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Flying Embers Hard Kombucha Pineapple Chili

If you’re like me, it took you years to get into kombucha. It’s vinegary, sour-smelling off-putting taste probably hit your nose and distracted you from what could maybe have been an acquired, one-of-a-kind adventure. I eventually did get into drinking it, after an upset stomach hit and being told the probiotics in kombucha could help me right my wrongs and fix me right up. A modern magic elixir. Not that I believe in such things.

I sometimes stroll through my local Trader Joe’s in hopes of finding a new drink, although I don’t drink very many things with calories, as it were, I am partial to certain flavors of alcohol. In recent times, some products, such as the tiny bottled hard kombucha under the brand Kyla have been harder to find and in some cases have straight up disappeared from store shelves. So when I saw THIS on the shelf I knew it was a matter of having to try it, and having to try it meant having to review it. I think. I did it anyway.

Right off the bat, the can advertises this to have nothing added, be gluten free, non-gmo, vegan, keto, organic and has live probiotics. Like most hard kombuchas, this is 6.8% ABV, which is impressive.

It pours opaque, but not dark. The juice color is a mix of their root blend: ginger, turmeric, pineapple and chili. Off the bat, it’s missing kombucha’s vinegary taste profile(or I’ve gotten so used to it I can’t taste it anymore). It has a nice mouthfeel and residual tingle and mouthburn. Never feeling alcoholic, this kombucha goes down easy, and for a fan of say, cayennade by GTs or other brands, this is a twist on that with a bit of sweetness.

Not to say this is sweet. To try and describe it, it’s as if you took pineapple juice and sucked the sugar out. It’s got phantom sugar. Beyond that, it’s spicy. And this has a fun, spicy, sparkling juice flavor that builds mid-glass and continues until the end.

For 130 calories, this is a must-buy. It checks the boxes of a good beverage meeting the needs of several different niches. Remember, this is gluten free, non-gmo, vegan, keto, organic and has live probiotics. I’d buy this again(and did cop an additional four pack after my initial two taste test) but initially, my thoughts said, “joke’s on you, I don’t have to wait, because I bought two.”

Oh, and a word to the wise? This is easy drinking, but it does hit hard. Drink responsibly.

Found at Trader Joe’s.

August 26, 2020
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