Mona Vie Active Juice Blend
I first came across Mona-Vie when looking for a healthy acai drink. It calls itself "the premier acai blend," with 19 different beneficial fruits. However, it's very expensive just for one bottle, rivaling a decent priced liquor. A 750 ml bottle of the monavie active blend can go for $45 in the US.
I finally got my hands on this expensive blend of fruit juices from someone I know who ordered it, since I don't believe it's sold in stores.My first impression looking at the bottle is that there's a significant layer of foam on the top which, if you swirl the bottle around, leaves a film on the side of the glass. The good news is that this foam is full of seeds and reminds me of what would form on top of a home-made fruit juice. Anyone who has used a fruit juicer to make fresh juice will know what I mean.
As soon as I open the bottle there's a very strong acai smell, though you can tell there are other fruits mixed in. It smells very sweet, like strawberry jam with some blueberry. Based on the advice of someone who has tried it before, I'm only going to pour a little bit in my glass. The juice is dark purple.
On first sip I get a weird barrage of flavors. It's sweet, sour, and bitter all at the same time. I can taste some tannins, which leave the mouth feeling dry after each sip, probably from fruit skins or seeds, which are part of the mona vie active ingredients. And the seeds are definitely there, not overwhelming, but noticeable. I guess it is exactly what you should expect if you threw a bunch of fruits into the blender and put it through a light strain to remove the pulp. The acai flavor is prominent, but diluted. I love acai juice, and I feel like the other fruits, none of which I could guess by the taste of the mona-vie, really detract from the flavor rather than add. In a taste contest, mona vie vs. acai, regular acai juice would win hands-down every time.
An interesting thing I'm noticing as I drink, is that there is some separation of oils at the bottom of the glass, circled in white in the picture. That is probably the reason they tell you to shake well before drinking. I'm not sure which ingredient is causing them, but I assume it's from the esterified fatty acids which are a form of the beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids that are easy for us to absorb.
The good thing about this drink is how unrefined it is, and the blend of fruits that give a whole spectrum of different nutrients. It's 100% juice, with no added colors, flavors, or sugar. This fact is also what makes it lacking in the taste department. It's meant to be taken as a health supplement, rather than a drink for taste. I'm not sure what makes this mona vie active juice compared to the regular monvie drink.
A small amount doesn't taste bad, but I wouldn't grab a bottle of mona-vie when I'm thirsty.