Monday, June 28, 2010
Millenium Products was kind enough to send me some coupons to redeem for their organic, raw kombucha. Kombucha is a fermented tea that contains a bacterial culture which provides the drink with probiotics, amino acids, antioxidants and active enzymes. While the health benefits of kombucha have been in dispute for some time, I found GT's kombucha to be a tasty, refreshing treat free of added sugars (made of only 100% kombucha and unrefined plant products) that I would enjoy regardless of its potential benefits. You can find out more about GT's take on the benefits of kombucha here.
I picked up the Strawberry Serenade, Divine Grape, Trilogy (raspberry, ginger, lemon) and Citrus flavors and despite hearing mixed reviews of these products in the past, I really enjoyed each and every one of the flavors. The flavor of the drink is tangy/slightly sour with a hint of sweet fruit flavor and a refreshing effervescence.
Divine Grape: This was my definite favorite among those flavors of GT's kombucha that I've tried so far. The flavor of the concord grapes was bold and robust and really shone through the tanginess of the Kombucha. Combined with the sparkling nature of the kombucha the overall drinking experience was exceptionally good!
Strawberry Serenade: Of the flavors I tried, this was probably my least favorite though I do know this happens to be a favorite of many. The strawberry taste is very subtle, delicate and natural, but still apparent. I don't think the strawberry blends as well with the tanginess as does the grape, but overall the flavor is still really pleasant.
Trilogy: The flavors in this drink seemed like more of an essence: you could taste hints of the raspberry and ginger, but their flavors weren't strong or overpowering. The ginger and raspberry provide a bit of a "lingering" taste and the lemon adds a crisp, refreshing element. I also think the Trilogy flavor is the prettiest of the bunch, when I saw the beautiful reddish, slightly purple color I just had to try this!
Citrus: I found this drink to be the most refreshing of the flavors I've tried. This was also the most tangy of the flavors and although the drink has no added sugar, it's not overpoweringly sour. The lemon juice in combination with the kombucha was very thirst quenching.
Some liken the taste of kombucha to vinegar... I hadn't thought of this until after I tried the product, but I can see how this statement that has its merits. The drink does taste a little similar to vinegar with its tanginess, but the overall flavor was much more complex and pleasant. The added fruit flavor and the effervescence made this a really delightful drink. I realize this is can be an acquired taste for some, but I enjoyed these right off the bat!
A huge thank you to GT's for allowing me to sample these tasty drinks! GT's Synergy & Organic Raw Kombucha can be found at many health food stores. Click here for a store locator.
**I was provided with coupons to be redeemed for free GT's products for review purposes and allowed to post my thoughts at my discretion. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. All opinions expressed here are mine.**