In the last few years, kombucha went from a fringe drink that the health obsessed brewed at home to an item available in most health food stores as well as in unexpectedly mainstream food vendors like pizzerias and bodegas. GT's Kombucha has been a leader in that trend. In 2009, they released three new "botanic" blends with ingredients like lavender
, orange peel and red clover. While I doubt Botanic No. 3 will win over many cola drinkers, it offers mass appeal and a lightly sweet taste that even seasoned kombucha drinkers can love.
Color & Aroma
The color of this kombucha blend is much darker than most. It's a very dark, muted version of mauve that hints at its berry flavor.
The aroma is an equal blend of kombucha (which most say smells like apple cider
vinegar), lavender and berries. It's not as overpowering as some kombucha blends, nor is it overly sweet.
Botanic No. 3 is softer and more muted in flavor than the other GT's kombuchas I've tried (like GT's Organic Raw Botanic No. 7 Kombucha
and GT's Botanic No. 9 Kombucha
). The lavender tempers the tangy vinegar intensity of the kombucha, while the elderberry adds a sweet-tart depth. As the aroma indicates, it's not overly sweet. It's a balanced flavor that relies on the complexity of its ingredients instead of trying to mask kombucha's natural taste.
There are many health claims about kombucha out there. I'm not going to get into those, but I will say that each person's results are different and my result is something best described as a mild euphoria. It's mellow, but energizing and uplifting. Personally, I find that the effect is intensified when the kombucha is consumed on an empty stomach.
This drink is a little too fringe and lightly sweetened for your average soda drinker, but I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in trying kombucha, kombucha drinkers looking to try something new, and fans of lavender or berry infusions.
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