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Thanks to, it appears, MissB and Sil for this sample! I had pretty low expectations for this tea… pear chocolate? What a weird combo. However, I was very pleasantly surprised – it brewed up with a lovely sweet aroma, and the flavour may have the most realistic pear notes that I have ever tasted in a tea. The chocolate was present but pretty subdued, which was probably okay. I have one teabag left and am now looking very forward to drinking it! I’d buy this, for sure!
This is my mother’s favorite tea personally the flavor falls flat. It takes like grassy lemon water. No matter how long you steep it the tea flavor doesn’t get any stronger. The matcha is stuck in the bag and it doesn’t mix completely in with the tea. All in all this tea was not the best.
Flavors: Bitter, Ginger, Grass
After finishing a cup of Mighty Leaf Wild Berry Hibiscus, I was in the mood for more berry so went straight for this gift from Mastress Alita.
The dry sachet smelled like a berry and spice scented candle but it was very pleasant. The brewed tea smelled very berry leaning artificial strawberry. It was complex beneath that with hints of some of the other ingredients like orange, cinnamon and chicory. The liquor was medium-bodied and tasted mostly of a tart 3-berry flavoring (strawberry, blueberry and blackberry) with a typical Lipton base flavor. It was pretty good until I got close to the bottom of the cup when it became biting in the throat and left a weird feeling on my tongue, maybe from the food starch. Not bad but too artificial for my tastes. It did, however, fill the very berry void.
The weirdest thing happened while I was drinking this tea. I was sipping on some appley-floral chamomile. Next thing I knew I had a mouthful of wood shavings. Jk. Smelled good and tasted good going in but had a woody aftertaste and was pretty drying after the swallow. I’m sure some honey would take care of that.
At first I wasn’t too keen but it grew on me. It does have some similarity to blueberry muffins so as for doing what it’s intended it ticks the box. Not something I would drink all the time, more of a ‘treat’ or something to drink after a meal. At least it makes a good substitute for actual blueberry muffins!
Flavors: Blueberry, Cake
So, I had this again, as a warm cuppa this time, for my Doctor Who watching today. I actually found I liked this better this time than the first time I tried it, which was as a quart of iced tea… maybe I’d had it in the fridge a little too long and the flavors had muted a little too much, because as I recall, it had sort of a generic berry flavor, but I wasn’t able to pick out any particular fruit flavors. I still found the base very bland (meh, Lipton) but it at least wasn’t bitter or astringent (so honestly a step up compared to CTC bagged Lipton I’ve had), but I at least tasted a sweet strawberry flavor and what tasted sort of like artificial grape this time.
I mean, still incredibly average, but better than what I’d originally scored this as, so I’m bumping up my rating a bit.
Flavors: Artificial, Berries, Grapes, Malt, Strawberry, Sweet
So, I had a Mason jar of iced tea in my fridge, and couldn’t remember for the life of me what I had actually made. With my migraines memory loss is a persistent problem. I could tell from looking at the jar it was a black tea, and sniffing the tea, it smelled a bit like berries, particularly it sort of had a grapey aroma or black currant, but I definitely didn’t remember making my Black Currant Black iced, something I keep telling myself I should do. Finally I started looking back through my massive tea catalogue Excel file hoping a name would jog my memory… but that actually worked. Wanting to get more boxes of bagged tea out of my cupboards that I hardly ever drink, I decided to make an iced tea batch of some bagged Lipton I had been gifted ages ago by a former volunteer in my department of the library.
Oh boy, bagged Lipton… and this one is discontinued now, too.
I will say I was pleasantly surprised that it was in a sachet, not the stinky paper bags that I usually have to cut open when dealing with bagged teas because I will actually taste the paper otherwise, and it actually did smell… nice? There was a really pleasant fruity scent from the tea, and there still is with this finished ice batch, and that is probably why I would never have guessed that I had a Mason jar of Lipton tea sitting in my fridge.
It… tastes okay, I guess? Mostly, it just still tastes a bit weak to me, so if anything, I still think the base of the tea is the main problem. I used a teabag per cup of water (4 bags per 4 cups of the quart) but it just feels a little dull. That said, it isn’t unbarably bitter either, which is my usual response to bagged Lipton, so there is that. It’s actually drinkable, and does have a fruity note, it just isn’t nearly as pronounced in the actual tea as I’m getting from the aroma. It’s more like a muted berry flavor than any particular fruity flavors… where is the strawberry I was smelling? Or the grape? Or the black currant? Amazing how lackluster it all turns in the glass. But the best by date on this was April 2018, so maybe age has something to do with it, too.
Ah well, I still want to sip this down (really need to free up the space from these old gifted bagged teas…), so I still need to try this warm, and next time I make another batch of this iced, I’ll try overleafing it a smidge and seeing if that helps.
Surprisingly drinkable for a Lipton, and probably being fuller leaf in sachets has a lot to do with that.
Flavors: Berries, Malt
This one is delicious. It is one of the few teas my husband likes as it is so Sweet. Its like a treat, like a candy. Smells very good and Sweet( my hubby notices). I think this is easy to like for everyone, kids and men as well. As long as they dont dislike Sweet teas.
Flavors: Caramel, Maple Syrup, Sugar, Toffee, Vanilla
Maybe my bags are a little to old, cause I get a perfumey taste and smell out of this one. I prefer my own mint tea which I use my garden mint plants to brew a pot, add some sweetener and Place it in the fridge to drink With ice cubes when its a hot summer day. This Lipton tea is mixed With green tea. I gotta realize by now that I dont like green tea…But I know there are People who loves this certain tea.
Flavors: Mint, Peppermint
This gets a very perfumey smell when it brews. Like I’m preparing something soapy…kinda weird smell of peach, soap and perfume. I sweeten it With 2 pieces of Natreen artificial sweetener. The taste? Kind of weird. Like Flowers and Hubba Bubba chewing gum. Like its made for kids…? I’m not fond of green tea in general. So this tea was unfortunately a total bummer for me. Luckily this is the last cup/bag. Never again…!
Flavors: Apricot, Flowers, Peach, Perfume, Soap
This tea is great for the evening and night to relax. The dominant smell is chamomile, but you still get scents of the lavender and cinnamon. The taste is mostly chamomile and lavender with cinnamon on the finish. Stress Less is a very comforting tea, especially if you drink it warm.
Sampler Sipdown September! So, this is probably the most non-traditional tea review on this site? Maybe? Because I have a confession… other than using this in a batch of iced tea once (and it was mixed with some Stash Lemon Ginger), I’ve never drunk this stuff. (For the record, that was one of the worst quarts of iced tea I’ve ever had to put myself through, and I had put absolutely gobs of honey in the thing trying to make it palatable).
Truth of the matter is, I’m not really a fan of plain ol’ black assam and ceylon teas to begin with, so a plain ol’ Lipton bagged black tea? Hell na. This box was gifted on me by a former volunteer in my department at the library, who handed me a bag of her tea cupboard de-stash of boxed teas, and I took it all home to sample. I never really wanted this, but I have a hard time throwing tea away (I did end up having to throw away the Traditional Medicinals Raspberry Leaf she bestowed on me after sampling it, though… that stuff was just too nasty.)
So I’ve now used this up with hardly any of the stuff having to actually touch my tastebuds. How? I’ve been using it up making black tea hair rinses! Yes. The boatloads of medications I’m on for migraine coupled with my PCOS-hormonal-rage cause a ton of shedding, and apparently black tea is a natural way to help with that (yes, I’m one of those weird “natural” people when it comes to my hair, I won’t put any weird chemicals/dyes/what-have-you in it). I’m also hoping that it might naturally color my grays (I have a ridiculous amount for only being 36), but haven’t seen any results in that department, yet.
My regimin has been three of these teabags plus four teaspoons of loose sage herb (which is supposed to naturally help with the grays) steeped in boiling water for five minutes. I strain and let it sit in the fridge when I go to wash my hair, and by the time I’m done, I take the tea out of the fridge and it’s still warm but cool enough to apply without fear of scalding. I pour half in an applicator bottle and half in a spray bottle and thoroughly soak my hair in the black tea. I let it sit for at least ten minutes, then do a two cup rinse that is one part apple cider vinegar and 3 parts water since the apple cider vinegar helps act as a sealant. Because the caffeine in the tea can be drying, I put a nice honey and sage deep conditioner on, let it sit for about 20 minutes, then do a luke warm rinse. Hair is very soft afterwards.
Shedding is still pretty bad when I wash, but is already noticably better day-to-day when the hair is dry, and breakage/split ends is much better too. No coloring of the grays yet, though. The Lipton is gone now, and this was a great way to get it out of the cupboard. Now I’ll just start using my “less loved” loose leafs (those more bitter/astringent blacks that I rarely feel like drinking!) up this way!
Got Lipton? Making a hair rinse out of it is always an option!