If you’re a regular reader of GRAVELBIKE, you know that I’m a big fan of Skratch Labs’ Exercise Hydration Mix. I became so enamored of the product that it earned a spot in my Things I Like series of articles. When Boulder-based Skratch Labs introduced their new Matcha + Lemons flavor, I jumped at the chance to try the company’s latest addition.
As with the other Exercise Hydration Mix flavors, Skratch Labs’ Matcha + Lemon is lower in sugar and higher in electrolytes than typical sports drinks. Unlike those other flavors, however, Matcha + Lemons contains caffeine (albeit naturally occurring). Additionally, the matcha green tea provides phytonutrients and the amino acid L-theanine. Because the entire leaf is used, matcha green tea offers higher concentrations of antioxidants compared to traditional green teas.
OK, it’s good for you, but how does it taste? It tastes good. Really good. Neither the green tea or the lemons are overpowering. The flavor is distinctive, but at the same time, it’s subtle. Whether you take a small sip or big gulp, there’s no annoying aftertaste. In a word, it tastes clean (probably because it’s made with real food and not chemicals). Even my wife–who is not typically fond of sports drinks–declared the thirst-quenching flavor to be extremely pleasing.
In use, I found the Matcha + Lemons formula to be a tasty complement to Skratch Labs’s other Hydration Mix flavors. I never experienced any gastrointestinal issues, and didn’t tire of the new flavor on longer rides (even after ice cubes had long since melted). Although the Matcha + Lemons mix does contain caffeine (approximately 16 mg per 16 oz serving), it wasn’t enough to make me jittery or cause other unwanted side effects.
Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix is available in single-serving packs or resealable one-pound bags. In addition to the Matcha + Limes flavor, the mix is offered in Lemons + Limes, Raspberries, Oranges, Pineapples, and Apples + Cinnamon. All flavors use only real fruit, and contain no artificial colors or preservatives.
Disclosure: Skratch Labs provided review samples for this article, but offered no other form of compensation in exchange for editorial coverage.