Posted: Dec 11, 2015 at 2:55 PM
(Last Updated: Jan 04, 2016 at 12:27 PM)
From our perspective, Rau’s lack of sweetness has always been its biggest challenge. That being said, we were quite excited by the prospect of a semi-sweet variety. The base flavor is that of its original offering, but with coconut palm sugar being added to the mix. Rau has also substituted Kalahari desert salt in place of pink Himalayan salt, but it’s not something we can taste. The product has a heavy cacao flavor, a touch of vanilla, and a finishing note of salt, while the coconut sugar definitely helps hide the flavor of the monk fruit. While we’d still love to see the bitterness of the drink dialed down a bit further, this is a big step forward for Rau. It definitely seems like a better flagship for the brand and something that should serve as a model for future offerings. At 110 calories and 6g of sugar, it’s really not much of a leap forward compared to the 90 calories and 0g of sugars in the Original. Visually, this product has a stronger appearance as well. The 12 oz. bottle uses a brown backdrop, which is something that screams chocolate, works better than blue in its ability to catch the eye, give the product a clean appearance, and whet the appetite. Overall, a very nice addition to Rau's lineup of high pressure processed cacao beverages.