Posted: Mar 31, 2015 at 11:03 AM
(Last Updated: Apr 22, 2015 at 10:37 AM)
Of the four flavors of Jade Monk, this variety feels as though it’s the one that’s most ready for primetime. The product has very pleasant mint and tea flavors to it, which tastes quite similar to a standard bottle of green tea. From there, you get a light amount of sweetness, which comes from added honey and monkfruit (a zero-calorie sweetener). What we really like about the formulation is that it’s light to the point where you can really gulp it down. Plus, it has a slightly less grassy flavor to it than the Unsweetened or Slightly Sweet varieties. Using HPP, the product avoids using pasteurization, but it’s hard to say how much of an impact that’s had to the flavor. Ultimately, the product has very enjoyable flavor, and at only 40 calories and 10g of sugar per 12.5 oz. bottle, it’s a great option for low-calorie refreshment. Of course, this being a matcha-based beverage, it’s also loaded with 300mg of natural antioxidants and flavanoids as well as 28mg of caffeine. The product’s packaging definitely looks like it was cut from the same cloth as other HPP beverages. The front panel is eye-catching, but busy. Between the color of the liquid and label, it’s similarities to a green juice are quite striking. Whether or not this will be a blessing or a curse, we don’t know, but it’s a good thing that the company placed “Matcha Green Tea” front and center. Overall, we really like this product, and it seems like a great anchor flavor for the brand.