Trader Joe’s Organic Green Tea & Lemonade

Trader Joe's Organic Green Tea & Lemonade
“Herbaceous.”

There are many words that I have come across in my lifetime. This isn’t one of the words I have found. I’m curious why. It’s a great word. It’s simple, direct, and it is clear what it really means. You can also add things like “lacking woodeny stems” if you are a botanically-inclined. It can be beneficial, especially when it comes to tea. We’ll get to that in a moment. It’s also fun to say. It’s easy to say, slow and steady. The first time I said it, I immediately thought about Buddy the Elf says “Fransisco.“So, it’s straight to the point, but also fun to hear and read. Perhaps I haven’t been paying enough attention in seventh grade biology classes or I haven’t read the word carefully if it’s on the menu at a cafe or teahouse. I would have thought at most that one of the StonersIt would have been said in “Dazed & Confused”, as it was. The man who joined CSI: MiamiIt sounds, let’s be honest, like something a stoner would say. It would make sense that Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg would be clever enough rhyme with it. I am not. I can only get to “Yer face”, then…nothing.

Anyways, the first time I’ve encountered the word “herbaceous” was on the side panel of Trader Joe’s Organic Green Tea & Lemonade. Herbaceous. I thought that this was a good way to describe green tea, even though I didn’t do much research. Green tea is one of those things that I *try* to like. It’s true, I love green tea. It is supposed to be healthy, or “healthier”, depending on the circumstances. It may also have super-heart-beatin’ or cancer-whuppin’ powers. That’s what I support. It’s just…the taste. Green tea tastes like water that has been contaminated with grass clippings too long. Although it may seem harsh, you can feel the difference in your lower gums after drinking green tea. Ugh. It’s too harsh for me. This is what I hate most about green tea.

Trader Joe’s Organic Green Tea & Lemonade is decent, though. I love their Arnold Palmer and I am a huge fan. However, this drink has a lighter, crisper overall taste. The lemonade is also sufficient to mask the bitterness of green tea, but not too sweet or too citrusy. It works well, except that I don’t shake it up before drinking. This is when the whole green tea part floats. I pour it into my cup and let it down my throat. This doesn’t bother my stomach as much as green tea does. It might be a little milder than I am used to. This isn’t a drink I enjoy gulping down. It’s something I have enjoyed over the course of almost a week since I bought it the first two times I went to TJ’s. It’s a great surprise to my wife, who is used to seeing the empty bottles in the recycling bin after a few days.

Sandy has been enjoying TJ Tropical Carrot Juice for the past week. Although we still don’t know what a tropical carrot actually is, it’s a great tea. Because of all the unknowns about teas and pregnancies she might be avoiding green tea/lemonade. It’s likely to be fine for baby and mama, but we don’t want to risk it. Plus, she gets her drink without me drinking all of it. It works for us. I’m not sure what to say about this particular drink. I don’t love it or hate it but have purchased it a few times. It could be the price. This half-gallon of tasty beverage is $2.69. It lasts me for at least a week, while I am satisfied enough. It sounds a little more than average to me.

Bottom line: Trader Joe’s Organic Green Tea & Lemonade: 6.5 out of 10 Golden Spoons