Posted: Feb 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM
(Last Updated: Mar 02, 2012 at 1:12 PM)
“Mandarina” is Golazo’s take on the classic orange sports drink. In the case of this product, they’ve added natural electrolytes from added coconut water concentrate (7 percent by volume) and sweetened the drink with sugar and agave. While it certainly doesn’t have the most potassium of any coconut water drink out there, it does have more than a standard sports drink. And, perhaps more importantly for some consumers, it has slightly fewer calories than some of the mainstreams sports drinks out there. Otherwise, the product’s taste is very light, but it still manages to provide a pleasant amount of fruit flavor and a touch of sweetness. The coconut water isn’t something that we really taste at all in this flavor, but there is a touch of saltiness to the finish (which might be from the coconut water or added salt). Packaging definitely looks like that of a sports drink, with a 20 oz. PET bottle that has been almost fully wrapped. The emphasis on the words “all natural” seems a bit excessive, with the brand and flavor name getting second billing. From our perspective, all natural is not the biggest reason that someone will purchase this product. Cleaning up the front panel and trying to develop the brand a bit more would be the logical next steps.