“ Brand: Tropicana / Type: Juice drink „
I could be wrong but I think they have meddled with this. I first had it back in 2010 and loved it. Recently after not having it for about a year or more I tried it and found it to be quite bland and less limey so either I have gone off it for no apparent reason or they've done something.
Can't help but wonder if they've reduced the lime content to make it more appealing to the average joe or maybe to make it cheaper to make. Also I notice there's now "grape juice" in the drink and in a much higher concentration than the lime. Why? 5% grape and a mere 0.5 % of the lime which its supposed to be flavoured with. Pathetic. Its supposed to be orange and lime not orange and grape with a squeeze of lime. I don't know whether or not it always had grape juice but its unwanted as far as I'm concerned.
Something seems different about this drink in a bad way. And it wouldn't surprise me if they meddled with it. Food and drink producers always change their ingredients and spoil otherwise good things.
If they have changed it I hope it flops and they are forced to change it back. I won't be buying it again in a hurry especially at the price its sold for.
After seeing that the Tropicana fruit juices were on offer at my local Asda for £2.00 for 1.5 litre carton, I knew it would be prudent to stock up!
Alongside the delicious tropical fruit juice I purchased I also bought the unusual sounding orange and lime juice drink, as this sounded just as thirst quenching.
As with the other flavours in the range this comes within a tetra pack carton, with the pouring nozzle being a screw lid contraption which once the seal is broken, will only keep the juice fresh (within a fridge) for up to five days (though is strong enough to prevent any unwanted spillages in the fridge if accidentally put on it's side!).
Unlike the previous juice we tried this is only squeezed fruit, and although it doesn't specify whether or not it is smooth or "bitty", I came to the conclusion that it would be smooth.
After reading the ingredients list I found that this juice contains three things, orange juice, grape juice and lime juice, though the percentages of each gave me the impression it wouldn't be as sharp tasting as I was initially hoping, with the lime juice only accounting for 0.5% over all.
After pouring a glass you would be forgiven for thinking this is simply orange juice a the colour is just that, with even the scent not giving too much away, just smelling like it was slightly sharper than the bog standard.
After drinking it (served chilled of course!) I wasn't that impressed! The orange part tasted as you would expect, but instead of the lime juice adding sharpness to contrast the sweet orange and grape elements, I found the lime added a really strange twang to the juice, and this was the only taste that seemed to linger after drinking it.
The good points are that it was thirst quenching, it's low in calories (94 kcal for a 200ml serving), and the sugars in there are from natural sugars coming from the fruits, with a serving counting as one of your five a day.
The bad points is the fact I couldn't get over the peculiar twangy edge to the juice, though my hubby did manage to finish off the carton, it won't be one I will be re-buying.
For more information visit - www.tropicana.co.uk
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Tropicana is a range of fruit juices. The flavour choice includes pineapple, apple and tropical flavours. There is also a range of mixed fruit flavours which combine mainly orange with fruit juice from limes, watermelon and raspberries.
~Orange and Lime Juice~
This 100% pure squeezed fruit drink is made up of 94.5% orange juice, 5% grape juice and 0.5% lime juice. It is designed to be stored in the fridge for up to 5days (from opening) and a 150ml glass will provide you with 1 of your 5 a day.
The original orange juice from Tropicana has been combined with Honduran limes to give the juice it's distinctive flavouring. The juice is stored within a rectangular tetre pack with a spout and orange lid. The pack can slip into the side compartments of your fridge. The pack is adorned with interesting facts about Tropicana and some delicious fruit images.
Each 200ml serving offers 92 calories, 19g of sugar (natural sugars found in fruit) and no fat or salt.
The orange and lime flavour is available in supermarkets and can be purchased in a 1l and 1.5l size. Asda currently offer the 1l at £2.00 or 3 for £5.00. The bigger pack is offered at £2.50. Tesco is slightly more expensive.
Although fruit juices are full of sugar, I do prefer drinking them to fizzy drinks. I usually buy the Asda or Tesco range of chilled juice but if Tropicana is on offer, it goes in my trolley. We used to play it safe with apple and pineapple but a few weeks ago, I decided to try the orange and lime flavoured juice and have bought it a few times since. I purchased my latest pack last week in Asda when the 1.5l was on offer at £2.00 or 2 for £3.00. This offer has since finished but it usually regular.
The pack is of a high quality and durable. It fits neatly into my fridge and has withstood being pulled out several times a day. My pack has a best before date of mid November so you do get a good few weeks on it. I have never had issues with leakages even when the pack has been stored horizontally in my fridge. I will admit that I had no idea this drink contained grape juice until I looked at the Asda website and was quite shocked that it only had 0.5% lime!
I love a glass of fruit juice with my breakfast and this one fits our needs perfectly. The juice stays fresh and chilled though never has a chance to last 5days - more like 3 maximum as we are a thirsty household! I find this is a little too strong for my toddler son and much prefer him drinking sugar free cordial drinks. The drink itself is a strong, bright orange colour and appears quick thick and smooth in my glass. It has no bits or lumps and has a fresh, orangey scent.
The juice slips down lovely and is ultimately refreshing. It is very sweet so I cannot gulp it down a glass at a time. The main flavouring is of course the orange and it is of a high quality. I'm not keen on pure orange juice as it makes my tummy hurt but this one is delicious. The sweetness of the orange juice is most apparent and I can only assume the lime and grape juice blend together to give an edge to the orange. There is a distinct tangy edge to the juice but not so much that it draws my cheeks together. It is flavoursome and zingy and the lime flavouring can be detected but not very strongly. It does leave a tangy after taste in my mouth for a short while.
Whilst high in sugar, this is a delicious juice which is perfectly refreshing if a little too sweet. It is a great juice to have with your breakfast whether it is toast or a croissant and offers something a little different to plain orange juice. It is expensive hence the reason I buy when on offer but it of a much high quality than store brand offerings and I can recommend it. I am also getting one of my 5 a day before I even leave the house!
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