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So I had a long day out(17 hour work day) and someone I was with was sent to get tea, came back with lipton, knew that this could happen. I haven’t had it in years, first sip and I just spit it out, tasted like someone took part of one tea leaf and put it in a bad with a bunch of dirt, it tastes like dirty water.
This is a lot coming from me because I can pretty much enjoy most brands of cheap tea even though I prefer quality.
WORST BRAND OF TEA EVER, store brands beat this, I don’t remember it being this bad, did they change something?
This is one of those sort of generic “Superstore” type teas that I keep stocked up on for when I have family or friends over who don’t really drink tea too often or who aren’t familiar with loose leaf teas (especially some of my more “odd” flavoured ones) and would prefer a more ‘basic’ type of tea. I hardly ever drink these teas (the exception being my Stash Moroccan Mint and Riverblend Plantation Saskatoon Berry Black Tea), so it’s been a long time since I had this one; long enough for me to apparently forget just how awful it is.
I decided on this one for my “bedtime tea” tonight because: A) it’s caffeine free, and B) for whatever reason I was craving lemon, which was unusual since I don’t really like lemon as a flavour unless it’s in baked goods, and I don’t actually own any loose leaf teas with a prominent lemon flavour.
The bagged dry leaf doesn’t actually smell that bad, but as soon as it had started steeping the whole kitchen just stank of this sort of medicinal lemon scent – it kind of reminded me of Neo Citron. I took a small sip, and immediately knew that if I was going to be able to finish the cup I had to load it up with sugar.
I added about five teaspoons of sugar to the cup, which just BARELY makes the tea palatable. I find I’m drinking the cup in large gulps with the goal of just pushing through and finishing it off. The aftertaste of this is just horrid – even after adding all of that sugar it’s still pretty tart and awfully bitter. And there’s still that nasty sort of medicinal quality to it.
To think that this is my Grandma’s absolute favourite tea! Bleck. Oh well, I guess I’ll just hold on to the rest and, as she comes to visit, she can drink it all up. I don’t think I’ll be having any more for quite some time.
not bad for a lipton.. i’d been wanting to try this one, but was unable to locate it anywhere here in canada… so i got some sent to me in a swap and was thrilled.. i cold steeped it, but am going to try it hot.. it reminds me of davids berry good.. only its a black tea, which i prefer to a puh’erh … the berry good made my stomach hurt!
My son brought this over today to share an afternoon cup. Ok, honestly I can’t taste the white tea in this but I’m not sure I care. This is wonderfully fruity. I left the pyramid sachet in the cup to see what would happen. It only got a little bitter but nothing harsh. I did use cooler water to steep. I wouldn’t crave this often but I wouldn’t turn it down either. Not to shabby.
Love this tea sooooooo much! Warms me up and it tastes like thanksgiving and christmas in one.
I was out of town for a few days. I was at a restaurant for breakfast and the menu stated hot tea – a variety of Harney and Sons tea bags. I thought why not. I have been away from tea for a few days and Harney’s is good, even in the bag. So I ordered tea expecting to get a little teapot of hot water and a container that contains a variety of tea bags. Instead I got a cup of hot water and two of these lipton tea bags. It was the only tea they had. I was quite disappointed but I still wanted tea so I stuck with it.
The tea was quite astringent. I could taste orange pekoe but it also seemed like it was mixed with something else, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. There was a sweetness but it was also bitter at the same time. It didn’t really hit the spot but it was better than nothing I guess.
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Last cup of the day when staying at my parents. Drank while doing emails, playing my turns on CC, and reading tealogs here. This was also the last bag in the box and I have no idea what water temperature I used, but it was not boiling. I now need to stock some more no/lower caffeine options there. I’m thinking about making a Harney bagged teas order. I need to look into that.
This tea is drinkable with stevia, or 2-3 tablespoons of sugar if stevia is not available.
The best tea what I´ve ever taste!
Wow, I really can’t believe how awful this is. It is definitely sweet. Really really sweet. 18g of sugar per 8 oz kind of sweet. Normally I would sweeten tea with about a 1/3 of that.
My sister’s co-worker gave her a free box of this tea. This morning I made it with unsweetened almond milk and agave nectar on the stove.
Really good. A real treat.
Not fancy but definitely a great use of a free tea.
’Tis a very meh chai.
I’m back to drinking Lipton as hot tea. I add Bigelow’s herbal tea to the brew for iced.
Can’t seem to find a tea that suits me better than Lipton!
A couple of months ago, I reviewed one of Lipton’s “premium” offerings, their Darjeeling, of which the only premium aspect seemed to be the label design. As I had picked up a bag of this Kenyan black tea at the same time as the Darjeeling, I made it a goal to review them both, eventually, even just for the sake of warning you all away from them (or perhaps finding a hidden gem). Previously, I had said that I would review this tea a week after the Darjeeling, but I simply could not bring myself to do so.
Compared to the Lipton Darjeeling, this one…tastes like Lipton Yellow Label with strong coffee or earthy tones. I love pu’erh, so I am no stranger to earthy tones, but these just make it taste “deep,” rather than giving it any sort of complexity. When it is first sipped, there is barely any taste at all. As the tea passes over the back of the tongue, rough bitterness follows, leaving the mouth feeling like it is coated with a slightly chalky feeling. Quite frankly, this tea is not worth the money being charged for it, nor is it worth time to describe further its poor qualities.
To find one redeeming quality, I would say that I would gladly drink this tea over the Lipton Darjeeling, if those were my only two options. However, it should be pointed out that the Lipton Darjeeling is one of the worst teas I have ever consumed. On my personal enjoyment scale, I rate this tea a 20/100.
Found a box of this in my work locker and made a cup. Blech… It tasted like hot water with a touch of caramel. Just not that good.
There are worse bottled iced teas out there (I’m looking at you, Gold Peak).
I appreciate that they have an unsweetened variety, which is hard to find. But if you’re looking for an actual good iced tea, you have other options, whether homemade or commercial.
I’ve been wanting to pick this up for the heck of it and when I saw it on clearance at Target I couldn’t resist picking up a box.
It smells caramelly, though I don’t really get the vanilla that much in the dry smell. Steeped you can definitely smell the caramel but again, not so much the vanilla.
Unfortunately I’m not that impressed with the taste, even with some sugar added. It’s a bit bitter and not too impressive on the taste. Lackluster caramel and a hint of vanilla on the back of the taste. Maybe a lower temp or shorter steep will improve this. I certainly have enough to experiment with. Lol.
I’m glad I tried it and I’ll probly finish the rest of the bags. But I won’t be rebuying it. Most likely this is going to be a tea I’ll keep at work for when I want tea and don’t want to deal with any of my actual good teas. At home I have much better caramel & vanilla teas (Butiki’s Caramel Vanilla Assam to be exact. X3) for when I want a tea like that.
Such a hard tea to find, did lipton stop the production ?
Last time i saw it, i bought 5 packs to be safe for a while.
Refreshing with a strong taste of grape, you can drink this tea at any time of the day.
I highly recommend if you like grapes.
A friend bought this for me to get bonus air miles. It was free, it says its tea.
It actually is not too bad for a bottled tea. It is quite sweet, but you can taste the green tea. The primary taste is the lemon flavour though. Even though lemon is the strongest flavour, it is not tart or sour lemon. It was definitely thirst quenching enough. For a bottled tea-type drink I think it meets the requirements.
Surprised a Lipton tea tastes like anything in particular, but I am getting kind of a honey note from this. I dunno, I have some David’s Yunnan Black on the way and hopefully it’ll give me a better basis for comparison, but this is surprisingly decent. Not something you pay too much attention to, but there’s definitely a flavor there. Good if you’re running late and don’t have time to do a higher-quality tea justice.