Tea with Lemon

Hi, is anyone drinking tea with a squeeze of lemon?

It’s something I am interested in doing after reading something about the health benefits. If you do, which tea goes nicely with lemon and why? And I don’t care so much about the flavored lemon teas… thx!

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Erin said

have you heard of true lemon http://www.truelemon.com/ ? I haven’t tried it but they tweeted me the other day about adding it to their green tea…?

Truelemon is a great convenience, and I always keep a few packets at hand. Also, the TrueOrange. I started using them in bottled water, but have occasionally used them in tea when I eat out and the tea served is not so great.

I’ve never seen that before!

Great link Erin! Thanks. :))

Amy,

Although I haven’t Iced it in years, I found brisk Darjeelings take lemon well. I’ve only tried smaller leaf seconds, or blends. If you’re cold brewing, I’d start with a reasonably priced blend. Even cold brewing a smaller leaf will bring out more astringency than a whole leaf. Upton’s has plenty of mid rage Darj’s that might work well. If your worried about astringency even with a cold soak, try a larger leaf. I’ve always liked the nutty character of 2nds for colder tea-besides lemon with a more fruity FF might be too fruity/citrusy.

Oh…….you didn’t specify iced.

Ceylons are good. Some can have natural lemon qualities. This one looks good:

http://uptontea.com/shopcart/item.asp?itemID=TB28&from=searchResults.asp&searchString=ceylon&searchOptionMatchAll=1&searchOptionCategory=1&searchOptionItemName=1&searchOptionItemDescription=1&searchOptionDocuments=0&searchOptionLimitCategory=&searchOptionPriceRange=0&sType=item&begin=10

http://uptontea.com/shopcart/item.asp?itemID=TC54&from=searchResults.asp&searchString=ceylon&searchOptionMatchAll=1&searchOptionCategory=1&searchOptionItemName=1&searchOptionItemDescription=1&searchOptionDocuments=0&searchOptionLimitCategory=&searchOptionPriceRange=0&sType=item&begin=20

http://uptontea.com/shopcart/item.asp?itemID=TC63&from=searchResults.asp&searchString=ceylon&searchOptionMatchAll=1&searchOptionCategory=1&searchOptionItemName=1&searchOptionItemDescription=1&searchOptionDocuments=0&searchOptionLimitCategory=&searchOptionPriceRange=0&sType=item&begin=30

I’ve had a Shadowlands Estate tea in the past, and this one sounds similar, it was good:

http://uptontea.com/shopcart/item.asp?itemID=TC92&from=searchResults.asp&searchString=ceylon&searchOptionMatchAll=1&searchOptionCategory=1&searchOptionItemName=1&searchOptionItemDescription=1&searchOptionDocuments=0&searchOptionLimitCategory=&searchOptionPriceRange=0&sType=item&begin=40

This tea is decent for the price, although I’ve never had it with lemon.:

http://www.harney.com/Details.cfm?ProdID=3751&category=0&secondary=866

Hope this helps. :))

Margaret’s hope does really well, I find!! I’ve been thinking about it all night actually, but it’s too late in the evening…

AJ said

Yes! I rather like Darjeelings with lemon. Most (of those I’ve tried) go very well with it.

East Frisian black tea is good with lemon. Its popular in Germany and they usually take it with lemon and rock sugar. I think certain greens can work too. Maybe the ones already flavored with fruit.

I enjoy a squeeze of lemon in many of the Ceylon lower elevation black teas, especially to complement the “brighter” notes. IMHO, Chinese black teas do better with a pinch of dried lemon grass since it doesn’t add astringency.

Another interesting combination is a bit of lemon peel in sencha tea. The natural astringency and umami flavor of the sencha make a nice mix. :)

ooh, thanks for the suggestions everyone!

chaijeeyah said

Actually, George Mateljan of whfoods.com (The World’s Healthiest Foods) recommends always squeezing lemon juice into your morning green tea cup.

I don’t know anything about health benefits (and perhaps some connoisseurs are cringing at this) but I actually like a splash of lemon juice in my bai hao yin zhen. I also find it’s good with Ceylons and some sweeter Chinese greens.

chaijeeyah said

Dear Amy oh,

world-famous nutritionist George Mateljan (of Croatian origin, I must say) recommends adding lemon juice to your green tea. Actually, here is his recipe: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=recipe&dbid=258

He suggests it be taken regularly as a part of a healthier lifestyle. The page is also abundant with information on studies undertaken about the health benefits of green tea.

I love a thin slice of lemon in tea. My husband likes a honking big wedge squeezed into strong black tea.

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