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Kuang Chuan Rice Drink Peanut

Kuang Chuan Rice Drink Peanut

Have you ever stopped at a small gas station down south? If the answer is yes you have probably seen the large pots of grossness that are known as boiled peanuts. Serious barf sauce. Soggy peanuts are no ones friend.

I was afraid this was going to taste like those sloppy nuggets. I lucked out today friends. This tastes like unshelled peanuts were ground into a fine power and then mixed that into rice milk. It almost tastes like peanut butter, but it's not quite there. It was very enjoyable. It's pretty thick.

I also found out while drinking this that Mike doesn't shell his peanuts. He pops the entire thing into his mouth and chomps down. Who does that? He said it like it's a normal thing that everyone does. The other four of us looked at him in disgust. He also doesn't believe in napkins.

Website
http://www.kuangchuan.com/
Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Other/Weird
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on February 22nd, 2011
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Famous House Sugar Cane Drink

Famous House Sugar Cane Drink

When I saw this can, my immediate thought was "sugar water?" The ingredients confirmed this suspicion: sugar cane juice, water, sugar. Upon opening the can, the smell was really pungent and kind of gross. It smelled like what I imagine rancid sugar to smell like. Luckily, it didn't taste as bad as it smelled.

But at the end of the day, it's just sugar water. It's really hard not to let the gross smell waft into your nose while drinking this. Am I glad I tried this drink? Yes. Will I ever drink this again/finish this can? No way.

Website
http://famoushouse.com.tw
Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Other/Weird
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Derek Neuland on February 12th, 2011
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Apple Sidra

Apple Sidra

When I was in Germany a couple of years back I found one of the most delicious drinks I've ever experienced. It was an apple soda called Apfelsaftschorle. It is absolutely perfect. It's mineral water and apple juice. I don't know why it's so much better than any other sparkling apple drink I've ever had, but I have been searching for it's equal ever since I've been back in the States. A couple of weeks ago I found this in my trusty Asian market. As always my hopes were high that I had found a comparable drink that I could find at home. Nope. It's kind of gross. It's really harsh, and even though it has apple concentrate in it, it tastes like apple candies. How to companies mess that up? They are using juice. Why can't they just let it be? They always have to add a butt load of sugar and ruin it all. Apple Sidra deemed it necessary to use both fructose and sugar. Grosstown, USA.

I should probably abandon my search and just try to make the wonderful German drink on my own. I know it will never be the same, but I need it to survive. Maybe not survive, but to have content taste buds. They apparently run my life these days.

Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Fructose & Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on February 6th, 2011
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Young Energy Source Plum Juice Drink

Young Energy Source Plum Juice Drink

Shit Sandwich.

Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Fructose
Categories
Juice
Rating
1/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on January 30th, 2011
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AGV Barley

AGV Barley

Not what I expected, not what I wanted. Yes, this is a barley drink, but it's not good to me. My dad always taught me that if I was going to be opinionated, I should end all my opinionated statements with "to me" so that I'm not demonstrating close mindedness. My dad is a smart man. Smart enough to not drink this drink. It's barley, through and through but it's a bit...sweet and earthy. I know that might sound good, but it tastes more like you're in a field, hanging out with Huck Finn, chewing on a stalk of barley, wearing no shoes, talking about how you're going to make a sweet raft out of logs and push yourself down the river.

I never read Huck Finn, although I feel like I've seen enough parodies of it to know what happens. Something about faking death in a church, whitewashing fence posts, kids stuff.

Website
http://www.agv.com.tw/english/trade.php
Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Other/Weird
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on January 28th, 2011
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Alo Enrich Aloe + Pomegranate + Cranberry

Alo Enrich Aloe + Pomegranate + Cranberry

When I'm looking for an aloe drink, there is no shortage. I've got so much selection that I can drink a different flavor every day for a week. I'm not saying that I have them on my person at all times and I don't wear cargo pants and carrying a week's worth of drinks in your pocket, unless you are planning on spending a week in the desert, is pretty stupid. I used to wear cargo pants. It was the 90's. What did you do in the 90's that you wouldn't do anymore? I bet you did a lot you regret. It was a rough time for everyone and cargo pants were our salvation. That and carpenter pants. Who carries hammers everywhere? That one I'm surprised made the jump from function to fashion.

Anyhow, this Alo has big ol' chunks. There are bigger ones than Aloevine or even Foco. The flavor is a nice mix of pomegranate and cranberry. Both are a little subdued, but still very good. You can taste the pomegranate and just the flavor, none of the bite, of the cranberry. The chunks are like flavor explosions in your mouth.

I've found this at nature stores. So if you have a Price Rite, that's where I've found it. I'm sure they probably have a "where to buy" section.

Oh, also, drink this cold. It's not too fantastic lukewarm.

Website
http://www.alodrink.com/
Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Aloe Vera, Chunky
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on January 21st, 2011
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ALO Enrich - 16.9 fl oz. (500mL) 12-count

DemiSoda Apple

DemiSoda Apple

There are a couple gems at Asian markets. There are a lot of borderline poisonous drinks there, too. I'm not going to tell you to be careful because it's actually fun to hang out with friends and drink something putrid. That's what being friends is all about.

This DemiSoda was good. It tasted like green apples. Green apples and sugar but still green apple juice. It comes in a responsible sized can and comes in different flavors. I'll get them if you promise to do the same. Deal?

Website
http://www.demisoda.com.tw
Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on December 24th, 2010
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Hey Song Shaking Jelly Soda Drink Orange

Hey Song Shaking Jelly Soda Drink Orange

This is just as I suspected. Good. I think the fellas and ladies over at Hey Song knew a good thing when they saw it because this is the same type of thing as the apple I had last week. Jay did the grape flavor and felt the same love that I did. So we, the Thirsty Dudes, are all on the same page.

This is the same jelly/Jell-O texture as before, but this time with a sharp, sweet sparking orange juice. Now that I've mastered destroying the can to enjoy this drink, it's simple to share this drink with others. All you need is a pair of pliers and some elbow grease.

Also, as a bonus, I've filmed the first ever video review over at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_sr_P5hW9M so make sure to check it out. It's our first one so be gentle. I did it at work with no one knowing which is why people walked in on us. As you can see, we made him try it. He liked it. You should, too.

Website
http://www.heysong.com.tw/web_en/index.htm
Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Sugar And/Or High Fructose Corn Syrup
Categories
Chunky, Other/Weird, Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on December 20th, 2010
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Hey Song Shaking Jelly Soda Drink Grape

Hey Song Shaking Jelly Soda Drink Grape

I was going to get to this drink eventually, but Mike wouldn't shut up about the one he drank. It quickly climbed to the top of my to-drink list.
This is more than likely the strangest thing I've ever drunk. It's like someone poured a nice half glass of sparkling white grape juice, then they filled the rest with unflavored jello that wasn't completely solidified yet. So, so weird. I poured it into a glass. I didn't have to rip off the top like Mike, but it did take some effort. It looked like a gel candle. The carbonation bubbles got stuck in the jelly/jello.
It's strange, but once you get used to the jelly/jello it's really good.

Website
http://www.heysong.com.tw/web_en/index.htm
Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Chunky, Other/Weird, Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on December 18th, 2010
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Hey Song Shaking Jelly Soda Drink Apple

Hey Song Shaking Jelly Soda Drink Apple

Oh my gosh...look I drink stuff every day. Some good. Some bad. Some strange. Some normal. This drink is so awesome and strange and involved I can't wait to tell you about it.

Individual snack packs of Jello (or equivalent) would be the base of this drink. The base, people. Jello. Base. The base is Jello. Take a bottle of sparkling apple juice and marinate the Jello. Take the mixture and put it in a can and you've got this drink.


I didn't know what to expect so I just gave it to my friend Matt because he saw the can and wanted to try it. He opened it up, smelled it, and then took a...slurp. It totally took him by surprise. He said that there were giant chunks in it and I looked inside and he couldn't have been more right. I brought it over to my friend Mike and tried to pour it into a cup for him and couldn't because the chunks were so big. I eventually resorted to taking a pair of pliers to the can and opening it enough to get it out of the can in its entirety. Now I have a cup of just amber colored sludge and I love it.

The taste is a bit like an energy drink, but it is probably just the strong apple taste making it seem like that. It's a good think that these are cheap, like $1, because everyone is getting a can for Christmas. This drink is fun and this is yet another reason why I love doing Thirsty Dudes.

Website
http://www.heysong.com.tw/web_en/index.htm
Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Sugar And/Or High Fructose Corn Syrup
Categories
Chunky, Other/Weird, Soda Pop
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on December 17th, 2010
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