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Taste test results from Cook's Country

Supermarket Black Tea
Published: April 2016
Supermarket Black Tea
Which black tea you should buy depends on how you take it—plain or with milk and…
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Hard Apple Cider
Published: October 2014
Hard Apple Cider
We tasted four nationally available hard ciders both plain and cooked in recipes…
Grapefruit Juice
Published: August 2014
Grapefruit Juice
Grapefruit juice runs the gamut in terms of tartness and sweetness. We put five …
Lemonade
Published: June 2014
Lemonade
A small brand squeezes past the big names.
Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate
Published: April 2013
Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate
We’d long written off frozen concentrated orange juice as a relic from the 1950s…
Sherry
Published: October 2012
Sherry
In the test kitchen, we use sherry in a variety of recipes. Does it matter what …
Supermarket Green Tea
Published: August 2011
Supermarket Green Tea
The Japanese and Chinese have sipped green tea for more than a millennium. Sudd…
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Decaffeinated Coffees
Published: December 2009
Decaffeinated Coffees
Has grocery store decaf coffee improved as much as the high-octane stuff in rece…
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Bottled Iced Teas with Lemon
Published: August 2009
Bottled Iced Teas with Lemon
We were looking for iced teas that actually tasted like tea. Could any deliver?
Hot Cocoa Mix
Published: February 2009
Hot Cocoa Mix
The best cocoa mixes feature a double dose of chocolate.
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Irish Beer
Published: April 2005
Irish Beer
We tasted seven beers which claim an Irish pedigree to determine if Guinness, th…
Supermarket Medium-Roast Coffee
Published: March 2013
Supermarket Medium-Roast Coffee
Decades after they convinced Americans to drink ultradark French and Italian roa…
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Tomato Juice
Published: November 2010
Tomato Juice
We wanted to find a a product that we work well cooked in recipes, that we could…
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Instant Espresso Powder
Published: March 2010
Instant Espresso Powder
Is the right espresso powder the secret to intense chocolate flavor in brownies …
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Iced Tea
Published: September 2009
Iced Tea
Do specialty packages blended specifically for iced tea really make a better pit…
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Premium Teas
Published: July 2007
Premium Teas
Supermarket teas have improved in quality; does it still make sense to buy premi…
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Orange Liqueurs
Published: September 2006
Orange Liqueurs
For cooking, do you need to spend big bucks for the prestige brands, or will som…
Mexican Lagers
Published: January 2015
Mexican Lagers
We sampled the four best-selling imported Mexican lagers plain and cooked in dru…
Orange Juice
Published: March 2014
Orange Juice
Is the sunny image of our favorite breakfast juice actually just pulp fiction?
Bottled Water
Published: July 2004
Bottled Water
Are we out of our minds to pay over 35 cents per glass for bottled water?