Along with the Snapple Green Tea Metabolism (Original), another beverage I bought at the same time to review, was the SoBe Lean Honey Green Tea. Both are "all natural", but the SoBe tea has no calories, whereas the Snapple has 60 calories per serving. Both are "green tea" flavors though, so I wanted to see if i could find a refreshing zero calorie alternative to the very tasty Snapple Green Tea Metabolism. I was hoping I would have 2 winners on my hands, but alas, this was not meant to be.
The first sip of the SoBe Lean Honey Green Tea was dominated by a weird, awful flavor - it's so hard to describe ... maybe like when lemons go bad, but not as intense (since this has water & other stuff added). In subsequent sips, this god-awful taste seemed a little less pronounced and a lemony taste seemed to come through as well. But there was no saving this. I drank about 1/3rd of the bottle, gave the boyfriend the rest to taste test (which he hates doing because he claims I only want him to try the bad stuff). He took a sip and that's all he could handle.
As mentioned before, there are no calories in this tea, and the ingredients are, filtered water, erythritol, natural flavor, citric acid, pectin, acerola fruit extract, Reb A, potassium citrate, green tea, caramel color, honey.
I have experienced a similar taste with another Stevia (Reb A) sweetened tea, or it might be a combination of the Reb A and erythritol. Whatever the reason, I seriously regret spending the $1.99 for a 20 ounce can of SoBe Lean Honey Green Tea. And the worst thing is that I spent a good 20 minutes looking at different beverages trying to decide which one to buy. I hate when I have to do a negative review because it means I've wasted precious $$$ and time - and of course, I don't want to alienate a future employer .
No I will not be buying this again - I would rather have bought a flavored water, or another iced tea. Maybe I ought to just leave the "Honey Green Tea" flavors alone. I didn't have much success with the Sweet Leaf Mint and Honey Green Tea either!