Guest Author - Letta Meinen
I received information in my email of a press release of a new hydrating drink called Hint. At first it sounded like the mass of energy drinks on the market. It seemed we are swamped with enough drinks to fill the ocean. It seems this one has something different no sugar, no artificial sweeteners saying it is simply pure water with a hint of natural flavor. Now that is different and this is one I would like to try.
I am a big water drinker just pure cold water works just fine with me, in fact in the summer I freeze bottles of water to take with me on the golf course. During an 18 hole round of golf in the summer I will drink four 16 ounce bottles of water. It takes a lot to keep your self hydrated during the hot and humid round of golf. We do start early in the morning so are not out there in the middle of the hottest part of the day.
This new drink called Hint sounded wonderful and that as they say tastes even better. This information comes from the web site of the founder Kara Golfin who is the CEO of Hint, Inc. If you check the back of this colorful bottle you will find zero calories, sugar and sodium. Now that really is good for you and it comes in several flavored varieties such as Mango-Grapefruit, Pomegranate-Tangerine, Lime, Raspberry-Lime, Peppermint, Pear, Tropical Punch, Strawberry Kiwi and Cucumber. Imagine no sweetener to any of these flavors but some of those sounded very strange like cucumber.
This drink has been advertised in numerous magazines and can be found in several grocery stores, health clubs and specialty shops. I found on the web site that the cost is $1.69 per 16 ounce bottle or order a case of 24 -16 ounce bottles for $44.00 when you order on line. I wrote to Kara to see if there was any place close to where I live I could buy this to try, since I did not want to spend $44.00 for the 24 bottles. She answered me promptly and asked for my address as she was going to send me samples to try. Now that was amazing and I told her I would share with my golfing friends to see what they think of this product in this review. She also sent places in Texas where this drink can be purchased. The only stores close to where I live was Temple, Texas which is 20 miles away at the HEB Grocery stores.
The sample box of Hint water arrived yesterday with 14 flavors in 16 oz. plastic bottles. I have sampled some of the flavors. I can say that there is a hint of the flavor in each one but a small hint as that may be why they called it Hint . The water is refreshing and best served ice cold. I am taking it to my golfing group so they can give me their opinion of this new drink. I will even give samples to those who work at our Pro Shop and Grill. You will get honest opinions from every one of them.
Today we played our usual Wednesday golf game and after our game I had several cold bottles of Hint for them to try. There was a variety of responses, the aroma was authentic but the flavor was very light. They sampled many flavors and did have favorites such as the Blackberry, Raspberry-Lime or Pomegranate-Tangerine. The talk came around to the cost and when I quoted the internet price they thought that was too much, as they could just as well get bottled water. They appreciated the no sugar but could use more flavor.
I did have our Grill Manager and Pro Shop sample and they thought it was good and refreshing. I stopped one man a golfer passing through the club house and he thought they were terrific and wanted to sample all flavors. He loved the Mango-Grapefruit as he said Grapefruit is one of his favorite fruits. As you can tell we had many sampling with many varied opinions. They all said they could smell the right kind of fruit but the taste just wasn’t what they expected. Some did not like them at all.
This mood changed when the last golfer appeared and sampled one bottle and decided it wasn’t nearly as good as the kinds she gets from Wal-Mart for 88 cents a bottle. She then told the others that they all should try the ones at Wal-Mart as they also are with no sugar or preservatives, just water and flavor. As you can see when different people try a product you get different responses. I found many I care for than others, I also do not know if I would buy these as I do not shop that often in Temple, Texas. I still enjoy my bottles of frozen water as they keep me cool and hydrated. I will continue to try the rest you have sent and will hand out more samples. I have let everyone know where they can be purchased in our area.