Member’s Mark Water

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This is the water that you can purchase if you are a member of Sam’s Club. The brand name is Member’s Mark. The water is good. There is a light pleasant taste at the start and has a clean finish. The ones that I tasted were in these little bottles. I have not tried the larger size bottles, but I am confident that they are the same. As it says on the package, it contains added minerals for flavor.


Tazo Organic Iced Black Tea


I was surprised to find this tea. Most of the time the bottled tea I discover has too much sugar. In the past the Tazo tea I’ve tried has been too sweet. This black tea has only has 15grams of sugar, so the flavor is not dominated by sweetness. The flavor is good, it has a mild start and it’s full flavor comes through at the end. Typical of tea’s it has a slight bitterness or bite at the end and I wouldn’t mind more. Quite a nice choice and I was happy to find it.

Sweetener: Cane sugar

Amount of sweetener: 15 grams (13.8oz)

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Ito En Golden Oolong Tea

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I keep wanting to write a review of this tea, but I keep drinking it before I get a chance to write the review. How’s that? It’s that good! It has a wonderful roasted mild and full flavor. I’m doing this by smell mind you, the bottle is still empty. I’ll update this post once I get another bottle.

Sweetener: none

Amount of sweetener: none (16.9oz bottle)

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Ito En Oi Ocha Dark Green Tea

This is the big brother to the Oi Ocha Green Tea, its dark brother, possibly evil, but probably not. I was a bit taken back when first tasting this tea, it was a good bit stronger, and at first I thought it was too much. Now I can’t decide which I like the better the dark or light. Well, it’s a good problem to have I think. Drink and enjoy. Add a couple teasspoons of sugar and shake to sweeten.

Sweetener: none

Amount of Sweetener: none (16.9oz bottle)

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Nestea Pure Leaf (unsweetened)

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I was at the Original Hot Dog Shop in Oakland and my meal came with a drink. Everything they had was loaded with sugar after a while of deliberating I found and decided on the unsweetened Nestea. It seemed the lesser of all evils. I would barely consider this tea. It was weak and watery, a lobotomized version of a real tea. It has a slight bitterness you find in real tea, but I feel like it was from the added citric acid rather then from the tea itself.

Sweetener: None

Amount of sweetener: none (16.9oz bottle)

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Ito En Oi Ocha Green Tea

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I love this green tea. It has a roasted full tea leaf flavor with just a bit of savory bitterness you would expect from real cup of tea. I’ve been finding these at Asian markets and specialty stores. This is Japanese green tea, and it tastes like authentically brewed tea rather then something invented in a lab. There is no sugar added and it contains 60mgs of caffeine. I’ll typically sweeten this tea before drinking. Here’s my trick: Drink a few sips, pour in two or three sugar packets then shake till the sugar is fully dissolved. Perfect flavor and sweetness that you can customize.

Sweetener: none

Amount of sweetener: none (16.9oz bottle)

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Snapple Peach Passion Fruit Tea

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I’ve had this tea in my fridge for two weeks and still have not finished it. This is a lightly sweetened product from Snapple, but to me it tastes like an super sweet chemical laboratory concoction. It also has an aftertaste that resembles artificial sweetener. It isn’t actually that high in sugar, only 18grams, but somehow it tastes overly sweet. Nothing about this drink tastes like tea or natural or good.

Sweetener: sugar

Amount of sweetener: 18grams (16oz bottle)

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Purity organic Pomegranate & Blueberry plus

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This is the last time I get tricked! Some drink labels will show the calories per bottle and some will show the calories per serving. I think companies attempt to fool the consumer by posting the per serving amount instead of the full calorie content. This one got me. It says 60 calories on the front label in big letters. Turns out it was per serving. The flavor of this drink was good, but it was too sweet. I tried adding water, but it diluted the flavor too much.

Sweetener: cane sugar

Amount of sweetener: 28grams (16.9oz bottle)

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Icelandic Glacial Water

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I was really excited about this water, I bought it at the turnpike rest stop on my way back from DC. The bottle looked so interesting and printed on the label in small red letters it read, pH8.4. I though for sure this must mean that the water had a balanced pH level (whatever that meant) and I became even more excited. On taste,, dreams crashing around me. This water tastes clean, and not dead, but it has no element of taste. I would say this water is not good but also not bad. If you are looking for a better tasting water, try Nestle Pure Life.

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