Talking Rain vs. LaCroix Challenge

The kitchen here at the RealSelf office has long been stocked with Talking Rain, the Pacific Northwest’s answer to San Pellegrino and Perrier. However, a certain Millennial contingent in the RealSelf office recently requested that we stock LaCroix, which has been giving even beverage giants like Coca-Cola a run for their money. Which got us wondering: What was the mysterious appeal of LaCroix? Was it the jazzy packaging (which the New York Times described as “trying to appeal to Canadian ravers”), or was their bubbly water truly “the best beverage around,” as its RealSelf fans claimed?

A passionate debate ensued, with the old-school Talking Rain believers on one side and the LaCroix disrupters on the other. Voices were raised, cans were thrown, egos were bruised. In the end, we decided this debate could only be settled in one way: an Official Blind Taste Test. We assembled a jury of six RealSelfers and pitted similar flavors from each brand against each other in three epic rounds. Read on for the results!  

Meghan warming up for the Official Blind Taste Test

Meghan warming up for the Official Blind Taste Test

Round 1: Talking Rain Lemon Lime vs. LaCroix Lime

Simone declares the lime-ness of Beverage #2 (LaCroix) is “on point.”

Simone declares the lime-ness of Beverage #2 (LaCroix) is “on point.”

The jury’s in on Talking Rain Lemon Lime vs. LaCroix Lime: LaCroix wins, 4-2.

Round 2: Talking Rain Peach vs. LaCroix Peach Pear

Alan carefully compares the bouquets of the Talking Rain Peach vs Lacroix Peach Pear. He was satisfied with Beverage #1, but was not blown away.

Alan carefully compares the bouquets of the Talking Rain Peach vs Lacroix Peach Pear. He was satisfied with Beverage #1, but was not blown away.

Simone describes the overall taste and scent experience of Beverage #2: “It’s like POW.”

Simone describes the overall taste and scent experience of Beverage #2: “It’s like POW.”

And LaCroix takes the top spot again, 4-2.

Round 3: Talking Rain Natural vs. LaCroix Pure

Alan, ever the data scientist, makes his choice carefully.

Alan, ever the data scientist, makes his choice carefully.

Jasmine tries to discern the subtle differences of the Natural flavors.

Jasmine tries to discern the subtle differences of the Natural flavors.

And Talking Rain Natural takes the flavor-free round, 4-2!

FINAL VERDICT: It was a tight race each time, but LaCroix ultimately triumphed in the flavor rounds for its subtle, natural fruity notes, while Talking Rain took the top spot for straight-up sparkling-water-ness. In fact, many tasters remarked on how Talking Rain Natural seemed to evoke actual precipitation… if precipitation were carbonated… and could speak. But we digress.

Based on these results, the team decided that both LaCroix and Talking Rain deserved their own shelves in the fridge — where they now live together, in blissful cohabitation.

Bonus Round: LaCroix Coconut

Even the most hardcore LaCroix fans among us agreed that LaCroix Coconut stood on its own: one either savored its sunny hint-of-Coppertone notes, or one found it completely unpotable. We decided to host a bonus tasting round of this singular beverage.

Alan: “Ugh, ghastly!” (He’s British.)

Alan: “Ugh, ghastly!” (He’s British.)

Jasmine: “Why did you make me do that.” (She’s still upset about it.)

Jasmine: “Why did you make me do that.” (She’s still upset about it.)

Meghan: “Nope.”

Meghan: “Nope.”

Simone: “Maaaaybe.”

Simone: “Maaaaybe.”

Sarah: “Mmmmmmmm.” (From her expression, you might be able to guess whose idea this whole Coconut round was.)

Sarah: “Mmmmmmmm.” (From her expression, you might be able to guess whose idea this whole Coconut round was.)

FINAL VERDICT: Thanks for playing, LaCroix Coconut, but no thank you. At all. Except for Sarah.

We hope these results will inform the beverage options of an office near you!

Cheers from Tom

Cheers from Tom

Written by Sarah Durkee and Jasmine Park. Edited by Mari Malcolm.

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