Point Premium Vanilla Cream

Point Premium Vanilla Cream

Point brewery makes a less than stellar root beer, but they certainly know their cream sodas. This is what I expect a product from the wonderful state of Wisconsin to deliver. It has a very strong vanilla flavor that is somehow improved by the addition of a little honey. Honey and vanilla certainly play well together and this soda gave me just what I was looking for this afternoon. It’s fairly sweet, but it’s not too much.

After drinking this I really need to grab another bottle of that root beer and give it a second chance the next time I’m in Wisconsin (actually that might be next week). This is one of the better cream sodas, sorry vanilla cream, that I’ve ever tasted and I hope that crosses over into their other sodas as well.

Website
http://www.pointbeer.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 1 day, 22 hours ago
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Claire Baie Sparkling Water Blackberry Raspberry

Claire Baie Sparkling Water Blackberry Raspberry

Blackberry raspberry. Recipe for wonder, right? Eh, add fake/faux sugar to it and you'll be amazed at how quickly this drink is dropped pegs or rungs or steps or whatever form of dissension you so desire. It could have been good but then it wouldn't be diet. I think that's a lose/win or a win/lose depending on which you want more. Do you want it to be good for you? Than it doesn't taste wonderful. Do you want it to taste good? Than it's going to do a great job helping you gain that "freshman fifteen" you've so wanted.

Look. It isn't that bad. It's just a diet, sparkling drink but if you've ever had something like a Sparkling Ice, it's like that but less sharp. It's just a regular drink for regular people. Are you extraordinary? This might not be for you. You should be drinking something with some more pizzazz or zip. You're better than this. You're better than me.

Website
http://witbeveragecompany.com/wbc-brands-jelly-belly-wbc-gi-chicago-green-river-caruso-legacy-black-
Country
United States
Sweetener
Acesulfame Potassium
Categories
Diet, Sparkling, Water
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman 3 days, 2 hours ago
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Sotea Carbonated Tea Blackberry Breeze

Sotea Carbonated Tea Blackberry Breeze

Look at you Sotea, you’re moving up in the world. You’ve taken off the training wheels and have put out a flavor that is actually pretty decent. You may not be ready to go on a 40 mile bike trip yet, but you are moving out of the driveway and onto the sidewalks. This may be the dumbest analogy I have ever used and it doesn’t even really make sense. My point is that while the other two Sotea flavors we have reviewed left a lot to be desired this one is actually pretty good. It tastes like carbonated green tea (always a bit weird, but sometimes enjoyable) with a fairly good (black)berry flavor to it. Sure, there is stevia in the mix with the cane sugar that is messing with the taste a bit, but it’s nothing horrible and I can easily see past it. I feel like this is what they were reaching for (and missing) for the other flavors. I can only hope that with the other flavors we have on deck that they get even better.

Website
http://mysotea.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea, Sparkling
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 3 days, 7 hours ago
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Green River

Green River

The WIT Beverage company has updated the recipe for Green River. Actually the only thing they changed was that they went from using high fructose corn syrup to using cane sugar like the recipe originally called for. I guess they reverted the recipe and not update it. Either way it’s a great improvement.

In my original review for this soda I complained that it mostly just tasted like generic sweetened soda water with minimal lime flavor. That is no longer the issue. Now it tastes like a reverse lemon lime soda where lime is holding the reigns. It’s still not a soda that I would ever crave, but it’s better than it was , and It’s certainly better than boring old lemon lime soda. It tastes like it would be something kids would drink in the days before TV and video games ruined everyone. I still don’t have my answers as to why they chose the name, but maybe they will come someday.

Website
http://www.greenriversoda.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 5 days, 2 hours ago
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Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk Mocha

Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk Mocha

When Editor Dan and Jay and I get together, we eat food. We love the stuff. It's like we need it to live. When we've got a couple more minutes than normal, we do what other extremely attractive and confident men do which is go to Big Lots.

Why wouldn't I like a nice, tall mocha drink? You're right. I wouldn't not like it. Except, of course, when it tastes like this.

I don't think it's the almond milk because I've had that but something in this drink gets stuck to my tongue and tastes bad and tastes bad for an extended amount of time. My live-in girlfriend likes it so I'll try to think of the good parts. It does have a good mocha taste. It's nice and smooth. Badness? It's just got some sort of...presence that sits on your tongue like you on the couch after the boss was riding you all day. You aren't moving. You don't care what's on TV. You will watch The Bachelor if it comes on. You like watching those girls fight about their completely fabricated lives anyhow. This drink resides for so long that it should have to pay rent or mortgage depending on your current living situation.

I wish this was better. Almonds? Love 'em. Mocha? Love it. This? Naw, bro. Swing and a miss.

Website
http://www.gevalia.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Coffee
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman 1 week ago
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Steaz Iced Green Tea Lemon Ginger

Steaz Iced Green Tea Lemon Ginger

"Where da ginger at!" I exclaim as I drink sip after sip. "Where da ginger at!" I yell when I can't find my live-in girlfriend. More importantly, though, this drink didn't have ginger in it as far as I know. You can tell me up and down that it did but taste it, bro. Ginger it does not. There isn't that earthy flavor that ginger brings and there isn't that sweet heat that ginger so generously gives.

Gingerless aside it was good. Like a lightly sweetened half and half. Oh a half and half cut into thirds called a "third and third and third" with lemonade, tea and ginger? Now we're talking. You hear me, Steaz, if that is your real name. Now we're talking.

Website
http://www.steaz.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman 1 week ago
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REBBL Super Herb Elixer Matcha Latte

REBBL Super Herb Elixer Matcha Latte

What is the secret to making a good iced green tea latte? I’ve tried numerous times at home with mediocre success. When I get them in a coffee shop, or buy a higher-end prepackaged one, such as this, I really enjoy them. Maybe I’m just not using a high enough quality green tea. I’m not brewing bottom of the barrel stuff over here, but it’s not super nice either. Oh well, I guess it’s not all that important. It’s not a beverage I often crave, so when I do I have options to purchase it.

Rebbl has put their hat in the ring with this latte that is made with coconut milk. Unlike the Maca Mocha the coconut in here does not taste toasted, and that is an improvement from my perspective. It’s pretty creamy and I almost want to say it is too heavy on the milk, but that green tea flavor still cute through nicely, so I guess I really have no complaints. It’s smooth and it tastes like the quality green tea that I am apparently not using.

In addition to the tea and the milk there is also honey ,vanilla extract, spirulina, quillaja, pink salt and stevia in the mix. First off I would like to note that I can’t taste the stevia at all, so good for them. Other than that you might find yourself asking what need is there to add so many extra ingredients into this recipe. Well normally I would be right there with you, but Rebbl drinks are “Super Herb Elixers,” so they always add extra stuff to give you some health benefits in ways that doesn’t mess with the flavor at all. I’m all for it. None of those ingredients are detrimental to your health at all, so I’ll take the benefits and I’ll drink the latte and I will like it.

Website
http://www.rebbltonic.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Honey
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 1 week ago
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Barr Originals Cloudy Lemonade

Barr Originals Cloudy Lemonade

Let’s cut to the chase. There is far too much garbage in the food that we consume. We ingest so much junk that we would never even consider putting in our mouths if we saw it in its true form and not mixed in with our food. Hell, there are a whole bunch of ingredients that are allowed in food in the US that are completely banned in other parts of the world. We are poisoning ourselves, and for the most part we don’t care. I know I eat tons of this junk without even thinking about it. It’s just easier to be ignorant, or force yourself not to think about it. Will I die sooner because of it? Probably, but do I really want to be around when I’m 80+ years old? I’m less than half of that now and I don’t know what to do with my time.

Okay, I went off on a death tangent. My point is that there is a cubic buttload of unnecessary ingredients in food that are more than likely harmful. We tend to think that they are there for a purpose, but then a drink like this comes around and proves you wrong. This lemonade soda is simply carbonated water, sugar and lemon (juice, fruit and flavoring). It has a decent shelf life and it tastes great. So what is the point of all the other junk companies use? This tastes like homemade lemonade that was put in a Soda Stream. It tastes like lemons and that is all I could ask for from this. This will not kill me, well unless I get diabetes from the sugar, but that’s a different death altogether.

Website
http://www.agbarr.co.uk/
Country
Scotland
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Lemonade, Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 1 week, 1 day ago
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Claire Baie Sparkling Water Strawberry Lemonade

Claire Baie Sparkling Water Strawberry Lemonade

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have a question that I would like to pose to all of you; who are these drinks for? I’m not trying to be a jerk; I just really want to know. Who are all of the people who are buying and consuming flavored sparkling waters that are sweetened with zero calorie sweeteners? I have never witnessed anyone buy anything like this, let alone drink it. There must be market though because there are a decent amount of companies making them, and you can find them all over the place, where they are not covered in decades of dust. In my experience when someone is looking to drink a diet beverage it’s usually a Diet Coke. I have seen countless numbers of them being consumed across the country. Never once have a watched anyone drink one of these though. Are Americans ashamed that they enjoy these and they purchase/consume them in secret? Do they hide them in the center of their shopping cart so that they can surround them with other groceries so that their fellow shoppers are none the wiser?

My opinion on it is if you’re looking to drink sparkling water and are watching your calories, just grab a seltzer. Of course who is going to listen to me though? Very few people that is who. Would I ever purchase this drink? No, but I am not the intended consumer. I can’t get down with the taste of sucralose. This is actually right at the cusp of the proportion of sucralose to the intended flavor of a beverage. While I wouldn’t buy this, I will drink it since it was given to me. I don’t hate it, but it’s certainly not my favorite. It has a decent strawberry taste that fade into a little lemon flavor. Both of which are combating the chemical taste of the sweetener.

I understand this is made for a certain demographic, and it must sell to them. I’m just not sure who they are.

Website
http://witbeveragecompany.com/wbc-brands-jelly-belly-wbc-gi-chicago-green-river-caruso-legacy-black-
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sucralose
Categories
Diet, Sparkling
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 1 week, 3 days ago
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Frisa Sparkling Botanical Beverage Elderflower

Frisa Sparkling Botanical Beverage Elderflower

Okay, let’s see…Shoes? Check. Bowtie? Check. Spats? Check. Cumberbund? Check. Coat w/ tails? Check. Oh and I almost forgot the top hat to round it out. There, now that I am dressed in the fanciest clothes I could possibly wear I am prepared to drink this bottle of Frisa. Since I won’t ever be drinking champagne in my lifetime I think it is safe to say that this is the fanciest beverage I will ever consume, and I might as well dress accordingly. It’s imported, it’s simple and it’s wonderful.

I was surprised when I unwrapped the bottle that there was a twist off cap and not a cork. I mean there really was no need for a cork, but for the way I’m dressed it would have been nice. I can’t really hold that against the company. They have everything else perfect, and I’m sure that would just be a hassle and ruin the drink somehow anyway. I want nothing to ruin this drink. I want a lifetime supply of it. If I could make the taps in my home flow with sparkling elderflower beverage I would die a happy man, and probably sooner than I would otherwise.

I really can’t get over how much I enjoy this. It may be the best beverage we have ever reviewed. If not, it is certainly in the top 3. It’s sweet and floral in all the right ways. Nothing about this is like sucking on a perfume bottle. It’s a totally different beast in the best possible way. I really don’t know when the last time was that my taste buds were this happy. This is simply perfect. I expected the price tag to be much higher than it is as well. $10/bottle is not bad at all, especially for the magic you are receiving. I am going to insist that any fancy event I attend from here on out serves me this. If they turn me down I will just refuse to go. That is how much this means to me.

Now my bottle is empty. I feel like a glutton for consuming so much, and I feel ridiculous sitting at my computer in full formal wear, but yes, it was worth it.

Website
http://www.frisabeverages.com/
Country
Spain
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Sparkling
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 1 week, 5 days ago
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