Guest reviewer and natural beverage enthusiast George Tsakiridis returns with another review.
Are you looking for a fruity tea with health benefits? Well look no further. Adina provides just such a line of drinks that combine tea, fruit flavors and herbal extracts in their Holistics line of beverages. We’ve previously looked at their Jade Green Tea and Coconut Guava flavors. In this installment, I will review Adina Holistics Mango Orange with Chamomile.
Upon first glance the Holistics beverage line comes in attractive 14 oz bottles with a “happy monkey” logo and a prominent USDA Organic icon beneath. I am already predisposed to like this drink based on the aesthetics. In this particular bottle, the colors compliment the tinted orange color of the drink, and the glass bottle already scored brownie points with me. Built into the texture of the glass one sees a cursive “Adina” on both sides of the top of the bottle in a convex format, while “Drink No Evil” is found in a concave manner around the lower edge of both sides of the bottle. The cap is fairly large, indicating a large-mouth opening. I would estimate that it is about an inch in diameter, which should improve taste delivery.
As far as the ingredients go, this drink is more than just a pretty face. This herbal elixir contains 110 calories per bottle, 26 grams of sugar, and a trace amount of sodium. There is a 369 mg holistic herbal blend of lemongrass extract, lemon balm leaf extract, white tea extract, chamomile flower extract, and valerian root extract, all of them organic.
The actual ingredient list is as follows, with asterisked items denoted as fair trade certified, which may appeal to those with particular social consciousness.:
Organic Brewed Tea (Water, Organic White Tea Extract*), Organic Sugar*, Natural Mango Orange Flavor with Other Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Beta-Carotene, Retinol Palmitate, Organic Lemongrass Extractives, Organic Lemon Balm Leaf Extractives, Organic Chamomile Flower Extractives, Organic Valerian Root Extractives.
Being that the drink is USDA certified organic, you know it has gone through a measure of testing. As an additional note, it is also certified gluten free, an important fact for many consumers.
Now, let’s get to the actual drink. Although I don’t see it on the bottle, I do recommend shaking the drink as some contents seem to settle. Opening the cap, I see what looks like a slightly darkened orange liquid, accompanied by a fruity, quite botanical aroma. In fact, the botanicals almost overpower the fruity scent. The taste is quite sweet, but clean, and has a mango-ey/orange flavor, but with an herbal, slightly medicinal aftertaste (although I don’t mean that derogatorily).
There are multiple tastes at work, and seem to hit different taste buds in your mouth – remember those old diagrams in elementary school: salty, sweet, sour, bitter? I’m not saying it hits all of them, but there are definitely various flavors at work depending on the particular mouthful. I love the widemouth bottle, which allows you to really drink it down. The consistency is very clean and clear, no feel of sediment, and it is almost water-like in consistency; it is that clean.
As with some other brands of tea, there is a saying inside the cap, which they call “Herbalisms for Life.” This particular saying states “He who laughs last, didn’t get it.” It also says “Namaste” at the bottom, which really appeals to me, being a huge LOST fan. Perhaps the Dharma Initiative did find work after the show ended.
Overall, I love the presentation and the ingredients. The drink itself is good, but I think more suited as a stand-alone drink or a thirst quencher. I think it would be tougher to pair it with foods, although with some thought, I’m sure I could come up with something appropriate. Adina has delivered a quality drink and the herbals in both the ingredient list and the taste make this a unique drink that will appeal to the health food crowd. As a stand-alone drink, I think this fits the bill.
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