Product Type: Tesco Vodka
Newest Review: ... is pretty much the standard industry strength for Vodka. It has a white screw top, it's a few pound cheaper than Red Smirnoff, (standa... more
Tesco 'Value' (?) Vodka
Tesco Value Vodka
Member Name: northernlovely
Tesco Value Vodka
Advantages: Erm... lovely clear colour
Disadvantages: Tastes like paint stripper, strips paint like paint stripper
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!
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