When browsing their tea section, and looking for anything new I can get my hands on, something told me to just walk around some more. And when you’re at a store as captivating as Trader Joe’s, that’s not hard to do.
But after grabbing some free samples, at the corner of my eye in in the refrigerated beverage area, I spotted something new, something hopefully something inspiring, and most important of all, something perfect for the holiday, and the season.
They have recently introduced Kombucha to their already impressive repertoire of teas, and for that matter many of their food and drink products. It was only a matter of time. It never crossed my mind to think they would carry Kombucha until now.
When I saw the two on display basically begging to be purchased, I didn’t hesitate one second.
I will admit that when I saw the Gently Gingered Kombucha Tea, I thought it read Gently Gingerbread, which would be quite ambitious. Could you in theory make gingerbread flavored Kombucha? Of course you can. But that’ll have to wait. This is…
This wasn’t good. This is about as flat as a Kombucha I’ve ever had. And it’s not that it was terrible. Take out hoping that this would taste like the flavors of the season you love so much, it doesn’t take like much.
If you’re not into fermented drinks, this is not where you want to go. These are meant to be sipped, savored, appreciated, and and drank slowly like you would have a cup of tea. But this was a struggle. I usually save my Kombuchas for a while if they’re in protected packaging. This is the first I’ve had in a can, and I don’t think that’s anything to really expound upon, other than the fact is I’m going to have a hard time wanting to drink this again. But if was able to be sealed I may give it another chance. And you know what, I still might?
You taste ginger but it’s light, it’s lacking, and it’s missing the heart and soul I want from a tea and now the Kombucha I drink. This was about $2-$2.50, so I wouldn’t dissuade you from not trying it. You might love it. But I would say proceed with caution.
All is forgiven and all is glorious, because their current offering, just in time for the holidays, the Organic Cranberry Spiced Apple Kombucha represents everything that’s right with the world, and that includes Christmas. Especially Christmas and the holidays.
This makes me so happy. The color tells one story, but the combination of cranberry juice, apple juice, and cinnamon within this black tea work-of-art is just what you want this month. I would say you could have this year round. Yes you can.
Again, while this one is easy to drink, it’s one you take your time with. The amount you see poured here is the amount I had. Yet this one was kinder to my stomach , so you know the probiotics are working! I can’t rave about this one enough. And at a little under $3, it’s worth splurging a bit on this.
Can’t forget those Peppermint Joe Joe’s. Again, this is not really a pairing but more so an homage to all the joys of this holiday.
This will not be it for Trader Joe’s, as my history has shown, I will always be on the lookout for whatever awesome item they will introduce next. Just when I think I’ve done it all, I know I never will, nor do I want to.
This is a journey, it’s a marathon, and anything but a race. It’s not a race against time or anything else. Though the holidays may feel like all of the above and then some, it’s about enjoying all the moments you can, with amazing food, drink, and of course the people. We’ve got a lot holiday left and I look forward to what’s next.
Peace Be With You.