“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Vodka „
Just before last Christmas I realized I needed to stock up on a few bottles of spirits, as I had a few party's to cater for at my house over the festive period. I do a lot of my shopping at my local Sainsbury's store which was built around 2 years ago, and has proven to be very popular in our area.
Whist browsing the aisles for a few cheap bottles, I realized that the cheapest option was Sainsbury's own brand, which is called Sainsbury's Basics. This brand is similar to what you would find at Tesco (Tesco Value) or Asda (Asda Smart price), and is just a range of products which are produced and packaged in a budget fashion to keep the cost down.
I have tried numerous products from the Sainsbury's basics range, and have always been really pleased with them - my favourite being the Basics Tuna, which is delicious.
With this in mind, I decided to buy a bottle of the Basics Gin (review to follow), and a bottle of the Basics Vodka both of which were priced at £9:85 for a 70Cl bottle which is around 50% cheaper than the branded vodka's and Gins.
Siansbury's Basics Vodka comes in a standard shaped clear glass bottle, and has an aluminium screw on cap at the top of the bottle. To the front of the bottle there is a paper label, coloured in the bright orange and white lettering which represents the whole of the Basics brand.
When I purchased the Vodka I had realized that this was unlikely to be a fantastic tasting vodka which could be enjoyed neat, and so I thought that it would just be used with mixers, as none of my friends or family would be wanting to drink neat spirits anyway.
When poured into a glass the vodka looks like any other vodka, clear in colour, and giving off a mildly toxic scent.
I tried a glass of basic vodka and coke and I thought it tasted great, so that was enough evidence for me that this drink would be fine for our festive gatherings. My wife however thought it looked cheap as I stacked out our bottles on the kitchen counter on the eve of the party, but due to the late hour there was nothing that could be done to change the image of the basic branded bottles of spirits. As it happened on the night a few other guests bought vodka round with them in the form of Smirnoff and Absolut, so there was plenty of choice.
The next morning when I was clearing up the left over mess I was quite surprised to see that the Basics vodka had been almost finished up, and was in fact emptier than the other 2 vodka bottles. Now this does not mean that it is a nicer vodka, but perhaps it shows that people were happy to drink it with a mixer, and perhaps more importantly happier to be seen pouring it. Maybe it is just that the bottle stands out a little better with the bright orange colouring on the label, but somehow it got consumed at a good rate!
Overall this vodka from Sainsbury's does the job that it was intended for. It is a budget vodka, which would not be ideal for anyone who really knows their vodka's or drinks them neat, but when mixed with a mixer such as (coke, lemonade, orange, tonic water etc) it is a decent drink. When considering the 50% + discounted price compared to Smirnoff and Absolut vodka's, then this really is a good value vodka.
It has a standard strength of 37.5% alcohol by volume, and as such it should be drank in moderation, with the whole bottle containing 26.3 units!
Ingredients are listed simply as Neutral Grain Spirit and demineralised water.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2013
I admit to liking a drink. So do my mates and so whenever I go shopping I buy a bottle of something of the other for when party nights and crazy times happen. Anyone who buys vodka will know that its isn't cheap from well known brands so on a recent shopping trip to Sainsbury's I was mooching about for a bargain alcohol wise and when comparing prices of the vodka they had on the shelves this 700ml of Sainsbury's Basics Vodka worked out the cheapest option at £9.85 so I grabbed a bottle of it thinking it has to be worth a go!
The packaging of this though is cheap looking so I hid the bottle so others wouldn't see it! Its a tall glass bottle with orange and white labeling on the front of it telling us what it is and that it is indeed a Sainsbury's 'Basics' product then we are told a little about the alcohol content and contact details for Sainsbury's are given. The labeling makes this look cheap and tacky to be honest but its always the product that counts to me!
The Vodka Itself:
Clear and still this smells the way you'd expect it to smell and of course you can drink this neat or mixed and I provided Coke, lemonade and orange juice to mix if people wanted it and of course some ice cubes. This didn't go down well though at all! I had chilled it but this really was bitter tasting, more so than our usual Smirnoff and the likes and I was rumbled it was cheap and nasty stuff straight away!
Sure it contains 26.3 units of alcohol in a whole bottle but the quality just isn't there with this one at all. It tastes rough and cheap and just not one bit smooth. Maybe making it into jellies or summat would help but this to be drunk alone or mixed with something plain like we did...well we all hated it and I had to own up to my mistake.
Do I recommend it? Absolutely not the quality of this just isn't there!
Only available from Sainsbury's stores but don't bother is what me and my mates say!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
As a student I have quite a tight budget, and (stereotypically) alcohol is among what needs to be on it...
This product comes in a clear bottle with a white lid. The label is plan white, with minimal orange detailing. It has a short description on it (mostly just about age laws) and that is it. The most minimal packaging ever! Though it does save you money as I have picked up a 70cl for around £7.
The good points are that it doesn't mess you around. You know exactly what you're getting and it provides that service i.e. if you are drinking it to get drunk (and if you're not, get something tastier...) then you will. It goes with mixers relatively well (though you can still taste the difference between this and more expensive brands very easily). You get a lot in quantity for your money compared to other brands.
However, quite honestly the taste is awful when taken straight - it isn't so bad when mixed as previously said but it is awful alone. So if you enjoy drinking vodka for the taste I would recommend spending a bit more on the product. I find the smell of the drink akin to paint stripper and the taste I would imagine not much better (Sorry Sainsburys).
Overall, I would recommend this to someone on a budget who is going to use vodka with a mixer as drinking it straight is not advisable at all!
I've tried many different vodka's during my first year of university, most of them cheap, and this one is one of the cheapest available. Coming in at between £8.50 and £9.00 (usually around £8.70) for a 70cl bottle, you would have to be mental to complain about the price.
As the name suggests basics vodka is just that, basic. There is no fancy packaging; it just comes in a plain glass bottle with a white cap and a plain white label with the usual sainsbury's basics style writing.
This vodka is 37.5% which is usual for cheap vodka as normally only the more expensive ones are 40% or above. The small difference in alcoholic content doesn't make much of a difference in my opinion so it's not really worth paying more for an alternative if it's just a stronger drink you are looking for.
The smell of this vodka reminds me strongly of paint stripper, not exactly something you want to be drinking, but if you don't stick your nose in it then you can't really complain about this feature of the drink.
I would never drink this cheap vodka straight as the taste is nowhere near smooth as the expensive brands. Mixed with lemonade or coke it tastes alright, but you really need to get your quantities right. Too much vodka and the drink is not enjoyable at all, as a student this is okay as the desired affect is just to get drunk before going out however if you actually want to enjoy a drink maybe a more expensive vodka would be better.
I found the best mixer with this vodka seemed to be orange juice, as the sweet taste of the orange juice took the edge off of the vodka.
I haven't personally made cocktails with this vodka but I know people who have and they say that in small amounts it is fine, much like with a mixer, but if you use too much then the vodka overpowers other flavours very easily.
One thing that I think this vodka is amazing for is infusing flavours. I like to make skittles vodka, by simply selecting a colour of skittle and putting a load of them in the bottle. Frequent shaking and a day or so later all the skittles will dissolve into the vodka and the flavour will be "infused". With this vodka I think doing this is great as it turns a rough vodka into a tasty skittle drink which is great with lemonade!
All in all I would give this product 4 stars. If I was comparing it to more expensive vodkas then I would have to rate it less, but when buying a basics product you know that you are not buying quality. With this in mind the vodka does pretty much what it says on the bottle.
I have wanted to find some cheap alcohol that can get me drunk without having to drink a huge amount and wait for the results to kick in. Basically the majority of us just want to get drunk and having some cheap beer/cider is good but the taste just does not do anything for me and it takes me ages to even get tipsy. So I tried this vodka and with a mixer you can't tell the difference between this cheap stuff and the expensive stuff with the colourful labels. Obviously if you were drinking it straight (which I can not because any strong alcohol makes me want to vomit when I even try to drink it without a mixer) then you would probably notice a huge difference and therefore I would not recommend this product. If you have hardly any cash before your pay day and you just want to get off your face quickly then this is for you. Mix it with tropical Fanta and you are away! Any mixer will do though provided that you like the taste of the mixer, but with cheaper alcohol you can afford to get a better mixer than the Sainsbury's own variety of cola.
Vodka is not usually my tipple of choice, I am much more of a gin and tonic kind of girl. But I do love to make flavoured vodkas to give away at Christmas. In all the recipes I have looked at, it says to use a mid range vodka rather than the cheapest you can find, but I disagree.
The bottle itself is plain and simple, a clear glass bottle with a white label with the Sainsbury's Basics logo on the front. The ingredients are stated as 'neutral grain spirit and demineralised water' and it is 37.5% volume. It has a white screw top aluminium lid.
A 70cl bottle costs just £9.29, making it £13.27 per litre. As a comparison, Sainsbury's vodka is £10.49 for 70cl (£14.99 per litre) and Smirnoff is £14.69 for 70cl (£20.99 per litre). This all adds up when you are making a large amount of flavoured vodkas as I do, so the savings for me are huge!
I wouldn't drink Sainsbury Basic Vodka on its own as a shot, though saying that I might give it a try this evening when I get home to see if it is as bad as I imagine it to be - harsh tasting and eye watering! If I do I will report back! But when you are mixing the vodka with sugar and fruit, or jelly babies, or toffee pennies, or whatever else you can find that you want to add to it, it doesn't matter that it's the cheapest you can find. In fact, that makes it even better when giving away home made gifts in an effort to cut your Christmas spending.
All in all it is perfect for me and my flavour experiments!
I tried it on it's own - would not recommend! So for those of you who like vodka shots, try another brand!!
Also published on Ciao by MrsW2011
For Christmas this year I was given a cocktail making set (review to follow!). As my girlfriend and I often have friends and family over for dinner it has proved to be a very useful and entertaining gift. As a result of this I decided to stock up my booze cupboard, but not having a ton of money to spend, I opted for own brand varieties of spirits to help keep the cost down.
Sainsbury's vodka comes in a clear glass bottle with the usual Sainsbury's Basics livery. I paid around £4.50 for a 500 ml bottle, which I thought was very reasonable. The vodka itself is very drinkable and doesn't taste like a cheep knock off at all. Obviously it is not as smooth as a high end vodka like Grey Goose, but it is still perfectly good for cocktails and with mixers.
As I was feeling quite adventurous, I decided to use it to make my own flavoured vodka. I find that flavoured vodkas are a great way of putting your own twist on traditional cocktail recipes. Buying the branded versions can be expensive, so making your own can be a great money saver. I attempted to make 3 flavoured varieties; Lemon, chilli and black pepper, and mint. You can basically do this with any ingredients you can think of. To make my lemon vodka, for example, I simply grated the peel from an un-waxed lemon and pummelled it in a pestle and mortar. Then tip the lemon zest into the bottle with the vodka and put the cap back on. Leave it in a dark place to percolate for 3-4 days. You can then put the vodka through a sieve to get rid of the zest and you will be left with an awesomely fresh tasting lemon vodka. As I said, you can do this with a whole host of flavours, the basic rule being to use one handful of flavouring ingredient to every litre of vodka.
I would certainly recommend this vodka for use in cocktails and with mixers. I even used my lemon vodka to make Martini's which were very good indeed!
I decided to try Sainsbury's Basics Vodka at Christmas. It seemed a bit silly to pay in the region of £13 for a premium brand vodka when I assumed both products would achieve the same goal!
However, before loading the trolley with Festive Cheer, I thought it wise to try a bottle first (not all in one go!).
I do not drink vodka neat, I usually mix with Diet Coke or low calorie tonic.
My measures are often (always) larger than standard pub measures.
Initially before tasting I was somewhat apprehensive, hoping that it wouldn't taste like paint stripper - I didn't, hurray!
I added a bit more just to make sure that I hadn't short measured myself....
Yes, it definitely achieved my standards! The glass bottle itself looks pretty cheap, the standard Sainsbury's Basics white and orange label with a white aluminium lid - it is not something you would want to take to a party (unless decanted into a Smirnoff/or similar bottle).
There is very little information on the label, no ingredients - although a customer careline/website address is provided.
The products is 37.5% proof. This is the same as Smirnoff Red Label. The bottle contains 26.3 units of alcohol, 0.9 units per 25ml glass.
Don't drink the whole bottle in one go! It's not big and it's not clever - adhere the NHS recommended limits - or at least try!
I tried the Basics v Premium taste test last week. To be honest there was no difference.
It's definitely worth £7.49, wait until the aisle is quiet and slip a bottle under your frozen peas :-)
Sainsburys Basic's Vodka...
I have decided to review a few of the things that made christmas 2009 that little bit easier (cheaper) for us.
Today I am going to review Sainsburys Basic's Vodka. Basically because we had a family and friends get together boxing night and I used it then, however it wasn't used for mixers or neat.
I actually used it in Punch, flavoured Vodka and jelly vodkas, I did have a quick taste neat but have to say compared to smirnoff or Absolut, it wasn't that great. It did however save me some money to buy more smirnoff for the Neat and mixer vodka drinkers.
~~ The Product ~~
This Vodka comes in a very plain glass bottle with aluminium screw lid and a very basic paper white and orange label, that states 'No fancy packaging just Vodka'. The ingredients are listed on the bottle as Neutral Spirit and demineralised water. Then a small list of Alcohol information Units of Alcohol: 26.3 units Alcohol by volume: 37.5 % Statutory description: VODKA.
~~ The Price ~~
700ml costs £8.15 and is obviously only available from sainsburys, so in comparison to leading brands it's a fairly good saving ie 700ml of Absolut Vodka has an rrp of £15.00.
~~ What to do with it if you have a bottle lying around ~~
Turn it into a delicious fruity feast for the eyes by adding a handful of green skittles (the sweets) to the bottle, put it back in the cupboard and shake every now and again until you are ready to drink it (best left for a couple of weeks) Strain it in muslin and put back in the bottle. Enjoy!
~~ Drink Safety ~~
Only to be consumed by over 18's and please do keep in mind that this is 37.5 % proof.
~~ Overall ~~
I like this product for what I used it for, and would use it again in similar circumstances. However I will avoid it with my red bull or lime and lemonade, because it just isn't upto the standards set by leading brands
I will recommend to friends and family who are still unaware they drunk it.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review, I hope it is of some use to you.
What first caught my eye about this vodka was the price - around the £7.50 mark. My big worry was that it was going to taste like nail varnish remover, but I was willing to give it a try. However, the bottle itself did give me a few second thoughts: it doesn't look particularly classy, with its bright orange label and its cheap cap, but I didn't really expect much more from this range, and it's not as if I'm going to keep it for the memories!
Prominently displayed on the bottle is the alcohol content: 37.5% ABV, the same as most other branded vodkas. Each shot contains 0.9 units, and the whole bottle contains 26.3 units.
The taste test wasn't at all as bad as I expected; it did taste a little unrefined, of course, but then I don't usually drink vodka neat. When mixed with, say coke, or fruit juices for a cocktail, I can hardly tell the difference between this and a more expensive vodka. It is a little harsher, but really the difference is minimal. Being a neutral spirit, it goes with just about everything!
Where I find this really comes into its own is when you flavour it. Adding, say, lemon zest, or crushed vanilla pods is an excellent way to make this a bit more special. This is what I'd recommend doing; but otherwise, it's certainly a good vodka when you want cheap alcohol rather than the perfect taste.
Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Spirits / ABV 37.5%