Friday, February 11, 2011

T42 Tropical Nectars

I have always had an aversion to nectars. In general, I am of the opinion that a beverage should not be viscous enough to use as a pancake topping. I picked this one up this past weekend while I was at Earth Fare trying to activate a coupon. The canned Sapparo that I had originally selected did not count towards my total due to its alcohol nature, so I swapped it out for this and an Honest Tea to push my total high enough to legitimize my coupon. I knew going into this one that I probably was not going to like it. I have yet to have a nectar that I found palatable, and T42 was no exception.

As soon as I opened the drink, I could tell that it was too thick. A few bubbles rose to the top of the liquid upon the fluid's reintroduction to the air, but they moved so slowly that I could watch each individual bubble struggle its way to the surface. The beverage even smelled thick, and had a dense, syrup-like aroma. My hypothesis was confirmed upon consumption, as the nectar was indeed of high viscosity. 

I'm not really sure as to what exactly the appeal of nectars is supposed to be. I guess they are, generally, very natural and close to their source of origin, but I don't really know that the taste is worth it. T42 is very, very sweet. It is a natural sweetness, to be sure, but it is still too sweet and sugary for my taste. The mango is also very strong, and overpowers any hint of the carrot that may be there. If you like mango, then you may like this one, as it tastes pretty much like a liquefied mango. I am not the world's biggest mango fan, so my opinion of the flavor may be slanted, but I feel that this would be much easier to consider recommending to other adventurous beverage consumers if there was something to help balance out the sweetness of the mango. The carrot is a good start; there just needs to be more of it. The product as is, however, is too heavy and sweet for me to recommend to anyone but the most die-hard mango fans.

Verdict: Not recommended

Purchased: Earth Fare [Columbia, SC]
Size: 16 fl. oz. [473mL]
Price: $1.99


  1. I cant imigine drinking anything that thick could ever be that enjoyable...

  2. Yeah. It is not a great thing.

    I think that the main appeal is the "true organic" nature of these beverages. A lot of people like them because they feel more natural than other, more derivative beverages like juices, but I just find them to be way too heavy.

    I am of the opinion that a beverage should really just not have its own distinct texture...

  3. try the mango one! so good i loved it yummy