Review of Waitrose Essential Unsweetened Soya Milk

Writing a blog has made me go out and find alternative dairy and lactose free milks to try. Today is the turn of Waitrose unsweetened soya milk. Now for many years I have relied on soya milk to have with my breakfast cereals in the morning. This is purely out of habit, but also because before the rapid expansion of the free from market there I found it difficult to easily find alternative milks. Now I haven’t got a very sweet tooth, so tend to go for the unsweetened choice, it also means less calories when I’m on a fasting day. Now onto to the milk itself, the packaging is simple with a picture of a milk jug and the unsweetened and soya in clear red letters. A 250mls serving contains 88 calories, 4.8g of fat, 0.3g of sugar, and 0.08g of salt.
On opening the carton a deep rich cream colour of milk is revealed. Now due to psychological reasons and cows milk making me sick, I find it very difficult to drink milk, but I personally feel it still says go on drink me. I have to confess to not doing this by itself. Of course I had to have a little neat to review it fairly for my blog. On tasting the milk it tasted slightly creamy with a twang of soya noted. It was smooth in consistency and wasn’t too artificially sweet compared to other milks I have tried.
As mentioned most of my milk is consumed with breakfast cereals, I found it worked well of all cereals. I like to have like to have hot Weetabix most mornings as it is both warm and filling. On heating this milk and combining it with Weetabix it works really well, you can subtlety taste the milk but doesn’t impact on its flavour. I have also tried this milk as part of a hot chocolate and it worked really well. Finally, because it’s unsweetened I have found it works really well in baking both sweet and savoury dishes. So if you follow a dairy and or lactose free or vegan diet then why not give this soya milk a try. So thank you to Waitrose for producing an enjoyable unsweetened soya milk.


  1. May 15, 2015 / 9:21 pm

    I always buy either Tesco or Sainsbury’s value range soya milk – at 65p for a litre I don’t think the price can be beaten. The taste of both (they’re probably packaged by the same company) is inoffensive in smoothies, baking and savoury dishes and I don’t tend to drink it neat. I’d be interested to know if you’ve tried these and how they compare to the Waitrose smik? Is the Waitrose stuff worth the extra 20p?

    • May 16, 2015 / 8:04 am

      Hi, thanks for your comments. I am currently in the process of trying a variety of dairy and lactose free milks. I normally get my shopping from Ocado, hence the Waitrose milk. I have planned to try those milks you suggested and agree it will be interesting to compare due to the price difference.

    • May 18, 2015 / 8:12 pm

      Hi, thanks for your comments and stopping by, glad you found it useful.

      • May 19, 2015 / 2:28 am

        No problem! Keep up the reviews, I find them so entertaining.

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