A drink from longstanding traditions, kombucha was first brewed in China, after which it spread to Japan and Russia and, in the early 20th century, became popular in Europe. Kombucha’s production is based on a fermentation process whose chief ingredients are tea, sugar and SCOBY, a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast added to freshly brewed tea and left to ferment.
Love Kombucha’s soft drinks come in four flavors—original, blueberry, ginger lime, and ginger—each packed into 500-mL glass bottles with swing caps and 250-mL glass bottles with screw caps. The bottle designs are simple yet provide information not only about the ingredients, but also about the production of kombucha. Love Kombucha’s entire line is dairy free, gluten free, and suitable for vegans and with completely organic ingredients, including sugar and tea.
Love Kombucha’s original flavor is brownish yellow, with slight sediment and high turbidity due to fermentation. Opening the bottle reveals the strong acidic aroma characteristic of kombucha, tempered by slight, natural carbonation. The first sip gives an acidic flavor reminiscent of vinegar, yet with a hint of green tea. The drink has only 11 kcal per 100 mL.
Opening a bottle of Love Kombucha’s blueberry flavor, colored with organic cold-pressed blueberry juices, reveals an acidic aroma sweetened by fruity berry notes. The first sip yields acidic notes that are not overly strong, combined with sweetness and the taste of blueberries. The drink contains only 12 kcal per 100 mL.
Each bottle of Love Kombucha’s ginger flavor rewards a strong, natural ginger aroma when opened. The ginger taste comes from organic ginger root juices, which give the drink the natural turbid, yellow color of ginger without any additional colorants. The ginger combines well with the slight notes of green tea and the acidity of kombucha, for a full mouthfeel that’s not at all watery, much like the entire range of Love Kombucha’s products. The drink contains only 11 kcal per 100 mL.
Opening bottles of Love Kombucha’s ginger lime flavor offered our team a pleasant surprise: it popped out like champagne and foamed over our tables, which made tasting the product even more exciting. Turbid and yellowish without any additional colorants, the drink first gives off the aroma of ginger, followed by a secondary note of lime and a hint of tea. Its taste profile is well balanced and not too sour, with first notes corresponding to the aroma. The drink has only 11 kcal per 100 ml.
Love Kombucha’s drinks are extremely interesting to try and best served chilled. We were happy to review a product with such an old heritage that has re-emerged in the 21st century.
For more information visit Love Kombucha website.