Teavana – Peach Green Tea

Very interesting flavor! It has a nice and strong peach flavor up front that mellows quickly. An after-taste was noticeable, but wasn’t repellent. Overall it’s smooth and mild and easy to drink. Peach is a hard flavor to get right, it can taste chemically. I think Honest Tea did it better, but this isn’t bad and I wouldn’t be upset if this was the only choice.

Sweetener: Cane sugar 21g (14.5oz bottle)

Pure Leaf TeaHouse Collection – Fuji Apple & Ginger

A whole lot of flavor is happening, but it’s like an out of sync and of tune orchestra. It’s hard to discern individual flavors. I don’t detect what I know of as ginger. An applely chemical flavor is dominant. This is very mediocre, but not uncommon for Pure Leaf brand. I think it would be better if the green tea flavor was stronger and a single flavor element was emphasized, instead of combing multiple flavors profiles.

Sweetener: Organic cane sugar 29g (14oz bottle)

Naked Orange Mango

This has a strong upfront acidic flavor which made it quite unpleasant to drink. I barely detect orange and the mango flavor is overcome by the acidity. The hint of banana isn’t noticeable, but I don’t mind because banana flavor is very strong and can easily take over a drink.

Sweetener: no sugar added


Health-Ade kombucha Blood Orange Carrot Ginger

The first time I saw this was in a Target store. I love this brand of kombucha so I was excited to try it. It was the best kombucha I’ve ever tasted! … Wait, now that I think about it the kombucha at the Little Red Fox in DC has the best kombucha, but I digress. The mingling of flavors, the mild & tangy combination was just wonderful. When I say mild, I mean that no one flavor was overpowering. The second time I got this it wasn’t the same, but I think I know why. The first bottle had less fizz in it and the flavors came through more. The subsequent bottles had more fizz and that over takes some of the flavor. Either way, I’m still getting this beverage whenever I have the chance.

Sweetener: 2 grams of sugar (16oz bottle), most likely naturally occurring and not equivalent to a singe sugar packet

Mountain Dew Ice

I don’t usually review soft drinks. Most of them have too much sugar and I simply don’t like drinking them. This one caught my eye. I don’t dislike the classic Mountain Dew. I use it as a tool, it’s got a ton of sugar and caffeine. I’ll drink one if I need the immediate sugar and energy. In fact a Mountain Dew saved my life once. I was on a 40 mile bike ride and was starting to bonk. I was feeling desperate, exhausted and horrible at about mile 35. I stumbled into a convenience store hoping to find something to help myself. I felt like Indiana Jones, I knew I had to choose wisely. I didn’t know whether to choose food or a drink. I choose a Mountain Dew. Almost instantly I felt better. So good in fact that I led my group of riders home.

Anyway, this is not bad as far as soft drinks go. I would choose it over the classic simply because it has less sugar. The taste is good. It’s lemon lime, similar to a 7up or Sprite type drink. It scores 3.5, but compared to other soft drinks it gets a 4.0 if I’m grading on a curve. To give you an idea of how slowly I consume this type of drink. I’ve been drinking the same bottle now for 5 days. Also, since everything I like gets canceled or discontinued, I’m positive Mountain Dew Ice won’t catch on.

Sweetener: Sugar, 41grams (20 oz bottle)

 


Health-Ade kombucha Pomegranate


This is a lot easier then trying to eat a pomegranate and it’s bubbly! You don’t need a wooden spoon to beat out the seeds, or soak it in water. The hard work is already done. This is my favorite kombucha of all time. Kombucha’s have a biting sensation when you drink them, they’ll burn your mouth and throat a little bit. It’s similar to the way drinking a Coca-cola feels, the carbonation triggers pain sensors. This kombucha feels smoother and less biting compared to others. The flavor is sweet and perfect. If I had to pick a Health-Ade kombucha as my favorite, this is the winner.

Sweetener: 3 grams of sugar (16oz bottle), most likely naturally occurring and not equivalent to a singe sugar packet


Health-Ade kombucha Pink Lady Apple


I keep telling myself a lie to justify buying another bottle of this kombucha. I’ll say, I need to buy this so I can review it. Then I never do. This is about the third time. And finally, the review. Sweet and tart at the same time. Not overly apple’y, or overly sweet. A mild balance of flavor with the fizz you typically get in kombucha. If your new to kombucha, this is a perfect place to start because it’s not overpowering in any aspect.

Sweetener: 3grams of sugar (16oz bottle), most likely naturally occurring and not equivalent to a singe sugar packet

 

Health-Ade Kombucha Ginger Lemon

It’s tingly! Tingly!, It’s Spicy!! The check out person was a bit rough with my bottle, so it did kinda explode when I opened it. The bagging person must have seen the horror on my face and warned them that they can explode if shaken. The ginger flavor is predominate and strong. Blended perfectly with lemon. It soo good and soo refreshing! The ginger flavor lingers in my mouth. I’ll take this over ginger-ale if my stomach is ever upset.
I always feel like I’m drinking real ingredients with Health-Ade brand. A minor point, but I love the shape of the bottle.

Sweetener: 2grams of sugar (16oz bottle), most likely naturally occurring and not equivalent to a singe sugar packet

 

 

Evian Natural spring water from the French Alps

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Picked this up at a Rite Aid. It was ice cold, great!, but the taste.. the taste… Sooo bad. I’ve been trying to think for days how to describe the taste of this water. The only thing I can think of is “flat”. It’s not a carbonated drink, but it has no flavor. I know water in general doesn’t have flavor, but some does “taste” better then others. I don’t know what gives water the taste, maybe a combination of the pH and minerals, but it’s very hard to describe, as well as review. I thought Dasani was the worst, but I think now it’s Evian. Sorry Evian.

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Buddha’s Herbs St John’s Wort Tea

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This is the first time I’ve tried St John’s Wort Tea. Since I didn’t have anything to compare it to I purchased another St John’s from a local tea shop. This review will compare the differences. When I requested this tea for review I didn’t know that it is more of a medicinal type of tea. The rating system here is based on my particular tastes, and because I misunderstood this type of tea, I’m not going to give it a circle rating. Instead I’ll describe the flavor characteristics. The taste of these teas remind me of Kava Kava. They are very earthy and have a dirt like flavor quality. Between the two, the Buddha’s Herbs brand tasted stronger, more medicinal and had more of a bitter flavor. The other was smoother and didn’t sing any strong notes. I’m not sure this is the tea you’d drink when sitting down to share a cuppa and biscotti with friends. The indication is that it’s for emotional health. To ease tensions and nervous unrest. I don’t feel unrested or nervous in particular, so I can’t speak to that. However, I hope I’ve given you a flavor insight into this dietary supplement tea. This tea can be purchased here.

This tea was provide to me at no charge for my review.