Product Review : Kombucha
Product Review: Kombucha
Kombucha is a fermented, fizzy, sweetened black or green tea drink. It’s made with a live yeast culture which gives it a slight trace of alcohol but not enough to brand it as an alcoholic drink. Because it’s technically a “live” drink, it must be kept in a fridge and never shaken up!
I selected a kombucha using a green tea called gunpowder. Gunpowder is a fresh, rich and golden green tea produced from the very tender, young leaves of the plant giving it a full flavour.
I was a little sceptical as I’m allergic to alcohol; even the smallest trace can give me a severe allergic reaction. However as it’s classed as non-alcoholic, I thought I’d try it.
On opening, the bottle gave a satisfying fizz and the drink bubbled up nicely but didn’t overflow. Pouring it immediately released a strong yeasty scent reminiscent of cider. A small cautious sip revealed a lively, refreshing taste and the bubbles gave it a slightly sharp pop. I could imagine this being drunk outside on a summers evening with cheese and crackers after a sizzling barbecue.
This is a refreshing drink, but I found it quite gassy and the yeasty smell was strong. It is marketed as non-alcoholic however; I won’t be trying it again personally as after only a couple of sips to taste I did indeed suffer a mild allergic reaction to the alcohol content.
Marks out of 10 : I’d give it a 6½ as I’m not a fan of fizzy drinks and the yeasty smell was quite strong. However the refreshing taste of the tea was there and with less pop and no alcohol I’m sure I would have found it a very enjoyable drink.
21 May 2019