Well, I mentioned I would be reviewing a non-beer product for a change of pace, and here it is. In May I was contacted by someone at TrueBlue who wondered if I would review their blueberry juice cocktail products. I rarely turn down anything free, so I agreed.
(NOTE: This was a free product but I did tell the company I would be doing an HONEST review. My review was not at all influenced by the fact that the juice was free.)
Well, I was in Europe for almost two weeks, as you know, and when I returned, I found a box sitting on my front steps from TrueBlue. Having no idea how long it had been there, I worried the constant changes in temperature outdoors would have affected the taste of the product.
Fortunately this was not the case. I put a bottle of the Blueberry cocktail in the fridge (they also sell Blueberry Blackberry, Blueberry Raspberry, Blueberry Green Tea, Blueberry Pomegranate, and Blueberry Cranberry) and once sufficiently chilled, I took a big swig right out of the bottle. Before the juice even hit my taste buds I detected a good aroma of fresh blueberries. I was a little concerned that this flavor would be too intense. I had no reason to fear. The juice cocktail has just the right blend of blueberry and grape juices.
The consistency of the juice feels like Welch’s grape juice but with a distinct blueberry flavor. It really does taste like you’re enjoying a handful of sweetened blueberries rather than a glass of juice. This is a very refreshing and tasty juice!
Once I realized I really liked the juice I started looking at the bottle it came in. I was a little disappointed, at first, to see that it was only 25% juice. I rarely buy any type of juice unless it’s 100% juice. Usually juices that are not 100% juice contain a lot of high fructose corn syrup (which I blame for the American obesity epidemic). Looking at the ingredients, however, I saw that there is no HFCS….just water, blueberry and grape juices, cane sugar and other natural flavors.
I then looked at the caloric content of the juice and compared it to the juice I happened to have in the fridge: Mott’s apple juice (100% juice) and my 3-year-old’s White Grape Juicy Juice (100% juice). At 110 calories per 8 fl. oz serving, the blueberry juice had both beat by a nose.
All in all, I would highly recommend this juice. This may become my new juice of choice! I would rush right out and buy it if they hadn’t sent me 8 64oz bottles of it! I’ll be drinking on it forever before I have to buy any.
For more information on their juices and where to purchase them, as well as a coupon, please visit their web site at http://www.trueblueberry.com.