Watermelon is a constant bugaboo in the bubbleverse. What passes for “watermelon” varies wildly from brand to brand and lands in “bubblegum” territory more often than not.
As it turns out, watermelon flavor is “notoriously hard to produce artificially,” so everyone is kind of on their own to flounder out there in watermelon land. Weirdly, this stops approximately no one from trying.
With this one, Weller has managed to sidestep bubblegum entirely, taking us into thus-uncharted watermelon territory.
The nose is a fascinating clash of ripe honeydew and Hawaiian Shaved Ice, as if we stumbled upon a little snow cone shack in the middle of a lush melon garden somewhere in the South Pacific. (note to self: open a tiki bar/CBD snow cone stand in the south pacific.)
There is some kind of strong melon somewhere in here, but we aren’t sure it’s watermelon? It’s overwhelmingly bitter and plant-y, as the Weller CBD sparkling waters often are. It’s like getting on your hands and knees in the melon patch, biting your way through the leaves, vines and rinds, straight into the heart of a mystery melon.
But the bitterness is not a bad thing. We love it, actually. It just lets you know that you’re drinking something serious and functional – no time to get the flavor profile balanced, it’s time to chill out, and the only way there is through the plants.
The juxtaposition of the sweet, ripe melon and the earthy, dank, vegetal bitterness is pretty wild, never harmonizing exactly, in fact the flavors are constantly jostling for position in your mouth, like a rind and a fleshy heart.
There’s something reminiscent of Weller’s Black Cherry flavor in here, although we’re not sure exactly what it is. There are also notes of pear flavor, something kind of warmer than a melon.
Ultimately, after enough sips, our brains settled on cantaloupe. And once we tasted it, we couldn’t untaste it. We’re equal opportunity melon quaffers around these parts, so we’re not mad, but we just think maaaaybe it’s a little bit of a stretch to claim Watermelon, when “Cantaloupe?” is perhaps a little more accurate (and definitely a more enticing label to have emblazoned across your can).
But ok: enough about melons. Let’s talk CBD, arguably why you’re popping this can in the first place. As much as we love talking flavor around here, we’re ultimately here for that sweet, sweet Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract. Call us cliché Millennials, but from gummies to sparkling waters to massage oils, we are all about that CBD life.
And Weller delivers the CBD, with 25mg per can. That’s a pretty solid dose for a sparkling water, and it definitely brings the chill. In all honesty, sometimes it’s hard for us to write CBD sparkling water reviews, because by the time we’ve had the whole can, we’re pretty blissed out, and floating untethered out into the Bubbleverse. 👋🏻👩🏻🚀
There are worse ways to spend an afternoon.
Carbonated Water, Natural Flavors, Quillaja Extract, MCT Coconut Oil, Ascorbic Acid, CBD