Thursday, March 13, 2008

Steaz Green Tea Root Beer Soda: The Only Brew I May Ever Decline

I never would have expected to decline any brew. In fact that is why I love root beer, because it flows well with my personal choices regarding my dietary habits. It is due to these very personal dietary choices that I have come at odds with Steaz crazy concoction.
Many years ago I decided, for very personal reasons, to abstain from the use of alcohol, coffee and tea. When I made this choice it was my assumption that there was only 1 kind of what I considered "real" tea which I typically called black tea. You see I do drink herbal teas often and find many benefits from doing so. When I first saw green tea in the store I assumed it too was an herbal tea and went about my way. Oddly enough though I have never come across green tea in any setting where I would have had the opportunity or notion to drink it, until now of course. As I was setting up my root beer evaluation supplies (2 frosty mugs, a bottle of A&W, and a can/bottle of the brew to be evaluated) my wonderful wife noticed the label on this brew said "green tea". She laughed and asked if I intended to actually drink this. When I told her that I did she then began to provide a nut-shell lesson on the reality of tea. Was I ever surprised!
I learned that black tea is a variety of tea that is more oxidized than the other varieties such as green, oolong and white varieties. All four varieties are made from leaves of Camellia sinensis. Black tea is generally stronger in flavor and contains more caffeine than the less oxidized teas.
Essentially, I quickly realized that there was very little difference between the green and black varieties of tea. So where does this leave me? Of course, at a place where I am going to have to decline my first brew. To be honest though after reading Jeff's entry I may be getting out when the getting is good. I certainly appreciate Jeff's entry and am certainly not trying to push my personal choices on to another. Simply, I am just providing an explanation to why I am declining a brew. For these reasons I am going to mirror Jeff's rating and also grant Steaz Green Tea Root Beer Soda with
2 Frosty Mugs.

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