Brittany Tomlinson, one of the most beloved creators on the internet right now, went viral on TikTok in August 2019 after she posted a video of herself trying—then hating, then kind of liking, and then hating again—kombucha for the first time.
Tomlinson said that she was inspired to try kombucha after watching a YouTube video about it. “I watched Cody Ko’s video and thought ‘what the actual f*ck is this bacteria water,” she said in an interview with BuzzFeed.
Still curious, Tomlinson bought a cherry cola-flavored kombucha from Walmart. “When I tasted it,” she said, “it literally tasted like expired coke.” She recorded her genuine reaction to the drink and the rest was history.
In fact, her TikTok video landed among the site’s list of the top 10 viral videos of 2019.Part of the reason for its virality, though, is because Tomlinson’s reactions are so relatable.