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Shih-Chuan Peach Vinegar

Shih-Chuan Peach Vinegar

I enlisted my friend Monet to help me drink a few of my more interesting drinks. I am about to move back to Buffalo, NY and need to get through my big backlog of reviews.

Upon first trying this, Monet thought it tasted like a melted pink Otterpop. About two minutes later, a heat wave of vinegar rose up from her stomach. She immediately took back her previous statement.

Since I had tried a couple flavors of this before, I knew what to expect. Maybe it was mean of me to not inform Monet of the 2 minute wait time of the vinegar kicking in, but I wasn't aware of it the first time I drank this so I opted to let her experience it for herself. This is alright. The peach is nice, but the vinegar still doesn't sit well.

Website
http://www.shih-chuan.com.tw/
Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Fructose
Categories
Other/Weird
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Derek Neuland on April 26th, 2011
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Shih-Chuan Plum Vinegar

Shih-Chuan Plum Vinegar

This is the flavor I was saving for last, but I decided to do it now. I don't like plums at all. But strangely, I don't mind this taste. It's been a long time since I've had a plum, so maybe it's time I try them again. Mary Liz likens this to kombucha that is less fermented. Seeing as I hate kombucha and have only drank a few sips of it in my life, I can't really back this statement up. Like the other vinegar drinks, it doesn't taste like vinegar much when going down.

To quote Mary Liz: "For something that's good for you, this is pretty good."

Website
http://www.shih-chuan.com.tw/
Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Fructose
Categories
Other/Weird
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Derek Neuland on April 27th, 2011
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T. Grand Assam Green Tea Honey

T. Grand Assam Green Tea Honey

Steve, why did you start brewing the green tea out in the yard? You didn’t like the way it made the house smell? Well that is just dumb. Brewing tea smells delicious. In fact I always look forward to coming home from work so I can open up the door and be greeted by that wonderful aroma. Now, my second question; why did you start brewing the green tea out in the yard in the middle of the bee apiary? Oh, that’s the only place it would fit where it wouldn’t be in the way of your croquet game. I guess that’s understandable, but tell me this did you clean the vats out between batches? I mean I know I probably shouldn’t have left you in charge for the two months that I was on vacation, but I leave a life of leisure and I need to do that from time to time. The thing is that the bees seemed to have incorporated the vats into their hives and if we want to sell any of this tea we’re going to have to filter out the honeycombs and dead bees. Let’s just do that and never mention this to anyone else. I just hope the tale of this doesn’t end up on some dumb website.

Steve, we’ve somehow brewed a tea that tastes exactly like Asian green tea. I don’t know how to explain the difference between the green tea I brew from a tea bag and the kind you get in a Chinese restaurant, but this is way more like the latter. The bee residue that we filtered out actually gives this a little bit of a honey flavor. I personally like my green tea unsweetened, but I think a lot of people would be into this. It has a medium level of sweetness, which is what many people need for a stepping-stone to the world of unsweetened teas. Your blunder may have actually been a gateway to a healthier America. Good job, son.

Website
http://www.tgrand.com.tw/product_en_html/EN2-22.html
Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 18th, 2012
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T. Grand Assam Green Tea Lemon

T. Grand Assam Green Tea Lemon

Look, if an iced tea can even possibly be good past its expiration date, I'm fine with it. Those are just suggestions anyhow, right? Sure, this expired in April and here we are deep into December but honestly, how bad could it have gotten? There isn't anything in this drink that could really go bad. I suppose that could be a bad thing in itself if you think about it. Like that shot of a McDonald's cheeseburger every day for a month that looks just as good as the day it was purchased. Something that will never die and never tarnish is wrong in itself. We're supposed to age. We're supposed to get wrinkles. That's what our natural, genetic makeup is telling our bodies to do. Get hunchy, get grey, and get upset when people walk on your lawn.

This drink, old age and all, was good. I don't think that if I drank it in it's specifically allocated time it would have been any better or even different really. It tastes different than American lemon green teas. It's almost hard to place what makes it different but something here just tastes more right. It tastes like there is some actual tea in there. Sure, in the ingredients it's listed as "green tea extract" and "green tea flavor" but that's about all you can get out of green tea, right? Lemon juice concentrate is real lemon. Honey is honey. "Lemon flavor" is a bit sketch but it's lemon. Who cares? We know what it tastes like. This might be all of the above ingredients plus a hint or essence of something floral.

If I ever go to Taiwan, I will most certainly look for M. Bison, but after that search promptly grinds to a halt, I feel like I will have fun looking for drinks like this because this tastes right.

Website
http://www.tgrand.com.tw/product_en_html/EN2-22.html
Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on December 28th, 2013
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Taisun Grass Jelly Drink

Taisun Grass Jelly Drink

I was scared. I didn't want to drink this. With a title like "grass jelly drink" what was I supposed to think? I knew it was going to have chunks in it so I poured it into a glass. It’s chunky, very chunky. Like if you bought an aloe drink and doubled the amount of aloe. Here's the deal though. It was awesome. My one friend said that it tasted like sweet tea and that it got better with every sip. I thought that it had a winter taste, like there were some unlisted spices.

I mean it. Try it. I'm sorry if you don't like it, but I think that with an open mind, this could be a diamond in the rough.

Website
http://www.taisun.co.uk/
Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Chunky
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 12th, 2010
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Taisun Herbal Tea

Taisun Herbal Tea

Hmmmm....it's half things that I like and half gross. Yes, it is a fact that I like chrysanthemum tea and licorice. Whatever else is in this can makes it taste downright dirty. I can't place what it is that I don't like. Honestly, it might be the licorice that overpowers the rest of the tea. You know when you just bought a bag full of black licorice Twizzlers and you eat a few too many and you get that strange, numbing flavor in your mouth? This is like that but there is no slow roll up on that flavor, it's just there when you sip it.

I wanted this to be good. The rest of it is a little tea and then disturbed by a slurry of, to me, unnecessary flavors. I give them credit for having an all-natural tea with some different flavor, but to my palate, it is not something that I desire.

Sorry, Taiwan. Not this time.

Website
http://www.taisun.co.uk/
Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on June 8th, 2011
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Taisun Jelly Drink Lychee

Taisun Jelly Drink Lychee

Looking to expand your horizons? Sure. Why wouldn't you be? No one likes to be stagnant. No one likes to eat the same thing over and over again. No one likes to do the same thing time and time again. People need variance. People need change. I bet you don't drink juice with chunks of fermented coconut in it. If you do, I think the next step is something sassy like latex fun. If you haven't gotten there yet, chunky drinks that taste like flowers are the previous step. It's a good step, too. Sometimes the flowers can be too perfumy but sometimes they can be alright. In this drink's case, they are pretty good. There is a nice, firm texture on the coconut chunks and the flavor is a nicely sweetened, nicely floral little number.

You should know as soon as you drink this, though. You should know that the next step is, as I mentioned before, latex fun. Tight stuff. Stuff with zippers. Like it or not, that's next. Brace yourself. It gets hot in there.

Website
http://www.taisun.co.uk/
Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Chunky, Jelly, Juice
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on January 30th, 2014
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Tea Shop 168 Aloe Vera and Green Tea

Tea Shop 168 Aloe Vera and Green Tea

Welcome to Tea Shop 168 where we have 168 different flavors of tea. I know it’s a bit overwhelming making your choice, but I’ll let you in on a secret: 142 of the flavors are different blends of green tea that pretty much taste identical unless you went to school for teaology. I don’t really believe that’s a real major, but the owners assure me they are teaologists. They probably went to Evergreen in Olympia…hippies.

I know 27 different varieties of tea can still be a bit much to choose from, so may I suggest you try our aloe vera green tea fusion? It’s an interesting ride. Some say that it is just green tea with aloe chunks thrown in. Those people are just dumb. I know. I make the tea and I can assure you that there is also aloe vera juice in it. It is mostly green tea, but you can still definitely taste the aloe juice. It’s strange having a slightly bitter aloe drink, and the chunks have a fairly different flavor from what you’re probably used to, assuming that you have had aloe drinks before. Oh you haven’t? Well aloe essentially tastes like a light white grape juice with a little something extra to it. It’s delicious, and I can’t sing it’s praises enough.

So yeah, this is unusual and fun. It certainly isn’t mind blowing, but when you’re choosing either this or some tea infused with raw meat, it’s the choice to make. Teaology…What a joke. The owners just soak random foods in green tea and act like they are scientists. They don’t even wear lab coats or goggles. Lamers.

ps. I just discovered that Tea Shop 168 is an actual tea shop with a physical stores all throughout Ontario. AS far as I know they do not have 142 different types of green tea. Also, I can only assume that they do have roast beef tea, as their website does not explicitly state that they do not. Don’t forget your horseradish.

Website
http://www.teashop168.ca/
Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Aloe Vera, Chunky, Iced Tea
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on December 17th, 2012
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The Story Of Fruit Tea Passion Fruit Green Tea

The Story Of Fruit Tea Passion Fruit Green Tea

Children, gather around the fire and I shall tell you a tale. It is the story of fruit tea. It is a tale as old as time and this is how it goes: some people were thirsty so they decided to brew some tea. They wanted to make it a bit more exciting than their normal afternoon beverage so them juiced some passionfruit into it. The end. I know it is a short story and not exciting in the least bit. There were no lions, or robots, or robots that turned into lions and breathed fire out of their butt, but it is a story nonetheless. If you have a problem with my story, then I shall offer you a sip of my tea and that will shut you right up. It is sweet and flavorsome. If you’ve ever had passionfruit bubble tea than you know exactly how this tastes. Green tea used in bubble tea has a specific taste and that is exactly what is in this bottle. If you’re not a fool then you got it with passionfruit, because it is the king of fruits, or at least is in a Game of Thrones type war for the crown. How on Earth did a television show written explicitly for nerds gain such a normal audience? I think it’s the promise of dragons and zombies. Perhaps there will even be an undead dragon. Or an undead robotic lion that shoots fire out of its butt. I would watch that and drink a gallon of this tea as I did so.

Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on December 16th, 2012
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TropiKing Mixed Fruit

TropiKing Mixed Fruit

Let me walk you through a typical drink quest between Jay and myself. We hop in one of our respective cars and drive to where we think we haven't been before. We go to places you wouldn't dream of, east side type places. Oh your east side is nice? Then places like your west side. Our east side is bad. The late Walter Matthau couldn't have done squat with these kids. Rumor and probably some fact says that there was a racist city developer who said something along the lines of "Let's separate the whites from the blacks" and just put an expressway right down the center of our fair city. After that happen, the West Side flourished and the East Side crumbled and the line is virtually uninhabitable because we all know that no one wants to live "on the cusp" of danger or safety.

So Jay and I go to these places to get drinks. While the West Side has a lot of bodegas and markets, the East Side is uncharted waters to most and we try and get through it unscathed and with drinks in hand. This is just a little back-story on our dedication. We put our lives at stake to get juice, dude. We're serious as a heart attack.

We found this little guy and another one on our last adventure. We were excited to find a nice fruit juice with cane sugar and an adequate amount of real juice. 30%. That's almost a third of the contents. Credit where credit's due. The drink has many a flavor in the ingredients, but not all of them are evenly represented to the palate. Here's my personal taste breakdown from sip to swallow:

Banana -> Passion Fruit -> Orange -> (maybe) Guava.

I don't get pineapple or apple. I don't hate it. It's very fruity and very tropical. Pour this drink, which is written in both English and Spanish but made in Taiwan for some reason, into a coconut and call it a day.

Website
http://tropiking.com/
Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Juice
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on February 28th, 2011
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