however the calorie content is 100 cals for a 250ml, where both Pepsi and Coca cola is 105 cals, and the sugar content is 24.3g for that glass where Pepsi is 27.5g and Coca Cola is 26.5g so it is marginally better for you! On the whole this was a good replacement for the big brands & for the saving in money we are making we will definately be buying again if we fancy some cola.

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            14.08.2011 20:47
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            Great drink on a hot day

            My husband drinks a lot of cola, and to be honest, we can't afford for him to drink the "best" makes such as Coca Cola or Pepsi, so I have worked my way through the supermarket brands to see what is good and what isn't. The Tesco Original Cola comes in a 12 can pack of 330ml cans, which make them ideal both for taking to work and drinking at home. The can is a deep red colour, and quite appealing to the eye. When you open the can there is a very satisfying fizz which gives the impression that there is a great taste inside the can, and I must say I wasn't disappointed to any great extent. The Cola itself has quite a sharp taste to it, but is very fizzy and leaves a sweet after taste. For myself it was a bit too sweet so I may give the diet cola a go, but my husband likes it and can quite easily get through severl cans in a day. The pack of cans costs £2.69 which works out at 22p per can - a very good price considering what you pay for the more expensive brands - £3.25 per pack (27p per can). All in all I would say it really is worth saving that little bit of money as you don't really lose much on taste.

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              07.07.2010 19:18
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              Recommended!

              If you love a bottle of Coca Cola the chances are that you hate the price. Over the years I have tried various cheaper alternatives looking for a way to save some money and after some (extensive lol) research I believe that the best alternative is Tesco Original Cola. Tesco Original Cola is available in various forms such as cans and bottles. It comes in distinctive red packaging with a glass of splashing cola on the front. The packaging is by no means as good looking as the Coca Cola packaging and if I'm honest I wouldn't want to be seen walking down the street drinking a can of this. However, since I mostly drink this at home it isn't a major issue. Depending on how you like to buy your cola will obviously mean a difference in price but I'll compare a couple with Coca Cola prices below: Tesco 2 litre bottle: £0.47 Coca Cola 2 litre bottle: £1.66 Tesco 12 Cans: £2.35 Coca Cola 12 Cans: £4.39 The savings when buying Tesco cola are massive even when you find Coca Cola is on offer. In terms of taste I think Tesco Original Cola is really nice and is very similar to Coca Cola. Weirdly it reminds me more of how cola bottle sweets taste rather than the actual drink! The cola doesn't taste like it's been watered down like so many other cheaper alternatives taste like so it hasn't lost any of its cola taste. Drinking it cold is definitely the best way to enjoy Tesco cola. Though bare in mind if you do keep this in the fridge although the cans will be fine large bottles do tend to go flat fairly quickly when kept in the fridge. I think if I had to have a minor complaint about Tesco cola is the fact that it seems to go quite flat fairly quickly, in or out of the fridge. Its not a huge issue in my house as once a bottle of cola is opened it tends to be drunk within a couple of days. I also find that the taste lingers for quite a long time after you drink it which means if you plan on being around people who care about your breath smelling then you might want to consider a mint after drinking! I really would recommend giving this a try as its not that bad and you could end up saving a lot of money if you regularly by cola. If I had a freezer I would so be off to make a coke float right now to enjoy in the sun!

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              28.04.2010 17:07
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              A nice tasting coke which does satisfy but not the best.

              We get though a lot of lemonade and coke in my home so I am usually won over by the price rather than the taste. I recently popped into my local Tesco express and unfortunately they don't stock the Tesco value coke. Instead they had the next Tesco own branded coke up from that. Priced at 47p for a 2 litre bottle, it a third of the price of a bottle of coca cola, or £2.35 in 300ml cans When I opened the bottle it released a loud hissing noise, as I poured it into a glass it nicely fizzed up and if anything started to look like a pint of Guinness but with a bubbly head rather than a thick smooth one. The pop was slightly watery and lacked the strong well known flavours of Coca Cola but compared to the Tesco value bottles priced at only 17p this bottle would have to win. The coke tasted slightly sweet as really gave my Malibu a nice extra sweet taste to it. Each 250ml serving contains 105 calories and a massive 25.4grams of sugar. It is said that there are no artificial flavours or colours but I felt that it did taste slightly artificial, as if they had just mixed loads of acidy liquids together. But it is suitable for vegetarians and is said to not contain any nuts but you cannot always be 100% on that one. I feel that when this is serve ice cold it give it a much better taste and is much more refreshing. Once opened I would try and drink this bottle as soon as you can rather than leaving it in your fridge for a few days, as it does start to lose its fizz quickly and it then becomes less satisfying. I personally think that in the can form it is a lot more of a satisfying and enjoyable drink. Firstly the fact that it's got more of a fresh taste to it and much more of a fizz to it also the fact of it being in an aluminium can it seems to keep colder for a lot longer, and the fact general drinks do taste much nicer in a can rather than a bottle. I do not know why this is I just believe that it's because the can keeps it fresher and helps the liquid keep all its flavours. Overall price range its excellent value for money and does have more of a kick to it than the Tesco value but on the other hand a bottle of the leading brand Coca Cola is a lot more satisfying. But when you're on a budget this is a reasonable competitor.

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                23.03.2010 15:20
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                A decent inexpensive cola drink.

                Under normal circumstances I would never consider a cheap fizzy cola drink but yesterday was no normal circumstance and when I had just finished cutting the grass and there was none of my chosen drink in the fridge but there were three tins of Tesco cola I found myself trying it for the first time. I almost always drink Coke but on occasions Pepsi but never the cheapies so I was pleasantly surprised by this, the taste was a fairly decent one when poured over ice and it didn't lose its fizz like many fizzy drinks can when poured over ice. The cola taste might well not be so nice a bit warmer but I haven't tried this so cannot say, it is a bit more sugary than the more expensive brands and the sweetness leaves a bit of an after taste in the mouth that I have never had with the brand named Colas. My wife bought 12 tins of this for £2.30 which is of course very cheap compared to Coke but I would never change from Coke to save this money although I could now say to people if you need to save money then this is actually ok. It is also available in 2 litre bottles for only 47p per bottle so if you prefer to buy it that way then it is available and saves even more money, for me it will never replace my beloved Coke but I did enjoy it and would drink it again.

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                  19.10.2009 14:27
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                  A reasonably good tasting, mid price own brand cola

                  When it comes to favourite fizzy drinks people tend to stick wth what they know. For years there has been the Pepsi and the Coca cola debate, but in more recent time there has also been a smattering of other cokes available on the market, and the supermarkets haven't been shy when it comes to putting their own brands of fizzy and cokes on the shelf. It would be fair to say I go through quite a lot of fizzy. I have a few favourites, one of them being Pepsi. However, like many others these days I am on a budget, so there will be supermarket sessions when it doesn't make sense for me to load up a week's worth of premium fizzy drinks and the trolley gets the company of the cheap stuff. Tesco Original Cola fits in nicely here. It is cheaper than the premium brands and you can save anything from 50 pence to £1.50 by buying this over a premium fizzy. It comes in a bog standard two litre plastic bottle and the label design looks thought out and is up there with the posh colas. The most important thing to consider though is the taste. Well, this isn't bad. It probably leans more towards Coca Cola in flavour, over Pepsi, but still retains the sweetness of Pepsi. It makes an ideal mixer too, if you like a cola in your tipple and like most other fizzys you can plop a blob of ice-cream in there. Be aware though I have found inconsistencies in the flavour from bottle to bottle - I have had one or two that taste totally different from usual, to the extent I though there was something wrong with it. Perhaps they have different manufacturers making this for them from time to time and swap between them? Overall though, this isn't a bad drink and would say save a few pence everytime by buying this over one of the 'big; colas.

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                    11.10.2009 20:23
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                    overall a good drink (8/10)

                    Tesco Original/Premium cola is a product sold by tesco however this is not bog standard tesco value product, it is the more expensive version of the two. Personally i first tried out the tesco value cola which was around 14p for a 2 litre bottle, however it was not a great purchase at all and although i got through the entire bottle it wasn't enjoyable by any means, and so i immediately knew that i was never going to purchase it again. Tesco original cola caught my eye a few weeks later and i was reluctant to purchase it at first due to my experiences with the other tesco cola product, however i gave it the benifit of the doubt and purchased it, and i was pleasently suprised and extremely glad that i decided to give it a try. The taste of this product although not a replica of coca cola, is a very nice alternative with a positively unique taste, its hard to explain exactly how it tastes, but it is sweet, refreshing, and doesn't leave you with a horrible after taste, and its one of my prefered fizzy drinks to be honest. The price Of this product depends on which type you want, but it is extremely low compared to brands such as Coca Cola and Pepsi... 2 litre bottle - 47Pence 12 Can Multi pack - £2.30 6x500ml bottles - £1.45 The packaging is a huge improvement in comparison to the tesco value range which is not attention grabbing to say the least, where as this looks more professional and refreshing, red packaging with a glass of the cola. The advantages of this product is: its a cheaper alternative for people with a tight budget, which does not mean the loss of quality, as this is actually a very tasty product. The only real disadvantage goes with out saying in regard to all cola products, which is it annoyingly coats your teeth in ten tonne of sugar which leaves your teeth with a wierd sensation for a while. In conclusion this is an excellent product in the tesco range and i have consumed it many times, and will continue to do so for quite a long time, i urge cola/coke fans to give it a try as you might be missing something that actually enjoy whilst saving a few pounds.

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                      28.09.2009 01:53
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                      I don't usually allow myself too many fizzy drinks. It's bad for the teeth and usually brings my skin out in blemishes too. I think it's the sugar content. I am a sucker for this stuff though. Now I know people are going to go 'oh no, I prefer real cola.' But wait! This stuff is actually pretty good and also rather addictive. I usually buy my cola in a bottle rather than in cans, as you can measure out just how much you need without going overboard. I got hooked on Tesco cola about three years back and haven't bought normal cola since. Why so good then? Firstly, the taste is really good. There is a superb layer of sweetness to it and you are left with a refreshing feel in the mouth. There is a good amount of fizz, but not so much that you will be belching into the night! I actually prefer the taste of this to normal cola, it has a warmer more rounded flavour to it, where you get a more satisfying and earthy aftertaste. The texture feels good in the mouth too, it does not leave teeth feeling all gritty or stale and it is also thirst quenching. Bad points? The packaging could easily be confused with any other brand, why don't they make a cola in bright yellow packaging, then people would see it better! That aside, I have no quibbles with this cola. The price is a steal too, a large bottle will cost about 45p and will last you a week if you have a glass a day. Useful For: Two bottles for a quid. Great for parties, mixers, having one in the store cupboard for when your water gets turned off! Verdict: Genuinely really good and very cheap. Don't buy their value one, plump for this one.

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                        09.08.2009 19:28
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                        Now part of my weekly shop.

                        Could I do the Coke/Pepsi challenge? Yeah I think I could, and I reckon I would get it right to. Pepsi tastes like it has more artificial sweetener in it. OK, so that is my self references for being a judge of cola. On to Tesco's own! One of the worst things about cheaper (than Coca Cola) coke is that it normally tastes... just like cheap coke. Insert Peter Kay sketch about Rola Cola and you know what I mean. Things being tight at the moment I have gone for the 'Step down a level' in the branding department when shopping. Sometimes there is no difference in quality and taste, every now and then it is better, but more often it is not as good but the knowledge that you paid half the price of what the branded stuff costs adds a little flavour of its own. So I downgraded from Coca Cola to Tesco's own Original Cola with a saving of about £1 and was very surprised with the result. It actually tastes like Coca Cola - in fact, dare I say it, maybe even a little more... cokier? What's 'cokier'? Well I would describe it as the taste you would have if you removed all the fizz, sugar and water from the drink and were left with just the brown stuff. I now buy this as a regular replacement as a mixer and to drink straight from the fridge and recommend any true Coca Cola enthusiasts to give it a try!

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                          11.07.2009 19:21
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                          Okay.

                          After years of drinking the proper Diet Cokes, I thought I'd give the cheaper alternative a go. I saw these and they looked quite nice on the shelf, very cheap so I thought it won't harm me to try it as much as I like my proper Diet Cokes! *****APPEARANCE***** I bought a large pack of 12 x 330ml cans of Original Cola, the pack was a red colour, not looking very appealing to me but hey. Each individual can having the same pattern, I think compared to the normal Diet Coke can I would chose the design of the Diet Coke over it. *****TASTE***** I have to say, the taste was actually better than I thought it would be and as a cheaper alternative I wasn't surprised that the taste wasn't the best I'd had. It was rather sweet but you can tell that it's just not the same. I think there are too many flavourings and stuff added into it. *****OVERALL***** I don't think I'd buy these again, not for myself anyway. I think I would definitely rather pay a little bit extra and get the better quality stuff than buy this even if it does mean saving a bit of cash.

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                          07.06.2009 06:34

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                          Tesco Original Cola comes in a few different packagings. I recently bought a six pack of this stuff in a multipack of 500ml bottles for £1.49 (the price this week is £1.46). You can also get 2lt bottles for 47p or 12 x 330ml cans for £2.30. All of those prices are considerable savings on brand names like Coca Cola and Pepsi. I think the best place to start with this review is the bits that I like about this cola. Obviously the first thing is the low price! The next thing I like is the sweet after taste that this cola has. When you serve this drink ice cold, it's really thirst quenching but has a sugary after taste to it that satisfies my sweet tooth. What I'm not so keen on here is that this stuff has to be thrown out after just three days. I don't have to do that with most premium brands, but this stuff goes off after three days apparently. It's for that reason that I tend to buy the multipack of smaller bottles - to avoid waste. Be warned that this stuff goes flat very quickly anyway, so you probably wouldn't get more than two days use out of a bottle before it goes flat. I also don't think the packaging is as good as it could be. I've had the 2lt bottles before, and find that the plastic is so thin it bends and the bottle slips if you're not very careful. The plastic on the smaller bottles seems to be okay though. I can tell the difference between this and Coca Cola, no doubt about it. But I do think this is a pretty decent rival when you consider how much cheaper it is.

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