Michelle's Miracle Original Tart Montmorency Cherry Concentrate -- 16 fl oz
pros and cons
I'd really like to give this product 5 stars. Out of the various brands I've tried, this is one of the top 2 contenders, and it's easily the best value. But the packaging leaves something to be desired.
So, pros: the product itself IS very tart, but still very drinkable. I'm pretty sensitive to tartness and I can handle an ounce, undiluted, with no problem. It's a nice deep red color, and very thick, which leads me to believe it's more concentrated than other brands. For me, this was identical in every way to a very popular but much more expensive brand. The more expensive brand did come in a glass jar, however, which leads me to...
Cons: the packaging. Normally, the packaging would seem like a trivial issue, but in this case, it does concern me. It's aluminum, and aluminum has a nasty habit of leeching into the food products being stored in it. And as far as foods go, tart cherry concentrate would be a higher risk than most for having the aluminum leached into it because of the acidic composition. I *DO* get a noticeable metallic taste after a few days, so this could be a real problem.
So, it's sort of a toss-up. Do I pay the astronomical prices for the popular brand, which is essentially same product in a glass bottle? Do I buy one of the concentrates in a glass bottle, at a more affordable price, but accept the sacrifice in quality?
This is what you'll want to ask yourself when considering which brand to go with.
July 11, 2013
Best of all cherry concentrates!
I heard about this product on Dr. Oz and decided to try it. I have several inflammatory conditions and I noticed a decline in symptoms. I also discovered if I took it at night, I slept very soundly. I take a 2 oz dose, undiluted. I drink plenty during the day and did not want to drink that much right before bed. The taste is delicious.
May 22, 2013
Taste great and helps with sleep
If I drink red wine, I can't sleep so I tried this since it says that it helps promote sleep. I pour a little in a glass and add my SodaStream's sparkling water to it. It taste better than other cherry juice extracts and is healthier than drinking store bought soda laden with artificial colors and sugars.
May 14, 2013
This tastes just like tart cherries.
December 5, 2012
Excellent product, great packaging.
My wife has been using Michalle's cherry concentrate for over a year and completely enjoys the product daily. It's packaged in a sealed, coated aluminum container which we reuse. Highly recommended!
October 3, 2012