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Hemp Garden Tea

Hemp Garden Tea

Grab your hacky sack and put on your patchwork pants and your "drug rug" and let's go on an adventure. An adventure in the world of patchouli and Grateful Dead live-sides. Push your way through the beaded doorway of your mind and accept the fact that weed drinks have hit the market. Somewhere Woody Harrelson is ecstatic.

I know this is going to be the same as it was when Marley's Mellow Mood hit the stores. We are going to get an influx of searches and questions asking if this "gets you high." If you think that it will, then you my friend truly are a stupid hippie. This has hemp oil extract in it, not THC. It has some health benefits, but it does not get you stoned. So you should probably stick to that ditchweed the hesher down the street sells.

One would think that a hemp drink with pot leaves all over it would be a relaxation drink. One would also think that because this can says, "Chill your head with the good stuff." One would be mistaken with this product, and whoever developed it missed a huge market by not going that way with it. Instead this has both black tea and yerba mate in it, both of which contain caffeine. Oh well.

This is essentially an earthy yerba mate with some black tea in the mix and a whole lot of lemon juice added (I definitely could have done with a lot less of it). That alone would be a nice decent tea. Then the company mixed in some hemp oil extract and suddenly this once great tea now tastes like a teenage art student's bedroom. Editor Dan said it tastes like liking a baja inside of New Age Creations. I never realized how much hemp actually does resemble the inside of a hippie store. It's like perfume, incense and white kid dreadlocks all got rolled up together and mixed into this tea. On top of that it kind of tastes good. At first I thought it tasted like rope. Then I realized that was the baja flavor. I was weirded/grossed out, but as I drank more I started to enjoy it.

If you can't find this stuff at your local head shop tell the burnout behind the counter that he's doing things all wrong. Also tell him that in the days of high speed internet nobody is going to pay $40 for a Pearl Jam bootleg.

Website
http://www.hempgardentea.com/
Country
Canada
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 17th, 2011
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Sun-Rype Apple Green Tea Chai

Sun-Rype Apple Green Tea Chai

I do believe that mixing ingredients this way in the olden days would get a person branded a witch. In fact I’m not positive that the folks back at Sun-Rype haven’t been dabbling with the black arts. All three ingredients (apple juice, green tea and chai) are all fairly normal on their own. A combination of green tea and chai is a little unorthodox, but it’s nothing that someone would really think twice about. Apple and green tea is definitely on the stranger side of things. I don’t believe I have ever had an apple flavored green tea. If I did I’m sure the company got it all wrong and instead of using normal apple juice they probably used green apple flavoring, which is the devil in it’s own right. All of the above mixtures are acceptable, and I don’t think I would think much of them if I saw them, but when you throw all three ingredients into one drink you’re going to get my attention (and presumably the attention of some dark beings).

Things have changed as time has gone on. While this mixture probably would have gotten a person drowned or burned at the stake a couple hundred years ago, nowadays it’s gets me to yell, “Holy Crap!” and makes me giddy. I am a staunch supporter of all of these beverages and together they do not disappoint. The apple juice and green tea blend together fairly seamlessly. It’s a wonder that more companies don’t use this combination. The chai is the game changer though. It makes this drink taste like nothing I have ever had before. It adds a slight vanilla spice flavor of the likes that juice has never seen before. It forms a new hybrid creature that would be unstoppable if only the dark lord would make it a sentient being. Luckily for the world it remains just a delicious juice-tea combo that will knock your socks off.

Website
http://www.sunrype.com/
Country
Canada
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Iced Tea, Juice
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on May 13th, 2012
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Rio Mate Classico

Rio Mate Classico

Nature, I just can’t get enough of it. Well, I can’t get enough of the awesome woods aspect of nature. I can do without the frozen tundra side of things. Sometimes I need to go out into the woods, like deep down need it to an extent that I know I won’t be able to relax and settle down until I surrounded by the green (okay I’m reading Swamp Thing now, so that’s a nod to classic Alan Moore with the phrasing). I have no doubt that when I get old I will live out in the country, preferably in the woods. The city is a young man’s game and while I love it now, I know I won’t want to be here in twenty years. So to the country I shall go.

It’s late Fall now and it’s getting cold and it’s raining all the time. That means I’m going to be stuck inside for a few months without my precious green. I’ll burn cut grass candles and pretend it’s nice out but it simply won’t work. This drink might help a bit though. It’s a slightly sweetened yerba mate with the faintest hint of lemon in it. If you’re not familiar with yerba mate it’s a pseudo tea that has a bunch of caffeine in it. It tastes like everything in the woods was boiled down into a wonderful drink. If I ever had to describe what I think nature would taste like, I would hand the person a bottle of this. It’s strong, herbal and wonderful. It’s a Brazilian tradition by way of Canada. How does that even make sense? Oh well, here’s to hoping we get a few more nice days in so I can go engulf myself in the forest. Then, hibernation.

Website
http://www.riomate.com/
Country
Canada
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 1st, 2012
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Urban Zen Green Tea Honey Jasmine

Urban Zen Green Tea Honey Jasmine

I had a true taste comparison with this one. As I’ve previously mentioned Arizona was my gateway into green teas. It was the first I’ve ever had and for a longtime it was my benchmark. How stupid I was. Last night I went to a show with my friend Dave and he brought a can of the classic Arizona green tea and I brought this bottle of Urban Zen. We were both happily drinking our respective teas when he needed me to hold his for some reason. Being the sneaky so and so that I am I took a sip. Wow, the two drinks while having essentially similar makeups were light years apart. I had never realized how cheap Arizona tasted before. It’s essentially a sweetener with some green tea flavoring in it. This on the other hand was the real deal. It’s properly brewed whole leaf green tea that has been infused with jasmine flower. It has a real green tea taste, and it’s mostly sweetened with honey, which gives it’s own twist to the flavor. All in all this has only 10g of sugar in it, which is all you ever really need in a sweetened tea. I’m pretty sure that Arizona has about 4 times that. The comparison made me realize how much of a kids drink Arizona really is, and how this is a tea of a pseudo sophisticated adult. It’s slightly bitter with a nice light floral taste. Jasmine tea, it’s not just for fancy Asian restaurants anymore. Arizona, I don’t know if I’ll ever look at your green tea the same way again.

Website
http://www.urbanzentea.com/
Country
Canada
Sweetener
Honey
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 4th, 2012
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Rio Mate Lemon

Rio Mate Lemon

I have to admit that my knowledge of Rio is solely that there is a giant statue of what I believe is Jesus and little tidbits that I picked up from reading Carioca Fletch. That’s right, I so cultured that I’ve read a bunch of the books that spawned two of the funniest movies ever, and yes I did hear Chevy Chase in my head as I read them. Oh yeah, I also have some friends who have a cat named Rio. Does that count for anything? No? I didn’t think so.

Okay, so I’m going into this with limited knowledge, but that knowledge has expanded now that I know that yerba mate is grown there. That alone gives the city a thumbs up from me. I love yerba mate. It has such a distinctive unique taste in the world of teas.

As Mike likes to point out in every review he does of a lemon flavored beverage, I am not a huge fan of the fruit. Sure I love lemonade, but just adding it to another beverage that is not solely lemon just doesn’t do much for me. I’d have to say the same goes for this drink. I would have preferred it to be straight up tea, but I cannot deny that it tastes pleasant. I also know that there is a world of people out there who love the lemon flavor, so I won’t hold it against this drink. It tastes exactly as it’s advertised; just like you brewed a pot of yerba mate, mixed in some lemon juice (not too much) and put it in the fridge to cool down for an hour. If you are a fan of lemon iced teas, and are looking for something a bit different, look no further. The future awaits you.

Website
http://www.riomate.com/
Country
Canada
Sweetener
Organic Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 28th, 2012
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Kiju Organic Iced Tea Hibiscus Rooibos

Kiju Organic Iced Tea Hibiscus Rooibos

Ahh flowers. They look great. They bring color to this otherwise depressing world. When I lived in Boston for a few months, I didn't know that I would miss foliage and color. I spent six week not really seeing trees or grass too much and then someone told me about Boston Commons and I felt I needed to go. It was like I had never seen flowers before. I spent the whole time just not caring but really my body craved those little guys.

So, I self-admittedly enjoy a flower every not and then. It's fine. This drink was floral. It was like if you had a red tea that wasn't too bitter, infused a flower, and then added a little sugar to it. I will also admit that I clearly have no idea what hibiscus tastes like because sometimes it's the greatest thing I've ever had and then other times it's just...there. I'm not hating on it, but I wish that I could taste it in it's truest form so that I know which side of the fence I'm on; like or love. I guess either side is pretty non-confrontational, but still, I don't like this floral purgatory I'm in. It's terrible but the smell is relaxing and the sights from up here are quite scenic and well pruned.

Website
http://www.kiju.ca/
Country
Canada
Sweetener
Organic Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on December 9th, 2012
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Good Drink Mango Tea Hibiscus & Vanilla

Good Drink Mango Tea Hibiscus & Vanilla

I will start this review off with a quote from Editor Dan, “Holy crap it tastes as good as it smells!” Let me tell you people this is one of the most nasal cavity pleasing I have ever took a sniff of. Well that doesn’t sound appealing at all. Seriously though the fruity vanilla aroma that emits from this bottle is what I imagine the perfect island paradise to smell like. It smells wonderful, but it’s not too strong like those candy perfumes that your younger sister wore in the 90s. This is a classy island smell.

It also tastes like it smells: classy. The secret here is that this is not your everyday black or green tea in this bottle. It is an “herbal extract” that is a combination of hibiscus, rosehips, vanilla beans, raspberry leaves and lemon peel. To be honest Good Drink could have stopped right there, and I would have a drink that I loved. The folks at the company had a larger vision though. Theirs was a vision of a national takeover of the teas of Canada (to be fair, not a large take over at all) and they did the unthinkable, they added mango to an already stellar drink. The result: magic in a bottle, well almost. Everything about this beverage would be absolutely perfect if they slightly changed but one thing. There is a tad too much vanilla in this tea. It smoothes it out more than a tea should be and it pushes it almost to the dangerous level of potpourri taste. Luckily it doesn’t reach that line and it still tastes delectable. This tea will easy run the tea empire of Canada, but if the vanilla were a little less, I’m thinking Good Drink could take on the world. Think about it George, you could be a global power. Doesn’t that sound appealing?

Website
http://www.gooddrink.ca
Country
Canada
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on December 20th, 2012
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Urban Zen Green Tea Mango Aloe Vera

Urban Zen Green Tea Mango Aloe Vera

On the very tip top of the mountains of Toronto that are the skyscrapers there is a little bit of heaven that contains not one, but two gardens. One of those gardens is made of stones, which are moved around for the use of relaxation and meditation. The second garden grows but one thing: green tea. Did I mention that monks run the upper ten floors of this monstrous building? They are not your typical monks. They are urban monks. They wear hoodies with white zippers, raw denim and Beats by Dre cans that they listen to their chants on. It’s a modern world and even the old customs are acclimating. In the early morning the monks make their way to the roof where they tinker around in the rock garden until they have reached their daily-allotted enlightenment. Then it is time to hand pick the tea leaves and take them to the 27th floor where they are dried and brewed into the products that help sustain their modern way of life.

In my first review of an Urban Zen tea I mentioned that I thought it was going to be green tea and aloe, due to the color and shape of the bottle. Guess what? That is exactly what this one is, and it’s magical. It’s like someone mixed a mango flavored bubble tea (hold the tapioca balls) and mixed it with an “original” flavored aloe drink (you know the kind that has the slight white grape flavor to it). Of course there are chunks of aloe in it, but they are not as plentiful as a lot of their competitors products. I’m okay with that though because the flavor more than makes up for it. It’s extremely flavorful and sweet in all the right ways.

Next time you find yourself in Canada dish out the $2-3 a bottle of this cost and help the monks afford those new Samurai jeans they have had their collective eyes on. Remember enlightenment isn’t everything.

Website
http://www.urbanzentea.com/
Country
Canada
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Aloe Vera, Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on December 30th, 2012
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Kiju Organic Iced Tea Mango Passion Mate

Kiju Organic Iced Tea Mango Passion Mate

I’m going to start a petition to switch the places of black and mate teas. Black tea is everywhere and let’s face it, while it is delectable it is also pretty boring, and far too easy to over sweeten. Mate is a rarity. It’s exotic and you can’t over sweeten it without it losing its special pizzazz. I know that if they were switched for long enough mate would begin to seem commonplace and lose it’s exoticness. I just want this to be for a limited time. I want to go out to eat with my family to some garbage chain restaurant and be able to order a tea and have it be special. In shirt I’m bored with everyday teas.

Kiju is a nice answer to my problem. They make a nice, lightly sweetened mate iced tea. The fruit juice carries most of the flavor, but it has the very specific mate aftertaste. It has a very strong passionfruit taste with some mango around the edges. Did I mention that they use real fruit juices in this? Maybe that is why I like mate so much. If a company cares enough to use it, then they also care enough to use primo ingredients. I’ve never seen a mate sweetened with HFCS. That just doesn’t fly in this world. It’s the world I want to be in, well at least for the time being.

Website
http://www.kiju.ca/
Country
Canada
Sweetener
Organic Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on January 14th, 2013
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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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