Sometimes we need silly drinks

I despise grocery shopping – supermarkets just bore me to tears. The only thing that allows me to survive a shopping trip is the promise that I can buy some form of silly drink to amuse me as I trek home with bags of food. Whilst I’ve been stuck in hospital I have been brought two flavours of Mangajo green tea silly drinks by Editor Daniel and my dear sister – I’d have prefered some 2010 German Riesling but the hospital probably wouldn’t.

Before I get down to the reviews, I have a hospital anecdote. Yesterday I had to go for an ultrasound scan of what is left of my pancreas. As I sat in the waiting room there was a doctor chappie checking his email and surfing the web. Suddenly I noticed he was reading my ‘Brief Hiatus’ post on this esteemed organ, which was a bit of a surprise. I asked, “Do you like that website?” The doctor turned to me, looked back at the picture in the post and said, “Good god! Yes, I love the site! A pleasure to meet you!” He introduced himself and we had a bit of a chat about wine. Sadly I forget his name, but when you read this, dear sir, do drop me an email and I will buy you a pint when I escape.

Pomegranate and green tea, Mangajo

It is an impressively livid shade of red. Smells strongly of the apple juice extract they claim it contains – I wonder if that is a cunning method of hiding the fact that they have added vast quantities of sugar to it. As I taste it I can see it is, it is really rather sweet. It has a pretty strong apple flavour and a vague approximation of pomegranate taste. I recognise green tea is largely the characterless steam from my piss, but if you could detect any tea taste at all on this then you are a far better taster than me. That being said, I quite like it in terms of being a silly drink. It is sweet and fruity and, despite being over-priced toss for the kind of neurotic arse who believes in de-tox drivel, at least it is quite refreshing.

Lemon and green tea, Mangajo

This has the slight green tinge of pond water – the first taste is with the eye. The nose it very lemony, but it also shows apple hints, which is the apple extract-euphemism-for-sugar at work. I do really like how it smells, though, I seems like it’ll refresh. It tastes sweet, but less so than the pomegranate, and it has a strong lemon bite. I was about to type I could begin to taste a bit of green tea astringency, but then I realised it was just my over-active imagination making things up after being under stimulated by boring weeks in hospital. I like it, more as a different take on lemonade rather than an iced tea concoction, and I have been drinking it with pleasure.

Many thanks to Aimee and Daniel for bringing in refreshment and giving me something to write about.


4 Comments

  • Katie wrote:

    Are you going to review ham sandwiches next?!

  • David Strange wrote:

    I’ve got to review something! I feel the urge to write and three weeks away from serious blogging has pained me. They were quite nice drinks if inordinately silly.

    Dani chose the picture. Whilst I am not sure it shows me at my most dashing at least it captures the dreadfulness of the hospital experience.

  • Leon Stolarski wrote:

    Liking eliteteasreview.com David. ;-) Get well soon.

  • Aimee wrote:

    I hope someone writes a study full of crap saying how many times more antioxidants blueberries have in them so they can be fashionable again so everything will be blueberry flavour. That phase didn’t last long and I actually liked them. Hope the elderflower and grape is equally silly but more enjoyable.



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