I really like the taste of the pure black tea in this but only because it is balanced so well with the lemonade. I would say this is more of a lemon flavored black iced tea (not too much lemonade in it) but it works great. I added a packet of sugar to cut the tartness a little, but it is not so sugary as to overwhelm my palate and detract from the flavor or to dominate the tea flavors either. I don’t think Starbucks specializes in iced teas or anything, so this seems like a beautiful accident. Plus, I’ll generally reach for a cold drink before a hot drink, so this worked out well for me.