Guest reviewer and natural beverage enthusiast George Tsakiridis returns with another review.
Here at BevReview, we have previously looked at a couple varieties of Sunkist Naturals smoothies: Strawberry Dream and Glorious Greens. Today we take a look at Sunkist Naturals Golden Mango (alphonso mango smoothie).
This drink comes in a 15.2 ounce bottle with a nice aesthetic appeal. As far as the name of the fruit, the golden mango is apparently named after the Portuguese King Alphonso, and is a trademarked name. The label tells us that the drink is: 100% juice, has no sugar added, is high in antioxidants, high in vitamin A, high in vitamin C, has 50 mg of omega-3s, and is a good source of fiber. They also note there are no GMO’s for those that are looking out for that sort of thing.
Personally, when I looked at the nutrition facts, the high fiber content is what struck me first. Each serving has 3 grams of fiber, and there are 2 servings per bottle. The 6 total grams of fiber per bottle is more than one serving of many fiber cereals. Also notable is the 320 mg of potassium compared with 15 mg of sodium per serving.
The list of ingredients (without going into the full detail) includes apple juice, banana puree, mango puree, orange juice, passion fruit juice, carrot and pumpkin extracts, and Vitamin C. Apple juice is the main ingredient, which is often to be expected in juice blends, but I find the addition of carrot and pumpkin extracts especially interesting.
Moving to the sensory qualities of the smoothie, the drink has a nice golden orange color, actually looking like the old orange juice concentrate that comes in a can. It is also fairly thick compared to other smoothies I have reviewed. In all honesty it is not overly dense, but has some body to it. The scent is definitely a mix of fruits, with banana, mango, and orange seemingly present, especially the mango and banana.
As far as taste goes, the banana puree is what strikes me first, but there is also kind of a nice “sweetness” to the aftertaste. It is a fairly fresh taste. Per the body of the drink, I can almost taste the fiber, and that is what gives it some thickness and makes this more a smoothie than a juice. The drink has a coating quality also, building into this smoothie category, and I mean that in a positive way. It is a clean, but flavorful taste, avoiding the acidity that some drinks offer. The more I drink of it, the more I like it.
All in all, this is a good drink, and I would recommend it to those who like juice smoothies. I would also say it is comparable to some of the drinks made by Odwalla and Naked Juice. The freshness, nutrition, and taste combine to make this a strong entry in the smoothie market.