Review: POM Wonderful POMx Light Pomegranate Hibiscus Green Tea

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Thumbs up!"A bold beverage with prominent flavors and extreme mouthfeel. I like pairing this type of drink with many things (notably: liquor!), and it certainly has its strengths."
Dan’s Teaview: 7/10
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pomlighthibiscusPOM Wonderful made quite a name for themselves in recent years, by offering their many and varied blends of pomegranate juice. They have a few new offerings in their tea category, which have been renamed "POMx" which is also dubbed the self-appointed "Antioxidant Super Tea". This is due to the fact that, not only do you get all the beneficial antioxidants that already come from POM Wonderful's Pomegranate Juice, but also a new, patent-pending Pomegranate Antioxidant Extract - both ingredients are present in all POMx teas, and provide way more antioxidants than ever. They claim their extract offers more antioxidant potency than red wine, green tea, grape and acai extracts. Of their tea offerings, they have a few "light" versions, which are only 35 calories per serving. That works out to about half the calories and half the sugars of a "regular" bottle of POMx tea.

POM has also changed from glass bottles to plastic. While you may think plastic is a bad thing, it actually consumes less energy to produce, it reduces carbon emissions, and they are - of course - 100% recyclable. Plus they are less breakable, obviously. The jury is out on whether they affect taste, but my guess is that they do not.

POMx Hibiscus Green Tea is crafted from pan-fried green tea leaves, hibiscus juice (from concentrate), and - of course - the POM Wonderful ingredients described above. The tea is sweetened with fructose and erythritol - two natural sweeteners. It comes packaged in a 16 ounce bottle (2 servings, if you consider 8 ounces a serving - everybody knows that 99.99% of the public will drink this all at one time!). There are less than 2 mg of caffeine per serving. That's 1/3rd of the caffeine present in one cup of brewed decaf coffee!

The aroma is strong out of the bottle - sharply grapefruit-like. Once on the palette, astringency creates a mouth pucker as that familiar pomegranate flavor washes over your tongue. A general coating over the palette occurs as the flavors go from citric to sweet to that slightly bitter aftertaste. There's a definite powerful acidity associated with this combination of ingredients. The hibiscus is somewhat less dominant in the mix, as is the green tea, but they are both definitely evident, and the flavors all pair well together.

Though perhaps a bit too sour/acidic/tannic for my personal tastes, this is definitely a beverage with some pizzazz that will appeal to many. I like pairing this type of drink with many things (notably: liquor!), and it certainly has its strengths.

— To purchase POM Wonderful POMx Light Pomegranate Hibiscus Green Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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