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Persuading The Husband away from his favourite Italian sparkling mineral water (green glass bottle, expensive, you know the one) was always going to be an uphill battle.
"Look, it's 17p for two litres. What have we got to lose? Its a no-brainer," I put my case in the water and soft drinks aisle of our local Tesco. Reader, we bought one.
Admittedly, the uber-utilitarian packaging didn't do much for the appeal of this product, but who wants to pay good money for a fancy label? If anything, the label and packaging, whilst being fully recyclable, are nothing but not totally honest. It is sparkling water.....simple as.
The husband opened the bottle and was pleased to find that he wasn't soaked by the over-pressurised, gassy, spray that he had been expecting. The cap was removed and the contents fizzed invitingly. He poured himself a glass, taking it neat. I, feeling a tad under pressure myself, decided to dilute my water with white wine and have a spritzer.
Now, I love a spritzer but Soda Water is expensive and I find most brands of sparkling mineral water to have an odd tang which can taint the wine. Some are soapy whilst others have a metallic taste which does nothing for Sauvignon Blanc (other grape varieties are available). Tesco Value Sparkling Water was just what it claimed to be: fizzy water. No frills, no filtration through layers of Jurassic rock, no long list of mineral content. In fact, it was pretty perfect for pouring over chilled white wine and lost none of its charm when a couple of ice cubes were lobbed in the glass.
I was delighted to find a new BFF for my wine and it also got along famously with elderflower cordial and orange squash.
"It's alright'" The Husband passes judgment with customary East Anglian reserve.. "How many bottle are you allowed to buy at one time?"
"As many as you want. Why?'" I answer, a little puzzled.
"Oh," he says."I thought anything this cheap and this good would have a limit on how many each customer can have.... A bit like those special offers you get on Champagnes at Crimbo."
Enough said, it is now a weekly staple on our shopping list.
At the moment, after a spell of ill health I have been on a detox. I got very dehydrated a result of not eating enough and definitely drinking too much! I have a water filter system in my home and I do buy bottled water now though it can be a bit boring so the other day I bought a couple of bottles of this in the sparkling version simply for a change really!
This comes only in one size which is 2 Litres and the bottle is a see-through clear plastic bottle and it has a plastic screw on/off cap to the top of it and around the main of the bottle there is a label we are told what the product is and who it is by and there are little pictures depicted of droplets of water and jugs etc and then on the back of the bottle storage advice, the size and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly stated. It does looks a cheap bottle however to me its always the product that counts and after-all this is a very cheap costing only 17p for a 2 Litre bottle!
The water is of course clear and it once poured it has a slight sparkle to it. It isn't overly fizzy however it stays sparkling for quite a while unless you put ice in it to which then I find that it does lose a lot of its fizz. You can drink this plain and on its own or of course you can mix it with juice or whatever to (which is really nice!).
I find this refreshing and I really like the slight kind of salty flavour it gives off. It really doesn't taste to me like plain water does and makes a nice and pleasant, refreshing change.
It is best in my opinion served cool/chilled and not at room temperature however of course you can if you want to!
This to me is as good as much higher priced water like this and since buying my first 2 bottles have purchased more......in fact I may have a new addiction!
Only available from Tesco stores.
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In an attempt to stick to one of my New Year's resolutions and try to eat more healthily and drink more fluids (water, not alcohol) I have been buying sparkling water. The reason for buying sparkling water is because I absolutely detest plain still water. I know it's 'free' from the tap, but I really can't bear plain water. I was buying the far more expensive Harrogate Spring water until I discovered that Tesco are doing their own very cheap Basic Range sparkling water.
The large two-litre bottle costs only 17p - unbelievable! The taste is great and I can honestly say, hand on heart, that it tastes no different from Perrier water or in fact, any other sort of carbonated water. Maybe it's just me and I don't have a very refined palate, but I am really unable to tell any difference in either taste or quality.
The packaging of this bottled water is basic, I have to agree, but then at only 17p for a large two-litre bottle, it's what I'd expect. The bottle is plain see through plastic and comes with a white screw top lid. The label on the front explains what it is - 'sparkling mineral water' and there is nothing fancy about it at all. Taste wise, this water is great! It's crisp and refreshing and at its best when it's been stored in the fridge or a cool room.
I like to drink it in a large glass and served on its own or alternatively it can be mixed with fruit cordials to give it a bit of extra flavour. It's also nice when served on its own with lots of large ice cubes.
The fizz in this water is really very impressive. It's apparent as soon as the top is twisted off that it's very well carbonated and the amount of bubbles it has is impressive. The only thing I would say, and for obvious reasons, is to ensure that the cap is put on correctly as soon as you've finished with it, otherwise it has a tendency to get flat very quickly indeed.
I am now drinking about three to four large glasses of this water every day and enjoying it so much more than plain tap water. All the bubbles help to fill me up too, so I don't feel quite so hungry.
I love it and highly recommend it.
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My dear other half likes to buy bottled water, and she prefers the ones that are sparkling. Quite honestly, I cannot see the point in pulling out good money to pay for something I can get out of my kitchen tap, even if it is fizzy. The one she has been bringing home most recently is cheaper than the other ones she was buying and this is because it is Tesco's own brand.
The bottle contains two litres of fizzy water and it cost less than 20p a pop, so I cannot really complain about the price. The bottle is plastic and fairly standard looking - nothing to write home about.
I tend to have to drink this fizzy water by mixing it with a fruit squash or cordial. I prefer the squashes to be on the fizzy side. I have also drunk this water on its own in a large glass and I have to say I was pretty impressed with the amount of bubbles it has. I think this water compares very favourably indeed with the more expensive bottled fizzy waters with brand names.
The taste of the water is clean and crisp and fresh and I honesty cannot tell any difference between this and those bottles of Perrier she was constantly bringing home on the bus a few months ago. Also, this water is considerably less expensive than the glass bottles of Perrier and I am more than happy with the taste.
The little lad also seems to enjoy drinking it when I make him a fruity squash drink. The bubbles also seem to last a fair time after the bottle has been opened and I'm pleased this is the case as there is nothing worse than fizzy water that has started to go flat!
Overall, I'm very pleased with this Tesco water and think it is great value for money and really I have nothing negative to say about it.
I first cam across this completely by accident, when at university I used to buy bottles of tesco value still water which were priced the same, they are in a similar bottle too. I accidentally had picked this up and put it in my trolley. When I got back to my room I realised my mistake, but thought it was worth a try! I was surprised at how fizzy it was and actually how nice it tasted. I will now go into some more details on the product.
It comes In a very basic bottle which has the tesco value label on it. There isn't much too say about it apart from how basic it is. It's nothing exciting! It's in the same style as all tesco value products, you don't buy it for the looks. You 2 litres of sparkling water which is quite a lot for only 17p, compared to other prices on the shelf this is a true bargain.
Since buying this by accident I have still used it! It's only 17p which is a real bargain. It's very fizzy and has the usual taste to it, its no different to any other on the shelf. It's simple and works. I usually mix it with cordial. It's something different to have occasionally. I don't like it too much when it is just by itself, but I don't like any sparkling water by itself! I always use it as a mixer :) it's very fizzy and stays fizzy for ages if you seal the cap well after use. The after taste is also refreshing and surprisingly nice. You wouldn't know it was cheap if someone gave you a glass and you weren't told what it was! It's a quality item from tesco yet again!
I would recommend this too you because Its well worth a try, the taste is great and the value is terrific. I but at least 3 bottles a week and we go through lots of it in my house, It hardly costs anything and you won't notice it on your next tesco bill. Tastes great with orange squash! I have had so many brilliant experiences with tesco value products, they a very hard to fault. They may not look amazing, but the quality of th product is always high and it's hard to complain.
I am going to give this 4 stars, it's a really good drink and for the price it's a bargain.
Thanks for reading :)
I try the Tesco Value range quite frequently and I've found that it is full of some fantastic bargains, as well as some really dud products. Thankfully, the Tesco Value Sparkling Water is one of those products which gets the big thumbs up from me. I do believe that bottled water is better than tap water - although I admit that could be purely psychological(!) - but when I want sparkling water then I have no choice but to get this from a bottle anyway. I will use the Tesco Value Sparkling Water as a mixer, as well as a stand alone drink.
The water comes in a plastic bottle which contains 2 litres and costs just 17p - which is a really fantastic price when you compare it to the competition. The water is really fizzy, which I also like because I don't think there is anything worse than sparkling water that has gone flat - and the bubbles in this water means that it's actually quite refreshing to drink by itself. The water tastes fresh and very refreshing, especially when served chilled with a twist of lime. Unfortunately however, I do find that the water does quickly go flat once the bottle has been opened and so within a day most of the bubbles have diminished and then it takes on a taste which is a little bit like Alka Seltzer (for those of you that have had it).
I will mostly drink this with fresh orange juice or orange concentrate because I just feel the bubbles spice it up a little. It is a good buy and I recommend it.
---Why I Buy It---
Mostly I like a bottle of water in the bedroom to drink through the night if needed - it means you do not have to remember to take a glass of water with you every night - also my son likes taking a bottle to his room as well and these are quick and handy to have at home to take if you go on a car journey - or to decant into a smaller bottle.
We tried this Value product and were happy with it so saw no reason to upgrade.
The sparking water comes in a thin plastic straght bottle - with the standard Tesco Value label and a green screw top lid.
The bottle is marked as PET recyclable.
Produced in the UK.
Classed as 'Sparkling Table Water' - in a pressurised container.
Advice on back label:
* best served chilled
* store in a cool dry place out of sunlight
* once opened keep chilled and consume within three days
* best before date on cap or nexk of bottle.
17p for 2 litres.
This water comes in a 'no frills' bottle with no fancy finger ridges, pictures on labels or tinted plastic.
However if you just want the product for the water then this is fine.
There is plenty of 'fizz' when the water is first opened - and this stays for a few days so it takes ages for the water to get flat in the bottle - if fact I would get rid of it first as it would have been kept too long. Personally we do not bother chilling it and use it straight form the bottle at room temperature.
Even a relative who is into her 'brands' now buys this for her daughter - so it can't be bad.
I don't want to get involved in the bad side of buying bottled water as we only have the occasional bottle and we always recycle the empties.
---Would I Recommend?---
Yes definitely. Great basic fizzy water so long as you don't mind a plain bottle.
I'm one of those people that absolutely adore soft drinks in any shape or form, in fact there's only a select few that I don't actually like and almost absolutely anything I will guzzle down with relish. But...the fizzy stuff can prove pricey, especially my favourite Vimto variety so to compensate I regularly just buy the cordial and add fizzy water to it; the taste is similar and certainly not disappointing, I am also rather fond of mixing orange squash with fizzy water for a refreshing orangeade. When it comes to sparkling water I don't pretend to be an expert, in all honesty I don't particularly like the taste of it on its own and to me there's something just a bit wrong with water with bubbles in it. I like my water how nature intended it to be, plain and still thank you very much. However, once you mix carbonated water with a nicely flavoured cordial of some kind you are quite often left with a rather appealing drink, that is not only splendidly tasty but has a yummy fizzy quality!
Considering I don't drink sparkling water on its own I will not fork out a lot of money for a bottle, that is why my preferred brand of choice is Tesco Value, 17p for 2 litres - you really can't go wrong. The packaging is plain, as is all of the stuff in the same range but as I am not drinking the wrapper I really do not care. The actual water itself is resoundingly fizzy, you can drink it for up to 3 days after opening but by that time the fizz may have disappeared somewhat and the water is quite often flat as a pancake. I always make sure to put quite a big slosh of cordial into my drink, otherwise I find that the carbon taste of the water can come through and affect the flavour slightly. My overall opinion is that it is a great product and for 17p it really doesn't matter so much if you fail to drink the whole bottle. Does the job nicely!
For a long time we bought the flavoured sparkling water that Tesco sell, their own range. But the sugar content and calories in it in our post Christmas health kick made us consider getting the Value sparkling water instead.
Priced at 17p for 2 litres of sparkling water, we thought this was extremely good value, especially if the quality of it held up to the test. Although we wouldn't consider ourselves experts in sparkling water, we certainly know what we like and would hope that sparkling water can't really taste all that different between brands.
When you open it for the first time, there's the inevitable escape of gas as the pressure is released. The fizziness of the drink is instantly refreshing, and the taste is, as we suspected, just the same as other sparkling waters. If I had to make any comment in comparison, it's that only once you get further down the bottle after a while that the flavour differs to other brands, but even then it's not that bad.
The problem with buying a 2 litre bottle of carbonated or sparkling water is that unless you plan on drinking that much within a couple of days, it'll go flat. Other brands of sparkling water do seem to retain the fizziness slightly longer, but it may only be a day or so, and as long as you intend to drink a decent amount of this in a couple of days, then you'll likely notice no difference.
Once you've used around half the bottle or so and the carbonation does start to diminish, there is a slight element of taste that differs to other brands. It just tastes a bit 'off' I suppose. Again though, what you have to gauge is whether or not you're going to be drinking it all before it starts to go flat.
The bottle itself is quite solid, standard really, with the bobbled bottom that is common in two litre fizzy drink bottles. The top is green, which is what differs it to the still water in the Tesco Value range. The bottle is also completely recyclable, which is becoming a very common thing now. In fact, it's rare you see something that isn't completely recyclable!
All in all, I'd consider this a very good product. The price comes in a lot lower than similar products from different brands, and this to me says that as long as you make sure to drink it all before it goes flat, you'll feel like you're getting just as good a product. Recommended.
At the moment all i'm reading is about the price of a weekly shop rising and how this is hitting families hard, well for a few years since the recession started we have experimented adding value products to our weekly online shop to see if they are worth it, water is one of those no-brainers, it should be natural and free so why should a cheap supermarket brand taste any different to a posher brand when they are simply the same product, the recipe can't be different?
As you would expect the bottle is fairly bland, simply a Tesco value label with a simple red moniker 'Sparkling', it is available in all Tesco Supermarkets and mini-supermarkets at an exceptional price of 17p for 2 litres. Personally I still prefer tap water, but my family like fizzy water so it is wanted in our home.
So far so good, without tasting it there is no variation from the expensive posher brands other than the label, but buying fizzy water for a label is a tad silly I would suggest.
On opening the bottle there is a nice fizz, the water pours like more expensive water and at first taste, there is no difference, so why the 40p price differential, purely image and the feeling that smarter brands think you want to be seen drinking their brand rather than value drinks.
The water is gassy, not too much but just enough for people who really love sparkling water, it has a fresh taste, and isn't metallic in any way, as some sparkling waters can be.
If image means a lot to you, pour it into a jug when serving to friends they won't spot any difference at all, also I use this with Ginger to make Ginger beer (Which is awesome) and it comes out perfectly and we also make sparkling apple and orange drinks using it as a mixer, it is nice as a spritzer for wine and only the biggest ponce would question you on using this stuff.
The only reason people won't buy this is because it is a 'value' product and some people still feel slightly cheap buying it, but its not like a cheese, wine or meat which tastes different dependent on curing or fermentation, it is bottled water and looks like it, tastes like it, but you can buy 8 litres for the price of a 500ml bottle of some of the 'smarter' brands.
Well worth a buy, stock up your larder for under £1 and use the saved money for something that is perhaps a little more expensive and requires variation.
There is a constant nag everywhere about how we should all be increasing our water intake and not being a fan of still water I thought I would give sparkling water a whirl to spice it up.
I was impressed to find that Tesco do their own brand of sparkling water at only 17p for 2 litres. The water comes in a simple lightweight plastic bottle and the labelling couldn't be simpler. There is a thin label wrapped around the centre of the bottle with well known Tesco Value logo in its normal red, blue and white colour scheme. In bold blue writing reads "Sparkling Water".
**The bottle is plastic so can be recycled**
Now beware when opening this is really fizzy water. They well carbonate this water so on breaking the seal you can hear it start to fizz and if not careful will fizz out of the bottle. If you have successfully opened the bottle you now need to pour it in to a glass without mishap. Easier said than done!! The water is still really fizzy and when pouring creates a large froth at the top so likely to fizzy over the sides of the glass.
I really enjoy the taste and feel of drinking sparkling water and get through a bottle a day but it is an acquired taste. I also drink it with a dash of orange squash which makes it in to a low calorie - poor mans Fanta but is very refreshing.
A great way to get you water intake up, Ok not as cheap as tap water but much cheaper than fizzy drinks.
I'm an avid fizzy water drinker, usually choosing it over still water. I find it more refreshing and it means I drink more liquid which is always a good thing. In the past I always used to buy branded sparkling water but I have recently been introduced and converted to Tesco value sparkling water.
For me a fizzy drink should fulfil some simple criteria: fizzy, refreshing, affordable, adaptable, convenient.
This, obviously, is the big one. My main concern initially was that this water would be fairly flat with only a little of fizz to it. I was pleased to find that it's just as fizzy as more expensive brands and, in fact, I couldn't notice any difference.
I can't fault it on this front. Served from the fridge on it's own it's the perfect drink for a hot summers day. Bizarrely I find it more refreshing than still water. It's also worth mentioning that it doesn't taste chemically at all. It just tastes of - well - water. I know some value brand food and drink does have a chemical tang to it but this one does not.
At 16p for a 2 litre bottle I don't think anyone can complain about the cost. With it costing so little I happily drink it all day and without worrying about it costing a fortune.
The great thing about fizzy water is how versatile it is. I usually drink this with squash or cordial, lime cordial being a favourite for a summer day. It's great with orange juice and you can even use it to make fizzy jelly.
This is the only slight downside of the product. Because it only comes in big 2 litre bottles it's too big and heavy to carry around with you if you're out and about. I would find it convenient if it also came in smaller 1l or 500ml bottles. It is, however, easy enough to decant into other smaller bottles so I can still get my fizzy fix wherever I go.
I am now a devout convert to value fizzy water and often recommend it to others.
Recently i decided to give up drinking fizzy drinks such as coke and pepsi as i felt i was becoming slightly addicted to them due to caffiene that they contain, and thought it'd be a good idea (or atleast worth a try!) to replace them with fizzy (otherwise known as sparkling/ carbonated) water, as the fizz would still be there but the additives would not.
I didn't want to spend lots of money on fancy fizzy water (more expensive brands can go upto the £2 mark) as at the end of the day, all it is is water, so i decided to just buy the Tesco value one. Tesco brand this as 'Tesco Value Sparkling Water' and don't mess about trying to make it look something that it's not. Packaging is minimalistic and the water is packaged in a 2 litre plastic bottle. As far as i am aware only 2 litre bottles of this product are available but to be fair i didn't really look properly at the available sizes (i was rushing when i picked this up) so i'm sure you could have a look next time you're instore if you're interested in this but you feel a 2 litre bottle is a little too big. There is a thin piece of laminted paper wrapped around the bottle with the well known Tesco Value brand colour scheme (blue and white), with the tesco logo on the left hand corner. On the middle of the paper it says 'sparkling water' in blue writing which is large enough to read clearly so is handy for anyone with eyesight problems when shopping around as it's very clear as to what the product is and what brand it is.
The plastic bottle is a lightweight bottle when empty however when full is heavy so it's best to pour the water into a glass rather than drink it straight out of the bottle.
The lid is plastic and screws on or off. It's important when screwing the lid to do it as tight as possible to keep the water fizzy as it goes very flat very quickly when left without its lid on. With a brand new bottle upon opening it it's very fizzy so it's important to keep the bottle still so it doesn't fizz everywhere and go all over you, but after opening it a few times the fizz dies down alot. Pouring it into a glass is just like pouring normal water in and it's not overly fizzy (no where near as fizzy as a can of coke) but it does visibily fizz and the bubbly bits gather on the top and create a quite a thick froth.
Taste wise i don't like it. It's a very strong tasting water if that makes sense however doesn't really taste of much; it's hard to describe but i don't like it. Anyone who isn't keen on the taste of water most likely will not enjoy this as it just tastes like bubbly water with a slight fizz.
I buy this purely to mix with fruit juices and it works well. The juice doesn't dilute the water to the point the water becomes totally flat. The water can be tasted if not much juice is added which ruins the flavour of the juice. For a 2 litre bottle it's 17p which is a decent price compared to other similar products available.
Overall it's an okay product and for 17p you can't really go wrong!
As I have got older I quite like sparkling water. It's a bit like vegetables, tea, and wine. Children hate the tastes, but as you get older you really earn to appreciate them. I used to think sparkling water tasted chemical, artificial and gassy, and those perceptions haven't really changed, it's just they don't taste so bad now I am older!
By far the cheapest sparkling water I have seen is Tesco's value. It comes in a 2litre plastic bottle and cost me 17p. For that price you really cannot grumble about trying something different, and it doesn't even come into the luxury drink category that I feel like I have to justify treating myself to.
The packaging is really plain and simple, just like all Tesco value products. It is very minimalist with little detail, just the name and the famous blue and white stripes.
The bottle is plastic, very thin, and feels quite fragile, but that doesn't take away from the product at all. The lid is a screw on and off one, and even when you replace it after you have broken the initial seal it does do up quite tight.
The sparkling water doesn't taste any different from any other brand, except for one noticeable thing. It seems much flatter to me. The water has much less of a fizz to it, more like a subtle bubble. Normally when you first open bottle of sparkling stuff you have to pour yourself a glass and let it stand for a few minutes to avoid bubble overload. With this, you really don't need to do that. The downside is that once the bottle is open you really need to use it up within a few days or it goes completely flat and then it just tastes like flat tap water with a difference. T be honest for 17p it doesn't really matter if you just get a couple of glasses out of it and then bin the rest.
In all, I think it is worth buying this sparkling water. It is so cheap, and it is not disgusting or undrinkable. It may be a bit embarrassing to get out in front of your guests at a dinner party, but maybe you can just splash out on those occasions instead!
I never used to buy bottled water I considered it a complete waste of money and as a kid money was pretty tight and not to be squandered so if we were thirsty we were told to go get some corporation pop (tap water). As an adult I never used to drink much tap water as after I moved to London I thought the water tasted a little like the smell of bleach.
All that changed when I met Mr. Benn who was born in Sicily and had never drunk tap water in his life. He gave me a stern lecture on drinking tap water with dire warnings about what might be in it hence I have never drunk tap water since. Mr. Benn is not a fan of still water and prefers sparkling so I started buying several different sparkling bottled waters.
Old habits die hard and when I saw how much some of the bottled water was I cringed and carried on cringing until I spotted Tesco's Value Sparkling Water for 10p pence! Can't be much good I thought, I don't know what I thought would not be good about it; I mean water for the sole purpose of quenching your thirst is water. So what did it taste like, well sparkling water of course.
If you like to know which spring your water has sprung from then this is not for you as the only information Tesco gives on the bottle is that it is sparkling table water.
The water is bottled in a plastic 2 litre bottle which is suitable for recycling and fluctuates a few pennies either side regularly it is currently priced at 10p. Tesco also do a value still water currently 13p per 2 litre bottle.
It is best served chilled, stored in the refrigerator and consumed within three days of opening.
Just a side not, the picture at the top shows a red label however it is now packaged with a blue one.