Fous de l'île Kombucha

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I don’t know if this is a new kombucha flavour or just one I’ve missed over the last few years, but I grabbed a bottle the last time I went grocery shopping and I really liked this one. It was tangy and sour in that normal kind of kombucha way, but also very sweet and fresh. It tasted like really good sweet, ripe red cherries – the kind you pick up from a somewhat suspect looking fruit stand at the side of the road in the heat of the summer that just hit so good because of how fresh and perfect they are.

I could drink this kombucha over and over this summer, and I think I’d likely not get sick of it even a little bit.

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I remember liking this a lot, so when I saw it again at the grocery store this summer I made sure to grab a bottle – bit I did not enjoy it this time around! The fermentation level was pretty aggressive, and the sharpness/hardness of the bubbles was jarring and unpleasant to me. More than that, the taste was such an acidic and vinegar-y grape note that I felt like I was drinking straight up vinegar. I do like when my kombucha has that yeasty/vinegar-y kind of kick but this was just STRAIGHT vinegar tasting to me. I couldn’t believe how different from memory it was, and I did not finish the bottle…

Lexie Aleah

I’ve had this issue with certain brands of kombucha as well where it varies on the bottle. Sometimes the vinegar seems to just take over.

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Happily finished this one off last night while catching up on some TV! I try to always have kombucha or other tea related RTD stocked in my fridge for instant cold tea for those moments where I may not have a cold brew going/ready. I don’t really drink water outside of tea, hehe…

This was good – like I said last time, it basically only tastes like fancy carbonated grape juice. Nothing wrong with that though! I’d buy it again, next time I do a fridge restock.

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Not sure what makes this “Grape Oak” and not just “Grape” – maybe it’s meant to be a fancier sounding way of implying it has an almost wine like flavour? Maybe it’s one of those moments of weird language variation? Regardless, it’s a damn good GRAPE flavoured kombucha. Simple, to the point and fresh with a nice balance of acidity/tartness and juicy grape flavour. Feels right for an end of summer exclusive…

I wonder why more people haven’t done grape kombucha; it leans so well into the natural vinegary quality of kombucha!

ashmanra

I used to make kombucha…and pretty much only made grape. Same for water kefir.

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Just had to order this one again in my Lufa box – it was that good/memorable! This time around I shared a bit of it with some coworkers, and all were quite impressed with how delicious the apple and ginger notes were; like a lightly spiced apple cider vinegar profile or even a hard cider…

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Hellllll yeeaaahhhh!

Now, this is what I call a kombucha! It’s kind of like a hard, boozey (maybe yeasty) cider meets a ginger beer – or an “adult apple juice” kind of vibe. It’s got some heat, some warm ginger spice that gives it a freshness but the apple is sweet and juicy as well. I could see myself drinking this year round because the orchard fruit notes and fizz are really refreshing but I also totally get the “Autumnal bordering on Winter” vibes that I think the company was going for with this limited edition/seasonal flavour.

Also interesting to me is the fact there’s casacara in this – I really hated it when I tried it on it’s own, but I don’t think I’d have ever clued into it in this drink if I hadn’t read the ingredients list. I wonder if it’s just a small amount, or if it’s just that much of a transformative use of it!?

Regardless, I liked this one a lot!

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Picked this up in a Lufa box a week or so ago; it’s this company’s limited edition “Summer Kombucha” flavour and I couldn’t actually think of a time that I’ve ever had a watermelon kombucha so I was instantly sold on curiosity alone…

I drank this one at the park with a small sort of “picnic” (ie. Zeppole and pears) as a small meal before going swimming – a celebratory meal, if you will, because I was just recently cleared to go swimming again after needing to take a few weeks off from it following rupturing my eardrum! It was very exciting being able to go back, for sure!

The kombucha itself was really good; definitely a lot more distinctly watermelon tasting than rhubarb – with a lot of the sweet and refreshing qualities of biting into a slice of really juicy, ripe melon. It has a bit of the tangyness and acidity of rhubarb though, as well as just the kombucha itself. The two flavours work quite well together, actually!

I don’t know that this is my favourite flavour of kombucha that I’ve tried from this company but I think it’s nice and well done and it 100% makes sense as a summer flavour!

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I’m not totally sure how I feel about “spicy” kombucha…

I’ve had a handful of kombucha with ginger or turmeric, but usually it’s not my thing at all. Something compelled me to try this one, though – not really sure why. Usually, when a company offers a ginger/turmeric/spiced kombucha I just skip over it and don’t try it. This was weird; it’s got some ginger notes that pop out and some turmeric heat/warmth. It also tastes very woody/clearly of rooibos. However, I just don’t enjoy that flavour combo with the acidity/vinegar-y taste of kombucha or the combination.

I like other fizzy drinks with “spices” (ginger ale/beer, cola, etc.) – but I guess just not these ones…

I am glad I tried it, though.

Kittenna

Turmeric, rooibos, and kombucha? Ick. Definitely not my cup of tea!

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This kombucha company put out a really interesting exclusive summer flavour so I picked that up in my weekly Lufa box – which is like a food delivery box, with mostly produce type stuff but some other local products and stuff too. I’ll review that some other time, for sure – I haven’t tried it yet. They included this one in my weekly box for free though, which was very generous of them. I drank it today with lunch, and since I’ve tried it before I didn’t pay a TON of attention to it – just enjoyed the sort of tangy “sparkling mango” type vibe…

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Got this in my Lufa Box last week (a weekly grocery delivery box) and it was actually pretty good! Definitely a mango flavour, and quite intensely fizzy with the strong vinegar/tangy kick I’ve been craving from a kombucha for a while now.

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