Guayaki Yerba Mate Unsweetened Terere

Guayaki Yerba Mate Unsweetened Terere

This is simply yerba mate and nothing else. It has that great bitter not-tea tea flavor like yerba mate should. It’s perfect for when you need a little bit of caffeine and you’ve had your fill of sugar. Everything this company releases is near perfect and this is the base of it all. It’s wonderful, and if you’re not familiar with yerba mate this company is the place to start. If you’re cool with unsweetened drinks I would definitely start with this variety.

Website
http://www.guayaki.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 9 hours, 22 minutes ago
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Guayaki Tea Iced, Mate Unsweetened, 16-Ounce (Pack of 12)

Positive Energy Cranberry Juice Cocktail

Positive Energy Cranberry Juice Cocktail

Cocktail is a loose term for juices. It has the main ingredient in it, but any other juice is also fair game. This cocktail includes white grape, apple, and dark cherry juices as well as the named cranberry. That’s a lot of different juices to combat for flavor, and yet the strongest flavor is the caffeine from green coffee beans. Next in line for top flavor would be the cherry and then the cranberry comes in third. There needs to be a way to disguise the taste of the caffeine better.

Website
http://www.drinkpositiveenergy.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Energy Drink, Juice
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 9 hours, 36 minutes ago
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Positive Energy: Pure Juice + Natural Caffeine (Cranberry Juice + Natural Caffeine)

Bundaberg Peachee

Bundaberg Peachee

Sometimes you have to drive from LA to Salt Lake City in a day. In every case of that instance you end up stopping in the filth hole that is Las Vegas and spending way more time than you meant to. In such cases you may find yourself stopping at a hotel on the Utah border. For some reason the hotel has propane grills outside of the rooms, so you put the sodas you purchased earlier in the day at Galcos into the fridge to chill as you run across the street to pick up some veggie burgers from the grocery store. When you return you realize that the fridge isn’t doing anything, so you get a bucket of ice and chill some of them and leave the rest in the fridge. After a night a hanging out and relaxing poolside with some quality sodas and grilled food, so retire to bed so you can get up early and finish the drive. As you’re exiting the room in the morning you remember that you left some sodas in the fridge, when you go to grab them you discover that apparently the fridge did work, but more like a freezer and that the sodas have frozen and the caps blew right off the bottles due to the pressure. If it were a nice warm day you could have eaten it like a freezie pop, but it’s fairly cold and it’s also 8am and who wants a freezie that early in the morning, so into the trash it goes. You’re sad that you lost an un-reviewed soda, but while you’re in SLC you hit up a grocery store that just happens to have the exact soda you lost earlier in the day and you squeak with glee and return to your day with soda in hand.

Don’t tell me you haven’t had that exact same thing happen to you at least once in the past three months. It’s the American tale as old as this country of ours. It’s a rite of passage for children in our culture, and I am an idiot and should just stop writing this and just talk about the way this soda tastes. It’s made with real peach juice, but it has a nice taste that rides the border of fruit and gummy candy. For other flavors I might find that gross, but it somehow works for peach. The usual quasi-alcoholic taste that Bundaberg sodas generally have isn’t very strong in this flavor. Maybe it’s just because the peach taste is so strong that it hides it. Australia is still killing it with their sodas.

Website
http://www.bundaberg.com/info/home/
Country
Australia
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 1 day, 10 hours ago
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Bundaberg Peachee (12 bottles)

Natrona Bottling Company Soergel Orchards Orchard Spice

Natrona Bottling Company Soergel Orchards Orchard Spice

Whenever I come across a company that is making a spiced apple soda I just want to tell them they needn’t bother. Such a thing already exists in a fairly perfect form and it is made by Reeds. Even though I am an authority on such things, the companies would never listen, and their output always leaves something to be desired.

Natrona Bottling Company through their hat in the ring, and the results of course could not match up. This is a spiced apple soda, but it doesn’t have the classic cider flavor to it that I had expected. Actually it’s more spice than apple that that is just plain unfortunate. I want a nice mouthful of sweet, sparkling apple juice/cider and instead my taste buds are overrun with cinnamon and nutmeg with every swig. I have to admit that the amount of swigs wasn’t very high, because there was so much spice that it wasn’t all that enjoyable. I will now refer you to the first paragraph I wrote. Needn’t have bothered.

Website
http://www.natronabottlingcompany.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 1 day, 10 hours ago
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H2PRO Immune Health Acai Berry

H2PRO Immune Health Acai Berry

Until 5-6 years ago I don’t think I had ever heard the word probiotic before. Then some yogurts started advertising it, saying they were the good type of bacteria, and that they helped with digestion and stomach issues. As someone who has suffered through stomach pain for a big portion of my life, I jumped right on that train. Do you know where that train took me? Nowheresville. Eating those yogurts that I generally thought were disgusting, did nothing to ease my pain. I guess probiotics can’t do anything when the source of your pain is stress. I later discovered that if I cut out most of the corn syrup from my diet I wasn’t writhing in pain every night. I don’t know how that math adds up, but the pain is gone so I’m not complaining. The point in all of this is that only for the briefest moment of my life have I paid attention to anything because it was probiotic.

A few days ago some of these packets arrived at my door for review. The literature that was included claims that not only are probiotics good for digestion, but they also help with your immune system and promote healthy metabolism, by helping to absorb more nutrients. When we started Thirsty Dudes, Mike and I both swore the Hippocratic Oath of beverage reviewers to give all brings affair and impartial review (unless they contain bananas or vinegar), and to always listen to scientists because they are our betters and would never lie to us in a million, bazillion years. Keeping that in mind a doctor, who is one form of a scientist, created this and tells me it’s good for me, and I am contractually obligated to believe him. It also helps that our reviews have very little to do with functionality and almost all to do with flavor.

When I opened up this packet I was greeted to a very pleasant smell. It was like my kitchen had been transformed into a smoothie shop. It’s a very specific smell that is like berry ice cream, and it’s delicious. Looking at the ingredients list I am informed that this is 95% stevia. That seems like a whole lot of stevia, especially since the berry flavor is so prevalent and the diet taste is so minimal. I knew there was zero sugar in here, but from the last I thought it was just berries with no added sweetener. That is how good of a job they did masking the stevia. It’s a pleasant drink that I can only believe is very good for you as the scientist who created it has a higher ranking that myself, and it is illegal for me to question him. I will say that this seems like it would be a good additive for a smoothie, but that’s probably just because all I can think about is getting a smoothie now, but I just ate and I don’t want to leave the house. So, you know, someone bring me one.

Website
http://www.h2probiotics.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Reba A Stevia
Categories
Mix/Concentrate, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 1 day, 11 hours ago
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H2PRO Probiotics + Vitamins | Immune Health | 10 Count | Acai Berry

Cock 'n Bull Cherry Ginger Beer

Cock 'n Bull Cherry Ginger Beer

Last summer at the Pride parade I stopped into a little shop that was on the route that I knew had an ever changing, but always decent soda selection. When I saw they had Cock ‘n Bull ginger beer I instantly thought they had missed a great opportunity to move some product to the people celebrating right outside their doors. Seriously, just a small sign with the brands name and I bet they could have sold a few cases worth. They didn’t realize what they had, and that was the last time I thought about Cock ‘n Bull until I came across this new variety in a grocery store on the west coast. It’s not often you come across a flavored ginger beer, so when you do, you take notice.

Cock ‘n Bull may not be the craziest, strongest ginger beer on the market, but what they lack in heat they make up with flavor. It’s more like an old fashioned ginger ale with a little burn to it that hits in the after taste. It’s got a nice afterburner to it, like your favorite bowling alley arcade game. The cherry is nice and subtle, but it still adds a lot to the drink. It’s like someone mixed a cherry Slurpee with a ginger beer, and that may sound gross to you, but I mean it in the most endearing way.

Website
http://pipelinebrandsusa.com/soda_brands/cock_n_bull_ginger_beer.html
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Ginger, Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 4 days, 9 hours ago
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Cock n' Bull Cherry Ginger Beer Bottle

Red Jacket Half and Half

Red Jacket Half and Half

Folks, I feel like an idiot. I have never once in my life considered brewing tea with any hot liquid other than water. Actually the more I think about it, it would more than likely be pretty gross. This beverage wasn’t created this way, but imagine if they boiled apple juice and brewed some loose leaf tea in it. Would that be gross, or would it be awesome. I think it may depend on the season. In the Fall I bet it would be delicious and fitting, but in the summer it might seem oppressive. Now I want to perform some experiments where I brew tea in apple juice, and also brew the same type of tea in water and then add apple juice after the fact. How different do you think they would taste from each other?

None of that matters because this juice in front of me is a great twist to a modern day classic. I don’t really know if the Arnold Palmer should really be described that way, but that’s how I feel in my heart of hearts. Red Jacket not only adds their wonderful apple juice to the mix, but they also didn’t just use regular old black tea. They stepped up their game and used guayusa in the mix and it’s noticeable in the flavor, in a very good way. I will admit that apple is the strongest flavor in here, but you can definitely make out the lemon and the tea separately. It’s great, and Red Jacket has done me right once again. I mean it’s more of a Third & Third & Third and not so much a Half & Half, but who am I to complain. Now I have to go deal with the two boiling pots on my stove.

Website
http://www.redjacketjuice.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Iced Tea, Juice, Lemonade
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 4 days, 9 hours ago
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Positive Energy Orange Juice

Positive Energy Orange Juice

Most orange juices taste the same. Just like Jay said for the apple juice review for Positive Energy, they taste the same. This one is different. It's got caffeine in it, which I don't need honestly, but thanks for putting it in. What's different about it is that it has green coffee bean in it. I have grown to like that stuff. It's in the Bai, which I actually really like. It's apparently chocked full of antioxidants that you've got to be a fool to turn down. It's got a nice, slightly bitter taste that's more a different flavor than an actual "bitter" flavor but it's got a solid orange juice taste to it first which is important.

I wonder if antioxidants are going to be the new antibacterial stuff that people are worried about turning bacteria into super-bacteria with adorable little capes. Our bodies are slowly going to be immune to antioxidants and be filled with whatever antioxidants fight, probably oxidants, whatever they are. It's an endless struggle.

Website
http://www.drinkpositiveenergy.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Energy Drink, Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman 4 days, 18 hours ago
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Positive Energy Pure Juice + Natural Caffeine (Orange Juice + Natural Caffeine)

Redline Xtreme Triple Berry

Redline Xtreme Triple Berry

I’ve been burned by Redline before. Well not burned, more like an adrenaline shot to my heart, because I simply do not know how to read directions. It’s recommended that you only drink half of the bottle. Being that I’m sensitive to caffeine I probably shouldn’t even have drunk that much. I drank an entire bottle last time and I feel like I didn’t sleep for a week. I of course forgot all of that and I grabbed a bottle before driving overnight from Kansas City to Chicago, after only sleeping three hours the night before. I got behind the wheel of the van, and downed the entire bottle. As soon as I did, the concentrated “shot” flavor caused the memories of a sleepless night to come flooding back.

I’ll tell you what though, I drove like a champ. I went through rain storms, intense fog and a whole lot of darkness and I got us to IL by 10am. I pretty much didn’t sleep until like 3am then. These drinks are insane. Sure they taste like energy drink shots that are so very, very diet. Sure there was some berry taste in but I just couldn’t concentrate on it through the diet. I’ll take that flavor though if it means it will work the way this does. Function over mouth fashion my friends.

Website
http://www.vpxsports.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sucralean
Categories
Diet, Energy Drink, Shot
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 6 days, 9 hours ago
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Redline Xtreme Energy Drink Triple Berry 24/ 8 oz. btls

Lester's Fixins Buffalo WingSoda

Lester's Fixins Buffalo WingSoda

Look folks, Mike and I are born and raised in Buffalo, NY. Even though I haven’t eaten meat in 18 years wing sauce still runs through my veins. I’ve eaten my fair share of vegetarian chicken wings all across this country of ours, and yes they are chicken wings, not Buffalo wings, and I am highly critical of the sauce places use. There is a very specific recipe here in Buffalo and if it’s not right it can ruin the wings for me. I was fully expecting to be disappointed in this, but not to this extent. This tastes nothing like chicken wing sauce at all. It just tastes like a citrus soda that has some spice to it. It’s almost orange. It’s almost grapefruit. It tastes like there is a healthy scoop of capsicum in there as well. If you took all that unappealing mixture and then watered it down you would have this soda.

I was afraid that maybe I was being too critical of it, so I had my friend Ruben try it and all he said was “I absolutely hate this” and then walked out of the room. The verdict is in, this is gross, and not appropriately flavored at all.

Website
http://www.lestersfixins.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 6 days, 9 hours ago
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Buffalo Wing Soda - Lester's Fixins - (6 Pack)
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