Posted: Feb 06, 2015 at 5:48 PM
(Last Updated: Feb 13, 2015 at 12:28 PM)
King Coconut is made with coconut water, cane sugar, citric acid and vitamin C. The front of the label calls attention to its use of coconuts that are “hand picked from the island of Sri Lanka” and that its coconut water is “never from concentrate.” For us, that seemed to be an attempt to set the stage for a coconut water that was going to excel in the flavor department. Inside the bottle, the liquid has a sweet smell to it, which is not that far off from what the product tastes like. It took a few sips for our palates to adjust to the flavor, which definitely isn’t a good thing. The use of sugar and acid are pretty forward notes, which gets in the way of enjoying the natural flavor of the coconut water. That being said, this product definitely leaves something to be desired compared with aseptic or HPP coconut water. As it stands right now, it feels interchangeable with other coconut waters that come in glass. Speaking of glass, the fully wrapped 300 mL (10.1 oz.) glass bottle is identical to another coconut water that we’ve previously seen (Beyond Coconut Water). It’s a nice shape and feels good in the hand, despite being a somewhat small size. The King Coconut logo looks nice, but your eye goes to the white text on the top portion of the bottle. We’d suggest making the logo bigger and bolder (and perhaps white) to better stand out. All in all, King Coconut certainly has a few flaws, but more importantly, we’re not quite sure that it brings anything new to the category that consumers aren’t already finding from other brands.