Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Phenom Natural Coconut Water

By this point, I have had several coconut waters, and none of them have been very good. I came across this one while perusing the shelves of my local Big Lots (I actually managed to get that stubborn price sticker off of the front this time) and despite my previous bad encounters with coconut water, I decided to give it a try.

I was hoping that the blueberry apple flavoring would help make the coconut milk a bit more palatable. Unfortunately, the flavorings were not enough to overpower the odd saltiness of the coconut water. The flavors were certainly there, and I actually liked the blueberry taste a good bit, but the strangeness of the coconut water still prevailed. It's salty and savory in a way that a beverage shouldn't be, and the added electrolytes don't help with the taste very much. Like other coconut waters, it is very hydrating, as the salts and electrolytes help your body to absorb more of the actual water, but I don't know that the taste is worth it.

I wish that I could feel differently about coconut water. Coconut water drinks have been an increasingly popular trend in the beverage industry as of late, and I really would like to understand what all the fuss is about. Nothing would please me more than to have my mind changed about the stuff. Unfortunately, Phenom Natural Coconut water is not the drink to rescue my opinion of the beverage.

Verdict: Not recommended

Purchased: Big Lots [Greenwood, SC]
Size: 16.9 fl. oz. [500mL]
Price: $0.75 [Reduced]


  1. Canned coconut water doesn't hold up very well, it tastes weird. I know that for sure. I haven't tried coconut water in boxes though. I've had it in plastic bottles and it was fine.

    But nothing beats fresh coconut water. That never tastes salty, it's always on the mildly sweet side with a little bit of a fermented sting to it if it's from an old coconut.

    Coconut water really is a delicious and refreshing drink. I would compare it only to watermelon in that regard. It also has a lot of healthful properties. That's why the beverage market is trying to cash in on it but that freshness is an elusive property to capture.

  2. Thanks for the advice, Dawn!

    I know that there has to be something to coconut water fad. I think that I just keep getting bad examples of the stuff.

    Any suggestions on a good one to try next?

  3. Have you tried Harmless Harvest?

  4. I have not. I've been looking for it, though. If I ever come across it, I will be sure to give it a try.