Reviews

Review: Califia Farms Horchata

Califia Farms recently added a two-SKU line of horchata drinks to its portfolio of dairy alternative, juice and coffee beverages. Made with a base of rice milk and almond milk, the products come in Cinnamon and Vanilla varieties, each packaged in 48 oz. carafes.

Review: Owl’s Brew White and Vine

Announced yesterday as the top cold beverage product at the 2015 Summer Fancy Food Show, White and Vine is the fourth flavor variety for Owl’s Brew. The cocktail mixer is a blend of white tea, pomegranate, lemon peel and watermelon. Here's our take:

Review: Arriba Horchata Original

L.A. Libations has launched an extension of its Arriba brand with a classic-style horchata drink (as well as a coffee-infused version). Unlike the original Arriba product, this one contains no added energy ingredients. It’s milky, sweet, and slightly viscous with a pleasant taste. If it’s horchata flavor that you’re after, this is certainly a pretty good option.

Review: Auriganic

Auriganic is a 100 percent juice beverage that features auricularia auricula (aka wood ear -- an edible fungus). While we appreciate the functional ingredient in this product, we’re not convinced that this is the right approach.

Review: Bomb Energy Drink

In package design and marketing, the Bomb brand has been interpreted in a literal sense, with a mushroom cloud motif. This, more than anything else, feels like a really bad approach in that it will certainly relegate this product to being viewed as a novelty product.

Review: Juisi

Juisi is a line of cold-pressed and high pressure processed juices and non-dairy milks and sold in six markets along the East Coast. Sampling three Juisi blends, we were pleased with the formulation of each, but feel that the branding and labels need some refinement to really pop.

Review: Mucho Gazpacho

Mucho Gazpacho produces a three-SKU line of bottled gazpacho drinks, each made with a very clean list of ingredients, including tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet onions, and bell peppers, olive oil, white wine vinegar and salt.

Review: Clearly Kombucha

Based in San Francisco, Clearly Kombucha produces a line of organic raw kombucha that are blended with a hint of juice and also include natural flavors and colors. On the outside, the product has been given a major packaging upgrade since we first saw it a few years back.

Review: Sparkling ICE Cans

A couple months ago, Talking Rain announced the launch of a new package option for its popular Sparkling ICE brand. The new 8 oz. slim cans have an upscale look, as compared to the brand's PET bottles, and we're quite impressed with the execution in design.

Review: Honest Tea Herbal Varieties

Earlier this year, Honest Tea announced the addition of two unsweetened and caffeine-free herbal varieties to its line of glass bottled iced teas. For, us Honest's Cinnamon Sunrise Herbal Tea and Ginger Oasis Herbal Tea are excellent examples of how producers can make highly flavorful teas without the use of sweeteners.