We first took a look at Hansen’s Natural Green Tea Soda Pomegranate in May 2007 and found it different, but enjoyable. Hansen’s has rolled out a similar-but-different flavor as part of their Sparkling Sleek link of flavored water drinks: Hansen’s Natural Sparkling Sleek Pomegranate Green Tea.
This line of drinks is officially described as a “refreshing taste of fresh fruit and real cane sugar lightened with the perfect amount of bubbles.” It features 4 core flavors & 2 green teas — with Sugar Free versions of each of these flavors also available.
The packaging design on this line features 10.5 oz. cans, bundled in 4 packs, similar to the trends we’ve seen with Tava and Nutrisoda. The shape and design of the can convey a light drink with nutritional/healthy overtones. The primary flavors come in silver cans, the green teas in green cans, sugar free flavors in light blue cans, and sugar free green teas in light green/yellow cans. They all follow a simple, restrained design that is prevalent in “Web 2.0″ visual trends these days.
When I first opened the can of Pomegranate Green Tea, there was a certain “berry” scent that appeared. The flavor reflected this, with a sense of light, bubblyness, accented by just a bit of cherryish flavor. As for the tea element, it was minimal, as far as I could tell — though I’m no expert on the taste of green tea. Overall, it created a pleasant taste experience and something far different from the norm.
The sweetener of choice is cane sugar (24 grams), which provides 90 calories to a can. The drink also claims that each can contains 35 mg of EGCG per can (Epigallocatechin Gallate, an antioxidant).
A full ingredient list is as follows:
Hansen’s Natural Sparkling Sleek Pomegranate Green Tea
Filtered carbonated water, cane sugar, natural flavors with extracts of Italian pomegranate, citric acid, green tea extract
The can also proclaims the following: “No High Fructose Corn Syrup”, “No Preservatives”, “No Artificial Colors”, “No Sodium”, “Caffeine Free”, and “All Natural Flavors”.
The same flavor characteristics carried over to the no calorie version of the drink, Hansen’s Natural Sparkling Sleek Sugar Free Pomegranate Green Tea. Whereas the packaging of the regular version was a avocado green color, the Sugar Free version is a lighter, silvery green can.
This version of the flavor uses sucralose and Ace-K as the primary sweeteners (and it’s even noted with a “Splenda” brand mark on the back). The drink has 0 calories, but still everything else claimed by the original.
Hansen’s Natural Sparkling Sleek Sugar Free Pomegranate Green Tea
Filtered carbonated water, natural flavors with extracts of Italian pomegranates, citric acid, sucralose, green tea extract, acesulfame potassium
Overall, the diet edition wasn’t bad, but probably was more pronounced in the artificial sweetener taste than I would have liked.
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