You may be thinking to yourself, I don’t know what Kombucha tastes like, how do I know it’s for me? While some may be skeptical of Kombucha due to its reputation for being an acquired taste, JuneShine Kombucha has a flavor fit for even the most discerning set of tastebuds. JuneShine is made out of Jun Kombucha; a type of Kombucha crafted from green tea and honey and known throughout the brewing community as the champagne of Kombucha — due to its bubbly bite and dry taste. JuneShine then adds all-natural ingredients like fruit and honey to its Jun Kombucha to cut the brew’s signature bitter taste. What you get is a carbonated drink that is lighter than a cocktail and refreshingly dry with hints of fruits and honey.
Featured on each can, in addition to the playful yet artistic designs that project a whimsical and care-free lifestyle, the few ingredients that are used to make the drink are clearly outlined. Each drink includes green tea, cane sugar, honey, and Jun Kombucha, paired with the additional natural fruit to flavor each respective drink in JuneShine’s collection. Each can also speaks to the general benefits of Kombucha: organic ingredients, probiotics, and antioxidants — plus the brand’s official, Certified Organic seal.
Each drink clocks in at 6% ABV, a little higher than the average American beer (around 4.5%) but lower than the average ABV of wine (about 11%). JuneShine Kombucha is crisp, bright, and slightly bubbly, which makes it great for both day and night. As I sipped each flavor, I immediately thought of how great this would be at a spring picnic or bonfire. The flavors really are all refreshing; not overpowering but enough to cut the kombucha taste. Each flavor is also very light, offering a refreshing alternative to beer — which makes me feel full and bloated. I do drink other bottled kombucha, mostly nonalcoholic, though I have tried alcoholic kombucha before. I’m not anywhere close to the level of making Kombucha myself, and I like flavored ones available in the local grocery store. Some of the flavor pairings for Kombucha, including those that JuneShine sells, are really unique.