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Jay Street Coffee Hazelnut

Jay Street Coffee Hazelnut

Welp. For us so far, that's zero for three. I feel like Jay Street did not sign off on this and might have just let this slide out of the door. It's boring and chalky. I am not a connoisseur of coffee, let it be known, but if I gave this to someone who more avidly drinks coffee, I think they would agree. I enjoyed the initial two sips and then it was just like drinking the equivalent of watching paint dry. I'll leave it at that.

Website
http://www.jaystreetcoffee.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Coffee
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 27th, 2015
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Jay Street Coffee Beverage, Extra Rich Hazelnut, 9.1 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Jackson Hole Dust Cutter Huckleberry Lemonade

Jackson Hole Dust Cutter Huckleberry Lemonade

Hey folks, I’m here to dismiss the myth that cowboys are all whiskey and sarsaparilla. They are not two dimensional beings; they have more depth than that. One top of those two classic beverages cowboys also love lemonade. Actually that’s it. Cowboys only drink whiskey, sarsaparilla and lemonade. They just don’t have a taste for anything else, well of course they do love beans cooked on an open fire, but we’re talking beverages here folks. Does the banner at the top of this page read “Hungry Dudes?” I think not.

Jackson Hole makes some very special sodas and I can now report to you that they also make some kinda great lemonades. This beverage is very tart, but at the same time it’s very sweet, like proper lemonade should be. There is 42g of sugar in this bottle, which I wish I didn’t know, but I’ll force myself to forget that fact. The lemon juice used to make this is from concentrate, but the huckleberry juice is not. That leads to a nice tartness, as lemon juice concentrate can be very strong, and for a great berry taste. One thing that is for certain is that this is not a beverage for gulping, but instead it was formulated for sipping on horseback out of the range. That is on the extremely rare occasions that cowboys had access to ice.

Website
http://jacksonholesoda.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Lemonade
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on October 25th, 2015
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Dust Cutter Lemonade, Huckleberry, 16 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Jay Street Coffee Caramel Macchiato

Jay Street Coffee Caramel Macchiato

A real conversation that I had with Jay:


Mike: I bought a Jay Street Coffee from Big Lots and it's made by Ito En. That's strange.
Jason: I reviewed on of them awhile back and it was kinda grozzzz.
Me: Welp, let's see if caramel macchiato is any better.
Jason: Here's to hoping!
Me: Too late. It's kind of grozz.
Jason: Bummer. I've eaten 6 soft pretzels so far today. I think that makes me invincible
Me: I think that's the recipe.
Jason: I will continue to ingest a steady stream of them

Real talk between two grown adults.

Yeah, it's gross, though. It tastes dusty. It tastes like the powdered condensed milk is still partially powdered and chalky. The flavor is...fine...at best. It's just so overwhelmed with that faux milk that it doesn't really taste like coffee. It doesn't taste awful but it does stick with you too long like that girl you date in high school that just can't take the hint that you're trying to break up with her. She'll get it, but you're not getting out easy.

Enjoy your pretzels, Jay. Enjoy your pretzels, everyone.

Website
http://www.jaystreetcoffee.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Coffee
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 23rd, 2015
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Jay Street Coffee Beverage, Extra Rich Caramel Macchiato, 9.1 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Bundaberg Blood Orange

Bundaberg Blood Orange

Did you know that there is a war going on in Australia? It’s not the type of thing you would imagine, but it gets pretty rough. The native animals of the continent flat out hate each other and they will just tear into each other if presented the chance. It’s a hatred as old as time, but in recent years they have somehow directed their pride into the soda flavors that are created by their national treasure Bundaberg. The koalas hold the rights to the burgundee creaming soda, wallabies run for the passion fruit, wombats fight for peachee, dingoes fight for root beer, and of course kangaroos are running the show with the most sought after soda of all; ginger beer. They are straight up like soccer hooligans out there in the outback. They just gang up on each other, fighting to prove that their soda is the best.

An underdog in this fight is the platypus. They tend to not get involved. Most people say it’s because they would be destroyed by the bigger animals in the fight, but their venomous spike on their back heels can do quite a bit of damage. The truth is that the platypus knows that their soda, blood orange, may not be the best as it has a few flaws, but they love it all the same and they don’t need anyone else knowing how great it is. They want it all for themselves. Their soda is made with actual blood orange juice from concentrate and not some weird chemical equivalent. You can taste that level of commitment in the soda. Sure it has a yeast brewed quasi alcoholic taste to it, but once you become acclimated to that it’s a wonderful ride. Other animals on the island have been trying to draw out the platypus by making unfounded claims that their soda is no different than any store brand orange soda. The weird creatures that are filled with venom just sit back and laugh at this. They know their blood orange soda is so much more; It’s much darker and flavorful. They just stay out of it all sipping on their soda while the rest of the animal population of Australia destroys itself. They may indeed someday inherit the nation.

Website
http://www.bundaberg.com/info/home/
Country
Australia
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on October 18th, 2015
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Bundaberg Blood Orange Soda (4 Pack)
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Positive Energy Lemonade

Positive Energy Lemonade

A kid I work with doesn't really know what lemonade really tastes like. I don't know how. If you have made it to your twenties, you should know what lemonade tastes like. I asked if he wanted this. He declined. I don't know why. Maybe it was because I told him not to judge all lemonades by this "functional" lemonade. I'm not judging this based off lemonade but just saying that since this is not trying to be "just lemonade," it should not be reviewed as such.

So how is it? It's surprisingly good. Smooth. There is no bite. It's clearly lemonade but is smoother and doesn't have any of that natural sour bite that something derived from lemons would have. It splits sweet duty with Stevia so there is a little bit of that but way down in the mix like when you said your girlfriend could sing backups in your bands recording and you potted her way down in the mix where it's almost negligible whether she is there or not. Sure, she can tell her friends she's on the record and sure she'll get credits in the linear notes but she gave an "old fashioned" to the drummer so she can do whatever she wants because she sucks.

Website
http://www.drinkpositiveenergy.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Energy Drink, Lemonade
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 8th, 2015
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Tea of a Kind Peach Ginger Black Tea

Tea of a Kind Peach Ginger Black Tea

There was a brief period a couple of years ago where vitamin drinks with a powder/concentrate stored in the cap were all the rage. The idea behind it was that it kept the vitamins fresh and more potent. Mostly they ended up tasting like Flintstone chewable vitamins, and while I can't vouch for their potency, they were fairly tasty and there's an element of fun in watching it mix.

This is the first time I have experienced an iced tea in this format and as expected there was no vitamin flavor at all. After I twisted the cap (and was surprised by the force of the propulsion of the flavor concentrate shooting down into the base) I was greeted by a nice peach ginger taste. There was zero burn from the ginger, but the peach did not taste candied like a lot of teas of that flavor do. This is sweetened with a mixture of cane sugar and stevia, but it's not obvious from the taste. I more than likely wouldn't have guessed that a zero calorie sweetener was involved at all if I hadn't read it on the label.

This may not be a perfect tea, but it's as close as your going to get with a a mixture and not something that has been freshly brewed.

Website
http://teaofakind.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea, Mix/Concentrate
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on September 18th, 2015
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Tea of a Kind Black Tea, Peach Ginger, 16 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Proper Soda Co. Sweet & Strong Coffee Soda

Proper Soda Co. Sweet & Strong Coffee Soda

Do you long for the days when you could just sit at a restaurant all night with your friends, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes? You would squeeze at a minimum eight people into a booth and everyone would order coffee and a single plate of fries to split between the table. I’m sure the waitress loved the change that was left behind as a tip for what would invariably be her table occupied for hours. Those were the days of my youth and I assume a decent amount of you out there had the same experience. I have no idea if kids still do such a thing, but the amount of 24 hour restaurants has plummeted and the anti-smoking laws probably took away some of the allure.

Why do I bring up such things? Well it’s because with a heavy heart I have to report that this soda tastes like I was at one of those late night meet ups and someone played a practical joke on me and ashed into my mug. At first this has a strong coffee taste, but it quickly turns into something that I can only liken to the way that stale old half smoked cigarettes smell. It is a shame because Proper Soda Co obviously puts effort and care into their products. Their cans look fantastic and while a coffee soda isn’t a new idea, it is still something that is fairly rare, and I appreciate them taking a risk with it. Unfortunately the arrow didn’t hit the mark (the can looks like a design that would have an arrow on it). When I drank this straight from the fridge it was far more carbonated than I expected, or needed, and the flavor was very off-putting as I have stated. I was leaving on a road trip, and I knew I would need some caffeine so I put it in my cup holder, planning on forcing myself to work through it. I will say that after it warmed up a little and some of the carbonation dissipated it wasn’t as bad, but it still had a ton of room for improvement. I’m sorry folks, I really wanted to love this, but it just didn’t work out that way.

Website
http://propersoda.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Coffee, Soda Pop
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on September 3rd, 2015
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Bing Crisp

Bing Crisp

I’m here to admit to you all that I have a problem with Bing beverages. I absolutely love them, and I drink them far too often. It started with them being on sale, and me justifying buying them by telling myself that it’s not as crazy as most energy drinks, it’s just juice with vitamins, caffeine and ginseng. Next thing I know I’m downing them every other day. I don’t like relying on caffeine. It’s one of the reasons I avoid coffee for the most part. I don’t think I’m quite there yet, but I’m well on my way. My go to drinks are the blackberry and the raspberry ones. When I saw a new apple flavor I knew I had to grab one.

I love apples. I love apple juice. I love apple cider. Something happens when you add sugar and carbonate apple juice that candies it in a weird way that I am not a huge fan of. I’m sure you all know what artificial sour apple flavoring tastes like, and this is halfway between that and a real apple. It’s not horrible, but something about it is a little off to me. I know tons of people who would love this, but it’s just not for me. It’s sweet and that middle ground apple taste overshadows the cherry juice a bit too much. If this were my first time going out with Bing I probably would not ask them out on a second date. As it stands I’ll probably either be seeing Blackberry of Raz in the morning.

Website
http://www.getbinged.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Energy Drink, Juice, Sparkling
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on August 20th, 2015
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Steaz Iced Green Tea Grapefruit Honey

Steaz Iced Green Tea Grapefruit Honey

Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, I am here today to prove to you beyond the shadow of a doubt that grapefruit and honey are a perfect flavor combination. I know what you’re thinking; grapefruit is too tart and it’s what grandmothers eat for breakfast. While that may be true, it is still a delicious fruit when consumed in moderation. On the other side of the coin I have never heard a single person utter a complaint about honey. Everyone loves honey. Even bees understand that people love honey and don’t put up too much of a fuss about humans collecting it for consumption. Mike tells me that someone in his family is beekeeper and that he can get me fresh honey comb. I’ve yet to see this come to fruition. Sorry, I’ve gone off on tangent there folks, but as you can see I am a passionate man, and this is a passionate flavor.

Now I don’t claim to be a fancy man. I didn’t attend a fancy learning school, I got my degree from a SUNY school, just like most of you. The fact of the matter if that you don’t need to have a piece of paper from an Ivy League school to be able to proclaim with certainty that this is one delicious beverage. I’m guessing that you folks in the jury booth are like myself and have never drizzled honey on a grapefruit. Perhaps, just perhaps we have been wrong all of these years not to have done that. For you see the two pair perfectly, especially if the presentation vehicle is a lightly sweetened green tea. The results are smooth, delicious and refreshing. The tea, the grapefruit and the honey are all quite distinct in the flavor, but they also mingle together to create something new and wonderful.

Ladies and Gentleman, before you banish this beverage to the shelves of the Big Lots of the world I urge you to just give it a chance and I assure you that you will want it to appear in the coolers of every gas station this great country of ours has to offer.

Website
http://www.steaz.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on August 6th, 2015
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Bluewater Farms Farm Fresh Cranberry Sweet Tea

Bluewater Farms Farm Fresh Cranberry Sweet Tea

Normally when you get a flavored tea the ratio is along the lines of 85% tea 15% fruit flavor. That is unless it’s some artificial garbage, then the ratio can be all over the place. This beverage is closer to an Arnold Palmer 50/50 split. It tastes like it’s equal parts juice to tea. It’s not what I’m used to, but it’s pretty great. To be fair this is far from a sweet tea. In my world that is a very specific way of preparing iced tea. This is actually not abusively sweet. It’s not overly tart, but it’s not the cavity promoting wonderful swill that is sweet tea. Also, they actually use somewhat fancy tea in this as well. It’s a blend of Orange Pekoe and Pekoe Cut Black Tea. That’s higher up the tea chain than the normal every day black that is generally used in sweet tea. In summation it’s not really sweet tea, and it’s more juice than most teas, but neither of those are necessarily bad things and this is great.

Website
http://bluewaterfarms.us/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea, Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on July 23rd, 2015
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