Hawaiian Ola Sparkling Energy
We were sent some samples of OLA's whole line of energy drinks to review.
Hawaiian OLA Energy Drink Review
But, then I tasted the Hawaiian OLA Sparkling Energy Drinks.....
Their are 4 flavors of Sparkling Noni and here's how each tasted.
Ginger Turmeric: Yuck.. I’m a huge ginger fan and a huge curry fan but the turmeric ginger combination just didn’t work. Plus it had a really bitter aftertaste. Not to mention the orange sludge at the bottom of the can even after "gently shaking" was a huge turn off.
Beet Punch: This one was a little better but still had a bitter aftertaste. This drink needs to be a tad sweeter I think.
Pineapple Punch: This flavor had a nice pineapple flavor but still could have been a tad sweeter. This didn’t have the bitter aftertaste of the last two, but it was still detectable.
Lemon lime: This flavor had the sourness of the lemon and lime and the bitterness of the other ingredients and was just not enjoyable.
Overall, I like the concept of these drinks i.e. organic, all natural, the use of noni, fruit juice, honey, yerba mate, low sugar etc. but the flavor profiles need a lot of work.
I don’t like overly sweet beverages, but none of these had enough sweetness for me and some flavors were very unappealing. I just don’t see them being embraced by a wide enough audience to make them viable.
It’s a shame because I really enjoyed the Hawaiian Ola Energy Shots made by the same company, but these drinks are just not delicious.
As for the perceived energy effect, I imagine with 150 mg of caffeine it would have been pretty decent, but I honestly couldn't stomach more than a couple sips of each flavor.
Hawaiian OLA Energy Drinks are for healthy adults only and not suitable for children.
Ingredients in Hawaiian Ola Sparkling Energy
Pineapple Punch: Sparkling Water, Organic Hawaiian Noni Juice, Organic Pineapple Juice, Organic Hawaiian Honey, Organic Lemon Juice, Organic Yerba Mate Extract, Organic Lime Flavor, Organic Pineapple Flavor, Organic Green Tea Extract, Hawaiian Sea Salt (Electrolytes), Organic Stevia, Niacin.
Sugar content: 17 grams (per 11.5 ounces).Compare Sugar Content
Hawaiian Ola Sparkling Energy contains 13.04 mgs of caffeine per fluid ounce (44.11mg/100 ml).