Posted: Aug 29, 2012 at 10:18 AM
(Last Updated: Sep 24, 2012 at 12:53 PM)
Aquation is xylitol-enhanced beverage that was designed with the intent of helping to improve oral health. Claiming to be “recommended by dental professionals,” this product, which is labeled as having 2 calories per 8 ounce serving, has an extremely subtle flavor. It’s so subtle, in fact, that if you are drinking this with food you probably won’t even taste it. And what is the flavor? While the label appears to show mint leaves, the flavor is simply xylitol, which, as a sugar alcohol, tastes almost like sugar. That said, it’s really not that much different than drinking water. From a psychological point of view, we’re not sure if it’s good or bad that you can’t taste something that might lead your mind into believing that there’s something at work inside this drink. And after looking at the packaging, which bears a very technical looking design, we were definitely expecting something that tasted like a functional beverage. Otherwise, the packaging is just too busy and lacking in the personality department. As it stands right now, it feels like something that belongs in a drugstore for a specific use occassion (related to oral health, presumably). Overall, the execution of this product is decent, but the niche that it’s targeting feels very limited.