When you’re drinking your federally-mandated 27 gallons of water a day, you might as well enjoy it going down. Flavored water is nothing new, but Ayala’s takes a different approach, flavoring its bottled waters with natural herbs instead of chemical sludge (check the nutrition facts on a bottle of Propel if you don’t believe me).
Ayala’s comes in six flavors:
- Lemongrass Mint Vanilla
- Lavender Mint Lemongrass Thyme
- Jasmine Vanilla
- Cloves Cardamom Cinnamon
- Cinnamon Orange Peel
- Ginger Lemon Peel
Much to my surprise, they’re all pretty good. There’s a large amount of crossover among the flavors, as you can tell from the ingredients, but each has something different (and pleasant) in store for you. Jasmine Vanilla was perhaps my favorite, with a light sweetness that was refreshing and a strong aroma that is palpable just form opening the bottle. Even the Cloves Cardamom Cinnamon variety, which sounds a little scary for a flavored water, was pretty good, though perhaps my least favorite of the bunch. Similarly, the Lavender Mint Lemongrass Thyme variety was just too busy from so many ingredients.
All in all, they’re definitely worth a try if you find regular water simply too boring for consumption. Also worth a try (though I failed to do so): Using these as mixers with your favorite spirit. Bourbon and Jasmine Vanilla water sounds especially interesting…
All B+ to A- / $1.79 per 16-ounce bottle / herbalwater.com
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