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Just a rather quick review today folks. My local shop had no coca-cola left this morning (oh the horror, I mean what kind of shop runs out of coca-cola, I mean its probably one of the nations favourite fizzy drinks) and having a hangover I was greatly in need of a nice 2L fizzy juice.
The shop assistant pointed out to me that they did however have virgin cola, and that it apparently tasted just the same.
So I decided to give it a try. I paid £1.60 for a 2L in comparison to £1.65 for the leading brand in the same shop so first of, there isn't much of a saving.
The packaging is your average transparent plastic bottle, with red plastic lid, and a large label wrapped all the way round displaying the logo, dietry info, size, use by date, etc.
Anyways, the taste, in my opinion was horrible. It wasn't so much the first drink taste, but the awful after-taste it left in your mouth. NOT NICE. ALso it lacked the fizz, that the leading brand has, it seemed to go flat almost immedietly after pouring into the glass.
I have tried various other brands of my favourite fizzy drink, and this I think is definetly not one of the better alternatives, for its price, it tastes dreadful, smartprice cola from Asda is even prefrable, although its bland, it doesn't have the melted plastic aftertaste that the Virgin Cola does.
So please don't waste your money, on this almost same price, crappy tasting alternative.
NOTE: May add to this review at a later date, as it's rather on the short side with only 250 wrods consumer opinion, just wanted to rant though lol.
Thanks for reading!
If you like Coca Cola, you probably won't be a fan of Virgin's cheapy take on it! This is a fizzy cola drink very similar to the popular brand most of us know but for some reason, this has a chemical after taste to it and doesn't stay fizzy as long as Coca Cola does no matter how carefully you store it.
I'm not a fan of this company after the stunt where they sold tap water in bottles so it's no surprise to find this is a cheap tasting soft drink - it probably is cheap for them to make despite the high price tag they pass over to the consumer.
Fortunately for us consumers though, you won't find this adorning the shelves of most local shops or supermarkets thanks to it's general unpopularity. In fact one of the few places I know of that continue to sell it is Virgin Airways, in which case you're best off flying with British Airways or packing your own!
Really not recommended. At least when you pay a cheap price for a cheap cola you get what you pay for.
In 1994 the crazy man that is Richard Branson released Virgin cola on us, now usually I would have nothing against having a virgin released upon me but this stuff that was designed to take on the American giants, Coke and Pepsi leaves a lot to be desired.
For me Virgin cola is just another cheap version of Coke and Pepsi, no better or no worse than the many stores own brand versions that are floating about. It goes flat too quickly after opening, it has a poor imitation cola taste and it is not all that much cheaper than the big two so why bother with it in the first place.
It was announced as the cola drink of the people but then that is how good old Richard or dick as I like to call him markets all his things, as being for the people, let me tell you now for those of you who have not already figured it out these things are not for the people, Virgin media, Virgin airlines and all the other Virgin brand things including this cola are not for the people they are for Richard Branson to line his pockets.
I have nothing against a man making money and doing well for himself but to claim to be doing it all for the people really gets my back up. I have to be honest and say that even if this cola was the best on the market I would not drink it out of principle but the fact is that it is not the best, nor second best in fact it is not even third best although it is the third most expensive.
Don't be fooled, steer well clear of this imitation muck he calls the cola for the people!!
Richard Bransons company originally launched Virgin Cola in 1994 with the intention of rivalling the American giants, even going so far as to drive a tank through New Yorks Time Square in a marketing campaign and launching 'The Pammy', a bottle shape modelled on the body of Pamela Anderson. Although the Virgin brand is well established around the world, Branson admits that cola is one of the less succesful Virgin ventures. Princes have produced, marketed and distributed Virgin Cola under franchise since 2002 in the UK, and relaunched the product in 2004 with the 'great new taste' campaign, in which taste tests were undertaken that showed people preferred Virgin to other leading cola brands. It was admirable of Branson, although probably foolish, to take on Pepsi and Coke, but in comparison to them I prefer Virgin - it's better both in terms of value for money and, more importantly, taste.
It's a sweet tasting cola that lacks the gassiness of the Yankee brands. It is fizzy, but not too much so, which makes it especially good as a mixer, (I'll have a whisky in mine thanks!). For the same reason it's more refreshing to drink if you're thirsty. It does the job of quenching thirst which doesn't happen with drinks that are too sharp and just make you burp if you glug them down too quickly. More differences from other colas are; the lack of aftertaste and lack of icky feeling on your teeth after drinking. That's not to say it isn't full of sugars and other additives, so you shouldn't drink a lot of it, but if you do, be sure to brush your teeth regularly. Like most soft drinks it tastes best chilled and it does have a tendency to go flat if left in the bottle for too long.
On average Virgin is cheaper than Coca Cola and Pepsi, (you shouldn't pay more than about £1.35 for a two litre bottle oop north), and it's often on special offer. It's available in regular, diet, vanilla and caffeine free varieties and in the usual varied sizes of cans and bottles in most supermarkets and various independent retailers.