Review: Marin Kombucha

Posted: Jul 11, 2016 at 11:40 AM (Last Updated: Jul 11, 2016 at 12:09 PM)

Covers Products: Apple Juniper , Pinot Sage

Marin Kombucha is a craft brewed kombucha company (aren’t they all?), although it is one of the few that we’ve seen that is oak-aging their product. The product is packaged in a 16 oz. dark amber glass bottle and, according to the company website, is available in four unique flavors.

For the purposes of this review, we sampled two flavors, Pinot Sage and Apple Juniper. As far as “mainstream” kombucha flavors go, these definitely seem far from it. The products have only trace amounts of bubbles, a modest amount of sweetness, and a slight oak note. The flavorings, which come from “pinot sage extract” and “apple juniper extract,” don’t give you an exact description of what you are drinking. Of the two, we preferred the the Apple Juniper, which, as the name states, has hints of apple and juniper flavor. Still, it doesn’t quite have that fresh apple flavor that we were expecting. The Pinot Sage flavor, which we assume is a blend of pinot grapes and sage, is slightly more adventurous. It feels like it needs some adjustment to improve the balance of flavors. Honestly, both of these flavors would probably be more enjoyable if the products were effervescent.

The packaging is something that definitely looks the part of a kombucha or cold-brew coffee brand, which are the two primary types of products that are currently using this bottle. Although it seems like a fine choice for Marin Kombucha to use this, when it comes to kombucha, the norm is to have bubbles. Since this product doesn’t, we feel as though they should have some sort of note about this on the label.

Overall, there are certainly some unique things about Marin Kombucha’s approach, but we’re not convinced that it’s any better than what’s already on the market.

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