Kombucha tea review

Kombucha review

I’ve always enjoyed tea a lot and ever since I quit coffee tea has become my go-to drink. Most of the time I stick with herbal teas, such as chamomile tea or rooibos. They’re naturally caffeine free and come in many different flavors. However, sometimes I enjoy a cup of black or green tea as well, specially early in the morning. A while ago I was on YouTube looking for new and creative ways to consume my tea. That’s when I first came across kombucha tea. Kombucha is a fermented black or green tea and is supposed to be very healthy.

It sounded really interesting to me, but I didn’t want to produce it myself. So when I came across a whole assortment of kombucha teas in the local health store, I knew I had to give it a try. I ended up buying a bottle from Kombucha Bryggeriet, a local producer. In this blogpost I’ll share my first experience with the beverage.

Health benefits

When I first heard about kombucha I did some research about the drink and its health benefits. Apparently, it’s very healthy when produced properly and contains a lot of antioxidants. Besides being beneficial for people with a wide range of diseases, such as diabetes and arthritis, it strengthens the immune system and improves digestion problems. It will also keep you energised, mainly because of the caffeine found in tea.

Kombucha Bryggeriet

There was a lot of choice in the store, mostly from local producers, and I chose a bottle from Kombucha Bryggeriet. Their drink had lower sugar levels than the other brands and it came with the most variety of flavours. The bottles are color coded depending on the taste, the one I bought was purple and contained acai, raspberries and ginger. The other colors were red (goji, orange, ginger) and gold (peach and ginger).

Kombucha Bryggeriet

My first bottle of kombucha

The first thing I noticed upon opening the bottle was the smell, which was very similar to certain beers. To be honest, I don’t want to be smelling beer while drinking tea. The taste was luckily way better, although it also reminded me a bit of beer. I didn’t really taste the tea, but I did notice the raspberries and specially the ginger. I bought this drink expecting something similar to iced tea and got something similar to beer instead. I see myself drinking this kombucha as a replacement for beer at a party, rather than as a refreshment on a hot summer day.

Unfortunately, it’s a sparkling drink, which was not indicated anywhere on the bottle. Some of the other brands specifically mentioned it on the label. And since Kombucha Bryggeriet did not, I assumed their version would be sparkling-free. My stomach can’t handle carbonated drinks, so halfway through the bottle I started to feel sick. What a disappointment!

I don’t think I’ll be buying kombucha again anytime soon, mainly because of the bad effect it has on my stomach. But if you’re into drinking sodas, then you will probably enjoy a cold bottle of kombucha as well.

You can find out more about Kombucha Bryggeriet on their facebook page.

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14 Comments

  1. I’ve seen a lot of FB posts about Kombucha, and I know it is very healthy, but I am a little nervous about trying it. I may have to pick up a bottle at Whole Foods and give it a try.

    1. You should probably try kombucha sometime 🙂 It tastes like a combination of beer and soda’s. And like I said in the review, if you like soda’s you’ll probably love kombucha as well 🙂

  2. I actually really like kombucha! Definitely an acquired taste though, it is sparkling and can make your stomach feel funny. It is really healthy, though! I recommend GT’s enlightened organic raw kombucha. Always choose a flavor you think you would enjoy! I personally like cosmic cranberry and gingerade!

  3. I really enjoy kombucha, I even make my own. Mine isn’t flavored like in the stores, but it’s still really good. When I’m out I buy GT’s kombucha and I even reuse the bottles sometimes. I will say, the starter grossed me out a bit at first, but I’ve gotten over that. The only issue I have is that mine doesn’t get drank quickly enough so it sits in the pitcher and continues to ferment and unfortunately eventually tastes like vinegar, ewwww. But the carbonation doesn’t bother me and is a good soda replacement for when I’m craving something sweet and bubbly.