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Missed my morning Yorkshire Gold the other day, and didn’t want to get into my work stash, so I picked out the tea that they have at the office—Lipton. Brewed for 3.5 minutes with one packet of sugar. When I drank it, I mentally quoted Sherlock: “surprisingly ok.” Nothing great, and it has a bit of a strange peppery quality, but I was expecting something absolutely terrible based on most of the reviews here (I’d had it as a kid, but not since). I compare it to a decent American adjunct lager in the world of craft beer—not something I’d go out of my way to drink, but not something I’d avoid if I were offered one.
Samples Only TTB
I’m not 100% sure the tea I have is white tea. I am not sure if it’s green or herbal. I don’t think it’s black. Regardless as it came from the TTB I don’t have the box so I can’t look at ingredients to enter it somewhere else… so assuming it’s similar enough to this tea.
Anyway… Whatever kind of tea madametj put in the Sample TTB… this is great.
It’s a Lipton bag, so I almost didn’t try it, but after the Blackberry Vanilla surprised me, I actually had to give the other pyramid bag a go.
WOW! I am glad I did. This little bag gave me low expectations, but much to my surprise…
It smells like a Peachy-o in a cup!!! and tastes like one too!
I added extra sugar just to indulge in my childhood because what I have here is not tea. it is a cup of PEACHY-O.
Surely you guys have had them before eh? They’re horrible little corn syrup candy chews I had as a kid before I knew dyes and HFCS were bad for me and I don’t eat them anymore but DAMNIT IF I CAN APPROXIMATE THEM IN HEALTHY TEA FORMAT WITH A LITTLE EXTRA SUGAR I AM FREAKING GAME!
Just sitting here hovering over this cup is a delight. It smells of childhood happiness. Reminds me of happy times on the front porch of my grandparent’s house sharing a bag of such candies… And it reminds me of real peaches only in the vaguest round-about manner, but that’s okay.
I’m not sure why this flavor came out of a tea meant to taste like peach and mango… but it made me happy. SO BE IT. :)
Thanks to madametj for including this. it made me super happy. :)
Flavors: Candy, Peach, Sugar, Sweet
Samples Only TTB
I decided to try the Lipton Blackberry Vanilla simply because it came in pyramid bags and I’d never used one before. Well this was better than expected. It’s a pretty strong tea for something that comes from Lipton. I am used to loose leaf now and generally tea bags don’t do it for me anymore. I doubt I’d bother buying this, but glad I tried it.
The blackberry is very strong. The vanilla is not very noticable. It’s not bad. The flavor is not too sour.
Overall not bad. Not overwhelmingly good. I liked it well enough. :)
Well lets start off with I went to buy this tea and I thought ’ OHHH THE PACKET SMELLS NICE!! ’ so I thought lets give it a go. I was so excited to then be disappointed by its taste!! I followed the instructions on the back and I take one little sip… BAM!! ALL I TASTE IS LEAVES! I DONT GET THE WHOLE POINT OF IT BEING CALLED ‘FOREST FRUITS’ AND THE AMAZING BERRY TASTE’ WHEN IT DOESNT EVEN TASTE LIKE THAT. So just to make sure i had a mouthful and was still disappointed… I would rate this -9999999 if there were the option!
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile
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I have been wanting to give this a try as it seems there has been a recent marketing campaign for it in my area. Even though the reviews for Pure Leaf were pretty poor, I still thought I would give it a try. I like cold/iced tea about as much as (maybe even better than) hot tea.
I was quite surprised to walk by the display for Pure Leaf te and see the advertised "NEW’ unsweetened version. So I picked up a bottle. It is called “Pure Leaf” and the ingredients list tea, but also citric acid. So much for the “pure” part. But I guess there could be worse ingredients in there.
For what it is, a bottled tea, it is not terrible. It is not great either. The tea is pretty flat tasting. I know it is an unsweetened version but I was expected a bit better base tea. (I should have known better though). I can definitely taste the citric acid. It just gives it that tinge of artificialness to it.
I have definitely had better bottled iced teas, but nothing is as good as a homemade iced tea!
Another fruity mix that I enjoy when I am under the weather. It’s just sweet enough by itself to only need a touch of honey when feeling ill. It’s packed full of antioxidants that I just can’t get enough of. I drink this tea at least twice a week just for it’s nice, fruity (but not overbearingly so) flavour and the pleasant aroma it has when steeping.
I really enjoy this tea. I drink it exclusively on those grey, murky days where you want to just snuggle up and read. It’s so sweet by itself I only add a wee bit of honey to it. I love that I can smell the jasmine and taste the individual fruit flavours.
I’m usually iffy about fruity teas, but I adore this tea! I love how sweet it is and the wonderful aroma it has when brewing and steeping. I usually drink this when I am sick or when I start to feel like I am getting sick because it is loaded with antioxidants. And it is so naturally sweet tasting I don’t need to add any sweeteners of my own (unless I have a sore throat, then I add honey). This tea is one of the few favorites I have when it comes to Lipton.
It reminded me of a dirty floor. A very vivid image of a tea factory worker sweeping the floor for the dust and fannings of processed loose leaf tea and then pouring that into a large bag came to mind. Strange mixture of flavors – dirt, corrupted earth, rotting leaves. I had forgotten what bad tea tasted like… and I completely understand why people add things like milk and sugar to their Lipton.
Oh well… what else should you expect from a Comedy club when you order tea from their drinks menu? It was a great night despite the tea. :)