GT's Enlightened Synergy Organic and Raw Kombucha

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Marko Goodwin

GT's Kombucha line of Enlightened Synergy drinks is filled with a variety of flavors. This organic and raw bottled kombucha is ideal for fans of the fermented tea drink, but is it right for everyone? While the fruity flavors like Mystic Mango, Cosmic Cranberry, Passionberry Bliss may sound tempting, if you're new to kombucha, the underlying kombucha taste may be too much.

The Kombucha Hype

There has been a lot of hype about fruits and probiotics.

To a lesser extent, there has been a lot of hype about kombucha (a fermented, tea-based beverage with a loyal following). Synergy Kombucha combines these two food trends into one moderately drinkable beverage.

If you're wondering whether you should try it, my question to you is, "Do you believe the hype?"

For Kombucha Believers

You should definitely try this drink! It's a blend of 95 percent raw kombucha with organic fruits. Many of these kombuchas have a blend of fruits that are fascinating and unique.

Raw kombucha is thought to retain more nutrients and to have more of a physical, mental, and perhaps even spiritual impact on the people who drink it. Speaking purely from personal experience, we feel that kombucha provides uplifting physical and mental effects.

Although the fruits found in Synergy's drinks are relatively mainstream, they still retain a number of health benefits.

  • Passion fruit is filled with antioxidants, as are the blackberries they're paired with in the Passionberry Bliss blend.
  • The guava in the Guava Goddess drink is known to aid weight loss and is a good source of vitamin A, which is good for eye health, among other things.
  • Synergy Trilogy features raspberries, lemons, and ginger, all of which are great for digestive health. The berries are particularly helpful with women's health.

    Each flavor has its own story and potential health benefits and they will each taste a little different. In general, the flavor of Synergy Kombucha can be very tart and exotic, with notes akin to raspberries, ripe mango, and other tropical fruits. It isn't overly sweet and it has a funky, almost musky aftertaste.

    Given the strength of the tart kombucha flavor, we wouldn't recommend this to new kombucha drinkers. Also, if you don't consider yourself to be a somewhat adventurous eater, it may be best to find an alternative.

    For Kombucha Newbies

    If you are that person who has not tried kombucha before or have just minimum experience with pasteurized kombucha, you should probably steer clear of this kombucha. The flavor of raw kombucha takes some time to ease into and it did not get its vinegar tea' nickname for no reason.

    If you want to try kombucha just for the taste, try instead any of the flavors from Wonder Drink, particularly the Cherry Cassis. It's pasteurized (not raw) and it isn't organic, but it does combine berries and kombucha in a way that appeals to a broader spectrum of people.

    Also, try a pasteurized kombucha with no extra flavors before returning to a raw kombucha like this.

    Once you do develop the palate for kombucha, come back to GT's Synergy because it is one of the best flavored raw kombucha's you'll find.

    Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.