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Kiju Organic Mango Orange

Kiju Organic Mango Orange

Is it wrong of me to assume that when something is organic that it is just going to be solely what it is labeled as? I feel like ten years back that was the case, but not so much these days. I wanted there to be nothing in this bottle except for juices that came from mangos and oranges. Oh it would have been so delicious, perhaps a perfect drink. That is not what I received. While it still is better than 90% of the juices available to the world, there are other elements at work in this beverage that lessen its quality. Sure there are orange and mango juice in here, but right along side them, and in greater quantity according to the ingredient list, are their friends apple and grape. It’s like orange and orange arranged this wonderful little get away together and then their two overbearing friends invited themselves along and rearranged the entire trip to suit their own needs. Jerks. What would have been the vacation of a lifetime ends up being more of an apple juice that is orange and mango flavored (grape got food poisoning and spent the weekend in bed). As I said I do really enjoy the drink a lot, and it’s fairly unique tasting, but it’s not what I was expecting, nor what I really wanted. Knowing what it is I think I would enjoy it a lot more in the future.

Website
http://www.kiju.ca/
Country
Canada
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 4th, 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 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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Grace Island Soda Cream Soda

Grace Island Soda Cream Soda

You know what I hate? I hate when people get perfume in my pop. I absolutely hate it. I often leave open bottles of pop on the floor at grandmother’s homes and you know how grandmas are. They spray that perfume on with a Super Soaker before raging at the Bingo parlor, just gallon after gallon of lavender and Chanel No. 5.

I must have accidentally left this bottle open at everyone's grandmother's house in Western New York before I drank it because this drink tastes like a slew of different old women. It was a lot like the Pakola Ice Cream pop that we drank many moons ago. It tastes nothing like you would expect and everything like you don't want. Not a strong sales approach.

Website
http://www.gracefoods.com
Country
Canada
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on November 1st, 2012
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True Blue Wild Blueberry & Blackberry

True Blue Wild Blueberry & Blackberry

Since I don’t watch Canadian television much I’m not sure if this has happened or not, but it really should. Picture this: a fade in with some synth bass and a drum machine playing in the background. The scene is young women’s bedroom and she’s laying in her bed wearing a ripped up shirt and way too much jewelry. As it pans in we realize that it’s Madonna (well a 1986 Madonna look alike) and she’s getting frustrated playing around with a keyboard and sheets of music and lyrics litter the room. She just can’t seem to write her next big hit. She decides she needs to take a break so she goes over to the fridge and pulls out a bottle of juice. She takes a sip and inspiration hits her. Just like that. She runs over to her bed aka workstation with a big goofy grin and starts working feverishly. By the end she’s playing along and singing with the song that has been playing in the background and just as it gets to the end of the chorus and she sings the line “True Blue baby I love you,” the camera zooms in on the now mostly finished bottle of juice on her nightstand. It doesn’t get better than that ladies and gentlemen. You get one hell of a song, one hell of a drink and a nice 80’s throwback that all the kids are raving about these days.

I know what you’re thinking and yes I am available to write ads for you as well, just get a hold of my agent. Oh, that’s not what you were thinking at all? You actually want to know what the juice tastes like? Well, it certainly tastes blue, with a little purple in the mix. You see True Blue went a bit out of their color spectrum and used grape juice as filler in this drink. You can really taste both the blue and blackberries in this, but the taste of grape is always lingering in the background. I have no problem with that uninvited little fruit. It’s actually kind of nice. It’s also not as sweet as you would expect it to be. There is still 29g of sugar in this, but it doesn’t taste that sweet. It’s always a nice treat to not have an overly sweetened juice. Oh and if you spill any of this on a carpet or a couch, forget about ever getting it out. This blue is true and is staining forever.

Website
http://www.leadingbrandsinc.com/
Country
Canada
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on October 28th, 2012
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Jones Soda Red Apple

Jones Soda Red Apple

Rumor has it that it's been a rough year for apples. It was a blisteringly hot summer and that's not good for any sort of trees, plants, fruits, vegetables, and everything in-between. I assume the orchards aren't just throwing away bushels of lesser quality apples. I hope that there will be an influx of apple goods like apple cider, apple donuts, apple bread, something. I like apples. I like certain apples more than other but I like them all. Apple juice is good but companies as of late have been really nailing that apple flavor and not just apple flavoring things.

This pop is apple. Red apple. Not apple flavored. It says "natural and artificial flavors" but I'm thinking that's a misprint. It's a really good flavor. It's sweet but it's pop. If you've had Jones before they are a little guilty of over sweetening their pop. It's real sugar though so over sweetening with cane sugar versus artificial sweetener, in my opinion, is way more drinkable. I'm just saying they could cut back a bit.

Autumn, apples, cider, hoodies; it's all happening now, for a limited time. Fall is a short season because you take summer for every day but as soon as snow hits, it's mentally winter. That's the frigidly cold truth. I'm not telling lies over here, just truths.

Website
http://www.jonessoda.com
Country
Canada
Sweetener
Inverted Cane Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 26th, 2012
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Jones Soda Pear Tree

Jones Soda Pear Tree

Margaret had a problem with her neighbor. Well it really wasn’t her neighbor that was the problem; she was a sweet old lady. Her problem was that there wasn’t a fence between their houses and in her neighbor’s backyard there was an old pear tree. Early in the season it was great. It was a lovely looking tree and the air around it always has a soft smell of pears. As late summer (and ultimately fall) set in is when things turned poor. You see the old lady neighbor didn’t go out much because of her age and all of the pears would fall to the ground where they would begin to rot. The smell was kind of bad, but even though there was a slight scent of decay, the smell of the pears overwhelmed it. The true problem was that the rotting pears attracted armies of bees. You see Margaret had a small British looking boy that she liked to dress up as Charlie Brown to fulfill some sadistic need. When she would bring him out back to play, as soon as she looked way he always bee-lined (all puns intended) towards the tree. She always caught up to him in time, but she knew one day she wouldn’t be fast enough and it would be sting city for her little comic character brought to life.

She knew the neighbor really wasn’t fit to do anything about it so Margaret decided to clean up the pears herself this year before they began to rot. She made some pies, canned a few, but there were still mountains left over. Eventually she decided to try and make some pear soda. Since she didn’t really know what she was doing to she pleased with the way it turned out, even though it tasted a bit off, and not really like pears. She somehow managed to do to her pear soda what sour green apple candy flavoring has been doing to candy for years. It was sweet, yet slightly sour and only vaguely tasting of pears. It wasn’t great, but it was better than expected. She made up a few cases (you seriously can’t believe how many pears this tree produced) and saved them up for the holidays. You see her husband ran a soda company and his name was…wait for the reveal…Thomas Ezekiel Jones. DUM DUM DUM

Website
http://www.jonessoda.com
Country
Canada
Sweetener
Inverted Cane Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on September 14th, 2012
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Tim Horton's Iced Cappuccino Mint Chocolate

Tim Horton's Iced Cappuccino Mint Chocolate

Well this is something different. I don't drink hot coffee. I just don't. I get gimmicky drinks when I go to coffee shops as you can probably tell with my copious amount of Frappuccino and Coolatta reviews. This iced cappuccino is no different. It's a frothy, foamy, iced coffee drink. Also, the fact that it's chocolate mint screams, "not legitimate coffee." Back to something different. What's different is that I bought one today (pictured) and it is currently and by the time you read this, was disgusting. I will describe that in detail and then describe all the other ones that I've had.

I woke up, felt fine, but didn't have time for a proper breakfast so I got little doughnut holes AKA "timbits." While I was there, I thought it would be a good time to get a little drink for myself to review/enjoy. A nice woman with a not so nice crustache took my order and delivered to me the worst iced cappuccino I've ever had. I don't need to tell you that I don't drink so I am basing this off assumption but this drink tastes like someone pulled the old teaspoon/tablespoon mixup and put way too much creme de menthe in this because it tastes borderline alcoholic in it's concentrated mintitude (not a word).

All other ones that I have had are a nice blend of chocolate and mint and I don't need to drink from the top in hopes to avoid the mint disaster that is sleeping at the bottom. It's a good, refreshing drink that I enjoy getting on rare occasions. I also only get a small and I never get the "supreme" option, which is like the top trim of a car. Whipped cream and chocolate and caramel syrup. Oh, it looks great and nothing looked sadder than the drink that I received today, all naked in a clear cup, but I don't need/want those extra calories and it's honestly aesthetic unless you really have an affinity for whipped cream. I might save myself more extra calories by throwing this in, what the British call, "the bin."

Website
http://www.timhortons.com
Country
Canada
Sweetener
Not Listed
Categories
Coffee
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on September 11th, 2012
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Jones Soda Green Apple (Eldritch Blast)

Jones Soda Green Apple (Eldritch Blast)

I don’t know if I can properly express Mike’s disappointment in the Jones Dungeons & Dragons line. It crushed the man. He saw an ad that Jones was releasing this line, and he jumped on it. He ordered us the whole series, and spent a pretty penny doing it. In his mind the new flavors were out of this world and from an older time, some would say a simpler time. Others would say it sucked because you were always worried about dragons or orcs attacking you. One thing that no one would argue about was that the beverages back then were way different. The day finally came when the package arrived. Mike opened it up and said some expletive or another. You see the ad listed the flavors as things such as “Sneak Attack,” “Potion of Healing” and “Eldritch Blast.” What it didn’t tell you was that these were just the normal Jones flavors with new wacky names (Cream Soda, Blackberry and Green Apple). Mike was so upset that after we divided the flavors between us it took him nearly six months to review even one, and that was under duress. I feel for him. No one likes disappointment, especially when it comes in the way of sodas you were super stoked on.

What is an Eldritch Blast anyways? I thought it was some sort of creature, as I have no idea what the being on the label is. I Googled it and eldritch just means strange or spooky. I guess that it makes sense as Jones was able to make a green apple soda that actually tastes like pop and not like someone put a handful of Jolly Ranchers in a cup and then microwaved them for two hours. Sure, it’s sweet as hell, but underneath the sugar it actually tastes like a nice sour apple and not just candy. This is the first soda I’ve ever had that has done this properly. I hope that makes up for some of Mike’s sadness. I know it won’t but a man can dream. Actually if I’m dreaming I should probably be dreaming bigger, like say Mike won a contest when he ordered these lies of soda and he’s getting one of those fancy cars that he loves and 25 pachinko machines to annoy his “live in” girlfriend. Now there’s a dream.

Website
http://www.jonessoda.com
Country
Canada
Sweetener
Inverted Cane Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on August 24th, 2012
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Jones Soda Sugar-Free Cola

Jones Soda Sugar-Free Cola

Remember when Jones came out and you thought to yourself, "Green apple pop?! Woah!" Now, look, they've still got strange, fun flavors, those crazy Canadians, but you've got to pay the bills. Diet cola sells and people love the stuff. Even for a company that prides themselves on using pure cane sugar, they can't do that unless they make a super weak, odd tasting pop. Dry does it, but they're good at it and that's their thing.

This, and you shouldn't be surprised, just tastes like a diet cola. It has an alright cola taste but is still diet. I might say that this is a titch (scientific term) better than diet Pepsi. I'm not hating; just doing a poor comparison. I'm not a hater. I'm cynical, but I'm no hater. 'Nuff respect, Pepsi. Let these guys do what they do.

Website
http://www.jonessoda.com
Country
Canada
Sweetener
Sucralose
Categories
Diet, Soda Pop
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on August 23rd, 2012
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