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When I saw this drink at the store I had to have it. My first impression was to use it as decoration. Doesn’t it look cool, kind of like a lava lamp?

After my girlfriend insisted that a basil seed with honey drink would look a little tacky I decided to go ahead and drink it. Just to make sure this was actually meant to be consumed I checked the label to see what it contained.

I was pretty impressed. This drink is water and basil seed with a little bit of flavoring added. The corn syrup with honey flavor instead of real honey was a little disappointing though. I read up on basil seed a little and it turns out that it’s used in a variety of different Asian drinks and deserts. The reason seems to be because when water is added it turns gelatinous, kind of like tapioca I assume. The drink tasted ok. It didn’t have too much flavor. It pretty much just tasted sweet. The basil seeds were kind of neat though. They didn’t have a strong flavor but they were similar to tapioca. All in all this drink is more for the novelty of drinking something that looks so cool.

Final Verdict:

Taste: 3/10

Coolness: 7/10

Decoration: 5/10


A lot of Asian drinks seem to stem from a conversation that goes something like “I bet you couldn’t sell…” Speaking of which, have you heard of the new eel drink? . Before today my knowledge of aloe vera extended no further than a decorative plant and something you rub on sunburns. I would never imagine that it would be consumed by people, much less mass produced. So I was a little surprised when I stumbled upon the Aloe Vera drink section at the local Asian market. There was aloe vera in cans, in bottles, with pulp and without pulp, a bit like buying orange juice. I figured, if I’m actually going to drink aloe vera juice, I should get some with pulp.

Doesn’t the picture of the juice look appetizing? Before I took a sip I decided to read what exactly I was going to be drinking.

Yep, first ingredient on the list is aloe vera pulp. This isn’t an aloe vera flavored beverage, this is aloe vera with some sugar and honey added. Something I’ve noticed about Asian beverages is that a lot of them don’t use corn syrup; instead they use sugar and honey which is very refreshing. Here’s a picture of it poured into a cup.

All that white stuff floating around is the aloe vera pulp. There was a lot of it. I was actually pretty surprised when I took my first sip. It didn’t taste bad at all. It mostly tasted like honey and suger with a little hint of, what I guess is, aloe vera. The little chuncks of pulp werent bad either. They held a little flavor but mostly tasted like watery sugar. There was a lot of pulp though and by the end I was pretty much just eating aloe vera pulp. All in all it wasn’t bad at all, but next time I’m definitaly not buying the pulp version.

Final Verdict:

Taste: 7/10

Drinkability: 5/10

Cure for sunburn: 0/10

(unless you pour it over yourself)

So the other day I happened to be at a World Market where I stumbled upon a large selection of beer I have never seen before. I, of course, was ecstatic and with a little encouragement I was able to convince my girlfriend that we needed to get drunk off of beer we had never had before. The beer is called Elephant by the Carlsberg Group, a brewery located in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The beer had a brown amberish color and there wasnt very much head. The taste was a little sweet and a bit bitter. It was a bit thicker and heavier than I anticipated. You could definitaly taste and feel the 7.2% alcohol. All in all I’d say that it wasn’t a bad beer however there’s nothing really exciting about it. I do appreaciate beers that are able to pull of a high alchohal percentage well, Duvel for example, but Elephant doesn’t quite make it into this category.

Final Verdict

Taste: 6/10

Alcohol .72/10

There has been a small ginseng craze lately. It appeared with the craze for everything else Asian, like Sushi, fung shui home decorating, tai-bo and apparently Japanese Game Shows (have you seen that new reality tv show?). Where as sushi contains mercury, ginseng has been reported to be beneficial to your health. It is claimed to be a stimulate, cause euphoria and improve memory. Now no matter how crazy we are for ginseng here in America, we can’t beat the craze for ginseng in Korea. Check out this drink.

I’ve heard of adding ginseng to enery drinks, tea and pills, but who would imagine adding honey to ginseng. This tiny bottle contains an actualy ginseng root, water and honey. That’s it (well I think there was a preservative in there too). When I saw this at the local Asian market I had to have it. No better way to experience the effect of ginseng than to drink…. ginseng. I opened to bottle and attempted to remove the root. There’s just something strange with drinking a drink that has a huge ginsend root in it.

I wasn’t too successful. The root broke at the end leaving a fair amount left in the drink. The drink tasted kind of funny. It kind of tasted like drinking grass (not like I know what that tastes like…….). There was a fair bit of sweetness to it but nothing strong. It really tasted like you would expect a purely herbal drink to taste like. Surprisingly I did feel different after drinking it. It wasn’t a strong feeling, and it wasn’t like I was pumped on caffeine but there was a definitely a different feeling. I want to explore it more and plan on purchasing another drink or two the next time I hit up my local Asian market.

Final Verdict:

Taste 4/10

Health Effect 6/10

Coolness 10/10

So the other day I stopped by my local international food market. There I stumbled upon something I had never heard of, a male enhancing energy drink. It goes by the name “Peep One”.

I have always thought there was a certain sex appeal to energy drinks, but perhaps that’s due to those late night “Girls Gone Wild” commercials where, for some reason, everyone is holding a Rockstar… Either way I’ve always liked energy drinks because they’re cold, they get you energized and, maybe now, “excited” too? The way the Peep One is marketed is genius. American energy drink companies should learn from Peep One. Check out the back.

The back

The back

I never knew that Taurine enhances internal organ functionality. I always pegged it for a cheap caffeine substitute. Why don’t American energy drink companies mention this!? Screw water, this shit enhances the functionality of my internal organs. The only thing American energy drinks mention is how you shouldn’t have more than three a day, and how pregnant mothers, young children and those sensitive to the effects of caffeine should avoid the drink altogether. That’s not enticing at all, much less sexy. However, no matter how effectively Peep One sells it’s product on the back of the can, nothing can beat their website. Here’s an excerpt describing their product:

The drink innovation peep one represents a novelty on the market. Otherwise, there is no equivalent drink neither in direction nor in product quality.

peep one is clearly differentiated from the traditional Energy drinks on account of his effect, contents cloths and the product statement.

It closes a gap at the market concerning the combination of eroticizing and beverage innovations stimulating at the same time. The stimulating effect is to be divined during the first odour test already. Odour is harmonious, combined without blemish tones and synthetic taste analogies with purely natural associations. Through the balanced game of acid and sweetness, the request for further pleasure grows up very fast.”

I’m actually not sure what all that means but they had me at “combination of eroticizing and beverage innovations stimulating at the same time”. The drink sounded amazing, now it was time to taste it. For fear of being seeing in public drinking an “adult beverage” while potentially pitching a tent I decided to perform my taste test alone in private, behind closed doors. The drink actually tasted really good. It wasn’t tangy like most other energy drinks. It had a fruityish taste. It tasted fairly similar to the Tab energy drink. However, there was no sign of change to Vlad the Impaler. I was overcome with utter disappointment. I’ve been fooled! This is just a regular energy drink!!! It’s not erotic at all!! Then it hit me, I had failed to abide by the warning posted on the Peep One website.

One senses no effect of sexual stimulating, if there is nobody to divide it with.”

So remember kids, drink Peep One responsibly. Make sure your partner is their.

Final Verdict:

Packaging: 6/10

(though the website makes me question whether this drink should be allowed to be sold in America)

Taste: 10/10

Sex Appeal: 8/10