When we reviewed Hansen’s Natural Green Tea Soda Tangerine, the results were rather… bleh. It wasn’t overly impressive, but it was different. With that mindset I tentatively approached reviewing a sister flavor, in this case Hansen’s Natural Green Tea Soda Pomegranate.
First of all, I really didn’t know what the heck a pomegranate was. So to Wikipedia I went, where I learned the following points about this item:
- A deciduous shrub or small tree native to Asia and widely cultivated for its edible fruit
- Pomegranate juice is a popular drink in the Middle East, and is also used in Iranian and Indian cuisine; it began to be widely marketed in the US in 2004
- Providing 40% of an adult’s daily vitamin C requirement per 100 ml serving, pomegranate juice is also a good source of folic acid and antioxidant polyphenols
- Many food and dietary supplement makers have found the advantages of using pomegranate extracts (which have no sugar, calories, or additives), instead of the juice, as healthy ingredients in their products
Um, OK. But what exactly is pomegranate supposed to taste like? I guess we’d find out.
Just like Hansen’s Natural Green Tea Soda Tangerine, Hansen’s Natural Green Tea Soda Pomegranate (again, way too long of a name) contains “35MG EGCG per can”. It also shared the fact that is had “all natural flavors”, “no preservatives”, “no artificial colors”, and “no caffeine”. The 16 oz. can proclaimed 90 calories per serving, with 2 servings per container. I still don’t really know how could you partake of 2 servings from a carbonated beverage at separate times without the drink going flat, so I’m going to assume that you are going to share this drink with a friend!
The ingredients lineup includes filtered carbonated water, glucose-fructose syrup (as we discussed before, probably just a nice way to say “high fructose corn syrup”), natural flavors with extracts of pomegranate, citric acid, and Chinese green tea extract. There’s your drink!
Like the Tangerine flavor, the style of the packaging was influenced by Asian motifs, with a color scheme of dark red, green, and tan, again with a Chinese character prominently located next to the name.
Upon opening the can, the scent reminded me of a red pop of some sort. You know the kind. Typically sold as a generic store brand and just called something like “red”. That’s what it smelled like. Then there was the first taste… which reminded me right away of Cherry 7Up. It was rather crisp, light, but definitely influenced with a cherry flavor. I surprisingly liked the taste, which was far superior to the Tangerine version of this drink.
Overall, it was tasty and not at all what I expected. I might even consider drinking it again if given the opportunity.