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Blu-Dot Protein Tea Cranberry Pomegranate Green Tea

Blu-Dot Protein Tea Cranberry Pomegranate Green Tea

Jay, generous man of the year, bought this for me. I drove to Toronto and he bought me an iced tea. What a man, right? When we are in Canada, we are on our game. We have to memorize everything we drink because once we get over the border our phone data is down. What? We're not millionaires and cannot afford to just tether eleven devices? No, sir or ma'am. We cannot do that. We Thirsty Dudes pinch pennies so when Jay spends two dollars and forty nine cents Canadian on a drink, that's awesome.

Protein drinks are rough. They are often thick and taste like you're trying to do something. Something functional. Something that should be subsidized with, you know, good old-fashioned exercise. This drink is different, though. Let's run through the flavor. Cranberry and pomegranate are two delicious but bitter buddies. When together in a lightly sweetened tea are a great team. The green tea is there but between the cranberry and the pomegranate, the bitterness of a green tea is easily thwarted.

I am happy to have the protein I probably didn't have in me prior inside of me. I figure I earned it since I did go through the whole trouble of drinking it. I like it, though. It tastes like a cranberry and pomegranate juice and then watering it down a bit. Sure, you're paying for a premium for an organic, all natural drink, but hey, you're worth it. Well, you're worth it if Jay decides you're worth it.

Website
http://bludotbeverages.com
Country
Canada
Sweetener
Organic Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on September 16th, 2013
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Blu-Dot Protein Tea Orange Pineapple Green Tea

Blu-Dot Protein Tea Orange Pineapple Green Tea

When I bought this drink I was pretty sure it was going to be great, but the longer I thought about it, the greater my suspicions. On one hand it’s a green tea that was orange pineapple flavored and that sounds great to me. In addition to that it comes in a glass bottle, which most of the time is a sign of quality tea. What company is going to spend the extra money on glass with an inferior product? On the other hand this is a protein drink, which could leave it weirdly chalky. It is also sweetened with stevia, which isn’t absolutely terrible, but it’s still not my sweetener of choice. There was no doubt that there was going to be an element of gambling involved with this one.

My original thoughts were not quite on the money. Actually they were a bit further away from it than I would have liked. This is a very, very light tea to the extent that it almost tastes like tea-flavored water. The flavoring has a vague citrusness around it, but it’s more like the weakest Tang that has ever been made than orange and pineapple. That’s stevia coldness isn’t helping matters either. If that had been the drink it wouldn’t have been horrible, but nothing I would spend my money on again. Blu-Dot took things further though and added whey protein in order to make the drink functional.

On some levels adding the protein made this drink seem better, because I always give functional drinks a bit of a break in the flavor category, because you can’t expect that stuff to taste great. Then on the opposite levels it just makes an already mediocre flavor go even more down hill.

To summarize this it tastes like a shot of green tea was dumped into the world’s most watered down Tang and then a heap of whey protein was dropped in, which made it taste like it should be curdled. I am not a fan.

Website
http://bludotbeverages.com
Country
Canada
Sweetener
Stevia Extract
Categories
Diet, Iced Tea, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 2nd, 2013
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Blue Buddha Vitality Hibiscus Raspberry Herbal Tea

Blue Buddha Vitality Hibiscus Raspberry Herbal Tea

It is a little known fact that in the offices of Blue Buddha they have a giant statue of the Buddha. I know that probably doesn’t sound all that interesting, but I think you will change your tune, when I tell you that the insides of the statue are hollowed out, in order to make room for…get this…an iced tea dispenser. How cool is that? Oh you’re offended? Well let me tell you this friend, iced tea is the key to my enlightenment, and I’m sure the Buddha is cool with me achieving it any way that I can. The gross part about all of this is that the only place they could think to have the tea come out of was the nose, everywhere else just made a mess. They are professional people, who entertain clients in their office, and a messy Buddha just wouldn’t cut it.

So you’re interested in trying their hibiscus raspberry tea, well then you’ll step right up to the ole’ enlightenment dispenser, place your cup under the nose, and pull the left earlobe. I said left! Great now you’ve got some raspberry lemon. No problem, I’ll drink that one, you can get a new glass. What do you think? It’s got a great flavor doesn’t it? The hibiscus and raspberry blend in well together to create a slightly floral berry flavor that really isn’t all that floral at all. In fact it’s nearly perfect. It’s really just a green tea, but since hibiscus is in the mix it can be called an herbal tea to make it seem fancier. Whatever you call it, it tastes wonderful.

The one thing that the folks at Blue Buddha wanted to get away from is the idea that you have to be fat like the Buddha in order to achieve enlightenment, so they mix in some stevia with the cane sugar. The result is only 8g of sugar in this whole bottle, and it doesn’t taste very diet. If you didn’t know, and we’re familiar with stevia, you probably wouldn’t even guess that there was a zero calorie sweetener involved at all. Low calorie drinks have come a long way since the days of aspartame.

Please don’t stick your hand in the Buddha’s mouth. It’ the ice dispenser and it’s very sensitive, we don’t need your grimy hands monkeying up the works.

Website
http://www.bluebuddha108.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Fair Trade Certified Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on June 24th, 2013
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Blue Buddha Radiance Blueberry Green Tea Restoring Herbal Tea

Blue Buddha Radiance Blueberry Green Tea Restoring Herbal Tea

We got some green teas. We got some blueberries. We got some cane juice crystals. We got some stevias. We got a whole bunch of other stuff too. Mix them all together and that that makes a good meal. That is if you are on a strict liquid diet. If not then it makes for a good beverage. Is it fair to say that I want to punch people in the throat who talk like that? I mean I would never actually hit them, but I find it infuriating. When I get to my boiling point, all I need to do is reach for one of these delicious iced teas and let the aggravation melt away. It’s not a nice mild blueberry taste that accents the green tea. The stevia keeps to the peripheries. You can tell that it is there, but it’s not right in your face. So it makes it an acceptable way to cut down on calories, as it doesn’t detract from the taste of the beverage much at all. I mean I could still do without it, and have minimal to no sugar in here, but other people have different tastes, and I damn them everyday for it. Looks like I’m going to need another bottle.

Website
http://www.bluebuddha108.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Cane Juice Crystals
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on July 13th, 2013
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Blue Buddha Serenity Chamomile Lavender

Blue Buddha Serenity Chamomile Lavender

Enough. Enough, I say. Things have gotten out of control in my kingdom. I leave for two weeks with the queen to the seaside and when I return things are in shambles. I left all of you in charge and you have forsaken me. There are chickens running rampant for one. I stepped in chicken eggs and poop on my way up the stairs and there have never been chickens in the castle unless it was in the kitchen on their way to become dinner. The men are growing their hair out both on their heads and on their faces and they look like the cavemen that roamed our fine earth before us. More importantly, though, I would like to bring up someone's bright idea to marry our fine tea with flowers and sugar because they deserve to have their name and "guillotine" in the same sentence.

"What's wrong with it?" Well where do I start? It was a fine, red tea that we brought in from our trip to China to trade. The flowers, what did you say were in there? Chamomile and lavender? Look, the chamomile was fine. It was a nice relaxing tea but the lavender turned it into one of those baths that we take once a month. That or something we give the children to ease their throats when they are ill. That or a candle. Now all of these I could possibly take if it weren't for the sweetener that you have used. I have surveyed the sugar farmers and they said that they did use their sweetener but they also said that used something called Stevia. Now, I appreciate you using your skills as budding scientists to make new things but I might have to ratchet that down to things like alloys for armor and, I don't know, something crazy like air in the tires so that you don't feel every bump on those hard, wooden rims. It's too sweet and you know how I, the king, loves his sweets.

My faithful town, you have done me wrong and that is why the queen and I do not take trips. Now, to make things right, you must catch all the chickens, put most of them back in their cages and we shall have a triumphant feast in celebration of the dear queen and my return. That and that the food in Florida was quite bad.

Website
http://www.bluebuddha108.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Fair Trade Certified Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on November 25th, 2013
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Bluewater Farms Farm Fresh Cranberry Sweet Tea

Bluewater Farms Farm Fresh Cranberry Sweet Tea

Normally when you get a flavored tea the ratio is along the lines of 85% tea 15% fruit flavor. That is unless it’s some artificial garbage, then the ratio can be all over the place. This beverage is closer to an Arnold Palmer 50/50 split. It tastes like it’s equal parts juice to tea. It’s not what I’m used to, but it’s pretty great. To be fair this is far from a sweet tea. In my world that is a very specific way of preparing iced tea. This is actually not abusively sweet. It’s not overly tart, but it’s not the cavity promoting wonderful swill that is sweet tea. Also, they actually use somewhat fancy tea in this as well. It’s a blend of Orange Pekoe and Pekoe Cut Black Tea. That’s higher up the tea chain than the normal every day black that is generally used in sweet tea. In summation it’s not really sweet tea, and it’s more juice than most teas, but neither of those are necessarily bad things and this is great.

Website
http://bluewaterfarms.us/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea, Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on July 23rd, 2015
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BodyArmor Super Drink Orange Mango Black and Green Tea

BodyArmor Super Drink Orange Mango Black and Green Tea

Sitting here all day...working...but waiting...waiting all of the day. Waiting for what? Waiting for a new computer for my work. I'm anxious because it's always fun to get a new computer. Setting up everything the way you want it and removing everything you don't is what's fun. I love it. A nice, speedy new machine is fantastic. Now it's twenty to four and FedEx still hasn't gotten here even though they said they were going to be here. They'd better not be a pile of liars or I'm going to be really upset.

As I wait, this last hour I have been milking this Body Armor drink. It's not bad at all. It's got a sincere citrus flavor. I would say more orange than mango and I couldn't really taste any tea in it but since it's so many (four) flavors, they all kind of blend together. I mean that in a good way, like when you've got V8 and you're like, "There is no way that all of these vegetables taste good at the same time blended up like this." Boy, are you proven wrong every single time.

So it's been ten minutes and the computer isn't here and now I'm out of this drink. Not my day.

Website
http://drinkbodyarmor.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sucrose
Categories
Coconut, Iced Tea, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on August 15th, 2011
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Bojangles Legendary Iced Tea

Bojangles Legendary Iced Tea

When my ladyfriend was down in NC visiting her sister a few weeks ago, she sent me a message raving about the iced tea that she got at Bojangles (a fast food chicken place down in the bottom states). She also told me that had it bottled and she was going to bring me home some. When I saw it I was relived to find there was no cartoon chicken on the label trying to sell the product. There is something intermittently creepy about a chicken selling out his/her own kind in order to make a few bucks. I just want to grab their little feathers and shake the hell out of them and scream, “THEY ARE KILLING YOUR PEOPLE!” So yeah, good job on that guys.

Unfortunately they did not as good of a job making this tea. After taking a sip, my ladyfriend announced that this was completely different from what she drank in the restaurant. What she described as authentic southern sweet tea had now become a step above sweetened liquid plastic. There are no ingredients or anything listed on the bottle, so I can only assume they melted down some plastic, added some tea powder and a whole mess of sugar and bottled it. This is probably the single worst iced tea I have ever tasted.

Website
http://www.bojangles.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Not Listed
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 28th, 2012
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Bolthouse Farms Perfectly Protein Vanilla Chai Tea

Bolthouse Farms Perfectly Protein Vanilla Chai Tea

Bolthouse Farms is one hell of a company. I think I have tried all of their flavors, and there hasn't been a single one that I did not enjoy. The chai in this is present, but not overpowering like it is in some other beverages. It tastes vaguely like a chai latte. Due to the soymilk and spices in this, it also reminds me of a lite version of Silk Nog. The vanilla is pretty great as well. Another nice aspect of it is that it's not gritty like most protein drinks.

Website
http://bolthouse.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Naturally Sweetened
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on January 19th, 2011
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Bolthouse Farms Green Tea Soy Latte

Bolthouse Farms Green Tea Soy Latte

I've had chai lattes. I've had yerba mate latte. I've even had a straight up black tea latte, but never in my days have I had, or even thought about a green tea latte. The idea of adding a cream substance to green tea just seems completely foreign to me. The taste of green tea is so specific in my mind that I couldn't fathom it being creamy. I just looked it up and apparently this is a normal thing in coffee shops. Guess I've just been unobservant as always.

This is basically just soy milk, matcha green tea and cane sugar, and it's wonderful. It tastes like what I would imagine vegan green tea ice cream would taste like. Now that I think of it, I have had green tea ice cream in the past, so I guess I have had creamy matcha. It definitely tastes like a culmination of its ingredients and it's wonderful. This was my first time seeing this in a store, and I hope it becomes available in the big bottles, because I love it and it makes me feel sophisticated for some reason. Looks like I'll have to break on the monocle and spats.

Website
http://bolthouse.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on May 4th, 2013
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