Guest reviewer and natural beverage enthusiast George Tsakiridis returns with another review.
In my last review, I looked at Adina Holistics Zero Wild Black Cherry with Resveratrol + Vitamins. Continuing in this line of drinks that combines tea, fruit flavor, and herbal extracts, today I look at Adina Holistics Zero Mandarin Melon Berry with Maqui + Vitamins.
I went over some of the logistics for the Zero bottle in the previous review, so let's go straight to the ingredients, which read as follows:
Water, Erythritol, Grape Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Potassium Citrate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Natural Maqui Melon Flavor with Other Natural Flavors, Vegetable Juice Concentrate (Color), Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf Extract, White Tea Concentrate, Calcium D-Pantothenate, Niacinamide, 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.
Like the previous variety, this flavor is gluten free, with zero calories and no caffeine or juice, plus small amounts of vitamins. The label does note that there are 200 mg of "organic herbal extracts and organic white tea concentrate…" This drink is also sweetened with stevia.
Ok, let's get to the drink. Be sure to shake the bottle as some settling may occur, and if you let it sit long enough, this will be evident. Aesthetically, the color is that of a deep pink lemonade and seems somewhat enticing. Opening the cap, I smell a melony-fruity aroma, and I think a hint of vitamins, but who knows.
The taste is sort of like a Jolly Rancher watermelon candy. I am somewhat surprised by this, and not in a bad way. There is a bit of an herbal aftertaste, but this flavor seems to taste better than the cherry one I just reviewed. I think part of it is expectations, as I typically enjoy cherry flavored things and the previous flavor was not great.
The somewhat "fake sweet" stevia aftertaste is present in the Mandarin Melon Berry, but doesn't seem as strong as the black cherry variety, but again, this could be expectations. Anything this shade of pink wouldn't taste like real fruit, so you know what you can expect going in. The more I drink, however, the more I taste it, and the less I like it. Again, I really think it is the aftertaste.
In conclusion, I find this flavor to be "OK," and even a little bit better than the previous Zero variety I reviewed, but I'm on the fence there. I still wouldn't give a rousing endorsement to either of these flavors, but if you really don't want the calories, Mandarin Melon Berry might be worth a shot.
I think I could almost recommend this as an accompaniment to food, but again, the endorsement wouldn't be rousing. In general, both varieties of Zero are a little too artificial for my taste. The fact that I won't finish drinking the bottle after this review is done should tell you something – for those who are looking for natural tasting drinks.
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