Friday, September 11, 2009
POMx Iced Tea Review!
The nice folks at POM, makers of the delicious POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice, sent me some of their new POMx Antioxidant Super Tea to try - woohoo, I love iced tea and free stuff!
Here's my disclaimer: I don't like to drink my calories (protein drinks excepted) so this is not something I would normally buy. Even the low calorie bottles are 35 calories per serving, and each bottle contains two servings - and really, who would only drink half the bottle? So count on a minimum of 70 calories per bottle, or 160 if you're drinking their regular tea.
Also, I am a plain-Jane, unsweetened iced tea kind of girl. No flavors - I hate it when restaurants mistakenly refill my glass with their peach or raspberry tea. I don't know why I'm this way, but like Popeye says, "I yam what I yam." So take my review of these flavored teas with a grain of salt. Although that would be gross. Just - buyer beware, ok?
Onto the tasting. First off, I had the Pomegranate Wildberry White Tea, which was very light and refreshing. I liked it. It does not taste like iced tea to me, but it's a nice beverage that I would choose again, for a special occasion.
Next I tried the Pomegranate Hibiscus Green Tea - this was definitely a much stronger drink! I liked it at first, but then felt a tiny bit of a bitter aftertaste. Nothing horrible, mind you, but I didn't notice any aftertaste with the first flavor.
The next two teas are the full-calorie flavors: Pomegranate Peach Passion White Tea, which I didn't like, but then I'm not a big passion fruit fan; and Pomegranate Lychee Green Tea, which had an interesting flavor that I was not familiar with...must be the lychee - I liked it. That said, I wouldn't bother spending 160 of my daily calories on a drink that is not either a protein shake or a couple of servings of fruit, as in a smoothie. But I'm stingy like that - I like to eat my calories!
According to the literature that came with the teas, all of the POMx Iced Teas have more antioxidant potency than red wine, green tea, grape and acai extracts. So you're getting a pretty healthy bang for your buck with these drinks. All of the teas contain fructose, and the light teas also contain erythritol, which is a natural sweetener.