Guest reviewer and natural beverage enthusiast George Tsakiridis returns with another review.
This is part four in a 4-part series reviewing the Zola smoothie line. Today’s review covers the Zola Superfood Smoothie. For some background information on Zola see the Zola Açai Superfruit Juices review, and Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 three of this series covering the Immunity, Antioxidant, and Energy smoothies.
The superfood smoothie is described as a “Smooth Green Blend of Cupuaçu, Graviola & Açai” with “Super Greens & Antioxidants.” For those that don’t know, cupuaçu is a tree related to the cacao (cocoa), and the graviola is a tree native to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. The smoothie contains 81% juice and 70% organic ingredients (as opposed to the Superfruit juices that are certified organic). It also has the same aesthetic as the other smoothies, but uses a green motif.
I had a little trouble getting the peel-tab off of the bottle, which I hadn’t experienced with the other smoothies, but the good news here is that Zola cares enough to prevent tampering. As far as sensory qualities, it starts off with a smell that is like a blend of some of the other smoothies, but otherwise it is hard to describe. In the department of tactile quality, it is thin, which falls into line with the other smoothies, but also slightly gritty. The look of the drink is a dark, muddy green, kind of like the olive green in an oil paint-by-number kit from when I was a kid (the 1980′s).
Moving to the taste, it was surprisingly sweet, but slightly pungent. The aftertaste also had some sweetness to it. For a “green” health drink, it was surprising how sweet it was, as many drinks with greens can be more vegetable-like and thicker. This was much more drinkable.
All in all, it was one of the better smoothies by Zola, but I would still place it behind the Immunity Smoothie, which was my favorite. It could be that the overall taste of the smoothies grew on me by my fourth flavor, so that could also be a factor. In general, I think that the Zola smoothie line is definitely a matter of personal taste, and will attract many customers within their target audience.