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Using lightly sparkling Waiuku spring water, natural extracts, and a tiny splash of juice, each bottle has less than 10 calories.
The holy grail in beverages has been low-calories, 100%-natural, and a punchy flavour with no weird aftertastes. We have finally achieved this almighty combination with Green & Co. flavoured waters. There is no added cane sugar, instead we use a splash of monkfruit juice. Monkfruit is a super-sweet melon, originally cultivated by Buddhist monks 800 years ago.
Green & Co. spring waters come in three flavours:
• Cucumber, Mint & Lime
• Watermelon, Jasmine & Mint
• Raspberry, Hibiscus & Lime
Each bottle has a different calorie count because they are all-natural and not engineered - they are like you've made them at home, chopping cucumber and fresh mint and lime juice.
• 0% Artificial
• BPA-free bottle
• No added cane sugar
• < 10cal per bottle
I love the Green & co concept of flavoured water with all natural ingredients and low calories. For me they are perfect as I steer away from sugary drinks. I love the bottles they are the perfect size, BPA free and have a bright, attractive informative label. This is the second flavour I have tried in this range and it is safe to say it's a clear favourite for me.
After trying another flavour I knew that the bottles contain a lot of fizz not just lightly sparkling like the bottles say so I prepared by opening my bottle and leaving it open half an hour before I was ready to drink it so it would lose a little fizz. It worked perfectly as by the time I was ready to drink it the bottle had just the right amount of fizz for me.
The first thing that hit me was the smell of raspberries, it smelt just like summer! Once I smelt it I couldn't wait to take a sip. Straight away I got the greeted with a hint of raspberry, it wasn't overly strong but it was very refreshing. I love the fact that it tastes like real raspberries rather than having the artificial taste that most raspberry based drinks have. While I found that Raspberry was the main flavour there was a clear hint of mint that shone through as well. I found the bottle went down very quickly and its safe to say I will be buying more to stash in my fridge for those hot days where you long for something refreshing.
When you first open the bottle, there is a wonderful scent of fresh raspberries. We used to grow them (until they threatened to invade the entire garden) and I will never forget that wonderful scent that accosted us when they were fully ripe and we went out to pick them. When I took my first mouthful, however, the flavour was not quite as evident as I had expected. It was certainly there, and I could taste the lime as well, but the fizz factor was predominant.
However, I had learned from trying one of the other drinks in this range that they are much better if you pour them and leave them for a few minutes for the bubbles to calm down. Once the drink has "flattened" slightly there is room for the other flavours to emerge. This approach worked a treat with this flavour too. I left the glass for ten minutes or so and when I tried it again the flavours were much stronger as they were no longer competing with the sparkles!
I enjoyed the drink just as it was. I finished off my glassful and there was still half a bottle left, so I put it in the fridge and took it when I went for a walk next day. When I had reached the park where I planned to let my dog have a run, I sat down to watch her and took the lid off the bottle. I gave it five minutes to "breathe" and then I drank it down. It was delicious and wonderfully thirst quenching after a long hot walk uphill. The pink colour is appealing too - it actually LOOKS like a fruit drink.
I have never tasted hibiscus so I am not sure whether or not I could distinguish that amid the other flavours. Certainly, the raspberry and lime were both quite strong so it would be quite hard to check. However, no matter how the combination was organised, it worked for me. The bottle was a good size to take on a summer walk: enough to cool me down, but not too heavy to carry uphill in full sun with an energetic dog pulling on the lead!
I can imagine a box of these sitting in the fridge just waiting for a heatwave to happen so they can be produced. They are very low in calories so it would not be problematic if you were to drink several in a row. And there is nothing in the ingredients that could be classified as unhealthy - everything is natural and the good taste is a bonus.
When it comes to buying fizzy drinks raspberry flavour is right at the top of my list as being my favourite! So when I saw that Green & Co had given us some raspberry flavoured drinks to sample and review I was excited about trying these, and was looking forward to trying out my favourite flavour of raspberry with an added twist of lime and hibiscus.
With it being summer I have been trying to up my water intact, but let's face it water isn't the most amazing thing to drink taste wise! With only 8 calories per bottle this infused spring water sounded ideal and like a great alternative to my usual fizzy and juice for the upcoming months with it being so much better for you. Miss 3 was excited to see this bottle of drink as she had loved the Watermelon, Jasmine and Mint variety which we had previously tried.
Turning the cap of the bottle for the first time I was met with a huge fizzing sound and lot's of little bubbles on the surface of the drink, there was certainly no doubting that this drink was full of fizz. I poured a small amount into 2 glasses for both myself and Miss 3 to try and I have to admit I was a bit overtaken by the amount of fizz that touched my lips, the bottle states that the drink is lightly sparkling, however I tend to disagree as it was extremely fizzy. When I finally overcame the fizzy shock I managed to sip the drink I could taste the raspberry ever so slightly and the lime was very subtle in the background, but unfortunately I found that both of these flavours were overpowered by the taste of soda water, something I sadly am not a fan of. Miss 3 however was a huge fan of this again, calling it her "strawberry fizz", she gobbled hers down and then finished off my glassful.
With the remainder of the bottle (there was just over half left) I decided to freeze it in ice block moulds, to which I added some chopped up strawberries and blueberries. Once frozen Miss 3 and I both had one and I must say that the touch of the fruit really helped with the flavour for me, as did the freezing process which helped to take away a majority of the fizz from the drink. My partner who hadn't been keen to try the drink on it's own as he didn't like the previous flavour even tried an ice block and said it was nice and refreshing.
So while this isn't my cup of tea, I can see how some people may find it enjoyable over Summer served over ice as a refreshing drink, and with only 8 calories it's a perfect choice for those trying reduce their sugar intake. If the drink was to have more raspberry flavour to it and probably half the fizz i'm sure I would have enjoyed it.
I was quite excited about trying this new product as I am always on the look out for a nice, cold, refreshing drink that I can enjoy through summer. I am not a coffee or tea drinker, and don't drink a lot of alcohol and finding low calorie alternatives that aren't standard diet fizzy drinks are hard to find. When this arrived in my review pack I put it in the fridge and waited for it to cool down before giving it a try.
The label on the bottle is very eye catching, the font in a lovely pink colour that matches the liquid inside the bottom. It clearly states that there are only 8 calories per bottle. I like that they state per bottle as many products state calories per serve, and you don't realise until you read that label that there are in fact 2 or even 3 serves per bottle. This product is certainly not misleading in this way and I thank them for that. The label also states that the bottle is BPA-free which is something that is important to lots of people and has been getting a lot of press in recent years. It makes sense to couple a healthy drink with a healthy way to bottle it.
Upon opening the bottle I got the familiar sound of a fizzy drink being opened. I noticed however that the bubbles were little and there weren't as many as in a standard fizzy drink. Taking a sniff I wasn't quite sure what I could smell, there was definitely lime and possibly some raspberry, but there was a little undertone of whatever it is that makes the water sparkling! It is similar to when you over fizz a Sodastream bottle and you get that smell and taste of gas. I wasn't quite sure this was going to be something I would enjoy but went ahead and tried it as I knew I needed to to be able to review the product.
The first thing I noticed when I tried it was all of the little tiny bubbles that fizzed on my tongue. It felt quite weird. I am using to enjoying other fizzy beverages but they never seem to fizz quite so much on my tongue! The initial taste, well there wasn't really much of a taste. It was quickly followed by an ever so faint taste of raspberries and lime. Maybe the hibiscus was playing a part in there, but not knowing what hibiscus tastes like I couldn't be too sure. After the first mouthful I wasn't sold so had another one. I do think that the flavours need to be balanced out just a little more. The raspberry is almost non existent. Raspberry is one of my favourite flavours and I think had the raspberry flavour been stronger I would have enjoyed it more.
This product isn't one that I would go out and buy again, but I can see it being something that other people would enjoy as an alternative to other not so healthy fizzy drink options.
I was looking forward to sampling Green & Co's Spring Water infused with Raspberry, Hibiscus and Lime as it looked tasty and refreshing. The bottle is BPA free (always a bonus!) and the drink comes in a good serving size of 500ml. The label is quite funky and pink and boasts that there are only 8 calories per bottle. It's 100% natural with no added cane sugar and 0% artificial! There is a blurb on the back of the label that tells you that a splash of monkfruit (a sweet melon originally cultivated in Asia by Buddhist monks!!) juice is used for natural sweetness. 1% of the revenue goes to organisations helping to protect the environment so it's nice to know that by purchasing this drink you're helping out. This drink sounds almost too good to be true!!
There was a nice fizz when the bottle was opened and the pink water smelt subtly of raspberry. When I took a sip, the initial taste wasn't that pleasant, like a plain tart soda water taste. However, this seemed to dissipate and get replaced with a weakish raspberry flavour. I could faintly taste the lime but it definitely wasn't a prominent flavour. You could tell that there weren't any artificial nasties added as there wasn't a saccharine taste to the drink.
Overall, although it was pleasant to drink I thought it needed a bit more raspberry juice in the drink (there was only 2.5%) which would have definitely improved the taste. If you are looking for a low calorie refreshing drink then I would recommend this but it's not the most flavorsome drink I have tasted.
The main appeal of this beverage for me was the low calories indicated on the packaging, with only an average of 8 calories per 500mL bottle. I'm always on the look out for a drink that can satisfy my needs for a cold refreshing drink with great flavour, but isn't going to negatively affect my horrendous diet.
Looking at the packaging, the bottles are made of non-BPA plastic, and has an impressive ingredient list that only looks to include natural ingredients (natural spring water, juices, and fruit extracts). Also pleased to see that the company gives 1% of their revenue to companies that help protect the environment. (which is the total amount of sales, so a larger sum, than if it was 1% of profits). I'm always happy to support a company that is responsible.
Unlike the two other varieties I have tried ('Watermelon, Jasmine, & Mint', and 'Cucumber, Mint, & Lime'), this beverage has colour to it, with a translucent red/pink hue to it. The beverage itself has a nice aroma to it; the raspberry is easy to identify. Flavour-wise, the drink is quite tart. It definitely has that natural raspberry flavour to it, and the lime gives it an extra sharpness. Drinking it, it reminds me of picking and eating wild raspberries when I used to go for walks in the country when I was younger. The level of lime flavour does give it almost an premature flavour to it, like the raspberries arent fully ripened; sharp but not bitter.
It is similar to a tea, where the aroma is actually stronger than the flavour. More smell than taste. The flavour does increase a bit as the drink warms up, and it loses a bit of carbonation. For me, personally, I'm not a huge fan of light carbonation. It tends to result in smaller bubbles which actually form a layer on the tongue and mean the cold drink doesn't actually touch my tongue before I swallow it, so I don't quite get the full benefit of feeling refreshed when I drink it, no matter how cold the drink is. The carbonation provides a "tingling" sensation on the tongue that counteracts the temperature of the drink, and leaves your mouth with that furry feeling.
It is a nice drink. I enjoyed it. But the flavour wasn't quite "ripe" enough for me, and it wasn't as refreshing as I had hoped. But those small things are overshadowed by the positive aspects of the drink. A flavoured water that has only 1.2g of sugar per 500mL is great. Only 8 calories, and is created by a local company that is environmentally responsible. Definitely something worth supporting.
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