Green tea needs to be in waaaaaay more sodas. Thankfully today I have one in front of me called Onli Green Tea Lemongrass Mango. Onli makes lightly flavored sodas that taste the way sparkling water should… of course I’m basing that on one soda. They are “Sparkling & All Natural”, sugar free (sweetened with Erythritol), and in this case has some Monk Fruit Extract in it. So that begs the question, how does a 5 calorie soda taste when sugar is removed from the equation?
That smells like a bag of nickles, I’m no longer excited to drink this. With a strong whiff I do get some of the mango and green tea aroma, but it’s not powerful enough to sway my worries.
Nope. Nope. One more sip. Nope. That tastes like a bag of nickels with a little bit of green tea and mango flavor as well.
Each sip ends with a painful wince because of how bitter the soda is. The initial taste is lightly sweetened, fruity, and enjoyable. Sadly, it almost immediately transitions into a metallic taste which then performs a ritual and summons the devil upon your tongue. The devil then dances a merry jig upon your taste buds (this creates a bitter taste for those down on their lore) and vanishes from your mouth.
I don’t want to drink this anymore so I’m going to stop and leave nearly three quarters of this soda unconsumed. I will say that the light mango taste is enjoyable for less than a second… you know, just so I don’t leave this on a bad note.
Verdict - Do Not Buy
I purchased this soda at an HEB Grocery Store