Guest reviewer and natural beverage enthusiast George Tsakiridis returns with another review.
In my last review, I looked at Adina Holistics Pomegranate Acai with Yumberry. Continuing in this line of drinks that combines tea, fruit flavor, and herbal extracts, today I look at the new Holistics Zero line, specifically Adina Holistics Zero Wild Black Cherry with Resveratrol + Vitamins.
As I previously mentioned, these drinks come in an attractive fourteen ounce bottle, or 413.7 ml if you prefer, and I love the oversize bottle opening, for which I used many a hyperbolic description in the past.
Unlike the previous herbal elixirs I reviewed, this bottle does not contain a separate list of herbal ingredients with their amounts. Of course this variety has zero calories thanks to the use of Stevia as a sweetener, hence the name “Zero.” In addition, there are zero sugars and small amounts of vitamins that you can see listed in the nutritional facts, mostly various B vitamins.
As far as the ingredients, they read as follows:
Water, Erythritol, Citric Acid, Grape Juice Concentrate, Vegetable Juice Concentrate (Color), Fruit Juice Concentrate (Color), Potassium Citrate, Malic Acid, Natural Black Cherry Flavor with Other Natural Flavors, Tricalcium Phosphate, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf Extract, Salt, White Tea Concentrate, Resveratrol (Polygonum Cuspidatum) Root Extract, Calcium D-Pantothenate, Niacinamide, Glycerol Ester of Wood Rosin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Organic Lemon Balm Leaf Extractives, Organic Valerian Root Extractives, Organic Chamomile Flower Extractives, Organic Hibiscus Flower Extractives, Organic Basil Leaf Extractives, Organic Lemon Verbena (Lippia Citriodora) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extractives, Cyanocobalamin.
Unlike the previous varieties reviewed, this type is not fair trade, nor organically certified, but perhaps that has something to do with the particular ingredients, or lack thereof. You may notice, however, the use of organic ingredients in the list above. It is still certified as gluten free, which is great, but I also wouldn’t expect gluten in this kind of drink.
Now, let’s get to the guts of the matter. The liquid looks like a deep reddish-purple, but is almost a dark pink/light red when held up to the light. Upon opening the cap, the drink smells like a sweet cherry, sort of like a Ludens cough drop – this is a good thing. In the aroma I sense a hint of vitamins. The taste is that of a sweet cherry, almost too sweet, in that diet pop (soda for some of you), no sugar sort of way. This is more present in the aftertaste. I would liken the taste to a frozen slushee sort of treat, the kind you place in your freezer at home. It isn’t bad, but has a less “natural” taste to it. In addition, you do need to shake it, because there is some light sediment in the bottle, depending on how long you’ve let it sit.
Inside the cap, the “Herbalism for Life” saying is: “After all is said and done, more is said than done.” And of course it is followed by a “Namaste” at the bottom, which always appeals to the LOST fan in me. It’s cliché, but still like getting a fortune in a bottle.
In conclusion, I find this flavor to be solid, but a little “fake sweet,” which is a drawback of most drinks trying to avoid calories, as there are only certain sweetening options available. I think this particular variety is subject to taste, so if you like Kool-Aid or Fla-Vor-Ice frozen pops, you may like this more than if you are looking for a juice-related taste. Of course for people consuming those products, this may be a big step up healthwise.
Overall, I would say this variety is not bad, but nothing earth shattering either. I love black cherry in general, and this wouldn’t be high on my list of black cherry flavored drinks. So in the final analysis, I would say it’s ok, but not strongly recommended.
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