Review: Snapple Lightly Sweetened Cherry Pomegranate Tea & Peach Passionfruit Tea


We've taken a look at quite a few Honest Tea flavors here at BevReview, all of which feature tastes that are "less sweet" that your standard flavored teas. I would seem that the new "Lightly Sweetened" product like from Snapple aims to go after that market a bit with their two introductory flavors — Snapple Lightly Sweetened Cherry Pomegranate Tea & Snapple Lightly Sweetened Peach Passionfruit Tea.

Snapple Lightly Sweetened Cherry Pomegranate Tea & Peach Passionfruit Tea

Snapple Lightly Sweetened Cherry Pomegranate Tea & Peach Passionfruit Tea

The official marketing spin notes that these products offer a "lighter, refreshing taste," sourced from white tea. Snapple is more of a mainstream brand, with Honest Tea perceived as the higher-end, organic take you'd find in places like Whole Foods (though, with Coke now owning them, I expect to see the product line broaden in distribution).

Snapple Lightly Sweetened Cherry Pomegranate Tea

Snapple Lightly Sweetened Cherry Pomegranate Tea

Let's start off with Cherry Pomegranate, which comes in the standard Snapple 16 oz glass bottle. The label feature a banner proclaiming "Lightly Sweetened" above the brand name, with a callout denoting "Made from White Tea Leaves." Graphically, there's a reddish hue to the label with a lot of fades use, visually illustrating the "light" part, even though this isn't a diet beverage. Sugar is the sweetener of choice here, with a bottle featuring 80 calories.

Pop the cap and you'll find the traditional "Real Fact" underneath (I got #746: "The only insect that can turn its head is a praying mantis"). The drink itself has a light tea appearance, more like yellow/orange tinted water. There's quite a strong cherry scent coming from the beverage. As for the taste, it's quite refreshing overall. It starts out a bit on the watery side, which is very much how a lot of Honest Tea flavors taste. Then, despite the light claim, a pretty sweet cherry flavor kicks in (and it's not syrupy, but clean), but then fades. I didn't really note the pomegranate flavoring all that much. Overall, the experience is much like "subtle-BAM-subtle" with this lightly sweetened incarnation. Pretty good overall, but the less-than-full body flavor profile takes some getting used to if you aren't familiar.

Snapple Lightly Sweetened Cherry Pomegranate Tea
Filtered water, sugar, citric acid, white tea, acerola fruit extract, natural flavors

A 16 oz bottle contains 80 calories, 10 mg sodium, and 19 g carbs (18 g sugars)

Snapple Lightly Sweetened Peach Passionfruit Tea

Snapple Lightly Sweetened Peach Passionfruit Tea

Jumping over to the Peach Passionfruit flavor, the same bottle and label treatment applies, though the accent color is an orange/yellow. I'll tell you right now, that of the two flavors, this was my favorite. I was surprised by this, because I tend to not like peach flavoring as much as other fruits. I think what makes this flavor work is not the peach, but the addition of the passionfruit. It adds a wonderful bitter contrast to the traditional peach tea experience. Like Cherry Pomegranate, the drink starts out on the watered-down side, but then the "exotic" element kicks in a bit with the flavor combo… and then fades. The overall mouthfeel for Peach Passionfruit was delightfully pleasing, and not as sweet as Cherry Pomegranate, which I preferred in this genre of drink. Of the two flavors, only the Peach Passionfruit is available in a larger 64 oz side, beyond the standard 16 oz glass bottle.

Snapple Lightly Sweetened Peach Passionfruit Tea
Filtered water, sugar, citric acid, white tea, acerola fruit extract, natural flavors

A 16 oz bottle contains 80 calories, 10 mg sodium, and 19 g carbs (18 g sugars)

Overall, both are positive additions to the Snapple lineup, though I'm curious if the marketplace will respond accordingly. Snapple doesn't really have a tradition of offering this type of variation, though they've been more creative as of late with their "Half 'n Half" Arnold Palmer-knockoff, so we'll see. With the addition of sugar a few years ago and more variations, it feels like Dr Pepper Snapple Group is trying to shift the positioning of Snapple a bit to once again be a bit more premium. They obviously are strong the brand… it's in their corporate name!

Official Website: Snapple.com

Full Disclosure: These beverages were provided compliments of Snapple

Comments

  1. Can't find lightly sweetened have as stop and shop A&P but they only once in a while
    so disappointed

  2. This is a great alternative to water when I need a little more flavor that I can just pick up at the store.
    I like it instead of soda. It satisfies my need for a sweet drink. It is just the right level of sweetness. It is not overly sweet like soda. My new go to beverage! I tried the cherry pomergranate and I will be getting the peach one.

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