Onli (4 reviews)

Onli Natural Raspberry Ginger

Onli Natural Raspberry Ginger

For as much as I go on and on about how most beverages don’t need added sugar to be delicious, I must say that there is something about ginger drinks, especially ginger ale, that really benefits from a sweetener. While this doesn’t come right out and say it, and in fact makes it appear to be more of a raspberry soda, this is very much a raspberry ginger ale that is only sweetened by the fruit juice used to flavor it. That 6g of sugar doesn’t go very far and this is much closer to a seltzer than a soda. I really enjoyed it, but after a few sips I just kept thinking how much more I would like it if it had just a tad more sugar in it. I wouldn’t want it to be overboard, but let’s say a solid 15g of sugar would have made this perfect. I’m sure if I had never had a raspberry ginger ale before I wouldn’t think twice about it, but my body associates a certain sweetness with this type of beverage and I have found it hard to suppress that. Damn my sugary upbringing. I really want this to be enough, and it should be but I’m ultimately left unsatisfied. That is all on me though, and not a representation of this product.

Website
http://onlibeverages.com
Country
United States
Categories
Ginger, Soda Pop, Sparkling
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on March 13th, 2018
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Onli Natural Hibiscus Pomegranate Strawberry

Onli Natural Hibiscus Pomegranate Strawberry

This should have been overwhelmingly wonderful. Don’t get me wrong it is wonderful, but not in an overwhelming way. I came across these on sale and after one sip, I contemplated turning around and driving back to the store to buy their entire stock. Lucky for me I had other errands that needed to be run first, so I kept sipping while I drove. Now, I loved this; it’s fruity and slightly floral, but I couldn’t finish a whole 12oz bottle. In a weird way the flavor was too strong to be unsweetened. In fact I will go on record and say that this is the most robust seltzer I have ever drunk. I got about halfway through and decided I needed to wait awhile before finishing it off. It was kind of like my taste buds were working overtime and had become sensitive. There was no physical discomfort, but I just felt that if I kept drinking it my enjoyment would decrease drastically. I’ve never experienced that with a beverage before. Perhaps things would have been different if a little spice, say cinnamon, were thrown in the mix. In theory that would throw everything in an even crazier direction, but I think it also would have reigned it all in. Also, everyone knows that hibiscus and cinnamon are an ultimate tag team. Oh well, I’ll just have to enjoy the case I bought in increments.

Website
http://onlibeverages.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Sparkling
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on February 27th, 2018
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Onli Natural Grapefruit (Pomelo & Peach)

Onli Natural Grapefruit (Pomelo & Peach)

There beverages were a surprise treat. When I picked them up I saw that the flavors were Grapefruit, Hibiscus and Raspberry. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized that under the big flavor, others were listed. In this one the surprise visitors were pomelo and peach. Sure pomelos are similar to grapefruit, but why not mix them together to spice things up a bit? The result is a soda that is very much citrus based. I have an aversion to peach in drinks because it almost always tastes fake and like some sort of peach chemical and not fruit juice. In here it really tastes like neither and just makes the soda taste a bit crazy, but in a good way. The initial taste that greets you is most definitely grapefruit, but then the other two kick in and it is like some mad scientist performed experiments during a lightning storm and created a new fruit (no, not the coveted guavacado that I dream of so often). This is unlike any flavor I have tasted before. It’s quite delicious, but for some reason I cannot make it through an entire bottle in one sitting. I suppose that means I just get to enjoy it again a little bit later.

Website
http://onlibeverages.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Natural Cane Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on February 13th, 2018
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Onli Hibiscus Pomegranate Aronia

Onli Hibiscus Pomegranate Aronia

Steve, I know you’ve been bummed because you are way underwater on your bills and you weren’t able to get away on your yearly vacation. I bet buying that $30,000 car that sucks immense amounts of gas doesn’t seem like the wisest idea in hindsight, does it? Also, I hate to bring it up, but you bought a $200,000 house. Not only did you’re payments go up $600/ month from what you were paying for rent, but at the end of your 30 year mortgage you will have paid over $450,000, but you know in three decades you’ll own the house free and clear, just in time to die. All of that makes perfect sense for someone who is a cashier at Walgreens though, right? Okay, I’ll ease up on you because I know you’ve been down lately. I mean you may be a dummy with no spending responsibility, but everyone needs to get out of town from time to time and feel some sunshine on their face.

Here I got you this; it’s like a vacation in a bottle. It’s an all-natural soda that isn’t like the junk you normally drink. It’s light, fruity and slightly floral. I know you have a dumb hatred on pomegranate because you think they are too difficult to eat, but this captures the flavor wonderfully without being overly bitter. No, it doesn’t taste like an old lady’s floral perfume. Hibiscus, is a magical flower that when mixed with a slight bit of cinnamon is one of the best flavors a beverage can have. I wasn’t sure what aronia was, but it’s apparently a super fruit that is similar to acai. I’m guessing it’s what that extra flavor in here is. It blends in perfectly in this soda whatever it is.

Seriously though, crank your heat, turn on all the lights, blast some relaxing music, close your eyes and sip this soda and you’ll feel like you were able to get away and are on some tropical island somewhere. It may not be the real thing, but it will give you a little escape from the life of debt you’ve gotten yourself into. Good luck digging yourself out of that hole.

Website
http://onlibeverages.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Natural Cane Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on September 13th, 2014
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