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From Kirin

70% Java, 30% Ceylon. This tea was steeped at a low temperature (70 degrees Celsius) giving it both a refreshing taste and a good aftertaste. This will quench your first and, having no sweeteners, will bring out the taste of any meal.

Nishin Trading Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Kirin Soft Drink (Tea)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Brooklyn, NY — July 5, 2005 — Nishin Trading Inc. is recalling Kirin Soft Drink (Tea) because it may contain undeclared milk protein. People who have allergies to milk protein may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled Kirin Soft Drink (Tea) packaged in 1.5 liter plastic bottles with various codes were sold nationwide.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by food laboratory personnel revealed the presence of undeclared milk protein in packages which did not declare a milk ingredient on the label.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Consumers who have purchased Kirin Soft Drink (Tea) should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-486-8396.

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Another black tea that professes to be unsweetened, this time from Kirin. Thankfully, it does not explain that the tea’s deliciousness derives from tea fairies harvesting the final “golden drops” of tea from teapots in order to make the tea, which, to be fair, coca-cola didn’t EXACTLY say either (but they may as well have). It also didn’t proceed to list sweeteners in its ingredients so I had a good feeling!

The tea is, indeed, unsweetened, although it has a certain very faint sweetness about it that is faint enough to not make me suspicious. I don’t know if its the low temperature steep that did it, but there is an interesting air about this tea, a tiny hint of astringency that never quite comes to fruition. I quite like it, and it’s nice to finally find an iced black tea that isn’t sweetened instead of just pretending to not be sweetened. AND it was on sale, which, unfortunately in a combini means that it’s not been selling particularly well and they are trying to get rid of the last bit they have so they can replace it wish something else. Probably extremely sweet royal milk tea. Or Yet Another Green Tea.

It’s kind of weird to me that the Japanese would be so adamant about sweetening their black teas, when their desserts/cookies/that type of thing are often much less sweet than ones in the US. Ah well, cultural differences!

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