Quite fresh, this had crisp hints of fresh lemon and then black tea. There’s an obvious dryness from the tannins at the end. Not too sweet and, although it could use a bit more flavour, it was nonetheless rather refreshing.
6, 7 (My Score, Mrs. B’s)
Slightly darker than the Lemon variety and with a ripe peach nose. This had a well-rounded, fruity taste; the tea flavours were still there, but weren’t so pronounced. Full flavours, with some dryness at the end, but – overall – refreshing.
The smell of this one was rather horrid, like stewed tea and slightly overripe fruit; very off-putting.
To taste, this was very different to the Lipton: much sweeter and slightly musky, with some additional floral elements. We found it difficult to taste the tea very much as it was a bit sickly; so much so, that it was difficult to finish the glass.
This was the darkest of the Lipton teas and was quite fruity, with a strong mango flavour that remind me of mango sorbet. There were some black tea notes, but the tea came across mostly via the tannins at the end. Despite this, it was quite sweet, but easy and pleasant to drink; merely not quite as refreshing as the peach and lemon versions.
This was another variety with an off-putting smell: hints of rotting cabbage and stale teabags. It was also far, far too sweet, rather cloying, very sickly and, again, the fruit tasted past its best. Finally, there were hints of bitter mint leaves at the end. Not recommended.
Lipton Green Tea Lemon
A light yellow-green in colour, this had an intriguing, oyster-like nose with a hint of copper. Clean and crisp, the flavour was distinctly different and made for a nice change. The tea came through well and the lemon gave it a nice lift. A less intense, less sweet variety.
Lipton Sparkling Citrus
Initially a tannin and tea muskiness followed by a burst of citrus and a light sweetness. It is fizzy but not too much with gives it quite fresh character and makes it stand out from the crowd. That said toward the end there is something lacking and the flavour seems a bit hollow. 5, 6
This was notably dark in colour and, suitably, was full of dark, floral flavours and rich, bitter tannins. The flavours then moved towards floral citrus and bergamot. Altogether, it was rich, succulent and very tasty. We found it to be exceptionally refreshing, with some intriguing hints of chocolate on the finish. Frankly, superb!
This ice tea was very pleasant: not too sweet, nor too bitter. I found it to be reminiscent of home-made varieties. There’s a dryness from the tannins and a touch of citrus. It’s a bit floral, but overall there’s no discernible difference between the Darjeeling and unspecified black tea. Quite fresh and worth trying.
MAKE YOUR OWN
Add One Teabag / 2 Tsp Loose Tea for every 750ml/26oz of Boiling Water
Allow to steep for 10 minutes.
Remove teabags and add sugar and lemon juice to taste (I tend to use about 1tsp of sugar and 20ml Lemon Juice for every 750ml of Ice Tea)
Allow to cool, bottle and chill.
[30ml White Rum, 10ml Dark Creme De Cacao, 80ml Ice Tea]
[30ml Cognac, 80ml Ice Tea, 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters]
[30ml Beefeater Gin, 10ml Lemon Juice, 80ml Earl Grey Ice Tea]
Very pleasant, quite orangey which comes from the botanicals of the gin, the bergamot of the earl grey ice tea and the garnish. crisp and very very refreshing, great for a slow summer afternoon. I’m hope Her Majesty would approve.
[15ml Whiskey, 15ml Southern Comfort, 60ml Ice Tea]