Eden Kombucha is a startup in Birmingham, AL (a great foodie town). I picked up this bottle of Pomegranate Pineapple from a food truck vendor at a local farmer’s market a couple days ago. I was almost dissuaded by the $6.00 price tag, but pineapple is one of my favorite flavors. Thankfully I went ahead with the purchase and I was not disappointed. I’m not sure of the size of Eden’s current distribution but expect that it should be expanding. If you see any of their products on shelf (or in a food truck) near you, I definitely recommend you give it a try.
The Kombucha Review
I had to wait until the day after purchasing to try this kombucha; the attendant at the food truck shook the bottle violently before handing it to me. I guess he thought it was juice? Doah. But after that shaky start, all was well:
Not surprisingly for a craft kombucha, there was more sediment than is typically found in store-bought kombucha. I have absolutely no problem with this as it reinforces the local craft flare, but it could be off-putting if it’s someone’s first kombucha. The color is a rich earthy orange-brown. Upon pouring, the kombucha stays hazy and is perfectly petillant.
As I raise the glass to my nose, I immediately pick up the aroma of pineapple. The pomegranate comes across as a subtle berry note hiding behind the pineapple. Upon tasting, the flavors hit in opposite order than in the aroma: the pomegranate is obvious right up front and gradually fades to a nice pineapple finish. There is a medium body that is quite satisfying despite little to no obvious tannins. My guess is that Eden is using a green tea or at least a green tea mix for this flavor. The acidity is on the low side for kombucha, leaving the overall character more sweet than sour. Overall, this is a very drinkable kombucha.
The Label / Branding Review
Eden’s branding is a bit of a mixed bag. The company name is fantastic, harkening to a more simplistic, natural time. Very appropriate for kombucha. But I fail to see how this concept is related in the label where the name is printed in superimposed red and blue/white patterned block letters on a white background. Perhaps the company is (rightly) focusing on flavor first and will enhance their brand imagery as they grow.
The first side label gives some of the basic claims most kombucha producers make:
- Gluten free
- Raw organic product
Nothing fancy, but it does the job without making unsupportable or extravagant claims.
I’m a fan of the handwritten flavor label, which is even more evidence of the local craft beverage that you’re about to enjoy. I especially appreciate including the actual brew date on the label.
I gave Eden Pomegranate Pineapple Kombucha 8.25 out of 10 points. This offering could benefit from a little less sweetness, a slightly fuller body and some revamped labeling. But overall, this is a great kombucha and I highly recommend it if you are lucky enough to find it near you.