Guest reviewer and natural beverage enthusiast George Tsakiridis returns with another review.
In an earlier review, we here at BevReview looked at O.N.E. Coconut Water. In this installment we look at the O.N.E. Amazon Acai drink box. As with the coconut water, this flavor comes in a TetraPak, previously described in the coconut water review.
Aesthetically, I like the TetraPak. It is easy to hold and comes with a full 11 ounces, so it isn’t like those tiny little juice boxes from when we were kids. This variety has a nice metallic light purple color to it with a straw standing in a sea of cool, refreshing Acai berries and ice.
In previous reviews, I have discussed the health benefits of the Acai berry and won’t delve into that any further, but like other Acai drinks I have reviewed, O.N.E. pairs it with Acerola, which should up the vitamin C content, and the label also notes that the drink is “Rich in Antioxidants.” In fact, they make a point of highlighting the Acerola on the front of the package, as well as the fact that this drink is “100% Natural.” Now, lots of food and drink companies claim to be “Natural” and this can mean a lot of things, but it does look legit in this case. The ingredient list is as follows: “100% natural açai, 100% natural acerola, organic evaporated cane juice and citric acid.” This list of ingredients alone piques my interest, and makes me anxious to see how it tastes. [As a side note, I am a bit perturbed that the ingredient list did not use the Oxford comma.]
Moving to the drink itself, it is a thin, purple looking liquid that smells sort of like sweet olives. Various flecks speckle the drink. This may also be related to the 3.3 grams of fiber (13% daily value), which is interesting given how clean the drink tastes. I am sure it is meant to be enjoyed through a straw in the TetraPak, but for purposes of this review, I did pour it into a cup to see how it looks, which may bias some drinkers.
As per the taste, it is sweet, clean, and has a very slight tang to it, probably the Acerola. It is sweeter than other Acai drinks I have reviewed, and I would attribute that to the cane juice. Honestly, I am fairly pleased. The taste is somewhat exotic due to the Acai, but it keeps a sweet flavor and is an enjoyable, fruity drink. The cane juice and Acerola are big positives and make this a solid drink.
As far as an overall feel, I am pretty happy with O.N.E. Amazon Acai. It is tasty, but clean. It is pretty fruity, but could probably compliment a meal due to its fairly clean finish, or it could be a refreshing drink after exercise or on a hot day. I would say it is still somewhat of a niche drink, however. There are some health benefits, but it is somewhat high in sugar (29 total grams), with at least some of that sugar coming from the fruits. On the other hand, I think the cane sugar makes it much more palatable. All in all, not a bad drink.