The first time I tried Organic Gemini’s Tigernut Horchata was at a Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. It was their classic Unsweetened flavor, and it was love at first sip. Somehow, that simple beverage of just filtered water and organic tigernuts (seriously, those are the only two ingredients!) hit the sweet spot as a refreshing yet lightly creamy beverage. The consistency was akin to 1% milk, but the flavor was above and beyond with purity and a cool natural sweetness.
They call it Tigernut Horchata (it seems this is how original horchata was actually made), but I call it one of the best dairy-free milk beverages available … with just two caveats.
One of the big benefits of tigernuts also takes away slightly from it’s mainstream appeal. There is a “sediment” as they call it, which is a bit more like a thickened starch (because that’s what it is!) that doesn’t mix in, even with a good shake. As noted on their package, it’s a nutritious prebiotic resistant starch, but we didn’t find it drinkable. We had to blend it into thicker smoothies to make the “sediment” palatable.
The second hold up is the cost. As I write, the price of Organic Gemini’s Tigernut Horchata is in the “juice cleanse” price range. Worth the splurge for many who want it’s wonderful nutrition, but too high for most of us when it comes to daily use and enjoyment.
Tasting Notes for Organic Gemini Tigernut Horchata
That all said, there are still so many amazing benefits of this Tigernut Horchata. It’s raw, organic, contains no added sugars, and is made with pure ingredients in small artisan batches in Brooklyn. It’s also nut-free, and so is their facility! Tigernuts are actually small tubers, or root vegetables, not tree nuts. And, the taste is FABULOUS!
When I first tried Organic Gemini Tigernut Horchata they had six flavors. Their fruity Banana and Strawberry varieties were discontinued, but they still offer the following core line up.
Their baseline Tigernut Horchata has just a touch of organic dates to heighten the mellow sweetness. The dates definitely influence the flavor, but the unique underlying taste of the tigernuts is ever-present. I found it to be a nicely sweet, very drinkable beverage (this is big, as I’m not someone who likes to drink “milk” of any kind straight-up) with a hard to describe flavor. It is a touch earthy yet light and fresh rather than weighty, nutty or strong.
I think this is still my favorite Tigernut Horchata for both taste and versatility. The tigernuts have a nice natural sweetness (only 3 grams of natural sugars in a whole bottle), making this a pretty light and refreshing, yet nicely creamy milk. It goes well on cereal, in smoothies, for sipping- the possibilities are endless!
This flavor is potently coffee – Tony liked the taste (not the sediment), but it was way too strong for this herbal tea drinker.
Again, dates are used to sweeten the very unique, pure spice flavor of this Tigernut Horchata. Each sip was preceded by the potent scent of cloves and nutmeg, which only added to its strangely addictive taste. Aside from straight up, I thought the Chai was nice in tea and smoothies.
More Facts on Organic Gemini Tigernut Horchata
Price: $8.79 per 12-ounce bottle
Availability: Organic Gemini Tigernut Horchata is available at Whole Foods in the U.S. and at select natural food stores. It’s sold refrigerated.
Certifications: Organic Gemini Tigernut Horchata is Certified Organic, Certified Kosher Pareve, Certified Gluten-Free, Certified Vegan, Certified Paleo, and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Organic Gemini Tigernut Horchata is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, paleo, vegan, and vegetarian.*
For More Product Information: Visit the Organic Gemini website at www.organicgemini.com.
*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.
Wow! This is amazing. Please I would like to learn more
Naturally sweet, no added sugars, perfectly creamy, light and refreshing
Naturally sweet, no added sugars, perfectly creamy and yet light, refreshing and totally drinkable, this could be my favorite new dairy-free milk of the year. The resistant starch “sediment” (read the full review for an explanation) and the high price tag are the only things that are holding tigernut milk back from the mainstream, in my opinion. But once these two issues are addressed, I expect to see this healthy delight everywhere!