Kombucha is an interesting tea drink that has many dedicated fans and just as many detractors. It is a fermented beverage that can be made at home but is increasingly sold in ready to drink form. Carpe Diem is one brand of kombucha that offers a few flavors, including 'Classic' which has a cherry-like flavor from the acerola berry used to make it.
If you're looking for an approachable kombucha, particularly one that you can try if you've not had the drink before, Carpe Diem is an excellent choice. The drink is refreshing and has a nice taste that should serve as a gentle introduction to this unique beverage.
The Full Review
The 'Classic' variety of Carpe Diem Kombucha is a sparkling beverage made with fermented herbal teas and acerola berry juice. It is sweetened with beet sugar and has additional carbonation from that which naturally occurs in kombucha.
The acerola berry is a tropical fruit that looks and tastes similar to the average cherry. The berry alone is touted for its antioxidant properties and is common in many natural healing products. Aside from the abundant health claims regarding kombucha in general, this drink is all about the flavor. One might say it's the best-tasting kombucha on the market.
Ignore the Greco-Roman imagery and Zen association on the bottle. The good stuff is inside. Pour the pale, pink-peach brew (watching for spillage from fizz) and savor this drink's flavor.
Aroma and Flavor
The aroma of Carpe Diem's Classic Kombucha lies somewhere between that of unflavored kombucha and Kombucha Wonder Drink Cherry Cassis. The acerola provides a sweet, tart, cherry-like scent that goes well with the natural tartness of the kombucha.
Its flavor is smooth, more sweet than tart, and spiked with a light cinnamon spice note. It tastes a bit like a light, well-made sparkling sangria. The added flavor is mild, and the overall flavor is sophisticated and refreshing.
Classic kombucha's mellow, sweet aftertaste is accented with hints of hibiscus and cinnamon.
This kombucha is highly recommended. Even if you think you don't like kombucha, give this one a try. It has a nuanced flavor that is sweet without being overly sweet, and its refreshing flavor makes it an ideal summertime sipper.
Also, it is pasteurized, which means that (unlike many raw kombuchas) it has negligible alcohol content.
More About Carpe Diem Kombucha
Beyond the 'Classic' flavor, Carpe Diem also produces Quince and Cranberry kombuchas. Both of these are certainly worth tasting as they should be just as intriguing as the original.
Carpe Diem Kombucha can be found in a variety of countries throughout the world. It is decidedly more popular in Europe than in the United States, and that may simply be due to consumer tastes and demand. The U.S. market has yet to fully appreciate kombucha.