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Zhivchic Pear

Zhivchic Pear

For a drink that expired six years ago from the Ukraine, this sexy pear drink wasn't too bad.

Website
http://zhivchik.ua/
Country
Ukraine
Sweetener
Couldn't Read Ingredients
Categories
Juice
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman 3 weeks, 5 days ago
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Hey Song Refreshing & Sparkling

Hey Song Refreshing & Sparkling

Hey Song likes to take your every day soda and turn it on end. Since I can only speak English and minimal Spanish, I have no idea what this was supposed to be or what the ingredients are. I went in with an open mind, eager for something weird. I expected it to be white gourd or guava flavored because the color scheme would match Hey Song’s juices of those flavors. Secretly I was hoping, and praying that this was going to be a cucumber soda. The can is green and it says refreshing; what is more refreshing than cucumbers? The answer is nothing. To summarize I was expecting something out of the ordinary.

What I was not expecting was a lemon lime soda, which is what I’m pretty sure this is supposed to be. The first couple of sips I drank took me a moment to place the flavor, but that is where my palate landed. As I drank a little more I started to notice another flavor as well, something a bit on the bitter side. I believe it to be tea. This reminds me a lot of the early versions of Steaz. It has that same extra flavor that the Steaz root beer had. It’s unexpected, but kind of nice. It’s certainly much better than a plain lemon lime soda would have been.

If anyone out there knows what this flavor actually is, and can confirm or disprove my review, please let me know. I went into this one with blind taste buds.

Website
http://www.heysong.com.tw/web_en/index.htm
Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Couldn't Read Ingredients
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on July 16th, 2013
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Oishi Chakuza Black Tea with Lemon

Oishi Chakuza Black Tea with Lemon

If you kill enough people while being a member of the Yakuza, you get your profile on a can of sparkling tea. The numbers are not advertised but I've heard rumors that number is somewhere between twenty and thirty heads. It's a perk of the job. If you don't get caught in the act, you can't get in trouble for stuff. That's how it works in the Yakuza. It's an organized syndicate that for as much bad stuff as they do, probably does some good stuff. They might save kittens from trees and they might save people from burning buildings. If you are on the right side of them, they can be pretty good dudes.

You don't get to pick which flavor can you are on. You just get it. The latest star was put on a can of sparkling black tea with lemon. He threatened the person who nominated him with his life because the tea is so awkward. It's a sparkling black tea and that's fine but the lemon is almost like a candy lemon and something in there is a little bit botanical. Honestly, the whole drink was just kind of strange. Not bad but strange.

Like I said, the Yakuza can be alright. Hold the door for them when you see them at the supermarket. Don't talk at movie theater when they are there. Don't make a scene at a restaurant when they are eating close to you. You'll be fine. You like them but you don't want to make them one step closer to getting on a can using your head as a number.

Website
http://www.oishidrink.com
Country
Thailand
Sweetener
Couldn't Read Ingredients
Categories
Iced Tea, Sparkling
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on April 24th, 2013
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Kato Apple Lemon

Kato Apple Lemon

Our buddy Donnie over at Buffalo Eats gave us this little number. He thought he was going to get us something gross and to most people he would have succeeded but we're not most people. We've been around the block. Yeah, this is laden with chunks but you know what, son? Nata de coco has a pleasant chewiness to it and the flavor isn't too bad either. Apple lemon? That's new. That's different. It tastes like kind of a cruddy apple juice with some cruddy lemonade in there but together mixed with la chunks (French) it somehow comes together in a nice and chunky way. I love this chunky drinks category.

Website
http://taveephol.com/
Country
Thailand
Sweetener
Couldn't Read Ingredients
Categories
Chunky, Juice
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on April 4th, 2013
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Oishi Chakuza Sparkling Green Tea Beverage

Oishi Chakuza Sparkling Green Tea Beverage

I would have to not be human to pass up this drink. When I was in a seafood/Vietnamese restaurant yesterday getting my bahn mi fix I saw this in a cooler and it was a no brainer. I didn’t even know what type of beverage it was. All I knew is that it had a picture of an anime dude wielding a bat like a sword with a chain wallet on. It’s absolutely ridiculous looking. It wasn’t until I was waiting at the register that I discovered it was a sparkling green tea; an awesome can just became an awesome drink. The moment I fell in love didn’t occur until I was back at my table and I took a sip to discover that it was actually a sparkling jasmine green tea. The stars aligned and new worlds were open to me. It’s a drink I’ve never had before, had never even thought of existing before, but now that I’ve had it I feel stupid for not longing for it’s existence.

I was told that it tastes like fancy soap smells. Not like fancy soap actually tastes, but how you imagine it would taste. I can’t argue with that, but like my friend I also don’t think it’s a bad thing. Who among us hasn’t bitten into a piece of soap hoping beyond hope that it will actually taste as good as it smells? Oh, just me? Well it’s no secret that I am an idiot. If you dare to dream as I do, then this drink could be the secret to unlocking those self same dreams.

On a side note I wanted to know what Chakuka meant so I did a little internet search. The only thing I could find was that it is the name of an Austrian rapper. I hope that this drink is a result of him branding himself in other countries. That would be amazingly hysterical.

Website
http://www.oishidrink.com
Country
Thailand
Sweetener
Couldn't Read Ingredients
Categories
Iced Tea, Sparkling
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on January 18th, 2013
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Oishi Genmai Green Tea

Oishi Genmai Green Tea

My friend RJ was talking up a sandwich. He lives in Brooklyn and what he says goes when it comes to food. He's never led me astray before, knows what I like, and is more worldly than I. Therefore, when told me about a Vietnamese sandwich called "bahn mi," I had to find it. I went to a place that was rumored to have one but they removed it from the menu. It would have been awful had the pho and chicken dish not been so good.

The next day, I did a little bit more digging around on the onlines and found another place. I went and they had one fried pork bahn mi left. I grabbed it, noticed that I was a dollar cash short and hate charging for little purchases so I, in true Thirsty Dudes fashion, bought drinks to make it worth my while using my card. One was a drink for a friend and the other was this little dude.

I ate this sandwich, loved it, took a picture which I did later post to Facebook but not with a sepia tone or worn edge or overexposed filter. You're welcome, internet users. The drink, though, the drink...great. It's a sweet, nicely bitter green tea with a maybe honey and maybe barley. Why do I say "maybe?" Well, due to this country not making people learn anything other than French or Spanish and don't start teaching until ninth grade, I don't know Taiwanese. It's cool, though. Trust me. You always have in the past.

Website
http://www.oishidrink.com
Country
Thailand
Sweetener
Couldn't Read Ingredients
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on November 23rd, 2012
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Hey Song Sarsaparilla (Orange Can)

Hey Song Sarsaparilla (Orange Can)

Mike gave me this can of sarsaparilla, and I thought it was the same as the one I had reviewed early on in the history of the site. The can looks pretty much identical, except it’s orange instead of red. I can’t read the writing so I don’t know if there are any subtle differences. I had intended to just sit back and relax with this nice fizzy drink, but when I tried it, it tasted a lot different than I remember. The first can I had tasted very woodsy, with a generic root beer undertone. This one has a light bubblegum flavor with a healthy heaping of licorice root mixed in. It’s a weird combo. Some sips I think it’s okay and then others I absolutely love it. It’s definitely a unique flavor that is worth checking out.

Now the only questions are, “Is this the same stuff as I had before? Am I crazy to think it tastes so wildly different?

Website
http://www.heysong.com.tw/web_en/index.htm
Country
Taiwan
Sweetener
Couldn't Read Ingredients
Categories
Root Beer, Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on October 8th, 2012
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Uni-President Starfruit (carambola)

Uni-President Starfruit (carambola)

Oh big man. Yeah. You're a big man with a juice box. Look at you. You look ridiculous. You driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle, have a giant beard, and have a full time job as a lumberjack is completely negated because you are drinking a juice box. Look, I'm a librarian and I'm standing up to you. I am five foot two and you are easily a foot and a half taller and I feel confident standing up to you.

What are you even drinking there? Starfruit juice? Man! What a sissy! Can you believe this dude? Oh, you want me to try it? Yeah, dude. I'll crush this thing. Juice. Who cares. All day I'll drink this. Oh...oh man...what is this? This isn't starfruit. It's like a fruit that you meant to put sugar on but didn't know which container had the sugar and which had the salt and you made a terrible mistake. This tastes like salty fruit. Like that acceptable amount of salt in a Gatorade blown way out of proportion. Ugh, and you're just drinking this stuff? You really are a big man. I'm sorry about those things that I said. Drink boxes are secret recepticles that hide mystery drinks. My hat off to you. You are truly a manly man.

Website
http://www.uni-president.com/
Country
China
Sweetener
Couldn't Read Ingredients
Categories
Juice
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on June 19th, 2012
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Qizil Quyu Fizzy Drink Uzum

Qizil Quyu Fizzy Drink Uzum

I don’t know a thing about this beverage. The only words I can read on the label are “Fizzy Drink.” From the picture on the front I would assume that “Uzum” means grape, but when I tasted it I wasn’t so sure. You see it tastes more like blueberries to me than grapes. I kind of get a little grape, but there’s something in there that reminds me of blueberries. Dear folks of Turkey you make strange drinks that are strange, but decent. They are also almost candy like, but yet still like real fruit. I don’t get it. I’m not sure I’m supposed to get it, and I’m okay with that. I’ll just sit back and enjoy the ride. It’s a tiny bottle, but it encapsulates a big flavor.

Website
http://ayan-az.com/
Country
Azerbaijan
Sweetener
Couldn't Read Ingredients
Categories
Soda Pop, Sparkling
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on June 18th, 2012
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Sumol Original Laranja

Sumol Original Laranja

Our friend Eric from GourmetRootBeer.com took a trip to Portugal recently and brought us back this bottle of Sumol. There was also a can of the pineapple version that was lost to airport security. Damn the man! While I do love pineapple drinks, the one that made it back with him is nothing to scoff at. Eric described it as being similar to Orangina. I can see where he’s coming from, but it is a bit different. When each of us took a sip we all thought it initially tasted like grapefruit Squirt. The more we drank the more the orange flavor set in. I’m still uncertain as to exactly what it tastes like, but I’m 95% certain that I think it’s a lemon lime soda that has orange switched out for the lime. You can taste that actual orange juice is involved in the creation of this soda. That on it’s own makes this better than the majority of other orange sodas out there. Now that we’ve finished the bottle I want to pull some sort of elaborate prank on the members of airport security that confiscated the can of the pineapple Sumol. I’m thinking something involving marbles, caterpillars and a whole lot of honey.

Website
http://www.sumol.pt
Country
Portugal
Sweetener
Couldn't Read Ingredients
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on May 17th, 2012
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