GT's Kombucha Synergy Organic & Raw


Pros: multiple health benefits from fermentation

Cons: cost

 I drink one or two Kombuchas every day when I visit Florida during the winter. It's hard to find a healthy drink other than pure water and this was a welcome discovery. Being a health fanatic I know about the benefits claimed - simply put, fermented foods and drinks have many natural health advantages you won't find elsewhere, though some health gurus advise against fermentation.


Either way, the drinks taste like flavored champagne to a degree - never too sweet but with a real zing. The cost is high but you are getting two 8 ounce servings. We have all been spoiled price wise by large soft drinks at low prices - but it's never a bargain when you are poisoning yourself. I'll say it again, it's hard to find a real healthy drink other than pure clean water, and yet, here it is. Fun to drink, easy to digest and more helpful to the human body than any coffee, sport drink, fruit juice (you could argue some juiced vegetables and fruits are more healthy but there is WORK involved) and especially soft drink, this is a find that will take over a segment of the population with what is just a better idea.


Pros: healthy and refreshing

Cons: pricey...acquired taste

So, I got lucky yesterday. And by that I mean I happened to be wandering around Whole Foods during a period of taste-testing. Woohoo!! I quickly found the Kombucha Synergy table (out of recent curiosity and a not so favorable experience) and decided to give it a whirl.


My mom and stepdad have been drinking this stuff for a long time now. I think they get a whole case of it from Costco and they really do drink it almost daily. I keep seeing it around and hearing about it here and there and so I asked to try a sip of my mom's one night that I was visiting - the Mango flavor.


YUCK! BLEH! PLEGH! (<< It didn't go so well.)


I think this initial response was due to some preconceptions on my part and a lack of warning on her part. I really had no idea what this stuff was... and in all its colorful glory, I had anticipated something juice-like. Read: sweet(*ish). Not in the least. Oh, and she didn't really warn on the vinegar aroma. Holy super surprise! Why would anyone want to drink this stuff???


There are many acquired tastes in life... coffee, alcohol, etc. and my mom claimed this was just another to add to the list. I, however, could not fathom the day that I would *enjoy* drinking something like this.


Yesterday was that day. The woman at the tasting table encouraged me to reuse my little cup and taste a variety of the flavors. She was certain I would like it by the time I finished my sampling. I was still skeptical, but really wanting to join the Kombucha club. So, I tried a few (citrus, strawberry, guava, passionberry and the trilogy one) and MAN! She was right. I listened to all the health benefits and ph-balancing properties of the drink and immediately walked over and returned my Honest Tea (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE) for a Strawberry Kombucha Synergy. No joke.


I'm looking forward to trying out some other brands of Kombucha, but I am pretty happy with the Synergy variety right now. I'm also interested to see if I notice a difference in my skin, hair, immune system, appetite, etc.


Moral of the story: Be patient with yourself and your taste buds. You'll come around.


Pros: Tastes Like Vinegar

Cons: Able to take out mortgage on house to buy

The bottle is pretty and I enjoy guava, so I thought I'd give this drink a try with my lunch today.  My lunch today cost more than any other lunch I've had at that particular deli, and when I asked why the cashier told me that Synergy drink was $3 a pop.  Dang!  I expected great things.  So imagine my delight when I opened the bottle that I was hoping to pair nicely with a chicken curry na'anwich, and encountered the strong aroma of vinegar.  YUM!  Not.

Tastes like vinegar too.  I suppose there was a slight aftertaste of guava... I thought maybe my bottle had gone bad, so I googled, "Synergy organic and raw tastes like vinegar" and saw that I was not the only one.  Is it the Kombucha that gives it that strong vinegar odor and flavor?  No idea.  I just know that I wasted $3 today on a drink I cannot drink.



Pros: Looks good

Cons: Deceiving

I am a avid kombucha drinker and do think GT Dave has good intentions.  I do have a bone to pick with the labeling on these bottles.  I'm not sure what is being told is legal.  If it actual cured cancer it should cost a heck of a lot more than three dollars.  I do know that pure love is not an ingredient but must be his idea of black tea and sugar.  The product is decent but if you want to ensure quality you may want to try an other kombucha tea this is more straight forward with their claims. 


Pros: Many purported benefits

Cons: Can the purported benefits be true?

The bottle claims that the Kombucha has offered such benefits as, "increased energy levels and decreased appetite, to improved digestion, healthier skin and hair, and even a stronger immune system.* then notes that these claims have not been evaluated by the FDA.


That said, I like the story that the founder started the business after his mother had success with Kombucha in her battle with breast cancer. The tea goes through a rigorous process of preparation including fermentation that gives it a refreshing fizziness.


I can't say I love the smell of the kind I had, but the taste was good and if the health claims are even 1% true than it's better than crackin open a Snapple.


At $2.99 (Whole Foods) the price is steep though.


Pros: Not too sweet, raw food, organic, effervescent

Cons: Pricey, effervescent

Yes, I did say that the effervescence of this drink is both a pro and a con.  Explain, you say?  Okay.  I will explain...I wouldn't exactly call the drink bubbly.  And it's not effervescent in the same way that your average carbonated beverage is's kind of....tingly, you might say.  And I haven't quite decided if I like it.  I think I do.  But it takes a little getting used to.


Beyond that, it's definitely a different kind of drink.  Kombucha is a tea, but the Synergy drinks are mixed with 5% juice...and it's just unlike any other iced tea I've had before.  It's raw, first of all.  There's also some fermentation that happens so they do warn you on the back of the bottle that there may be trace amounts of alcohol in it (less than 0.5%).  Honestly, I'm not quite sure how to describe the flavor.  The guava kind has a guava flavor.  But it's not overwhelming and it's definitely not too sweet (which I like).


I can't speak to all of the health claims of Kombucha (i.e. digestion, metabolism, immune, etc etc support)...but I certainly like the idea.


My main con for this drink is that, goodness, it is not what you'd call cheap.  One 16 ounce bottle at Whole Foods set me back $ no, not something that I can justify drinking every day (even though the bottle does say GT Dave's mom drank it and had "success from drinking it during her battle with breast cancer").  But for the occasional change of pace...I enjoy it for the most part. 


I'll let you know if I make my mind up about the whole effervescent thing...


UPDATE: Okay,'s been a few days and I've had a few more of these Synergy drinks.  First of all, the Strawberry kind is way less effervescent than the Guava kind.  It's more along the lines of a lightly carbonated drink.  Pretty typical in fact, in its effervescent quality.  I was shocked.  And I actually thought maybe I was crazy, that the Guava kind wasn't super different...but I just picked up another Guava (after also trying the Citrus kombucha which also wasn't particularly effervescent).  And lo and behold, it is very effervescent.  It must have something to do with the Guava kind...


In any case, I've decided that I do like it.  Quite a bit in fact.  But it's still $2.99 a bottle (or $3.19 if you happen to pick up a bottle at an independent grocery store).


UPDATE NO. 2 (3/13/2009): GT's has been seriously growing on me.  Particularly the Synergy Trilogy flavor.  I currently have five empty Trilogy bottles sitting on my's almost embarrassing.  I am also a big fan of the Raspberry Rush, Cosmic Cranberry, and Mystic Mango flavors.  The Cranberry kind isn't super cranberry-esque so don't be too worried about that, but the Mango one is pretty good and mango-y which I like a lot.  And Guava is still really effervescent, but truthfully...I've definitely picked up a few more bottles since my first one back in September 2008.  And now...the newest Synergy flavor is called Superfruits with goji berry, yumberry, and camu camu juices.  It's good a light flavor (nothing very goji berry flavored about it) and while it started out very effervescent, it calms down a ton after you have the bottle open for a while.  It's definitely not too sweet and almost has a slightly tart after taste.  Big fan.

GT's Kombucha Synergy Organic & Raw

Synergy Organic & Raw combines the healthful properties of GT's Raw Organic Kombucha, with 5% real fruit juice added. What makes GT's Kombucha and Synergy so great? It's not one thing. It's many things. And as a result, our customers have experienced everything from increased energy levels and decreased appetite, to improved digestion, healthier skin and hair, and even a stronger immune system. Available in 9 flavors.

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Ingredients95% GT's organic raw kombucha, 5% fruit juice
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Taken from the GTKombucha Website, here's a great picture of the nutrition facts...certainly a LOT less sugar than other options:



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