Big thanks to Stacy for sending over such an impressive array of Lipton teas for me to try out. I am a huge tea fan so these especially made my day. Teas are very versatile and since it is HOT right, iced tea sounds really good just about now.
Tuscan Lemon Black Tea: As I was seeping the tea, I could already smell the fresh aroma of lemon wafting out of the cup. The base of this tea blend is black tea along with real lemon juice. I think they use some form of crystallized lemon juice. Tea and lemon is truly a great pair. The lemon flavor is not strong, so I like to squeeze some fresh lemon into my cup which makes it extra lemony. I dropped a few tea bags in to a large pitcher of water (cut the string) and made some summer friendly iced tea. The triangle tea bags makes these look very elegant.
Vanilla Caramel Truffle Black Tea: Real caramel pieces in the tea bag melts immediately when you seep the tea bag. The aroma of the vanilla caramel is intoxicating, but when you drink it, the vanilla and caramel taste is lite to minimal. Shall I say, smells better than it taste? Maybe I need to brew it longer? This tea has potential to be a really good dessert tea if only the vanilla caramel truffle flavor was a bit stronger.
White Tea w/ Island Mango and Peach: Lovely tropical combination. The light white tea made the mango and peach flavor shine through. Make a really good summer iced tea. I find that this one taste a lot better when it is a little bit sweeten. The sweetness really brings out the “tropical” flavors.
The green tea varieties includes, Green Tea with Mandarin Orange, which is nice a citricy, but I am not a fan of orange flavors in tea. The combination of Orange, Passionfruit & Jasmine did not go well with me. either. I’m starting to think that I am not a fan of passionfruit since I’ve noticed that anything with passionfruit in it gets low marks from me. Just a personal preference in taste I guess. The cranberry pomegranate green tea is a good combination. And the basic green tea is decent as well.
Normally I am all over green teas, they taste delicious, and are full of antioxidants, but for some reason, I am liking the black and white teas more than the green teas from the Lipton lines. I guess Lipton won me over with their scrumptious flavor parings. Now that summer is in full swing, a constant jug of iced tea is a must in my refrigerator so using up the abundance of tea bags is no problem. Great way to keep cool while still keeping healthy with antioxidants. Lipton has come a long way trying to update their image by coming up with new and interesting tea pairings.
Retails: $3.39 to $5.29 per box @ Ralphs
My Cost: Free
Filed under Drinks, Tea, WW: 0
Although Tazo tea is a pretty popular brand, I’ve never had much luck with their products. I did not purchase this product, but my brother, who has the biggest sweet tooth in the world, buys this often and makes his own matcha latte at home. He offered me some so I thought I should try it out just for the sake of blogging. The drink calls for equal parts concentrate mixed with equal parts milk. You can serve it hot or cold. Knowing that drinks like these are often way too sweet for me, I opted to use unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze to dilute the sugar. Nope, still too sweet. 1/2 and 1/2 does not work so I tried 1/4 concentrate, 3/4 Almond Breeze. Better, but I’m still not a fan. Being an avid sencha and matcha green tea drinker, I find that this Tazo Matcha Latte does not taste anything like green tea at all. This particular blend is suppose to have Japanese matcha green tea and melon flavor in it, but all I could taste was almond milk and sugar. I am not a fan, but if you like the Matcha Green tea lattes they serve at Starbucks, you will probably like this product. The concentrate itself is a pretty dark green color, but once mixed with milk, it turns into this light green color similar to the green color on the box. One serving (120 ml) is 60 calories, zero fat, zero cholesterol, 5 milligram of sodium, 16 grams of carbohydrates, no fiber, 15 grams of sugar and no protein.
Retails: about $5.00 per 32 oz carton
My Cost: Free
Calories: 60 per 4 oz (concentrate only)
Filed under Drinks, WW: 1
I’ve always had luck with Yogi Teas. I remember back in the days, before it got all popular, they run for about $2-$3 at my local health store. Didn’t know I was getting a good deal until it went away. Nowadays, these teas run about $4-$5 a box. Lately, this Synergy Kombucha drink has been taking over the blogging world by storm. As much as I would like to try it out, $3.99 a pop is a very steep price to pay for a one time enjoyment. What is Kombucha anyways? After doing a little internet searching, I came to the conclusion that Kombucha is a fermented shroom that results into a live culture drink that is suppose to be really healthy for you and taste like vinegar. Just like Goji berries and Acai berries, products with those words tend to SELL (usually at a premium price). I guess kombucha is the next health trend so it comes to no surprise to me when Yogi had its very own version of kombucha to cash in on the latest trend. When I saw this Yogi Green Tea Kombucha, I decided to give it a try. Green Tea Kombucha is suppose to help fight fatigue, sooth an upset stomach, and boost your immune system. The blend contains organic green tea, organic lemon grass, organic spearmint leaf and kombucha extract . Taste very natural (no vinegar taste) and the tinge of spearmint is very soothing. The things is, with kombucha in a dry form, I don’t know if you are getting the same benefits of the live culture liquid form. Other than that, I like this tea.
Another Yogi Tea picked up is the Peach Detox Cleansing Tonic made with organic dandelions. What I needed a detox tea for I do not know, the word DETOX just drew me to it. This particular blend is suppose to promote healthy kidney and liver functions and I did notice that I went to the bathroom more frequent after I drank this tea. I thought this would have a peachy taste, but I cannot detect any hint of peach flavor in this tea at all. Prominent notes include, pepper, dandelion, and ginger. I went crazy at a bag of salted soy crisps that Newman’s Organics sent over (review coming soon), and I thought for sure that the scale would reflect the water retention the next morning. Surprisingly, the scale did not reflect any water retention at all. I credit it all to this Yogi Peach Detox tea. Nice to keep around when I have those high sodium days. Or for special events where having a bloated tummy is not an option. There are so many teas to choose from that it can get mind boggling sometimes. Depending on your mood, taste, or the benefits you are looking for, Yogi’s website can offer you some recommendations.
P.S: The little words of wisdom on the tea tags are always fun to read.
Retails: $4.99 online @ Yogi
My Cost: $4.99
Organic, unsweetened, and brewed from fair trade tree leaves, what more can I ask for? Iced tea that really is JUST iced tea. The taste is light, refreshing and wonderful. Sometimes green tea tends to have a bitter aftertaste, but that wasn’t the case here. My 1/2 gallon carton disappeared pretty fast. Pacific Natural Foods also offers other flavors like Peach, Lemon, Raspberry and Black tea as well, but those are sweetened with organic sugar cane. Sweetened or unsweetened, Pacific Natural Foods offers a good selection of organic iced teas.
Retails: $4.39 @ Henry’s Marketplace
My Cost: $4.39