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Another kombucha snagged while on vacation this past week. I’m a big fan of this brand but I’ve only ever tried kombucha from their main line up that focuses on botanicals. For a straight tea, I was very pleasantly surprised by how almost juicy and fruity this tasted – not much like a black tea at all but with a pleasant red fruit note throughout and an almost honeyish kind of finish.
It was also surprisingly sweet. I think I had, in the moment, misread “no sugar” as “unsweetened” which isn’t quite the same thing and now that I’ve looked at the ingredients properly to write this tasting note I do see that there’s stevia in the kombucha. I don’t personally mind that – it didn’t taste offense at all and I’m not anti stevia in taste so much as I am on the principal of liking control of how I sweeten my tea. However, when it comes to RTDs I have a lot more leniency and forgiveness when it comes to presweetening. I view RTDs as more of an “on the go” drink and in those cases I practically never have sweetener on me. Bottom line, this tasted good! I’d buy it again, but that’s not surprising since I feel that way about most kombucha from Gutsy.
Back from vacation tomorrow – I’m glad to be back but also stressed about it. I don’t feel quite as rested as I thought I would, and I know I have an INSANE amount of emails to sort through tomorrow. However, it’ll be nice to get back to doing what I love once that small stressful bump has passed.
This was easily my favourite of the three new (to me) flavours!
I found the raspberry so perfectly balanced with this natural kiss of fresh sweetness that reminded me of picking raspberry straight off the bush at my grandma’s house. The little bit of tartness worked well with the tang and natural acidity/vinegar quality of the kombucha itself and all of that was balanced by a crisp, sweet and cooling mint note that drew out the sweetness of the berry and made that flavour rise to the top of each sip. Also impressively, this didn’t taste like astragalus at all – which is good because that can be a strong and unpleasant flavour.
The Cardamom & Rhodiola is my favourite flavour from Gutsy, but I think this one gives the Hibiscus & Fennel as real fight for the second place spot in my kombucha loving heart. I would definitely buy this again – it was so refreshing and well balanced.
This was my least favourite of the three new flavours, though it wasn’t unpleasant.
Actually, I liked it a lot with my first few sips – it was so flavourful and tropical with a distinct and authentic passionfruit taste that I really haven’t experienced in a lot of RTD/Kombucha before. It caught me off guard, in a pleasant way. However, this is one of those cases where something just builds over the course of having a full can to a point where it gets to be a little too much. In this case, that really passionfruit note was very acidic and sour and I felt my tongue starting to feel a little bit raw by the end of the can.
I would maybe have this again, but it would certainly be more of a “sipping” kombucha.
I used to buy my Gutsy Kombucha from a weekly local food delivery box I was signed up for, but since they changed their delivery options during the pandemic I haven’t been able to get regular access to this kombucha brand – my favourite in the city. So, I was tickle dpink to see them in a local grocery story recently – and with three new (to me, at least) flavours!
I, of course, bought a can of each flavour.
This was right in the middle of the three new flavours for me. It, essentially, just tasted like a ginger beer but a little less of a hot heat to it. More than, say, a “gingerale” though. It’s a little simple, perhaps? I didn’t expect it to have a raspberry taste because raspberry bush isn’t the same as the fruit, but I guess I expected there to be a little more going on than just ginger. Not sure what could have been better though, since I think this is just a combo of personal preference and a mismatch of expectations. I’d drink it again though, for sure.
One of my favourite kombuchas offered by any of the companies here in Montreal! It was a refreshing tea to sip on later in the evening when I needed to cool down on one of the many days where my apartment felt a little more like a sauna. Tart hibiscus and sweet black licorice-like fennel undertones. I’ve written about it before and the kombucha itself hasn’t changed – it’s just a favourite of mine.
A restaurant that I like recently started carrying this brand of Kombucha which got me way too excited because I haven’t had it in like… over a year now!?
I ordered this one and the Cardamom flavour they carry because those are hands down the best ones and it was just the PERFECT thing to sip on last night late at night when I was tired/overheated and just wanted something cold and refreshing. It’s tangy and tart with a berry type of hibiscus note but then the deep black licorice like sweetness of the fennel kicks into the body of the sip and that’s such a unique and delicious flavour for a kombucha, and perfectly offsets the tart hibiscus.
I feel like Mastress Alita would love this kombucha profile.
I keep ordering this in my weekly Lufa delivery box because it’s so refreshing and easily drinkable – it’s easily become my favourite Kombucha of the moment. I low-key want to get a cute instagram photo of it because the can design is equally beautiful, but I never manage to hold onto the can long enough to get a photo – it’s always consumed the same day I receive it…
Flavors: Fennel, Hibiscus, Licorice
Had to have it again!
Interestingly, I didn’t feel like I noticed the fennel as much this time – though don’t mistake that for meaning it wasn’t there. It was just so very, very striking my first tasting and this time I think I was just better prepared for how strong that note would taste. I love this kombucha a lot though, it’s a flavour idea I’d love to someday recreate if I dip my toes into the world of making kombucha.
I’m so proud of myself for getting back under 800 teas so quickly; and I know it’s going to be short lived because I have a sample order from August Uncommon on the way but I’m really hoping I can keep this momentum going!
This ended up being my favourite of the Gutsy kombuchas (and I actually ordered more in this week’s Lufa/Grocery box) – which did surprise me a little bit. It’s pretty straight forward in its flavours though, and very accurate to the name. It really does just taste like a very bright, tart and juicy hibiscus note matched with that sweet, coating licorice type taste of fennel. I can see it probably being really polarizing because that fennel note is so incredibly strong, but I thought it was unique and refreshing and I latched on to that flavour…
Honestly, none of the kombucha flavours from this company were really bad or unpleasant and in one way or another I’d probably consider ordering all of them again. This one just stands out to me as being so unique in addition to being tasty, though. THe cardamom flavour is a very close second, though!
If I’m ranking the three kombucha flavours I’ve tried from Gutsy so far, then this one is right in the middle. It wasn’t unpleasant at all but it was a whole lot of ginger without ANY raspberry and I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t a little bit disappointing. It still tasted good (like a more vinegar-y ginger beer), but I’d have liked a bit of sweetness from the berry…
Recently found a restaurant that carries Gutsy Kombucha – something I hadn’t had in over a year since I suspended my local produce/craft product delivery service at the start of the pandemic. I got a few of my favourite flavours the last time I ordered – including this one. While the other flavours that I got were as good (if not better) than I remembered, something about this one didn’t quite hit the same spot. It was still very good with a pronounced citrus-y and sweet cardamom note but I just didn’t love it as much as I remembered. Still – it’s very nice to have another source that I can buy these from!
Had this one on the way to work today; I’ve paused my Lufa boxes until everything settles during the Coronavirus craziness so no more kombucha top ups for a little while…
This was nice though; the ginger was the strongest note but deepened by sweet cardamom and a tangy apple type of flavour. All in all an excellent tea, though ginger always makes my throat tickles and I ended up kind of “choke coughing” after a particularly large swig on the metro this morning, and holy hell did that get some INTENSE states…
Aside from the two or three other people on the metro with me though, I didn’t walk past a single other human on my way to the office today. It was eery.
I liked this kombucha a lot more, in terms of taste, than the first one I tried from the company – not that the last one was exactly bad. I was kind of weirded out by what a cardamom kombucha might taste like, but in practice while the cardamom flavour was pretty clear it wasn’t actually that strong or intense and it worked almost shockingly well with the more acidic/vinegary notes, hints of ginger, and citrus. In fact, I almost wanted more cardamom from the profile!
Ultimately, I still loved this a lot – it was unique and refreshing and a great take on a spiced kombucha flavour profile!
There’s a few different kombucha companies carried by Lufa, which is the weekly food delivery box that I do, and I’ve worked my way through their offerings now – but this past week they added a new one so I just picked up all four flavours of kombucha in their collection and added them to my weekly box.
I haven’t had much time to try them out in between my advents teas each day, but I had this one last night. I’m not entirely sure what skullcap is supposed to taste like but I know it’s apparently good for insomnia/helping people fall asleep so I figured this would be a good late night option. Admittedly, not a half hour after I started drinking this tea I was finding it IMPOSSIBLE to keep my eyes open. So, I think it works!?
Taste wise it was also really enjoyable – definitely channeling a bit of a sweeter cider vibe, but with an undertone of lemon/citrus and a nice gingery finish. So, kind of reminded me of a lighter and more nuanced hard cider. Complete with delightful fermentation fizz. If it weren’t for the fact it apparently make me SUPER tired, I think I could probably drink this on the regular – it was really smooth/easy drinking!