Welcome two new Coke flavours for 2019 in the UK – Diet Coke Twisted Strawberry and Coca Cola Zero Raspberry.
The new flavours follow hot on the
So far Twisted Strawberry seems to be exclusive to Tesco although availability is patchy (smaller Tesco Express stores seem to carry it more than larger ones). Raspberry seems to be exclusive to ASDA at the moment.
(Updated April 2019; Both flavours now seem to becoming more widely available with Twisted Strawberry showing up in ASDA stores and Raspberry in Tesco Stores – you might also like to check out Pepsi Max Raspberry which has been spied in Tesco stores).
Twisted Strawberry, which I found in a Tesco Express store, costs £1.25 for a 1.25 litre bottle and is described as “Sparkling low calorie strawberry flavour soft drink with vegetable extracts and sweeteners”.
Taking a sip you get a strong strawberry flavour – super sweet and artificial a bit like strawberry sweets from Pick & Mix. The problem though is that the strawberry is so overpowering it almost drowns out the coke taste. So it’s nice if you want some strawberry flavour pop with a hint of cola, I guess. As for the “twisted” bit? Who knows. I don’t think you can twist a strawberry very effectively…
Overall, this makes a nice change from the norm and is better than the flavours from last year, but I think it could have been better. 8/10.
The Coca Cola Zero Raspberry was one I wasn’t so interested in initially, however I finally caved out of curiosity and bought a bottle. These are available in Asda currently in all sizes – small bottles, large bottles, 1.25 L bottles and cans. Weirdly, the smallest bottles cost more than these 1.25 L ones! (These are £1 whereas the smaller ones are £1.25). Obviously it was a no-brainer which one to go for…
I had a swig of this after a hectic shop and I have to say, it surprised me! It’s lovely. A nice fresh zingy raspberry flavour, that reminded me of those raspberry flavour drinks that came in little pots, where you puncture the lid with a straw. Who remembers ’em? (leave a comment if you do!) Anyway the flavour reminded me of childhood and compliments the coca cola taste rather than overpowering it. I imagine this would be a great mixer with alcoholic (or non alcoholic!) drinks, and should definitely be chilled with lots of ice.
Yes, we have a winner, it’s Coca Cola Zero Raspberry! This is one I would buy again regularly, and I suppose it’s one that adults would enjoy whereas the strawberry one is more for kids. I rate this 9/10.