“ Tesco's own brand vodka is certainly cheaper than the alternatives, but it shows. Not a particularly pleasant thing to drink, but serves its purpose. „
=Tesco Value Vodka=
I brought this before Christmas as a couple of friends drink Vodka and Coke, and like larger measures, so not being an expert on Vodka, I thought that while if your diluting it with a mixer or other alcohol then that value vodka will do the job.
It's a plain glass bottle, screw top, and the Tesco Everyday Value label on it, it's a 70cl bottle with a 37.5% proof, which is pretty much the standard industry strength for Vodka. It has a white screw top, it's a few pound cheaper than Red Smirnoff, (standard Vodka if I have a Vodka at home).
=The Proof is in the Pudding=
The Vodka is clear, I poured some into a glass and added rest of the ingredients (peach Schnapps and Lemonade), the drink tasted rough, almost as though there was cough mixture in the mix, it has a strong taste and even mixed it had an after burn feel. At first I wasn't sure if the peach schnapps had gone off, so plan B, good old fashioned Vodka and Coke. Again the taste was about 4/10 the after burn was there, it was rough, literally felt unfiltered.
=Half a bottle of Vodka Left=
After this I didn't know what to do, didn't really want to waste the bottle, I saw a tip that if you buy a cheaper vodka and you have a water filter - to pour the vodka through the filter about three times, (only do this when the water filter needs changing as you wouldn't really want to put water through after the vodka). I can say that this did improve the Vodka slightly I would now give it a 7/10. I ended up using the rest of the vodka to make toffee vodka and mars bar vodka, which will sweeten the vodka up and by this Christmas should be ready to drink (in small doses).
=Would I buy again=
Unfortunately I won't be buying this Vodka again, it was a waste of money for me, I would rather pay a bit more for a branded Vodka and cut the measures back...
Tesco Value Vodka... the words cheap and cheerful spring to mind!
As a full time student, and a glorified member of the 'watch every penny I spend club', I do buy Tesco's version of Vodka from time to time. The reason? Well I can assure you it's not the luring taste but the fact that I can pick up a 70ml bottle or just under £10.
Now the issue I have is that this time 2 years ago you could pick up the same product for around £7, so I'm not sure why the price has risen so much. However, it is still a lot cheaper than branded vodkas, such as Smirnoff and Grey Goose.
I've always had the opinion that once you mix a Vodka with coke, lemonade or what ever mixer you prefer, you can not really taste the difference due to the fact Vodka is odourless.
However, you can instantly tell the difference with this. There is a slight after taste no matter what you mix it with that leaves a quite 'tangy' taste in your mouth. Worry not, as after a few more glasses this taste will soon be forgotten!
The alcoholic percentage stands at 37.5%, which is the same as most standard vodkas.
The most important part of this review must be to warn anyone thinking of trying Tesco value vodka is that from my experience the hangovers you get, compared to well known brands, is far more critical.
I put it down to the production stage of making the Vodka.
If you can afford an extra £4 you can actually buy a bottle of Smirnoff Vodka from the supermarkets, if not, then have a crack at this. It's not the best Vodka in the world but if you want to buy a cheap spirit then this is surely worth a try.
There are very many items Tesco supermarkets sell under the 'value' brand and more often than not these products are just that.. A decent product that's good value for money. Tesco can offer you these alternatives to well known brand named products because they come in very simple packaging and are un-advertised. Usually they are of a comparable quality to well branded products, and a well known 'moneysaving' website even has the downshift challenge where you switch to a cheaper product and often times find the alternative to be equally nice. Unfortunately Tesco Value Vodka is an exception to that general rule.
Seeing the vodka for the first time it appeared good value for money, the packaging very plain and simplistic, made me believe I was paying for the product and not the bottle it came in and at a price of just under £10 for 70Cl it was by far the cheapest vodka available for me to buy at the time. For those unfamiliar with vodka pricing, the next cheapest was nearly 2 pounds more expensive and the general prices ranged anywhere from £9.85 (Tesco Value) right the way to a whopping £25 for a bottle of the same size from a more 'luxury' brand name. Believing that the bottle costing £25 was priced as such largely due to the heavy bottomed bottle, sculpted to look like something more suited to the perfume counter at boots, I grabbed the Value and felt confident it would taste no different especially made into cocktails, which is what I planned to do with it... Besides all vodka tastes like nail varnish remover doesn't it?
So, the night of my cocktail party arrived and I set about making up some drinks for my sister-in-law and I, to start off our night as we prepared the music and nibbles. Having previously attended and hosted many of these style 'gatherings' I've built up quite a repertoire and enjoy trying drinks that are less well known than a cosmopolitan or a sex on the beach! With this in mind I decided on a black cat for myself (vodka, cherry brandy, cranberry juice and cola) while Donna liked the sound of a widow maker (vodka, Jägermeister, coffee liqueur and grenadine). Opening the bottle I must admit I was shocked, vodka is of course going to smell very alcoholic what with being a spirit, but the smell was overwhelmingly potent to the point where it actually made me cough. I hoped it didn't taste as vial as it smelt and thought I should give it a little try prior to mixing it into our drinks, it seemed daft to waste the other ingredients. Big mistake! I braced myself for something unpleasant but nothing could have prepared me for this, it was about as smooth as sandpaper and had one hell of an aftertaste or maybe I should say after-burn! Now normally at this point you discreetly spit it out and have a drink of something else to wash away the taste.. Well this was one unwanted gift that kept on giving, the taste was still there right at the back of my throat for a good while after. If I hadn't opened the bottle myself I wouldn't have believed this was something you were supposed to drink and could easy have been convinced that I'd accidentally had a swig from a bottle of heavy duty cleaner! But having paid £10 for it I really didn't want to waste it and tried making up my black cat, just adding less than I normally would. Unfortunately, although it tasted less alcoholic than normal, it still tasted very 'strong' and chemically.
I most definitely didn't want to use it to make cocktails for my guests and sent my husband out to the off licence for a better bottle. Hoping that maybe it wouldn't be a total waste I sent the nearly full bottle home with my student sister as she often has/attends house parties and usually any alcohol is received gratefully. 6 months on there's still well over 2/3 of a bottle sitting on her kitchen side, even hard up students wont touch this with a barge pole! So what seemed like a good idea to save a few quid turned out to be a total waste of £10. I'm not saying I would opt for the £25 bottle next time, but I'll certainly be a lot more weary of purchasing cheap spirits!
If you want my advice, when buying vodka save yourself a tenner by putting in the extra few quid for a bottle of something nicer!
I don't by any means consider myself to be a connoisseur when it comes to spirits and alcohol in general and I am usually quite happy to drink whatever is served me when I go to someone's house but even I can tell the difference between Tesco Value Vodka and higher quality alternatives such as Russian Standard and even Smirnoff.
Of course the first thing that you notice is the difference in quality when it comes to the packaging. This has the blue and white branding that all Tesco Value products have and it immediately looks off putting and even the bottle is a horrible shape and looks cheap and nasty. I'm not sure if this has changed to the Everyday Value branding yet as last time I saw it in my local Tesco it was still the same but at least that packaging isn't quite as off putting.
But let's not judge a book by its cover and it's what's on the inside that counts. Unfortunately what is inside this cheap looking bottle is even cheaper tasting alcohol which tastes like what I imagine Moonshine to taste like.
It looks inoffensive enough and is nice and clear which is usually a good sign. The smell of this is really off putting for me however and I always get a slight gag reflex when I get a whiff of this as it has a really strong alcoholic smell that isn't pleasant in the slightest.
Drinking this is like drinking paint striper though I imagine that paint stripper might actually be a bit nicer. There is absolutely no smoothness to this at all and it has the most disgusting bitter aftertaste of any vodka I have ever tried. Usually even cheaper drinks taste better with mixers but this is just as bad no matter what you try and mix with it to dilute the taste. It leaves a really heavy aftertaste and you can even feel the burn when you are swallowing it. I know I have friends who always buy this instead of the more expensive vodka as they say they can't really tell the difference. I have no idea how they cannot tell as even my unrefined pallet can taste the difference.
The only people I can imagine drinking this are students (because let's be honest most students myself included would drink almost anything) and alcoholics which isn't really the greatest praise you can give something. I almost feel bad hating this so much as I really do like Tesco Value normally as a lot of the time I find it to be just as good as the big brands out there but unfortunately this isn't one of those times and this is such an inferior product as to be almost undrinkable.
Another reason why I would have liked to have liked this is the price as it is considerably cheaper than most other vodka brands in the supermarket and a 70cl bottle of this will set you back £9.85 which seems like a good price but I personally would rather pay the extra to get something a little bit more palatable.
I'm not particularly into my vodka at the best of times (sampling the best of brands), so I didn't exactly hold high expectations for this particular class of Vodka - namely, the low class (...I'd call it working class but that would be an insult, also, I doubt anyone could work whilst drinking this stuff). It's high percentage (ABV), 37.5%, and it is therefore highly potent. You need about half a 70Cl bottle to get suitably wavy, and this is the same as any other Vodka, because they are all about the same percentage.
The taste of this particular brand of Vodka is poor. It isn't made with good ingredients using a good distilling process (like other brands), it is made from the cheapest ingredients using the simplest methods of production. When sipped neat the taste is hot and harsh - hard to describe - it's like other Vodka's (un-flavoured ones), but the bad deeply tangy / bitter / face-screwing part of the taste is increased considerably. When mixed the taste becomes more subtle and the sweetness of the mixer (for instance, Coca Cola or Lemonade) takes over most of the negative flavourings of the vodka (making it less negatively distinguishable from better brands).
I recommend Coke as the best mixer because it seems to hide the vodka taste best. it's all about minimising the taste of the vodka and maximising the influence of the mixer. Probably the worst thing you can say about a drink - but remember, what ever you do to disguise it, you still get the effect of the 37.5% ABV, the thing a lot of us are most interested in.
The drink is cheap, this makes up for a lot of things I have already said. It is between 20% and 50% cheaper than mid range - high range Vodka's. The packaging is minimalistic, bland and un-inventive. However, the new updated version of the packaging is much nicer than the one in the Dooyoo picture above. Tesco have ditched that primary colour based packaging for one more intricate and... nice.
All in all I'm extremely un-impressed with this type of Vodka. All you want to do is cover up it's strong, bitter taste with something sweeter, or fruitier. Hiding the taste becomes the main operation of the drink prior to drinking... This is a bad sign. I don't recommend this Vodka to anyone.
Thanks for reading.
PRICE: £9.29 (per 70Cl)
AVAILABILITY: tesco.com (and in-stores)
I will admit I am not a vodka fan in general, I find it far too strong, but we needed some for a punch we were making. We already had some 'good' vodka for guests in the name of Smirnoff Red, and we just wanted something cheap to put in the punch because so many other ingredients were going in we didn't think it would matter.
So, the cheapest one in Tesco was Tesco Value Vodka, branded with the blue stripes, though everything Tesco Value is in the transition phase of being rebranded Everyday Value so I would expect the branding and the bottle to change in time. The bottle is a plain glass one with a very plain white label and a screw top cap, and the price at the time we bought it for 70cl (a standard sized spirits bottle) was £7.59 though that's likely to vary around the location and time of year.
The vodka when poured is a standard clear liquid and it looks harmless enough, but WOW the taste. It has the taste only a home brew through a prison inmate's sock could compete with. It's un-refined fire water, it has a very strong taste I can only liken to wrapping your lips around a petrol pump and taking a big swig, and it has the afterburn of a cheap vindaloo. Overall this is a drink in name only, better suited to stripping off paint.
I can't in any way comprehend anyone buying this on a regular basis to drink - it's just that unpleasant. Some cheaper drinks (and I'll include Tesco value lager in this - it's actually alright in a shandy) are OK with mixers, or for use in cooking and so on, I can't say that at all about Tesco Value Vodka. Once it was in the punch it could have had a match to it and burned like the Olympic torch all night - it would have been more use, because after a few tentative tries the punch was roundly avoided and much derided all night!
It was a waste of money, at the end of the day, and whilst I applaud Tesco for their value range, which offers a cheaper alternative for consumers, I am not sure that this should be applied to spirits, not least because they taste flipping awful.
I can't recommend Tesco Value Vodka, there are no redeeming qualities here - and since you can spend say two or three pounds more on a decent brand which is actually drinkable, then why waste money. Some things just don't work in a value range, and vodka is one of them - I can only award this one out of five stars, and that's only because there isn't an option to give it zero!
I have never been a huge fan of vodka, but i still drink it with coke or orange juice. I have always tried to drink Smirnoff as its my favourite. But being a university student I couldn't always afford to get it, so I used to buy tesco value vodka. This product has now changed and is called tesco everyday value vodka. It has also gone up in price from when I used to buy it last year. The bottle is very basic and looks cheap, but tesco value products are usually no frills and a little bit tacky. Most of my friends drink this as they see it as the best alternative to more expensive brands. I will now go into more detail on this product, it is worth trying if your are on a tight budget.
Last year I used to pay just over £7 for this, it now costs £9.29. This increase in price has put me off getting this as it used to be great value. It is still around £3 cheaper than other brands which still makes it appealing if your on a budget. You get 700ml of vodka for your money which should last quite a long time. Overall the value is good and better than the other prices for vodka. It certainly stands out on the shelf due to its looks and it's price. Any spirit under £10 gets my vote because spirits can become expensive!
This vodka has a very basic and not very brilliant taste. It goes ok with coke or another mixer. If you are going to be taking shots of this then I would recommend you don't! It tastes horrible on its own and burns your throat badly, more expensive vodka can taste nice on its own, this certainly doesn't and you can tell its cheap just by the taste, the quality is not brilliant. It's perfect though for parties such as Christmas or new year as its cheap to get in and people won't care about the taste after they have had a few! I certainly don't drink to get drunk, I'm a sensible drinker. I prefer to have a drink that tastes nice and I will enjoy, so I try to avoid this now. As I said before. This is a typical student drink!
This vodka is average and a pretty good. I would recommend that you try this if you enjoy vodka. I probably won't be buying this again because I am not a huge fan of the taste. I still think its perfect for for parties so I may get this in for Christmas this year!
This gets a 2 star rating from me. A bit below average!
Thanks for reading my review :)
I'm not a fan of vodka, but let's face it - it gets you drunk quickly! I usually buy smirnoff as I've found this to taste bearable when mixed and the aftertaste isn't too unpleasant.. well it's not as bad as some brands of vodka, anyway! In my quest to save a few quid though, me and my friends decided that it'd be fun if we tried the Tesco Value range of vodka. From looking at the price and cheapo bottle, we knew it'd more than likely be vile but it was such a messy night this didn't concern us!
The vodka retails at £9.29 which isn't a huge amount cheaper than the brand that I usually buy. When buying this, you will obviously need some ID to prove your age. The vodka comes in a 70cl glass bottle, which reminds me a bit of a vinegar bottle strangely enough! The bottle is unattractive and cheap and I think I'd be ashamed to have this in my drinks cabinet if I had one!! It has a screw top lid and the label wrapped around it has the usual Tesco everyday value label on it. The label has pictures of bottles and glasses of wine and the product name is written clearly, as is the alcohol percentage, which is 37.5 percent - around the same as Smirnoff, if not a little lower.
The vodka itself is a clear, water-like liquid. The smell is strong, but not to the point where it made me gag or anything! Taste wise, I found it almost impossible to drink this straight, even in a shot glass. I had one and it was disgusting! The taste is very strong and this doesn't go down as well as Smirnoff as it's not as smooth - infact my throat actually felt like it was burning afterwards! I'm a lightweight so I ended up mixing mine with heaps of diet coke, which made it drinkable but not pleasant.
We also made a few bloody Mary's with this which worked out well. We shared a bottle of this between four of us and I didn't have a huge amount, but I had the hangover from hell the next morning! Overall, this is cheap and it gets you drunk. It's very average and rather unpleasant due to the taste and smell, but as it's vodka this is to be expected! While I do recommend it I will not be re-purchasing; I will continue buying Smirnoff as it's only a few pounds more expensive and much more bearable.
Different occasions call for different types of drinks. A pub lunch in the sun; cider. A BBQ in the summer; a glass of Pimms. A few drinks down the pub with friends and I tend to go for rum or bourbon.
If I'm going on a night out however, then I tend to embrace my inner teenage girl and go for vodka. When I first started drinking, and hadn't quite learnt that you pay for decent quality alcohol, I bought the cheapest available bottle from Tesco a few times. As you might guess, this is not something that I'd recommend anyone else to do, and now that I've refined my tastes, and also discovered that decent vodka does exist, I certainly won't be drinking this again anytime soon!
The positives are that it is cheap... and that's about it. If you mix it with Coke or fruit juice then some of the horror is taken away but it's still a foul drink even when mixed. Taken straight, it tastes disgusting. The closest thing I can think of to compare it to is paint stripper. As well as the awful taste, the packaging is unattractive and incredibly clinical. The 'Tesco Value' design is bad enough on products like bin bags and washing up liquid; it makes this bottle of vodka look more like a cleaning fluid than a drink.
In addition, the after effects are awful. I rarely get hungover but whenever I've drunk this I've woken up feeling lousy the next day. I certainly wouldn't recommend this as a purchase unless you were incredibly desperate.
Well I was brave the other week and I 'treated' myself to some Tesco's own brand Vodka. This was from their Everyday Value Range. The bottle size was a standard 70cl and I paid £8.75. Brilliant price! The alcohol by volume is 37.5% and my God, it isn't half rough.
It is no way as smooth as the normal brand of vodka we buy but we had a large gathering of people at our house and needed to replenish our supplies. We simply unscrewed the twist off cap and poured the cheap vodka into the empty Smirnoff Vodka bottles we had and no-one knew the difference. Well, no-one said they did, anyway. We did this with all of the spirits and I think we just about got away with it.
It's a great base for making your own liqueurs and I served it in a variety of different way, with cola, and lemonade and always always with PLENTY of ice. You need the ice to take away the pure brute strength of this stuff as it slides down your gullet. Boy, it's rough stuff.
I found though that once the party got going, and people had had a few drinks, I was worrying less about the cheap booze and no-one mentioned it anyway - everyone was asking for more or helping themselves and obviously unable to tell the difference between this and the more expensive stuff.
On the downside, the morning after the night before me and my dear other half did feel unusually fragile. We are both big drinkers anyway, but we both agreed that this cheap stuff didn't agree with us as much as the usual Smirnoff does. It's great though if you are on a tight budget, a student, or you just don't care what you're drinking. Overall then I have to say I recommend it - the price alone was brilliant and the taste got better the more I drank.
Let's be clear: vodka of any kind is far from a pleasant drink - it's not something you drink for the flavour, and even when mixed, it's not hugely better. But, at a social occasion, it's a cheap way of drinking a little bit. Frankly, that's the greatest advantage of this particular vodka; it's dirt cheap, and it's not hard to see why.
Drinking it neat firstly is pretty unpleasant. At least vodkas like Smirnoff are relatively smooth, and, taste aside, manageable. This, however should not be drunk neat; I'd actively discourage it. That is because it gives a nasty sensation in your throat, far more than you'd expect from drinking shots.
As for as a mixer, well, it's not dreadful. If you mix it with enough coke, it can make a relatively pleasant drink, and with lemonade it's not bad either. I suppose that's a paradigm for any vodka, but honestly, it's poor. If you can afford to buy something more expensive like Smirnoff, it's worth those few pounds extra so that you don't feel as if you've been drinking something you'd clean the loo with.
Finally, the packaging and bottle are unattractive; it's hardly an incentive, but the only reason anyone in their right mind would buy and drink this, was because it's cheap.
Tesco Value Vodka is bargain, but it really is like drinking paint stripper! Do I care that it isnt triple-distilled and filtered blah blah blah? Why do we buy it then? Because its cheap to use with a mixer or add to a punchbowl
I consider it the best value Vodka in the supermarkets but I only ever buy it for parties or occasions where I know I need a cheap night of drinking. Mix it some juice, a soft drink and its absolutely fine! No need to be splashing out on fancy bottles of vodka when the outcome at the end of the evening is just the same!
That said, I do believe that cheaper alcohol leads to a more devastating hangover. I think this is even more true when it comes to cheap vodka! I think that is why I stopped drinking vodka full stop though.
So for a cupboard filler, you cant knock the price of this stuff if you need something strong but cheap knocking about
I shop in Tesco's quite a bit and where I can tend to buy their value products. I have only two rules though when buying a value product rather than a brand.
1. It must be significantly better value than the branded option
2. I will only re-purchase if the quality is at least reasonable
Where possible I do try to save on food and drink so I recently decided to try their value brand of vodka. I usually mix it with cola anyway so thought it was worth a try.
The tesco value vodka worked out over £1.50 cheaper than all the other options for value. At £8.47 for 70cl, the next cheapest option was to pay just under £10 for double the quantity. That's fine if you want to buy in bulk, but I didn't and the value one was still the cheaper option.
The packaging, as with all value products, is nothing special. Just your basic white label.
Taste wise, it's not bad!
Now of course the more expensive ones do have a better taste to them if you were to drink them neat. However once you add it to a mixer or a cocktail, it does the job nicely. I would say it has a slightly stronger taste than some vodka's I have tried, but, unless your fussy it's fine for some cheap booze.
Being a student, paying money for alcohol is not something to be savoured so much as the alcohol itself. Throughout a fruitful drinking career I've tried all the supermarket brands, and Tesco's offering is probably the best of the bunch.
An alcohol review for me consists of several things: taste, drinkability, price, and the hangover it results in. Tesco Value Vodka ranks pretty well on taste, for a cheap vodka. Other cheap brands like Glenns are near impossible to shot, whereas Tesco Value is passable for this, as well as not having the weird after taste of Sainsburys Basics. It's fairly drinkable for a night out, which is always a plus. The price is around the same as all the value vodkas, though it is cheaper than far worse alternatives - such as Glenns - and thus is worth going to the supermarket for. The hangover is usually okay, I get far worse off some expensive brands like Smirnoff.
All in all a cheap choice which is one of the best value vodkas you can get. No real downsides for the student, which is why it gets a five based on that, though I can't imagine anyone with real money would plump for it over Russian Standard.
Tesco Value Vodka.............
Having recently done my first on line Tesco order I decided it perfect opportunity to buy a lot of the Tesco value items I would not normally buy for fear of being looked down upon from Trolley snobs.
This Tesco value vodka was one of the items that I decided to give a go. I tend to drink vodka as my main drink but will always mix it with coke and plenty of ice. I do go through a lot but often find myself buying Smirnoff or what other branded vodka is on special offer.
This Tesco value vodka comes in a bottle containing 70cl and costs a mere £7.48p. This is far cheaper than any other the other vodkas that Tesco stock per 100ml (which you can easily see and work out when shopping on line). However I have been into my local Lidl recently and bought a bottle for £7.99p for a 70cl and it was slightly better, both in look and taste.
The main draw back I would say I find is that the bottle is covered in the standard Tesco Value label, blue and white stripes. I therefore found myself funnelling it into a Smirnoff bottle as my vodka usually stays out on the side and I don't think it looks overly classy. Well having vodka on the side isn't classy at all but worse still if it has a value label!
The vodka looks no different from any other vodka when poured out and again the smell is pretty non existent as with other vodkas too. The taste however I can honestly say I find not too bad. Okay so it is not as smooth and perhaps taste free as when buying the more expensive branded vodkas such as Smirnoff but I still enjoy the taste when mixed with coke and ice.
I find myself getting just as drunk when drinking this vodka and my friend didn't seem to notice any difference , or didn't mention. when she drank from the Smirnoff bottle (not straight from the bottle but you get what I mean). The taste is not that much different but the price certainly is.
Overall I can say that it is most certainly something that I will be buying when doing my shopping on line again. I have however got a bottle of that one from Lidl that is in a nicer bottle so I shall see if the taste is far better, but I shouldn't think it would be that different). I would give this Tesco Value Vodka a nice score of 4/5 stars. The main difference is the price and that suits me just fine!
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you.
Brand: Tesco / Type: Spirits /