Guest reviewer and natural beverage enthusiast George Tsakiridis returns with another review.
For a while now, Honest Tea has been a well-known name in heath food circles, with a large variety of flavors and using limited amount of sugar. In addition to the many great tea varieties, Honest Tea also offers various flavors of “Honest Ade,” drinks that are not teas, but are naturally flavored drinks. Today we look at Honest Tea Limeade.
Aesthetically, I discussed the Honest Tea bottles in my review in my review on the Organic Peach White Tea variety, so I won’t rehash it here. Suffice it to say, they are nice aesthetically pleasing bottles that you can see more of at the Honest Tea website. I particularly like this bottle as it features a juicy wedge of lime prominently on the label.
Regarding health benefits and nutrition, Honest Tea does not tout a bunch of specific health benefits on this particular flavor, and I for one, really appreciate that. The main reason you would be drinking limeade is to have a tasty drink or to fight off scurvy. Speaking of scurvy, there is a fun tidbit on the label about where British sailors got the name “Limey.” They were given a daily lime to fight scurvy. So that is a fun fact for those who didn’t know that. They do specifically mention that the drink is “Caffeine-Free,” which I feel is a tad unnecessary because most of us don’t expect caffeine in our limeade.
The drink contains 100 calories per 16.9 ounce bottle, and the ingredient list is as follows:
Honest Ade Limeade
Purified water, organic cane sugar, organic lime juice, natural lime flavor, organic lemon juice concentrate, and organic lemon extract
Clearly drawing on organic products and cane sugar, the ingredient list passes the “eye test.” In fact, the label does state that this is an “Organic Thirst Quencher” and the usual “Just a Tad Sweet.”
As far as the actual drink itself, it looks much like a typical lemon- or limeade -– kind of a light yellowish, milky opaqueness. There isn’t a strong aroma at all when I open the bottle. Maybe a slight hint of the citrus, but mainly a hint of cane sugar, if that is indeed what I smell. Upon first taste, I have to say, it is a bit more watery than I was expecting. Perhaps that is because I am used to the typical sugary flavor in limeade. There is a slight sourness to the aftertaste, but it clears the palette fairly cleanly. I do not taste any pulp; it is a pure liquid experience. Honestly, it is less than I expected as far as taste, but again, I think part of this is the way limeade is typically made.
As a side note, and as with the previous review on Organic Peach White Tea, there is a saying on the inner label of the bottle for the plastic bottles. It reads, “‘First things first, but not necessarily in that order.’ – Doctor Who.” So we have a Doctor Who saying after an Aristotle quote last time. Kind of a fun bonus.
Overall, I could definitely see this used as a thirst quencher on a hot day or a refreshing boost while playing sports. It could also be an understated accompaniment to a meal, but not necessarily a drink to be savored as a sweet treat. The flavor is really not the main focus here, which is why I can see it being used more as a straightforward thirst quencher. A solid drink as long as you know what to expect. At least we know that Honest Tea hasn’t strayed from their philosophy by loading up a drink on sugars, but I would like a bit more sweetness in this drink.