Last Updated: 10/13/2010 12:45 PM
Starting with a base of green, oolong, and black teas, Sokenbicha Purify has a smooth flavor and a slightly grassy finish, which is to be expected based on the blend. The addition of citric acid creates a slightly bitter note to the finish. As far as unsweetened teas go, it’s really quite easy to drink, with a much lighter body than some of the other brands that compete in the unsweetened space. For the “Purify”, they’ve added chamomile and aloe, although the label doesn’t do anything to connect these ingredients to the loose functional claim that is implied by the Purify name. Still, the look of the bottle is, as far as unsweetened Asian teas go, is a standout, with an authentic and sophisticated look to it. Plus, the shape of the bottle gives it some visual appeal and differentiation from some of the other products in the space, which often use stock square-shaped bottles. Overall, we really like the flavor and the bottle, but we’re not big fans of the way that they’ve introduced functionality into the picture.