Advantages Very cheap, decent taste
Disadvantages Fizzy, slight bitter/chemical aftertaste, taste not as pleasant as more expensive brands
Before you start reading this, I'll be honest - this isn't actually a review of "Tesco Cola". It's a review of "Sun-Sip Cola", which is part of the "Discount Brands" range at Tesco, and my local Tesco sells this instead of the Tesco own-brand, so I can't promise you'll find this in your local Tesco (if you want to after reading this review!) Additionally it isn't listed on the Tesco site, but I know it does exist because I've got it and the receipt in front of me!I might be completely wrong here but with the trend of Tesco moving away from own brand to "Discount Brand" for value options, this may be the new replacement for the old Tesco Cola. Then again, it may not!
The "Discount Brands" aims to provide new brands of favourite items, such as lemonade (also by Sun-Sip in my local store!), washing up liquid ('Daisy' is the Discount Brand) and pasta sauces ("Trattoria Verdi", which sounds quite posh!)Back to the cola! At a slightly ridiculous 38p for 2 litres of Cola, I decided that it was time to save some money and plumped for it over the far more expensive Coca Cola branded cola I normally buy at £1.56 a bottle. That's a huge saving of £1.18p for every bottle!
However, it all hinged on the taste test now. While the price may have been a bargain, that doesn't mean much if it's not drinkable.Upon pouring a glass, the first thing I noticed was the fizz. There was a lot of it, and when I finally finished pouring the cola carried on making bubbling noises for a good few minutes afterwards!
After pouring another glass (after all, who wants to leave their drink for 5 minutes to get rid of all the bubbles every time they want a glass?) I just my first sip. The first thing I noticed was bubbles, lots of bubbles. I could feel the cola fizzing in my mouth for a few seconds before I swallowed it, and while I wasn't too worried about the fizz itself, I was worried about the after effects it might have on me!As for the taste itself - the most important part in my opinion - I was fairly pleasantly surprised. It's not extremely strong or sweet or even sickly, if anything it's quite week. The taste reminded me happily of Haribo Cola Bottles, although not quite as strong. As with most value soft drinks, there is a slight bitterness or even chemically after taste, but it isn't strong at all and disappears quickly.
After my first few measured gulps, I realised I was actually quite thirsty and polished off a couple of large glasses - probably about 600ml in total! My fears of fizz came back to haunt me a short period of time after when I felt a peculiar feeling in my stomach - slightly uncomfortable and "bubbly" is the only way I can describe it.
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