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Unbelievably cheap Coke drink. Sugar free and low calorie. Very fizzy and acid taste which can take away the taste. Doesn't taste great. But only buy it if you're extremely short on money.

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      21.08.2014 09:17
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      unpleasant taste, but cheap. not recommended

      Tesco have had a home brand item for some time now, which i think is a brilliant idea for those people that are short for cash, as it helps out a great deal with the weekly food shop. Some of the items that are on the range are very nice and do not seem cheap at all, others however are not so good. This item being one of them.

      Tesco home brand cola is very cheap, a lot cheaper than other brands of cola, and for good reason. We was in the Tesco store browsing for party items and came across this item. We decided to buy five bottles because they was for a child's party. It only cost 17p per bottle which i thought was very cheap, it is a wonder how they make money selling it for that price really!

      At the party i thought i would try a glass, and it was horrible! The cola had hardly any taste to it at all, but i found it to be very very fizzy which sometimes isnt bad when there is a flavor to it, but there wasn't. After ten minutes are so i started to get heartburn due to the acidity of the cola, which i threw out after i tried some, and used a bottle of coca cola instead.

      This item would be good for those who are looking to buy cheaply, but i would not at all recommend this product to anyone. Perhaps if the company improved the flavor of the product, even if it meant adding a few more pence to the price, it would be much better. It has no sugar in it and is very low on calories, but it could be this that is affecting the taste of the product, after all, we buy this kind of item for flavor!

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      10.11.2013 11:21
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      Bitter taste. Loses fizz.

      I have lots of grandchildren and so always need to make sure I am stocked up with a drink for when they come to see me regularly. I always have at least 2 visit most days and I like to make sure they can choose a soft drink. This one was cheap and I hadn't bought it before until recently.

      It comes housed in a clear plastic bottle and the cola is a dark brown colour, it does look fine inside the bottle, much like any other cola. Once I unscrewed the top, I found it had a fairly nice smell to it. Quite a strong smell of the cola smell. It is like any other brand to just pour into a glass. The label is very basic looking too.


      Once I had poured myself a glass, I took one sip and I didn't feel it was a very nice taste at all. It had a kind of acid taste to it and not a nice one at all. It was quite a fizzy drink like any other at first but after a minute or 2 it lost the fizz completely and felt really flat. Not a good sign it was a good value for money drink. I did drink a full glass, just to make sure I maybe liked it the more I drank it but I found it tasted just the same after a full glass. It just didn't have any taste of cola at all. I then decided to see if my grandchildren liked it later in the day.

      My grandchildren took one sip and they didn't want to drink the rest. They are not too choosey when it comes to cheaper drinks but they just wouldn't drink any remaining cola in their glasses. This then proved that it wasn't just myself not liking it but also my grandchildren.

      It has a bitter taste to it and not one I like. Although very cheap and priced at just 17p for a 2 litre bottle, I still thought it would have a much better taste. It isn't very good quality at all.

      It is a sugar free drink and low calorie. It contains only 1 calorie for a 250ml glass and only 0.1g of sugars. A good amount of calories for a soft drink but I don't think this drink is worth it, even though it is so cheap it is a total waste of money. I didn't expect it to be brilliant tasting but I did expect a much better taste. This was like drinking dish water to be honest and tasted disgusting.

      I wouldn't recommend this drink to anyone, unless you are absolutely short of money, I think it is a waste of money. I certainly won't ever buy it again and the rest I had in the bottle I had to tip down the sink. Nobody in my home would drink it so no choice. Looks fine in the bottle but tastes nasty and not nice at all.

      I only rate this drink 1 star.

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        08.07.2013 19:03

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        I have been drinking fizzy cola for years. I was drinking regular Coke for many years, until, for health reasons, I decided to switch to diet. I hated it!! It tasted horrible, but I stuck with it. After a couple months, I loved it. Regular coke from then on tasted like syrup. I tried Tesco Everyday Value cola, and the same thing. I hated it. But, for 17p, I kept trying it. Sure enough, after a month, I love it. It is the only fizzy drink I buy. I will never pay the crazy prices for Coke again!!

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        22.06.2013 13:45

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        I am a cheap person. I dont like spending if I dont have to and will try the value products and if they are good will stick to them.Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi has crept to an obscene price. £2 for 2 litres - a little less if you get it on offer. I switched to the cheaper Tesco diet at about 45p but this started creeping up in price too. So I tried the mega cheap Everyday Value Sugar Free Cola which is only 17p for 2 litres. That was a year ago and I havent bought anything else since.It tastes very nice. OK, so it isnt as nice as the big brands but I can get nearly 10 bottles of it for the price of one Diet Coke.I love it. My kids love it. My wallet loves it.

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        19.06.2013 11:31
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        Get the brand above

        Been a student I think the only way I can start this off is by saying it only costs 17p. Unbelievably cheap but, as you would expect, you get what you pay for. Now I'm not particularly fussy about brands, I just want value for money but also to have a nice drink.

        This drink does not meet the latter. It tastes so fizzy, almost like Coca Cola has been on drugs for the past 7 days. It's very hard to enjoy the drink due to the fizziness of the drink. For me the fizziness takes away the taste of the drink, if there is any.

        Usually with cheap drinks I blend with alcohol and that improves it but even with alcohol this drink is very hard to drink. Despite it been so cheap my advice would be to just go up a brand to Tesco's own rather than Tesco Value as its only a slight bit more expensive and has less fizz and more taste, lesson here? You get what you pay for.

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        Carbonated Water,Colour (Caramel) ,Barley Malt Extract ,Phosphoric Acid ,Flavourings (including caffeine) ,Sweeteners (Aspartame, Sodium Saccharin) ,Preservative (Potassium Sorbate) ,Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate)

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          12.06.2013 20:01
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          Won't be buying it again

          I have tried many Tesco own brand products and I have to say most of them have become firm favourites in the regular shop. I thought I would give their own brand cola a try and thought that 17p for 2 litres was excellent value but did make me a little concerned about what the actual ingredients were to make it so cheap. After looking at the ingredients I saw nothing out of the ordinary but then again I'm not an expert on these things. I liked the fact that it is sugar free as I am currently dieting like mad and this was a huge plus for me.

          I opened the bottle and it did seem to have a lot of fizz and I know this sounds strange but I half expected it to be fairly flat. I poured it out and it doesn't fizz up the glass quite as much as the brand makes but the fizz was good. The taste though totally let it down it has a strange sweetener taste to it sort of tastes like water with just sweeteners and not much more than that. My daughter didn't like it either and she is a huge coke fan she said it tasted sickly. We struggled through half a glass and ended up throwing the rest of the bottle down the toilet. I even put ice cubes in to make it really cold and that had no effect.

          I decided that this wasn't a product I would use permanently the only use I can think for this is as a cheap toilet cleaner which I have to say it did an excellent job of cleaning it and making white and sparkly.

          I won't be using this again unless I need to give my loo a good clean.

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          12.11.2012 02:21
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          A drink only for the tightest of budgets

          For the most part, I tend to try and buy the 'brand name' fizzy drinks whenever I can, the reason for this is that they tend to be the best, hence the reason they cost more. However, if I need to save some money, I will buy 'home brand' cheaper versions instead. That being said, it is defiantly more worthwhile to spend and extra 30p or so to get the the better store brand than the absolute cheapest version.

          It's not so much that this drink is bad, it is just that it is hardly even cola. While it has the same colour, smell and fizz of other cola drinks, there is almost no taste at all, and any taste that there is vanishes within seconds, with no aftertaste.

          While it can be used as a mixer in things such as alcoholic drinks, it is probably best used in drinks that use many ingredients, where the cola doesn't really need to serve much other purpose than to help water down the drink slightly.

          That being said, the drink itself only costs around 17p, meaning that you can buy around 12 litres of this drink for about the same price as a 500ml bottle of coca cola.

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          20.08.2012 00:52
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          I would not recommend this

          Although this product is really cheap, it doesn't taste great and if you are looking for something nice to drink spend the extra 30p on the standard tesco coke, which although isn't the best, is at least drinkable!

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          The price- at 18p, you can't really buy anything much cheaper. I am a student and when things get tight I buy this to mix alcohol with. Considering you can buy around 10 bottles for the price of a 2l bottle of diet coke, it is really good value.

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          The disadvantages really do outweigh the advantages.
          It tastes pretty bad- I can't really describe the taste other than a pepsi with a really horrible after taste. It really isn't overly pleasant to drink after a while.
          I've found it's very fizzy at first, which I don't think is a pleasant thing to drink and then it goes flat really quickly, which again isn't very nice. I have also found it seems to fizz up quite easily when you open the bottle and I have made a mess on a number of occasions with this stuff.
          The packaging isn't overly appealing but the plastic bottle is of decent quality and I have reused them a number of times.

          This product really should only be bought if you are are on a tight budget and can't afford anything else!

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          11.08.2012 12:32
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          A false economy

          Tesco Value has had a face lift the picture shown is now out dated. Rebranded 'Everyday Value' with a nice new label design the look is much better- white with a brown and red pattern.

          Coming in 2lts for 17p I can't really complain although the old adage 'You only get what you pay for for' is definitely true in this case!.

          In these days of cutting back I thought I'd try it. The colour is dark brown but lacks the depth of other colas. On opening (usual screw top lid) it gave a fizz and when poured it fizzed into the glass but the bubbles don't last. It tastes like a very cheap, which it is, cola very artificial and synthetic, there's no underlying gingery acidy taste like real coke and the fizz is not as 'sharp'. Looking in the glass I noticed loads of bits floating around on inspecting the bottle I saw it was full of them- you couldn't feel them in your mouth, but just seeing them was off putting. The label tells us to 'Drink within three days' and it does go flat in this time. On the plus side it is sugarfree with only traces of sugar, fat and salt and has virtually no calories, on the negative it contains the phosphoric acid and caffeine that dearer colas have without the bonus of the taste.

          I wouldn't recommend this drink, it's a false economy.

          I'm giving this cola 2 stars- one for the price and one for being calorie free.

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          25.07.2012 09:21
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          Avoid at all costs!

          We often buy Tesco own brand of sugar free fizzy drinks and think their coke is quite nice, last week though my husband Mark did the shopping for me and he accidentally picked up Tesco Everyday Value Sugar Free Cola, someone had picked it up and returned it in with the regular coke. I wasn't expecting too much from this as I have read several bad reviews but as we had it in the house I decided to give it a try.

          The Everyday Value Cola is sold in a regular 2litre clear plastic bottle with a white screw top lid. The label gives the Tesco Everyday Value logo at the top where it also states that this is sugar free cola and contains no artificial flavours or colours. Below this the label shows several little images of drink related items such as ice cubes, glasses, straws and lemons, it also shows a larger glass of the cola. The label is all done in a cream and red/orange colour. The calories are shown on the label and are given per 250ml this amount will cost you just 1 calorie.

          The back of the label gives all the usual information you would expect to find on this type of product such as ingredients, storage and allergy advice. This is all clearly written for those who wish to check.

          I opened the cola later that evening and gave the liquid a quick sniff, it had a cola smell to it and looked the same colour as regular coke, it even gave a respectable fizz as I twisted the lid. I poured us a glass each and had a drink.

          This is where any resemblance to a coke drink ends, the drink does have a slight cola flavour, it tastes like cheap penny cola sweets but once swallowed the taste has gone, its far too watery, there's no aftertaste at all. The nice fizz that I got when I opened the bottle had now disappeared and the cola tasted flat and bland. Its horrible.

          I cannot recommend Tesco Everyday Value Sugar Free Cola its disgusting, at best it tastes like a bad penny sweet, its watery and flat but to be honest at just 17p for a 2 litre bottle I wasn't expecting too much from it. I definitely wont buy it again and the rest of our bottle went down the loo.
          One more thing the label on the bottle did say was "Improved Taste". I'm glad I didn't try it before they improved it!

          I don't want to award this any Dooyoo stars but I have to give it 1 so I'm not giving that for the cola, I'm giving it to Tesco for their sheer nerve of selling this as a cola drink.

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          04.07.2012 11:39
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          Like many people nowadays I suspect I have a slightly unhealthy coke addiction that alas, is costing me a fortune, so I decided begrudgingly that it was perhaps time to cut back or at least find cheaper alternatives in order to get my fix for this sweet carbonated beverage. I remember trying Tesco's own value cola many moons ago and as far as I recall it didn't actually taste too bad so recently whilst doing the weekly shop I saw some on the shelves and decided to pop a bottle into my trolley.

          The value range doesn't seem to exist anymore and instead many items have been rebranded as "Everyday value" which is exactly the same thing only the packaging of the products is a lot nicer and dare I say it, doesn't look quite so cheap. For something that costs just 17p for 2 litres I wasn't expecting much, it was never going to taste the same as "branded" cola but I hoped all the same that it would at least be drinkable! The cola looks very much like every cola you come across, a dark brown almost black liquid; on opening the bottle I was pleased to be met by a reassuring amount of fizz which seemed like a good omen - I cannot stand flat coke in the slightest.

          On my first sip I was highly disappointed and actually hit by a wave of revulsion, whilst being extremely fizzy the drink lacks any real flavour at all apart from a synthetic sweetness; there is no depth to the flavour and in a nutshell it tastes like stale water which has had a load of chemical sweeteners added to it - actually essentially that is what this drink is! It tastes nothing like real coke and despite the cheap price I'm left wondering why it is still being stocked - who on earth buys this drink twice? Surely after your first glass most people would be tempted to just throw the entire contents down the sink, but then again maybe some people aren't such a coke connoisseur as I am ;)

          The only use I can find for this coke is as a bathroom cleaner, I'm sure I remember Kim and Aggie of "How Clean is Your House?" fame chucking a load down a disgusting toilet, apart from that is serves no use at all...I'd rather drink good old council pop than this muck, not worth spending even 17p on in my humble opinion. Not worth manufacturing.

          Ingredients for anyone who's interested: Carbonated Water, Colour (Caramel), Barley Malt Extract, Phosphoric Acid, Flavourings (including caffeine), Sweeteners (Aspartame, Sodium Saccharin), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate). Also suitable for vegetarians and contains only 1 calorie per serving.

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          26.06.2012 17:22
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          Give it a miss!

          Being a student you try to cut costs on everything you buy to try and save money for when you need it, I have quite an addiction to all fizzy pops especially coca cola and pepsi so I thought I would give this version a try

          *The bottle*
          Since the everyday value rebrand, the bottle is different from the picture, Its a clear bottle with a cream label with a picture of a glass of coke and the design behind it, its obviously a lot more attractive than the old white blue and red brand. The bottle holds 2 litres, like any other bottle of pop and will cost you 17 pence, which is an absolute bargain.

          *The Taste*
          It is sugar-free so instead of coca-cola taste, I thought it would probably taste like diet versions, it tastes like fizzy cola bottles at first, its not disgusting but the drink goes flat really quickly and tastes unbearably dry and sickly after about a quarter of the way through, its not refreshing at all and makes your mouth feel really dry and nasty.

          *Other information*
          I am extremely gluten sensitive, after a stomach ache and a close inspection, this was the problem, because I always forget to check labels, like a lot of other people may, this does contain gluten!

          *Overall*
          Cheap but not very nice and refreshing, I will be sticking to branded pop!

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          18.04.2012 22:46
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          Buy it for cleaning toilet, not for drinking :D

          Wow. This has to be the WORST cola I have ever tasted in my whole entire life! I like to give every brand of cola a try no matter how cheap or disgusting it may look so dispite this looking cheap and like watered down sewage I thought I'd give it benefit of the doubt and buy it. Hahaha one of the worst purchases I have EVER made! When you open it, you get a little tiny fizz noise with not so much as a rise of fizz in the drink whatsoever! The smell is a little (UNDER-exaggeration there) off putting, smelling like something between toilet cleaner, rain water and vinegar! Wheb pouring into glass you dont get any bubbles which I find disappointing.
          Now the most important bit - the taste! ---- Amazingly this tastes exactly like it smells, so imagine toilet cleaner mixed with rain water and malt vinegar and you have the taste of this cola. I know I know what did I expect for 18p, but to be honest I am an optimist and this just totally burst my colafizz bubble. On the plus side, as cola is great for cleaning toilets I thought I would put the remainder of the bottle(s) to good use so cleaned the toilet with it and got an amazingly shiny toilet bowl. So I actually do continue to buy this every couple of weeks, but solely for cleaning the toilet with. Bad for dirnking, good for cleaning :D

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          03.04.2012 11:41
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          Good for 17p but I won't be buying it again.

          ~~Personal Account~~
          While shopping in my local Tesco I came across this sugar free Coke and thought that I would give it a try seen as it was much more cheaper than other leading brands. In my house we are a big fan of fizzy drink and that seems to be all we drink so for 17p I thought that this would be a good idea as it is saving money as well as being the answer to our love for fizzy drinks.

          ~~Price~~
          For a 2 litre bottle of the drink it cost only 17p which is an amazing price for any fizzy drink on the market. A great thing about this is that you can spend even more on the product by getting different flavours for a similar price.

          ~~Packaging~~
          The product comes in a tall plastic bottle with a label around it. On the label it is pretty basic, with basic colours and isn't really bright. The white label has a royal blue band around it and has the image of a glass of coke with ice in it. This is their effort to try and brighten up a pretty boring looking product. Everything on the label is simple the ingredients and nutritional information is displayed simply on there too.

          ~~Ingredients and nutritional information~~
          In a 250ml glass it contains:
          2 calories (<1%)
          0.4g of sugar (<1%)
          fat traces (<1%)
          saturates traces (<1%)
          salt traces (<1%)
          The drink also doesn't contain any artificial colours or flavourings which I guess is good for the health as well as it being low calorie.
          Ingredients: Carbonated Water,Barley Malt Extract , Fruit And Vegetable Concentrates (Apple, Carrot, Hibiscus) ,Phosphoric Acid , Flavourings (including Caffeine) , Sweetener (Aspartame) , Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate).

          ~~What I like~~
          For me what I like about the fizzy drink is the price at 17 p it can't get much cheaper than that otherwise they would be giving it away for nothing. I also like that it is low in calories and low in sugar. It is always nice to know that something your having isn't having much effect on your health like most fizzy drinks on the market. It also has its other uses such as being a good cleaning product for sinks and toilets, I found that it makes them look like new.

          ~~What I don't like~~
          However, on the whole I don't like the taste of the product you can tell that it is cheap and you can tell that is cheap and sugar free when you try it. The drink tastes really flat like it has been opened for sometime even though it was the first time I had opened the bottle. It is very very basic but what do expect for 17p.

          ~~Overall~~
          I don't think I will be buying this product any time in a hurry even though it is so cheap. It's good for your health but it isn't good for my taste buds!

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          29.03.2012 02:37
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          A cheap, a horrible taste (sadly)

          When at uni, I was always looking for a cheap bargain that would save me some money! I saw this on the shelf and thought it was worth a try! Most tesco value products are pretty good and work well! The packaging on the bottle is as basic as it gets, a white label saying tesco cola and some ingredients.

          Price and Taste:

          I bought two bottles of this at 15p each and carted them back to my uni halls. I shoved them in the fridge and opened one up later that afternoon. Poured myself a glass and took a sip...... YUCKKKK. This stuff tasted so vile and horrible! I wasn't expecting anything nice, just a cheap cola flavour! This stuff tastes just like washing up liquid and I hated it :( I have no idea what they put in it to make it taste so bad! I normally drink cheap pop, but this was really cheap and you tend to get what you pay for.

          Would I recommend this to you?:

          I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, it's not the nicest of experiences! It's worth paying a bit more for tesco own brand cola which tastes much nicer and is only 50p a bottle. Do not waste your pennies on this rubbish!

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          overall The only thing I can think of a use for this is for kids parties, I'm sure they wouldn't notice the taste! It's cheap and won't break the bank. It's probably not healthy, and if I can recall it is sugar free, meaning that it is full of artificial colours and preservatives. Overall I wasn't too happy and wish I hadn't have tried it now, you should avoid this!

          Overall this recieves only 1 star from me, wish it was better, but sadly its terrible!!

          Thanks for reading :)

          * I have recently been told that is a useful toilet cleaner! I am yet to try this though. *

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