Third St. Slightly Sweet Green Tea

Third St. Slightly Sweet Green Tea

Marc, I feel bad saying this, but you need to lay off the sugar man. I love coming over her to hang out all the time, and I appreciate that you go out of your way to make iced green tea for me, since you know that I don’t like coffee, but man you really go overboard with the sweetener. I swear if I let my glass settle there would be at least a half inch of solid sugar at the bottom. Are you trying to give me the diabetes Marc?

I’m not trying to hurt your feelings, but for the past two weeks I’ve been sneaking in my own tea, dumping your sugar mess into a plant and refilling the cup from my bottle. I would have kept going on like this forever to save your feelings, but it seems your plant has died, so now I have that to feel bad about as well. Anyways, I understand if you don’t want to make me tea anymore, I mean I don’t want you to feel obligated, I’m a grown man, I can fend for myself when it comes to beverages, but just in case you do, give this a try. See how it’s just slightly sweet? There is seriously just the smallest tad of sugar in here so that the sweetness doesn’t overpower the quasi floral taste of the tea. Sure it’s a little bitter, but that’s what I like about it. It tastes real, like you brewed some nice loose leaf tea and put it in the fridge to cool with less than a teaspoon of sugar in the entire batch.

What’s that, I shouldn’t feel bad? You’ve been lying to be the whole time and you haven’t been making the tea? You just buy jugs at the gas station and put it in a different container so that I would like you more? Marc that’s just weird and completely unnecessary. I mean who really needs their host to buy specialty drinks when they provide their guests with obscene amounts of soft pretzels like you do? I mean I could do just fine with water, but if you really want to buy me green tea, since you obviously will never make it yourself, grab me some Third Street.

Website
http://www.thirdstreetchai.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Fair Trade Certified Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 8 hours, 14 minutes ago
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Hi Ball Organic Energy Drink Pomegranate Acai

Hi Ball Organic Energy Drink Pomegranate Acai

Mark, do you think that humans, as a species, can grow used to anything? I read an article awhile back proving that happiness was not based on what you own. They took a normal person, someone who had just won the lottery for an obscene amount of money, and someone who had just lost their legs in some horrific accident and of course immediately their levels of happiness were very different, but then after six month (I believe) they all expressed a very similar level of happiness. The point was to show that for better or worse humans adapt to their situations and for the most part life goes back to normal (happiness-wise). I’m sure that’s not the case for everyone on the planet, but I found it interesting.

My whole point here is that could a new flavor be introduced into the world, that tasted completely unnatural and not pleasant, but after years of pushing it on people they grow to enjoy and actually crave it? I think the answer is an astounding yes and the proof is in Red Bull. Who on this planet actually enjoyed the flavor of that energy drink when it first hit the scene? I know that everyone I’ve questioned thought it was chemical garbage, yet most of them can be seen sipping on a can at least on some occasions. It’s like the collective brain was telling us, this tastes gross, but the effects are worth it, and then our taste buds evolved around the flavor. I know evolution takes time, but “mental evolution” apparently takes less than 20 years.

So here her are an it’s 2014 and people are guzzling Red Bull and it’s contemporaries like it’s no big deal to be consuming all of that junk that we would never consider putting into our bodies if they were separate components. What if years ago we had been given an option, Red Bull or these Hi Ball energy drinks? Who would have won out; the one that tastes like poison bubble gum or the one that tastes like ingredients actually found in nature? I’d like to think I would go natural, but who knows I was a damn fool back in those days. Sure there is no taurine in here, which may not give you the exact same boost, but that could just be mental. I’ve grown so accustomed to Red Bull that the flavor tastes normal to me now, and that’s my point exactly. This should have been the wave of the future back then. It’s a soda that is flavored with juice, so it really tastes like (a light) version of pomegranate and acai. It’s sweetened with a mixture of cane sugar and stevia, so it’s faintly diet, but nothing too terrible. Also, as is proof through the experiments I mentioned earlier, people’s tastes would have acclimated to the stevia and it wouldn’t be a problem at all. Maybe it would have led to stevia being more widely accepted as a sweetener. Overall it’s light, slightly dry, but flavorful enough beverage that I think people would have latched onto. It’s too bad the other guy burst onto the scene first and became a staple in our culture. Man, this just really makes me feel like humanity is doomed by our own hand at some point.

Website
http://www.hiballer.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Fair Trade Certified Cane Sugar
Categories
Energy Drink
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 11 hours, 55 minutes ago
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Fuze Slenderize Cranberry Raspberry

Fuze Slenderize Cranberry Raspberry

Without fail, low calorie aka diet drinks always sit in my “to-drink” pile the longest. By pile I mean three cupboards and a drawer in the fridge, but it’s much more entertaining to think of is as a giant pile of drinks next to my desk with bottle precariously placed, so that everyone is in constant fear of it crushing me to death. People would probably insist that I start wearing a Medic Alert bracelet. Alas, I am far too organized and they are in cupboards, organized by drink type.

This has been sitting around for probably 8-9 months now. It’s just been hanging around like an old ghost trying to frighten me into drinking it. Finally I gave into the fear and today was the day of ingestion. It’s not as bad as I had anticipated. The use of actual juice in here probably helps. This is supposed to be a cranberry and raspberry juice, but it also contains apple, black carrot, black currants and a whole mess of vitamins. The result is a fruity beverage that tastes vaguely like berries, that also has a bit of a cranberry dryness to it, but doesn’t really taste like the suggested flavors. There’s some sucralose in there, but it’s not bad enough to ruin the drink. It’s also borderline creamy, which is odd. I mean it’s not like there is milk in it or anything, but it has that certain smoothness to it. For a company that makes mediocre teas, it’s no wonder that they also make mediocre juice/vitamin drinks.

Website
http://www.drinkfuze.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sucralose
Categories
Diet, Juice, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 2 days, 7 hours ago
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Blueberry Breese

Blueberry Breese

I look at this bottle and I know exactly what it’s going to taste like. I’m pretty sure I could describe it perfectly without even sampling a drop. The problem is that I know that this soda is going to taste exactly like I think it will, and not a thing like what I want it to. I want an entire bushel of blueberries to be mashed so that all of their precious juice can be gathered and mixed with carbonated water. If it had a little pulp in it, that would be all the better. I want nature and actual fruit, what I don’t want is fake confectionary flavors. I know this is going to simply be sugar water with a bit of “blue” flavor to it. That flavor will not resemble blueberries in the least bit, but it will be enough to trick the children, and oh how we love to trick the children. It will be overly sweet, and the delightful throw back label will have gone to waste, because people over the age of 14, or at least those with taste buds that have developed after that age will simply not be interested in it. Sure, it won’t be horrible, but it will simply not be what they want it to be, and they will stick with other sodas or tea…adults like tea. There’s really nothing wrong with it, it’s just kind of there.

Let me open this up and see what happens.

Sometimes I hate being right.

Website
http://www.excelbottling.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Pure Cane Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 3 days, 5 hours ago
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Third St. Unsweetened Green Tea

Third St. Unsweetened Green Tea

If I had a doppelganger, I assume he would live eternally on the other side of the world so we can never meet. Whenever I go to Australia, he comes to the states. We can never and will never be in the same place at once. If I moved to Argentina, my doppelganger would live in China. Why do I mention myself? Well I drink copious amounts of unsweetened black tea. Copious. I wouldn't be surprised if I drink a gallon a week. My Chinese counterpart would be drinking unsweetened green tea, naturally.

If I would be stuck on an island, this wouldn't be a bad iced tea to have. It's bitter and tastes like a nice, solid green tea but is still refreshing. The bitterness of a green tea is something special. It pulls out some sweetness from somewhere (magic) that makes it all come together.

If I drink that much black tea and it makes me as happy as it does, I'd like to think that there is a happy kid on the other side of the world that is just as happy drinking green tea buy the quarter gallon.

It doesn't matter, but you should know that I did my "hole through the center of the world" research on this site which is pretty cool.

Website
http://www.thirdstreetchai.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman 3 days, 6 hours ago
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Purity Organic Superjuice Beet Apple Ginger Lemon

Purity Organic Superjuice Beet Apple Ginger Lemon

Are you anti Purity Organic? If so then you have voted against good taste. Not in a “Screw good taste let’s go have a John Waters marathon” kind of way either. I mean your taste buds have apparently just rotted out of your mouth. Those little guys must have just shriveled up and fallen right off your tongue onto your dirty, upswept floor.

The regular line of Purity Organic juices range from the better side of decent to wonderful. With their new Superjuice line, they have gone above and beyond. It’s no secret that juicing is all the rage these days, and most of that attention is spent on cold pressed juices. Purity has taken the ingredients and flavor combos that have come into vogue with cold pressed juices, and made the juice the old fashion way. While a combination of beets, apples, ginger and lemons is nothing shocking these days, a mere five years ago and it would have been turning people’s heads. I’m going to tell you, cold pressed or not this juice blows my socks off. It has a nice thicker consistency, and all of the apple pulp hasn’t been strained out. That makes me feel like I’m getting more from the juice, like I made it at home.

Oh top of everything else the flavor is dead center perfect. They got the balance right, when these flavors could have easily been falling off the balancing beam. Any one of these flavors could have taken the helm of this drink if the ratios weren’t just quite right, but Purity Organic blended them all together perfectly. You can pick out each individual flavor if you think about it, but if you aren’t concentrating they are just one exceptional new fruit flavor. Normally I like my ginger to have more of a burn to it, but the fact that it’s more reserved in this beverage makes it perfect. I can only hope these start showing up on shelves in Buffalo as soon as possible.

Website
http://www.purityorganic.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Juice
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 3 days, 12 hours ago
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Marquis O3 Mango Ginger

Marquis O3 Mango Ginger

Perhaps this company chose its name because they felt a certain kinship with the Marquis de Sade. The term sadism was derived from the Marquis name, and if you don’t know it’s when you receive pleasure from causing others pain. Now this drink doesn’t exactly dole out pain, but there is something about its initial taste that is uncomfortable. The thing is that it is similar to the Super Berry version in that although it is uncomfortable, you learn to enjoy it. Thus the drinker becomes the masochist. I blame the combination of the lemon juice and the erythritol for the oddness of the beverage. It’s bitter, dry and naturally diet tasting. It’s like you’re getting the taste of the erythritol/stevia, but not the sweetness. The mango ginger flavor should combat that, but the flavor that is there doesn’t really taste of mango or ginger. Nothing about this drink tastes right, but for some reason the more I drink, the more I enjoy it. With each sip I feel like I’m punishing myself, but I can’t stop, and I want more. I no longer even know how I feel about myself. This is a strange world that I live in.

Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Erytritol
Categories
Diet, Energy Drink, Iced Tea, Sparkling
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 4 days, 5 hours ago
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Organic Gemini Tigernut Horchata Coffee

Organic Gemini Tigernut Horchata Coffee

After drinking, and reviewing, the other organic Gemini flavors we knew what we were getting into. This Spanish horchata is more like a milk substitute than anything else. Knowing that I fully expected this to taste like a normal latte with tigernut as the milk. I cracked open the bottle took a big sip, and…Choose either option A or B.
A:
was shocked to notice that it had a little bit of a fruit flavor to it. That would be due to the fact that it contains Medjool dates, weird right? They aren’t overly strong though. It basically just tastes like a shot of coffee in a glass of milk, but the lack of sugar made it stand out from a lot of prepackaged coffee drinks.

B:
pretty much spit it everywhere. This was not what I expected. It tastes like the dumpsters in the back of the grocery store I used to work at smelled on a hot summer day when someone would throw the expired milk in it. That’s right IL said it tastes like dumpster juice. It also has a weird fruity taste to it from the Medjool dates. To be honest it also smelled like gross, gross feet. I must have not breathed in when I took that sip, or I doubt it would have crossed my lips. There is hardly any coffee taste to this at all, it just tastes wrong.

Every part of me wants to give the company the benefit of the doubt and say that this bottle has gone bad. The thing is that when it was shipped to us, it was in ice packs, and I instantly put it in the fridge. It also has about a week before the expiration date. I hope something went wrong in transit, because the other flavors were actually decent. Option A is based on other people’s reviews of the product and since everyone else seemed to really enjoy it, I’m going to pretend that was how my drinking experience went.

Website
http://www.organicgemini.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Coffee, Other/Weird
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 4 days, 8 hours ago
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Yogi Ginger

Yogi Ginger

Oh my stomach. I can tell that I have not been eating well when it constantly feels like I have a brick in my stomach. I assume, and am probably wrong, that this is what the second trimester of pregnancy feels like. Just like a thing is in your stomach and you feel like you're going to take an award winning poop and all will be fine.

In order to sooth my stomach and my head, a generous coworker brought me a bag of this tea which I made immediately. I sat down and didn't expect what would happen next. Wait...let me try to make that a little more BuzzFeed.

I drank the tea for the first time. What happened next you won't believe.


Better. So I drank it and there it was. Just as promised. Ginger. Spicy, dirty ginger. I enjoyed this entire cup of tea because it was like I let a bottle of ginger beer go flat in the sun and then decided that I didn't want to waste money so I was going to drink it anyhow. It wasn't sweet but there was a bite with every sip regardless of how much I drank.

BuzzFeed, if you want to link to this review, I already wrote your headline and I don't think anything is spelled wrong so you don't need to edit it. I guess I'll just expect my check in the mail then, right? Thanks, guys.

Website
http://www.yogiproducts.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Hot Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman 4 days, 12 hours ago
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Zobo Hibiscus Drink Strawberry

Zobo Hibiscus Drink Strawberry

Pete loves drink mix. It's a strange thing to love but something about the manufacturing of his own drink and turning powder into a delicious drink really made him happy. He grew up drinking Tang and Kool-Aid and has graduated to drinks that are better suited for a fully-fledged adult. He recently found a company that makes hibiscus tea with different flavors. It's a powder which was his one prerequisite but it also came in original, strawberry and ginger. He decided to give the strawberry a test to see if it was up to snuff.

He mixed it in an old water bottle, gave it a couple solid, vigorous shakes and gave it a try. It passed with flying colors. It was floral like a hibiscus should be but had some of the sweetness and fruitiness from the strawberry. It tasted like a juice made from hibiscus and strawberry. It was great. It passed the test and he bought a case; an excessive gesture for something that he had one serving of but he needed a change. Now if they only made food in powder he would be the happiest guy in the world.

Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Mix/Concentrate
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman 4 days, 12 hours ago
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