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We drink a lot of squash type drinks in our household, mainly because I am constantly aware of how much sugar is contained in the fizzy 'pop' type drinks that we buy regularly. Finding that more and more bottles of squash have a sort of "No Added Sugar" formula makes them preferable to me (and my dentist, I'm sure!) and so I regularly buy several flavours of fruity squash with this claim to allow for a little respite from sugar-filled alternatives.
It was whilst I was shopping in a local branch of Tesco that I noticed a "No Added Sugar" squash in the newly-branded "Tesco Everyday Value" range. I had not tried the "Double strength Apple & Blackcurrant Squash" before, having never purchased the product when it was branded under the Tesco Value range that has recently been replaced with its "Everyday" counterpart.
Paying only 32 pence for the bottle of squash made it a highly economical purchase when compared to Tesco's main-branded alternatives which are generally priced at around £1 for the same size of bottle which is 750ml. I regularly buy these alternatives and was keen to see how the Everyday Value Squash compared.
The packaging for the bottle of squash is fairly basic, as is the case with all products in the Everyday Value range that I have bought before. Comprising of a plastic bottle with a sort of square shape, I can see the wine-coloured liquid through the plastic. There is a label going around the bottle which details the product details surrounded by the Tesco branding. There is nothing particularly eye-catching about the product I must admit, although this is something that would never deter me from buying a particular product, being more concerned with how the product itself performs.
The bottle has a plastic lid on top of the bottle to provide an airtight seal and I found this difficult to open in the first instance, requiring help from my other half due to limited mobility in my hands. He opened the bottle easily and quickly however, so others may not have the same issues as myself. After this initial opening, I have noticed no difficulty with coping with the bottle's lid.
The liquid is very runny, as is the case with any other brand of fruit-flavoured squash that I drink regularly. Being a deep wine-coloured liquid, it certainly looks appetising enough as it is poured into the glass. I find too that the "Double Strength" formula of the Everyday Value squash allows for less liquid to be required each time a glassful of the juice is made up, making the economical price tag of the product stretch even further. Adding the water to the squash of course causes it to dilute, and the rich, full-bodied colouring of the squash dissipates to create a much paler-coloured drink, being almost pink.
There is a fruity smell evident from the glass during the 'diluting' process and this is noticeable too as I raise the glass to my lips. I cannot pick out individual scents or flavours however, finding the scent is more of a general 'fruity' type aroma.
When drinking the squash, I find that the taste of the blackcurrant is the main flavour to be found within the drink, although there is a 'sharpness' to the flavour that other blackcurrant squash drinks do not contain. This is presumably down to the apple in the drink but it is a pleasant addition, with the sharpness providing an understated contrast to the blackcurrant flavouring. It would have been easy for this sharpness to make the flavour seem bitter, or to have a sort of acidic after-taste present, which is the case with other brands of Apple & Blackcurrant drinks that I have purchased before. Thankfully this is not the case with the Tesco Everyday Value squash and the flavour is much more subdued.
Also, there is no sickly taste, or anything remotely 'over-sweet' about the squash's flavour, which is something else I have found to be the case with cheaply-priced squash drinks I have bought in the past. This was a very welcome discovery, and it has meant that the drink has been suitable for serving to my young nephew when he has been in my care. I always ensure that the drink is really quite dilute before serving to him, although I am of course reassured about his dental health to a degree, as this squash's formula contains "No Added Sugar", as I mentioned earlier in this review.
I find the drink is rather refreshing, which has been a welcome quality of late with the warm weather we have been experiencing. Adding a little ice to my glass of squash does not take anything from the flavour but allows the refreshing quality to blossom even more.
I have found that the 750ml bottle has lasted around two weeks in my house, with me having at least one glass of the drink most days, so I am happy that the purchase has proven to be economical.
I can't think of anything negative about this particular drink and I will definitely repurchase it in the future. I found it tasted quite pleasant and was rather refreshing, without being sickly or over-powering. I thought too that the bottle lasted well and due to the low purchase price, the product proved to be extremely economical, making it excellent value for money....... Top marks from me!
We drink a lot of squash in our house. Especially since my wife has given up her precious Coke. And while she is fussy and will only drink Robinsons, me and my daughter are less fussy. And at 29p for 750 ml (and double strength at that so you are actually getting more for your money!), this is a real bargain that really is better tasting than it has any right to be.
Of course, it will never match Robinsons for quality but, to my mind, at any rate it comes very close and my daughter is more than happy to drink it which is the main thing!
The labelling has changed since the above photo was taken and, in recent weeks, the whole Value range has changed to Everyday Value with a more colourful logo and branding no doubt to better catch your eye than the plain and unappealing label on the bottle in the picture above. But the great taste has not changed and this product remains the great value for money that it has always been!
It is not as strong as Robinsons and not quite as sweet but still as full of flavour with the taste of apple quite pronounced so that you only get a hint of blackcurrant running through. And the fact that it is double strength only serves to enhance the value for money factor as Robinsons Double Strength products are about ten tiomes the price of Tescos own brand.
Sometimes you get what you pay for so if you buy cheap, you get cheap. Not here!
This is a great alternative to the more expensive products on the shelf and at less than even 50p a bottle, it is not just tasty on your tongue but also kind to your wallet meaning you can afford to splash out on more expensive items elsewhere on your shopping list!
Overall then, you could certainly say that this is a real winner all round!
I'm a fan of the Tesco Everyday Value range and have tried a lot of the products in that range, I've been pleased with most of them too. Being on maternity leave at the moment I like to try and save a bit where I can and have recently been buying Apple and Blackcurrant squash in the value range, its double concentrated so a 29p 750 ml bottle actually gives you 1.5 litres of drink. I'm not sure if Tesco do this in any other size but my local one only ever has these small bottles on the shelf.
The apple and blackcurrant squash is sold in a clear plastic bottle which is more square than round with a screw top lid. The label wrapped around the middle of the bottle is a beige colour and has the Tesco Everyday Value logo on the front in purple writing, it also informs the customer that this is double strength squash and has no added sugar and no artificial flavours or colours. The front of the label also has a few small pictures of glasses, apples and blackberries, these are all in various shades of purple. Apart form the nutritional values which are given per 250mls of diluted squash that's all that's on the front of the bottle.
The rest of the label is taken up with the instructions for use, allergy advice and ingredients. All of this is well set out and easy to read should you wish to.
On opening the lid the squash smells really fruity, the blackcurrant smell is the strongest and on the whole the drink smells very nice.
You only need a small amount of the concentrated squash to make a glass of drink, being double concentrated it would be easy to over pour and waste it.
Once made up the drink is fruity and refreshing, its not too sweet and doesn't leave a nasty aftertaste.
I really like this squash, it makes a nice long cool drink and with me being diabetic its ideal being sugar free. I'm not convinced it tastes very strongly of blackcurrant or apple its really more of a fruity taste but its very pleasant. I also like my squash made with hot water too, this is ideal for this and tastes equally nice as a warm drink, it makes a nice refreshing change from tea or coffee sometimes.
If you drink squash then I would recommend trying this, for the small price tag its very good.
Like most people I try and save the old pennies here and there when I can. In my latest bid to cut the household costs down I decided I would try the Tesco value apple and blackcurrant squash. Costing only 29p this is quite a big saving considering how much you would pay for branded squash drinks such as Robinsons.
Tesco have changed their value squash range slightly to the one that is shown in the photo as they are now all double concentrate. Therefore in theory giving you a bit more for your money.
The packaging of the squash is not anything special and definitely shouts 'Tesco value!' All of the necessary information is provided clearly on the label. With no added sugar, no artificial flavours or colours and only costing a few pennies was the squash going to be any good?
In the bottle the squash is a lovely purple colour and as I smelt it I have to say it smells very nice. It smells very fruity with the scent of crisp apples being the over riding scent.
I have used double concentrate squash drinks before so know that you are only supposed to use a small amount. I did so with this and then mixed it with water. The drink looked quite weak so I made another glass full, this time with the amount of squash I would use if it were just your every day run of the mill squash.
Now the squash looked a lot more appetising. Time for the taste test. Rather than tasting the crisp apples like I had expected from the scent of the squash now all I can really taste is blackcurrant. There is a slight twist to the taste from the apple but nothing extravagant. The taste of the squash is very nice and a lot more than what you would expect from a cheap drink. It is fruity but not overly sweet. In my mind when I think of a blackcurrant flavoured drink I automatically think of ribena which can sometimes be too sweet and sickly for my liking if I drink too much. This Tesco squash however is refreshing and seems to be just right.
For 29p I think this is excellent value for money. It tastes just as good if not better than some of the bigger brands that I have tried and I will definitely be buying it again. If like me you drink squash every day then a product like this is perfect I also think it would be good and cost effective to use at parties. Despite having to use a bit more than initially thought in order to make a nice tasting drink in the long run you are still saving money. As a result I am awarding this squash 4 stars.
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