Sound Tea was recently reviewed by popular beverage-focused magazine, BevNET. The sparkling tea has made waves in the otherwise sleepy ready-to-drink tea category by combining the bubbles of soda with the refreshing characteristics of unsweetened tea. Two of the three flavors, Alive, Refresh, and Calm, were put under the microscope and easily passed the test. See what BevNet had to say about Calm and Refresh’s flavor profiles below:
Calm: The Chamomile flavor of Sound Sparkling Tea is our favorite of the three varieties that we sampled. This unsweetened product has zero calories, but is not short on flavor. The base of herbal tea, which includes chamomile, elderflower, yarrow, and lavender, pairs very well with the touch of vanilla that the company has added. It’s almost like a play on a cream soda, both in the color of the liquid and the flavor of it. Either way, it works quite well without the addition of any sweetener. And, unlike Sound’s other flavors that have a slightly acidic note to their finish, this one is quite clean. While we’ve had other sparkling tea beverages in the past, the flavor of this product is superior and we like the fact that it’s unsweetened. All in all, this is a very enjoyable product. On the packaging end of things, the company has done a nice job of making this stock bottle look very attractive. The branding and label design are a big step up from their prior product line (“Sodterra”). It has a modern and sophisticated vibe to it, while also feeling approachable. However, we still feel as though there should be a larger callout for the product’s unsweetened formulation as it’s easy to miss this. Otherwise, this feels like a pretty complete product. Definitely worth a try.
Refresh: The White Tea variety of Sound Sparkling Tea is a zero-calorie blend of sparkling water, white tea, hibiscus and peach flavor (along with citric and malic acid). From a taste perspective, it’s quite pleasant. The blend of white tea and hibiscus goes well with the fizz from the sparkling water, while the peach flavor provides a nice finishing note to the product. Aside from a slight acidic note at the finish, it plays nicely without any sweetener. And the use of carbonation, which we’ve seen before in a couple of tea products over the years, works really well. From a visual perspective, the product is clean, modern and aesthetically appealing. However, we do feel as though there should be a more prominent callout for “0 calorie” and “unsweetened.” In the current design, it’s easy to miss and the reddish-colored liquid looks like something that should have sweetness to it. Otherwise, we like the look of the product — it would definitely catch our eye. Overall, a unique and enjoyable product.
Sound Tea’s refreshing, unsweetened, and carbonated tea blends in Calm, Refresh, or Alive, have disrupted the entire beverage category. Although BevNET’s review only encompassed two flavors, Sound Tea’s product set also includes Alive, an invigorating blend of yerba mate, citrus, and hibiscus. Also unsweetened and equally delicious, Alive reawakens your senses and gives you the energy to last all day. Sound Tea’s entire line delivers quality, function, and flavor to a crowded and boring category and BevNET agrees.
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