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Let’s start with a digression about what I tried that after the disastrous experience of trying another of their product.
I moved earlier this week and needed a few things that are most readily available at a famous swedish furniture store. It took longer than expected (doesn’t it always especially in this shop?), I decided to have dinner there. I learnt that I was entitled to a free drink for being a loyal customer to the brand (double so as I am registered both in Europe and in Singapore as the loyalty programs are not shared across countries).
In the drink choice, this was the only non soda drink and I did not even see a water fountain.
When tasting my first sip, I was getting prepared for a bad experience and was then positively surprised, as I realized it was quite drinkable. There is still more than 10 times the amount of sugar there should be; I was wondering whether there’s not also aspartame or whatever synthetic diet sugar are used in soft drinks, as the taste was not very natural. But this artificial feeling might also come from the lemon, which did not taste as much as dishwasher liquid as I feared but nevertheless did not taste at all like a fresh or even dried real lemon, but really like a lemon synthetic flavoring.
When reading the product description,I laughed at the “real tea leaves” section as the tea flavor reminded me strongly of the basic Lipton yellow;)
I will not buy it again, except if there is nothing else, but then I know I could drink it.

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Ysaurella

hope your move went well …you’re really brave to have dinner at I***…after all the horrible things mentioned in media regarding the food they were using :)

LaFleurBleue

I about finished unpacking and tidying.
Regarding food quality, believe me you’re so lucky to be in Europe and especially France. At the local supermarket next to my new home, I dare only purchase 1 out of 10 vegetables and fruits, as the 9 others come from China, when the origin is even labelled and considering that the labelling are not falsified; I have to check the origin of every food I buy first to be sure it was not made there. However I regularly eat in food courts, where the food is cheap, though nicely cooked, and every single ingredient most probably comes from there. So I guess one plate of supposedly organic pasta with tomato sauce was not a greater danger to my health.

cteresa

But horse in beef meatballs or pork in elk is safe! It is surprise extra protein ;) but there was no question bacteriologically and all it was safe food. ( though arguably we do not know about banned medication on the horse meat). honestly if this is the bad food scare, yay for Europe. Chinese food quality scandals are on a whole different category – fake eggs (really!) the whole issue with baby formula and baby formula smuggling and tons more.

I buy stuff from Chinese and Indian grocery stores ( because some stuff like spices, tahini, soba noodles, wonton wrappers) is just much better than I can get at regular supermarkets if I can even get them and I always worry. I try to buy stuff made in the EU, or Japan or Korea or Thailand or Taiwan. Never ever China, except for tea and I confess no matter the seller I always worry a bit about Chinese tea. Which i love.

Ysaurella

sorry to be trivial I was thinking about excrements found in chocolate pie sold at I*** ! Agree on different meats used, no safety problem just moral ones and cheating with consumers.

LaFleurBleue

I have not heard real bad things about food from other countries.
More and more after reading about new tea scandals often uncovered by the Japanese (the latest was only a few weeks/months ago), I feel like asking my favorite tea company whether they test the tea they purchase regarding the level of pesticide contained.
Problem is I much prefer chinese tea to any others. Oolong seem to be one of the most prone to pesticide overload and I really intend to stick to Taiwanese oolong for more safety.

LaFleurBleue

@Yzaurella: I had also only heard about the horse meat in meatballs, not about this disgusting and definitely dangerous matter. Glad that I’m very very picky on desserts and not a big sweet-tooth. Otherwise I might have felt sick;)

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Why did I order that, instead of a bottle of water with a lunch pack ? I still wonder…
When opening the can and pouring the drink in a glass, no smell can be detected. The color is rather yellowish and the drink not too clear.
Drinking it, what do I taste ? Sugar. Sugar. Sugar. Then I remember it’s supposed to contain honey, I try to check whether the sugary feeling could come from honey; not sure, so not sure and not convinced I wonder how much honey there actually is in there.
Which makes me also wonder how much tea or chamomile flowers are actually used by the way.
From my once-tasting experience not to be renewed in the future, I would assume 2g would be sufficient to prepare a few liters of this decidedly poor beverage.

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