The mystical elixir has been used and honoured for more than 2000 years in the Eastern world. Throughout the centuries Kombucha Tea has been named; “Immortality Tea”, “Miracle Tea” & “Elixir of Long Life”, suggestive of its curative & energising nature. – Equinox Kombucha Tea
Admittedly this was purchased on a whim from one of my local health food shops – I had never even heard of Kombucha, assuming it was just a fruit tea, upon returning to the car I actually read the back; “Fermented tea” hmm… It doesn’t exactly inspire the idea of a delicious thirst quencher by any means.
Kombucha is an ancient Chinese tea that historically was home-brewed using a special type of yeast and bacteria to ferment black and green tea. It was believed that this was a health elixir, healing any and all illnesses from Cancer to a sore throat. I hate to sound skeptical so early on but some Chinese medicinal inclinations such as whale blubber and shark fins, don’t help me put a lot of faith in this, but it seems innocent enough – I well know how effective Ancient Eastern ways of living can be very powerful.
After my shopping trip I completely forgot about the Kombucha sitting in my boot – some days later after a run/walk I realised I hadn’t taken any water with me and was gasping for a drink. Opening my boot I saw the strange tea sitting there, it might as well of had and Alice in Wonderland “drink me” label hanging from it. Nervously, I peeled off the bottle cap and it fizzed everywhere (just like leaving any fizzy drink rolling around in your car for a few days), I managed to contain most of it then took a sip. My first thoughts? Vinegar. Yup, it tasted like vinegar and had a slight sweet aftertaste. Due to my thirst and the supposed health benefits written on the label I guzzled the rest down. The fizz tickled my throat and suddenly I felt this great warmth settling in my heart chakra, this energy spread across my upper body, making my breath feel deeper and my heart pound stronger. Now I know it does contain naturally occurring caffeine – which I usually avoid – so I wondered if this sudden hit had revved me up. Usually after having anything caffeinated I feel sick, light-headed and as though a migraine is coming on, but not this time. I felt so energised – quite a feat considering I could win an Olympic medal in sleeping. I felt so revived that I actually ran around a bit more, my heart banging in my chest, smiling like a lunatic for no apparent reason.
Packing quite a punch, I would recommend it as a healthier energy drink – I can completely understand why Samurai warriors used to drink this in order to receive the “Chi” (life force energy, similar to “Ki” in Japan) that exudes from it – I certainly had a sense of this during my experience.
Note: with regard to its health benefits, I’m not so sure and I didn’t see any immediate effect. If any of you lovely readers give it a try on a regular basis to see its effects, please let me know how it goes.
Appearance/Price: A funky looking bottle with Mandala design, its about the same size as a bottle of beer. It has an old-fashioned pull cap and isn’t a screw top, so be careful when opening (especially if you leave it rolling around in your boot…) My single bottle cost £2.99, on the Equinox website they do a multipack of twenty bottles for £20, which isn’t bad at all.
Taste: As I said previously, vinegar-y to begin with and then gradually once you are used to it, you begin to taste the raspberry flavour but didn’t get much of the elderflower.
Ingredients: Containing multiple organic products, Equinox believe in using ethical ingredients and use Fair Trade as much as possible, a portion of the profits also go to humanitarian efforts including rainforest conservation – how great!
Naomi Walker – blogger