Mike Literman (1766 reviews)

Mike loves new drinks. He's drank some gross stuff in his day, and this blog is making him drink even more against his will. That being said, he wouldn't trade it in for the world. He loves new beverages and is always, and always will be, on a quest for something new.

Chadwick Bay Enhanced Sweet Tea

Chadwick Bay Enhanced Sweet Tea

Sweet Tea, for anyone who doesn't know, is a Southern delicacy. When you go down there and get it, it's wonderful. It's also pretty consistent, which counts more than you will ever know. The problem in today's drink world is that every company has their own sweet tea and none of them taste the same. I get excited every time when I see a new "Sweet Tea" because I hope that it will be true to the Southern treat.

This is not. I often get confused when companies make "staple" drinks. Do they do research? Living in Buffalo, I am filled to the brim with good "Buffalo wings". Go anywhere else and the "Buffalo Wings" are absolutely disgusting. How is this possible? There are like three ingredients. If you have those three ingredients, you can't make a bad batch, same with sweet tea, black tea and sugar. Done.

I do appreciate the folks at Chadwick Bay "enhancing" my beverages with vitamins and minerals but it could be taking away from the genuine flavor of the sweet tea. Listen up, though, this is not a bad tea by any means, it's just not a traditional, classic sweet tea.

Maybe I'm looking into the word "Sweet Tea" too deeply. Maybe I'm thinking that it has to be LIKE Southern Sweet Tea all the time and not just sweetened tea. Chadwick Bay, I would give you more lenience towards this drink if you erased the subtitle "Southern Style" from your label and just called it "Sweet Tea".

Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 2nd, 2010
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Chadwick Bay Lite Half and Half

Chadwick Bay Lite Half and Half

Splenda kills me. I can't deal with the taste of it and I might rather die of dehydration by the ultra-super-sweetness of it.

That aside, I will analyze this drink without that bit as many people are looking for a diet version of this classic beverage.

It's pretty good. It's got a nice, sour bite from the lemonade and the tea smooths it out. I would probably recommend this over an Arizona Arnold Palmer Lite because the aspartame in that is stronger than the Splenda is this so if you're going to be dieting and drinking a half and half, you might want more flavor and less fake sugar.

I am rating this as a diet drink, not as something that I would drink regularly. If you don't like all the sugars because you diet or just don't like sugars because you're 100 years old, I would drink this if I were you.

Country
United States
Sweetener
Splenda
Categories
Diet, Iced Tea, Lemonade
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 3rd, 2010
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Zeiglers Cider Apple

Zeiglers Cider Apple

Another good one, and this one's spiced. What's the difference, you ask? Spiced apple cider has nutmeg, cinnamon, and other "fall" flavors. It's good and often bites hard. There is a fine line between good and bad, but this one is good. Also, it should be known, that I got this at a discount/cheaper grocery store for the record-breaking price of only $2. That's a big deal since you can easily get upwards of $3.50 for the same size for apple cider, something to take note of.

This is good and it's just apples and spices. It's actually good for you believe it or not. It's just an apple. Drink it. Oh, on a diet? Shut up and drink it. As I said, apple cider only lasts for a few months out of the year so get it now before it's too late, too expensive, gross.

Website
http://www.zeiglers.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Cider
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 3rd, 2010
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Chadwick Bay Juice Apple

Chadwick Bay Juice Apple

You know what's hard to rate? Apple juice. I think what makes a good apple juice is it's lack of ingredients. This is just apples and some preservatives since the juice would probably go bad without it. This is not from an apple orchard on the side of the road. This is a company. It's implied that they would have some sort of preservatives.

It's very good, too. Crisp and has a real good apple flavor. I really like apple juice. It makes me feel like a kid, but who said apple juice is just for kids. Adults need apples, too. What, you think that once you get out of elementary school you're done with apples? If so, you should have stayed in K-3 a little longer because you're wrong.

Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 3rd, 2010
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Cheribundi Cherry

Cheribundi Cherry

I was scared to try this drink. I was in fear that taking a sip would feel like someone is stabbing my cheeks with sharp spears like that scene in Ace Venture 2 when Jim Carrey had those spears in both his legs. Great scene. Great drink. It's sweetened with apple juice so there are no additional sweeteners. The cherry is the definite showman in this drink. It's tart, but deliciously tart, like a real cherry.

No lies, just juice.

Website
http://www.cheribundi.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 3rd, 2010
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Bigelow Organic Green Tea Lemon Ginger

Bigelow Organic Green Tea Lemon Ginger

Bigelow, the company that has been making tea in bags is now making iced tea and it's good. Very true to it’s flavor. I will admit that I do not like ginger too much. I think that it tastes like an old woman. Remember violet candy and gum? I might sound like a hypocrite, but I liked the gum a lot, but that reminded me of chewing on an old woman. Come on...someone agree with me here. Violet gum tastes like chewing on an old woman. Man...alright...

So this tea is lemon and ginger. Both flavors are very apparent and they make a wonderful match. It's great. You initially get the ginger and then it's followed up by lemon-town USA.

Something I didn't know is that this tea, as is their other one that I will review shortly, is (at least) bottled by Arizona. I don't know if Arizona bought Bigelow or Bigelow is just renting their space temporarily when they need to bottle iced tea but who cares. They're doing good things in that plant. Keep up the good work Arizona/Bigelow team.

Website
http://www.bigelowtea.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Evaporated Cane Juice
Categories
Ginger, Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 4th, 2010
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College Club Pale Dry Ginger Ale

College Club Pale Dry Ginger Ale

My friend Mike said that this is the best ginger ale he's ever had. I'll lead off with this. There certainly is a lot of ginger in this lil' bottle. There are some ginger ales that are pretty sweet and some ginger ales that aren't. This is right in the middle. It actually takes you for a loop. You think that it's super sweet, but then you realize that it's all ginger, doing her job. It's sweet, but there might be more ginger than any other ginger ale I've ever had. If you believe that ginger ale will cure your aches and pains, this would be the one to be papa doctor.

Website
http://www.collegeclubbeverages.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar and or Corn Sweetener
Categories
Ginger, Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 4th, 2010
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Boylan's Birch Beer

Boylan's Birch Beer

It's got a bite, a really hard bite. And it feels good. Man, so good. Go to a root beer brewery and get birch beer and that is the only time you will get birch beer this good. This gets an undeniable 5 apples, cherries, starts, thumbs up, bottles, or whatever else your rating system goes up to. Boylan's, you do it right.

Website
http://www.boylanbottling.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Root Beer, Soda Pop
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 5th, 2010
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Fanta Pineapple Banana Orange

Fanta Pineapple Banana Orange

Normally, we take a picture of the can here at Thirsty Dudes. We have kind of a rule that you take a picture of the bottle full but I guess it doesn't matter if it's in a can. Either way the color of this pop had to be shown. I mean, come on. It looks like carbonated Ecto Cooler. It looks like poison. The taste and the smell? Spot on like banana Runts. You know, those little banana shaped candies you get out of vending machines in bowling alleys.

Now I am not too keen on bananas. Sorry America, but I'm not. This is more of a candied banana than a real fruit banana. See how I keep talking about bananas and haven't once mentioned pineapples or oranges? That's because I didn't get as much as a hint of either one of those guys in this drink. Pineapple is typically a superstar in drinks. It's so acidic that it can't help it. This on is entirely banana.

Also, it should be noted, that this can in its entirety has 190 calories which is 70 more than most 12 ounce cans so I will not be drinking this whole thing and since no one is here to share it with me, half will go in the turlet sans flush so someone has to ask themselves, "What the heck happened in here?"

Website
http://www.fanta.com/
Country
Thailand
Sweetener
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 6th, 2010
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Stewart's Fountain Classics Root Beer

Stewart's Fountain Classics Root Beer

I've had a real taste for root beers as of late. Why? I don't know. Why, what are you a shrink? Do I owe you money for even asking? Man, this review is beginning to cost me money. I'll make it quick. Stewart's. Some people crave it, but since it's readily available by me, I probably take it for granted. It's not the best, but it's not bad. It a pretty smooth drink. Not a lot of bite, like a birch beer would, but it's not birch beer so that comparison is worthless. You don't get a HFCS taste because the root beer flavor is pretty strong, and that's good. Towards the bottom it gets good because you can swish it around and get a little bit of head and that makes me think like I'm a tough 8 year old at a bar, slamming down a cold mug of real root beer. I don't know how I got into the bar and if the cops come in, someone's getting in trouble because I doubt that they are going to sample my drink. They're probably just going to start bashin' skulls. They'd better not bash mine because I'm only 8.

Website
http://www.drinkstewarts.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Categories
Root Beer, Soda Pop
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 7th, 2010
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