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Acquired Taste

An acquired taste is a slowly developed appreciation for a beverage or food. For instance, most people don’t enjoy alcohol the first time they try it. They have to force it down. The more they drink it, the more used to the taste they get, and gradually they start to enjoy it. It’s kind of dumb in a funny sort of way. I don’t like this. This is gross. But I’m going to keep drinking it regardless. Ugh, let me choke down another sip. Blah. Another sip. You know what? It’s not so bad. Not good, but not terrible. Another sip. It’s growing on me. Sip, sip, sip. Mmm, this is good. I wonder if it comes in other flavors. Before you know it, you’re a connoisseur of sorts trying to get other people to try what you once hated.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Bundaberg Peachee

I’ve been on a bit of a Bundaberg kick lately, but that’s only because I found a convenience store near my house that has their whole lineup of their flavored sparkling beverages. In case you don’t know, Bundaberg is an Australian company that uses traditional brewing methods to create non-alcoholic soft drinks. I’ve tried their Guava and Lemon Lime & Bitters; tonight I had their Peachee. Peachee is a peach flavored sparkling drink. It’s lighter tasting than you’d think. It’s like a less sugary version of peach juice with a mild amount of carbonation. Most peach flavored products really emphasize the peach flavor. Bundaberg Peachee is a mellower alternative. I’d recommend it for those times where you think you want a peach but you’re not willing to fully commit to one.

Critically Rated at 12/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Bundaberg Lemon Lime & Bitters

Australia’s Bundaberg Brewed Drinks is a company best known for their ginger beer. They also have a whole lineup of genuinely brewed beverages. I’ve previously tried their Guava and enjoyed it. This time I decided to go with something a little bit more traditional so I got Lemon Lime & Bitters. I know that Australians love bitters and I wanted to see what all the fuss is about. It smells like ginger beer with a hint of citrus. That’s pretty much what it tastes like too. It’s like ginger beer mixed with Sprite. The bitters gives it a kick of spice and herbs. It’s pretty good. It would make a great mixer. Throw a little gin in there and garnish it with a lemon or a lime and you’ll have a nice little cocktail.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Bundaberg Guava

Bundaberg Guava is a non-alcoholic guava flavored sparkling drink. Bundaberg is an Australian beverage company best known for its Ginger Beer. Apparently they have a whole lineup of brewed drinks they refer to as the Sparkling Selection. They have Lime, Pink Grapefruit, Passionfruit, Peachee, Blood Orange, and Guava. I saw a few different flavors at the store. I chose Guava. I don’t know why, it spoke to me. The first thing I noticed when I was about to drink it was the notice on the bottle that tells you to invert the bottle before you open it. I inverted the bottle. Then I opened it. It spilled everywhere. Just kidding, lol, I crack myself up. Where was I? Oh yeah, so I inverted the bottle, returned it to the upright position, and then opened it. I took a whiff and got the muted aroma of guava. You can definitely smell the guava, but it’s fainter than you’d expect it to be. It tastes like fizzy guava juice, only not as sweet as juice and more sweet than a guava-infused sparkling water. It has 39 grams of sugar, so it’s more like a soda than anything else. I like it. I approve. It tastes good enough to make me want to try the other flavors.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Arizona Grape Lime Rickey

Arizona Grape Lime Rickey is a sparkling grape and lime flavored beverage from Arizona Iced Tea. I don’t know who Rickey is or what he does, but I like his namesake beverage. It’s sweet, it’s crisp, and it makes an excellent mixer. I’m enjoying my Arizona Grape Lime Rickey with a little vodka in it. Actually let me be honest, I’m enjoying my vodka with a little Arizona Grape Lime Rickey in it. Either way, my head is buzzing and my taste buds are happy. I think that’s the sign of a good drink, right?

Critically Rated at 12/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Sanpellegrino Pompelmo

Sanpellegrino Pompelmo is a sparkling grapefruit beverage that’s made from concentrate and has 16% grapefruit juice. 16%! That’s like drinking three bites of a grapefruit. Grapefruit is a pretty strong flavor so I was reluctant to try this beverage, but I did, and I’m glad to say that the grapefruit taste was pretty muted. You still get the distinct grapefruit flavor, but it’s sweetened and watered down. It’s a pretty pleasant grapefruit taste. Even babies and little kids would like it. It’s not that bitter and it’s not that acidic on your tongue. It’s sweeter and more enjoyable than grapefruit sodas like Squirt. It’s a lot healthier too. I was pleasantly surprised by this drink, and I will definitely get it again.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Big Blue

Big Blue is a blue beverage from the same company that makes Big Red. I’m trying it right now for the first time, and I think that it has a bubblegum flavor. At least, I’m guessing that is what it’s supposed to be. It just tastes blue to me. Blue is a fun flavor though. I’m not complaining. It has a very sweet, sugary, syrupy taste to it. I wouldn’t recommend it after you run a marathon. It’s not a thirst quencher. I don’t like to say soda pop, but Big Blue is the definition of a soda pop. It’s cheap and delicious and decidedly unhealthy. It costs 99 cents for a 20oz bottle. What a bargain. You’d be a fool not to get it.

Critically Rated at 10/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Arizona Cherry Lime Rickey

So I didn’t get the memo, but apparently Arizona Iced Tea had their big 20th Anniversary in 2012 and released a special drink in commemoration. There was a consumer contest to design the can and another one to come up with the flavor. It’s kind of weird how two people can win a contest and still be losers. Anyway, that’s how we ended up with the Arizona 20th Anniversary Cherry Lime Rickey, a sparkling cherry lime flavored beverage in a can that looks like it was designed by a New York hippie. It tastes good, but I would never drink it on a regular basis. Luckily I don’t even have to worry about it because it’s a limited release.

Critically Rated at 11/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Coasters

If you have a cold glass and a wood table you need a coaster. Coasters protect the wood from the condensation on the glass. Nobody wants to be the jerk who leaves a water stain, so use a coaster whenever possible. Some coasters are made of sandstone, some are ceramic, some are made of cork, and the cheaper ones you find at bars and restaurants are typically cardboard advertisements for beer companies. The cardboard ones make great ninja stars. If you’ve ever been to a Chili’s or Chevys on a slow night, chances are that the servers are throwing them at each other behind the scenes. That’s why it’s taking so long for your refill. Coasters are classy. They are like saucers for your booze.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Adding Water to Juice

A few months ago, I saw my friend pour himself a half glass of cranberry juice and then top it off with water. I laughed at him and then went home and copied him. In this economy, you need to get more bang for your buck. You need to stretch every dollar. Adding water to juice is a good way to save your money and have more to drink. Cranberry juice is already kind of bitter, if you dilute it with water it still tastes cranberryish. It’s good for babies and good for your budget. Don’t think of it as being cheap, consider it being frugal.

Critically Rated at 12/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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