The team from Baltimore's Mobtown Fermentation reached out to me to try their new Wild Kombucha. Specializing in the art of fermentation, they brew their own unique brand of kombucha and currently have three flavors available: mango-peach, ginger-grapefruit, and elderberry. Like many of you, my first question was "What is Kombucha?"
The Mobtown Fermentation website explains: "Thought to have originated in Asia, during the rule of the Tsin Dynasty, Kombucha is a fermented drink [made from tea] that has been brewed and consumed for over two millennia. It was called the Tea of Immortality, and was believed to give everlasting life to those who drank it."
A couple days later, I tried the elderberry. Wow - what a difference! The dark berry juice gave this kombucha a sparkling sangria effect that I adored. I easily sipped this drink with my pasta dinner.
Lastly, I tried the ginger-grapefruit. It was not as sour as I expected it may be. Instead, it reminded me of other detoxifying drinks on the market, and I really felt 'cleansed' after finishing this tart and spicy mixture. It was akin to a craft cocktail - refreshing with that ginger zing.
So is kombucha the "immortal health elixir" -- I am not sure, but if you are looking for a soda alternative, give this effervescent drink a try! Wild Kombucha is available for sale at various retailers in the Baltimore, Annapolis, and DC area.