One niche of beverages that's seen recent growth is in the area of relaxation, almost as a direct contrast to energy drinks. Different supplements are mixed together to try to calm you down; we've reviewed a couple in the past. One of the higher profile entries is the Marley's Mellow Mood line. Let's look at their Green Tea with Honey flavor!
This line of "100% natural relaxation beverages" by the Marley Beverage Company is a partnership between the estate of Bob Marley and Southfield, MI-based VIVA Beverages, who already works in the relaxation beverage marketplace with various products.
The line is a mix of tea and carbonated fruit flavors, utilizing "100% natural, calming botanicals" such as chamomile, valerian root, passion flower, lemon balm, and hops.
One unique aspect of the product line is the packaging. It's either in cans or bottles, but the look is very Bob Marley-ish, with red/yellow/green colors and his image front-and-center. It screams relaxation. Our Green Tea with Honey came in a clear 16 oz bottle, but you'd never be able to tell, since the label is attached as a full wraparound, following the pointed contours of the shape.
As for the drink itself, it's a tea with a light yellow/browish color and a sweet brewed scent. Upon drinking, you are greeted with a sweet, honey-infused flavor that blends nicely with the harsher green tea taste. It's quite clean overall as it shifts over your tongue into an aftertaste. The finish is not as sweet, but more in line with traditional bottled teas, the green tea flavoring lingering into a watery dissolve. Overall, the flavor is respectable and good for what it is, a greeb tea with honey.
As for the relaxation effects, the bottle claims that the beverage is decaffeinated and that it "reduces stress & relieves tension." As I've previously noted here on BevReview, I'm a light sleeper, so anything that can help "wind me down" is worth a look. Ironically, Marley's Mellow Mood Green Tea with Honey contains pure cane sugar, which typically goes against the idea of "relaxing," with 30 g for the entire bottle.
To be honest, I didn't notice any calming effects right away, though the overall experience could be described as smooth, not harsh. After about an hour, however, whether it was the power of suggestion or whatnot, I did feel more "chill," if you could believe that.
I must say that I am a fan of good decaffeinated tea options, and the Mellow Mood line does a nice job fitting that bill. I appreciate that this drink is actually classified as a beverage, not a "liquid supplement" in order to skirt rules and ingredient limitations from the FDA. As such, you won't find anything out of the ordinary in the ingredient mix.
This beverage brand tackles a niche with strong marketing appeal and an easy-to-explain functional element. Flavorwise, Green Tea with Honey is quite tasty and recommended. The relaxation stuff is a nice bonus. (Hey, if it's good enough for our Can Holiday celebration of World Sauntering Day, it's good enough for you!)
Marley's Mellow Mood Green Tea with Honey
Premium brewed decaffeinated green tea using filtered water, pure cane sugar, honey, natural flavor, citric acid, hops extract, passionflower extract, lemon balm extract, chamomile extract, rose hip extract.
A 16 oz bottle contains 120 calories, 0 mg sodium, and 30 g carbs (30 g sugars). Caffeine free.