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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!
Very strong citrus flavour, rich and sweet, some flowery notes in the background.
Really fresh in taste, not bland, although the base green tea is absolutely devoid of bitterness.
Flavors: Citrus, Flowers, Fruity, Orange, Orange Zest
Before you judge me, this was a free teabag from a hotel I stayed at. Since enjoy EG with milk and also use it in recipes sometimes, I figured a poor quality EG would be fine in a pinch. Since I don’t have any EG blends at the moment, apart from 52Teas’ EG Cupcake, it made sense to take the teabag for future use. I intended to use this next time I made EG and lemon muffins or blueberry EG banana bread, but I felt like a latte this morning and bergamot seemed like a good choice.
This is more floral than most EG blends I’ve tried. The base is mediocre, but with soy milk added I don’t taste most of the subtleties. The bergamot is the perfect potency, but backs that citrus flavour I enjoy in most other brands. Surprisingly, when I sipped it before adding milk, I could taste a think, malty black base. Normally Lipton’s black teas are acrid and bitter.
Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey, Floral, Malt, Tannin
I have found a new contender for “worst berry tea”. It is sickening how artificial the berry flavour it. It is overpoweringly purfumed and almost seems soapy. If you have ever wondered it what hair shampoo flavoured tea tastes like, it is this.
I should have known better because it is Lipton.
Flavors: Artificial, Berry, Floral, Fruity, Perfume, Raspberry
Before brewing powdered matcha in the traditional Japanese way, I decided to try this Lipton tea. It was sold at Walmart and was fairly priced at $2.98 for 15 tea bags. At this point, I’ve never had matcha or really tried any green tea, but was surprised to find the tea having a unique aftertaste after all the bitterness. If you’re on a budget or cannot make matcha traditionally, then this tea is a good alternative.
Flavors: Bitter, Flowers, Green
As far as Lipton teas go, this sachet is fancy. Whole leaf green with lots of room for the leaves to expand.
Slightly acidic and definitely mandarin orange flavour. The green doesn’t present itself, so it is quite difficult to taste. I would never buy it, but as the only decent tea at a breakfast buffet, I would drink it again.
Flavors: Fruity, Orange Zest, Tangy
This tea is surprisingly tasty and refreshing for Lipton brand. As a fan of matcha, this is a simple and easy take on the classic drink. I recommend this tea due to its availability, low price and easy brew method.
Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Green Wood
I normally avoid Lipton, even if it is free, however I had been curious about the “yellow label” variety for a while.
I steeped the teabag in 250 mL hot water + soy milk ~1 minute. It is lightly floral, I think it would have been bitter if I hadn’t added milk. Typically English breakfast flavoured, it doesn’t have much to comment on other than the obvious floral notes.
Flavors: Floral, Tannin, Tea
I’m finding I’m drinking a lot of mint tea at the moment, even though it’s usually not a favourite of mine. I’m pretty sure it’s because it’s just so, so hot at the moment – mint, at least, has a kind of cooling effect thing going on even if I drink it hot. So. Mint it is.
This one’s pretty nice, and I think on the whole I prefer it to some other bagged brands (Twinings in particular, and possibly even Teapigs). It’s not too dank and heavy (I suppose it is called delicate…), and it retains a pleasant sweetness. My sample sachet doesn’t say, but I’m pretty sure it’s a spearmint/peppermint blend. It’s very similar to the Hampstead Tea I drank a few days ago.
I’d probably not actively seek this particular tea out in the future, since mint doesn’t generally do it for me, and because it’s nothing super special. It’s good, though; especially on a day like today when it’s at least 29 outside, and more like 34 in the office.
Can I go home yet?