Half & Half (11 reviews)

Harney & Sons Half & Half Lemonade & Tea

Harney & Sons Half & Half Lemonade & Tea

The sons of John Harney are really milking this "and sons" thing. John is up all night carefully blending ingredients while the sons are out driving Ferrari's and Porsche's that the family fortune bought. They're up drinking comically large bottles of Dom P at clubs "spreading the word" while daddy is in China meeting with Chinese business people about the best leaves to use for the green tea, black tea and white tea.

While daddy Harney was on his last excursion, he really nailed it. In between calls from his sons asking for more money for expensive watches, you know, "for the business" he was nailing his latest recipe for this half and half. It's nice and tart from the lemonade and the tea manages to shine through. It might be, this is a strong statement, the best half and half I've ever had. Nothing is lost and nothing needs to be improved on. It's a full flavor and a fair, even mix between the lemonade and the tea. Best of both. Nailed it. Great job daddy Harney. Sons? Get to work. Your daddy knows that you're milking the while "and sons" thing.

Website
http://www.harney.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea, Juice, Lemonade
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on January 25th, 2015
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Brisk Half & Half Cherry Limeade

Brisk Half & Half Cherry Limeade

You've got Brisk, aka, the worst "iced tea" money can buy, right? Let's all be civil about this and just come together and agree on this one thing. You've got Israel and Palestine, which no one can agree on. That's fine. I think they call that a "stalemate" right? An unwinable situation. Brisk is cut and dry. Black and white. You've got that. We have to live in this world and lets call it like it is.

You've got Brisk. You mix brisk with lemonade and cherry and you get...drumroll...a weak cherry lemonade juice conglomerate. It's not terrible and it's actually better the more room temperature it gets. Maybe that's the problem I've been having all these years is that I like a nice, cold iced tea and I've been giving myself these things that my body craves but with Brisk, it's the opposite. I should be drinking it like I drink a hot chocolate. Sounds completely unrefreshing but who knows? This, once lukewarm, loses the bite that Brisk has and you can taste some cherry and some lemonade. I should put those in quotes. Let's try that again. It tastes like "cherry" and "lemonade." It's like an artist depiction of those flavors. It tastes like a cherry and like lemonade but isn't one of those things. It's close. If you could have something taste a fraction of what it tastes like, that's what this is. It's not weak, it just doesn't taste like what it's "supposed" to taste like.

There has been a lot of quoting in this. Maybe this whole thing is an art installation. I'm waiting for someone to come in wearing sweater shorts and no shirt with a noose around their neck that says something like "Mother" and music plays that is nothing but someone yelling, "Father." Am I plagiarizing someone's art exhibit? If so, you should stop being an artist and pursue something else, like customer service or call center operator.

Website
http://www.drinkbrisk.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Categories
Iced Tea, Juice, Lemonade
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on April 25th, 2014
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Brisk Half & Half Tropical Lemonade

Brisk Half & Half Tropical Lemonade

Brisk has expanded their list of beverages with their new Half & Half line. We’ve talked a lot of trash about this company throughout the years, yet they took the high road and sent us some samples of the new flavors. I didn’t know they had it in them, but that was a classy move.

When I first saw this, my initial thought was, “Of course it’s Brisk, so there is a ridiculous amount of it.” 24oz of their products seemed like more than any human should really ingest. This though, this was something different. For starters in order to cut down the amount of sugar in the drink they mixed high fructose corn syrup and sucralose. The result was only 13g of sugar per serving (39 per tall boy). It sounds like an absolute disaster, but somehow they have made it work. It’s not very syrupy and yet it doesn’t taste diet at all. Actually it doesn’t have that harsh Brisk flavor at all. I was pleasantly surprised that I actually enjoyed this.

This tastes like 3 parts mango and passionfruit green tea and one part lemonade. Actually the ratios might be even more skewed as I hardly taste the lemonade. It tastes like a version of bubble tea (minus the tapioca) that would be available in a gas station. It’s not mind blowing, but it has its merits and is much better than I anticipated. I would happily drink this again, I just wish it came in a smaller container, as I have no self control when it comes to beverages and I drink until it’s gone. Good thing I don’t partake in alcohol, or my life would be a mess.

Website
http://www.drinkbrisk.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Categories
Iced Tea, Lemonade
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on March 29th, 2014
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Teas' Tea Half & Half Acerola Cherry Green Tea

Teas' Tea Half & Half Acerola Cherry Green Tea

I know I’ve complained about this before with the peach version of this drink, but “half and halfs” are supposed to be tea and lemonade, not tea and juice. In my book that is just a flavored tea. This tea doesn’t make me think of professional golfers at all and it should with a name such as this.

All complaints aside this is a pretty decent tea. Tea’s Tea (when did they drop the Ito En?) always uses high quality teas in its beverages. In fact if I were ever trying to explain the way a certain tea tastes I would give the person that version of Tea’s Tea. They are the company that taught me that what Arizona calls green tea, is nothing more that a delicious bastardization of a perfect beverage.

In this bottle we have their perfect unsweetened green tea, with some acerola cherry juice mixed into it. It’s more tea than cherry and I am okay with that. I do wish they had used a different type of cherry though. Acerolas are not what I’m used to and they have a slightly different flavor. The real disappointment in this drink (to me at least) is that they chose to sweeten it. Even though they didn’t add too much sugar, I feel like it detracts from the taste of the green tea, and muddies all of the flavors a little. I am just nitpicking though. This is a beverage that I would happily drink again and again. I dream of the day that I see this companies products in every gas station across the country. As I get older the tall boy tea loses its allure. Sometimes you just want real tea that isn't made by Lipton.

Website
http://teastea.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea, Juice
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on August 26th, 2013
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Teas' Tea Half & Half Green Tea with Grape

Teas' Tea Half & Half Green Tea with Grape

I am ashamed to admit how long it has been since I’ve had iced tea. I could blame it on the weather, since, as we all know that iced tea tastes better in the spring/summer. Or I could blame it on Mike and Jay, as they are iced tea fiends and review most iced tea as soon as we get them. In reality, I don't have a valid excuse.

This is a pretty basic green tea. I wish they wouldn't have used grape juice concentrate, but it's not the end of the world. The grape compliments the green tea nicely and doesn't overpower it, which is nice. This is one of those classically "middle of the road" iced teas.

Website
http://teastea.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea, Juice
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Derek Neuland on April 24th, 2013
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Arizona Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade

Arizona  Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade

I'm surprised that it took me as long as it did to have a half and half. I mean, it's lemonade and tea. Two liquids that are pretty good together. I think it takes a whole new level. Even cruddy iced tea and cruddy lemonade makes a pretty good half and half. Somehow, two average things put together can make something great. I'm not saying this drinks two protagonists are cruddy but we can all admit that they're not the finest. Together, though, you get a good amount of lemonade and iced tea that battle it out for your love. It's not often that you people fight over your mouth. It's not like you are a pretty girl and everyone wants to kiss you. You have a beard and haven't showered in a week. Easily a week. You have been wearing the same t-shirts for a decade and have awful taste in music. In real life no one is fighting for your mouth. This is your chance to see what it's like.

Website
http://drinkarizona.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Categories
Iced Tea, Lemonade
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on March 7th, 2013
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Teas' Tea Half & Half Green Tea with Coconut

Teas' Tea Half & Half Green Tea with Coconut

What's the perfect drink while you're holed up in your house during a snowstorm? If you said hot chocolate you are wrong. Today my vote goes for this iced tea. It's already warm inside my house so I needed something cool and refreshing that reminds me that spring is only a couple months away.

I'm pretty sure this is my first green tea/coconut half and half and I really hope it's not my last. It's really good and crisp and refreshing and probably a bunch of other positive adjectives.

Website
http://teastea.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Coconut, Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Derek Neuland on February 8th, 2013
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Teas' Tea Half & Half Green Tea with Green Apple

Teas' Tea Half & Half Green Tea with Green Apple

"Go green!" everyone says. "It's good for the environment!" they add, rather snobbish. Teas' Tea just couldn't hear it anymore. All day, green, green, green. "Enough!" the CEO said. "We're going to go so green you're going to puke!" When that dude gets mad, he will do whatever it takes to stop. He went into the Teas' Tea workshop alone for an entire weekend. He shut off his phone and told no one to come down until he said it was alright.

Saturday came and went. Sunday came and went. Monday came and went and people were getting worried. No one dared knock on the door for fear of near execution. Tuesday he emerged from the workshop with bottles in his arm exclaiming, "I've done it!" to an empty office. Everyone had gone out for tacos. He took his bottles and put them on everyone's desk so when they returned they had something to drink. They all came back and the intern who was rather thoughtful brought a taco back just in case he was done working. The intern gave him the burrito and the CEO gave him the lowdown on what he was working on.

What he manufactured for almost four days was a green apple and green tea drink that embodied all that was green and delicious. Initially it tastes like a green apple then it kicks in to green tea gear, whatever that gear is. It's not overly sweet and tastes like it gets all its sweetness from the apple even though both cane sugar and Stevia sweeten it. The intern loved it and everyone who tried it came in one by one to agree that it was all the same.

The CEO pushed that product to the people ASAP and people agree; Teas' Tea went green and did it swimmingly.

Website
http://teastea.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea, Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on September 14th, 2012
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Teas' Tea Half and Half Green Tea with Apple Juice, 16.9-Ounce (Pack of 12)

Teas' Tea Half & Half Green Tea With Peach

Teas' Tea Half & Half Green Tea With Peach

Well this isn’t what I thought it was going to be at all. I’m guessing that I’m not the only one out there that thinks of a combination of iced tea and lemonade when they hear “half & half.” There wasn’t an ounce of my being that didn’t think this was going to be peach flavored green tea and lemonade in equal increments. Looks like every ounce of my being was wrong. How does it feel to be wrong, self? Oh nevermind, you’re used to the feeling.

The truth is there is no lemonade in this drink at all. When Teas’ Tea says that it is a half & half, what they mean is that the beverage is half green tea and half peach juice. To be honest I’m glad that I was wrong. This year everyone is going crazy with the lemonade tea combos and I’m getting a bit tired of it. One thing that I will never get tired of is lightly sweetened quality tea, and that is what we have right here. It has the classic Teas’ Tea green tea taste juiced up with a heaving amount of peach. They could have just called this peach green tea, because it doesn’t taste crazy different than their normal teas. Okay, it is a tad sweeter than their other flavors, but not by much. I guess marketing had to get their grubby hands in there, and they figured calling it something new might catch people’s eyes.

Oh, and this trend of companies using cane sugar and stevia because they say it helps bring out the flavor? Cut it out. Luckily with this drink you cant’ taste the stevia, but in most of the other ones I’ve tried the stevia is distracting and takes away from a great beverage.

Website
http://teastea.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea, Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on September 7th, 2012
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Arizona Half & Half Iced Tea & Mango

Arizona  Half & Half Iced Tea & Mango

For years Arizona ruled the cheap tea game. It was the go to refreshment at any gas station or corner store. Around the turn of the century it was the hay day of basement punk and hardcore shows in Buffalo, NY. My friends and I spent a large chunk of time hanging out on Custer Street. The closest place to get drinks was a gas station a few blocks away and everyone either bought beer or Arizona. There was a point in my life where on an average I was drinking 3-4 cans a day. Now that is an unhealthy diet.

Eventually the houses that had the shows started shutting down, and around the same time (unrelated) I all but gave up drinking high fructose corn syrup (it was destroying my stomach). As a result I stopped drinking Arizona. Whenever I go back to it now, I always wonder what made me think it was so great. The conclusions I have come to are it was a lot of tea for a low price, and I was ignorant of how could iced tea could be.

I remember getting super pumped whenever a new flavor would come out. It's sad that the Half & Half Mango Iced Tea came out a few years ago and this is the first time I've tried it. It tastes more like a sugar fruit drink with a little tea added to it than an equally distributed half & half. I was shocked that this actually had mango puree in it. You can definitely taste that. I just wish that it had more of a tea flavor.

I still have a soft spot for Arizona, but I don't pretend that it is a magical elixir anymore. It's simply cheap tea that is mass-produced that comes in containers larger than any one person should drink in a single sitting.

Website
http://drinkarizona.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on January 7th, 2012
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