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Impra Lemon Flavored Black Tea Review

A Surprisngly Good Lemon Flavored Tea

Summary : I was expecting basically nothing...being a generic grocery store bagged tea. And what I found was a very strong and pleasant tasting lemon tea instead. I'm quite happy!

Review : The name "Global Brands" is not likely to make the lovers of tea come running to the store everytime new stock of this tea arrives. And indeed, I was leery of buying it...after all...at 50 cents a box, how could it possibly be good?

Still, I have the largest tea review site on the Internet...so I felt compelled to give this tea a try. Moreover, I also have a lemon addiction...if a tea is suppose to have lemon in it, I will try it...and to heck with what the name on the box says! Lastly, while the tea is branded "Global Brands," in fact that is the private label name for a tea that is put out by Impra Teas.

Happily, I got a pleasant surprise in this tea. The aroma of the tea is nothing special, but that didn't surprise me at all. Generic black teas use low quality black tea leaves...hence the lack of smell. And lemon itself doesn't have a powerful fragrance...usually...until it is brewed. Hence, the lack of aroma was neither disappointing nor suprising.

Still, I was encouraged...as during the brewing process the tea definitely had a nice lemon fragrance to it, which is always a good sign.

Unlike many flavored black teas...particularly those loose-leaf flavored black teas...the flavor of black tea was on the weak side. This is undoubtedly due to the low quality of the black tea leaves used in the tea. Still, in many ways, this is a GOOD thing...otherwise the powerful flavor of the black tea would drown out the lemon flavor that has been added to the tea.

And since lemon is what I wanted in this tea, this is a good thing. And if you like a lemon tea, you'll appreciate the subtle and subuded black tea flavor too...assuming you can break away from the uninspiring brand name of "Global Brands."

As for the lemon flavor of the tea, it is surprisingly strong. Not too strong to be like sucking on a raw lemon...but not so weak that you can barely taste it. Goldilocks comes to mind here...not too strong...not too weak..."just right."

The tea also lacks any sort of bitterness to it...and I brewed it for 5 minutes. Once again, this is due to the low quality black tea leaves used. But you know what...in this particular tea...who cares! Long as it tastes good and the lemon flavor is strong, that is all I care about. And in that regard, the tea delivered.

Overall, this tea was surprising...and in a good way. If you like lemon teas, the odds are high that you'll enjoy this tea. And at 50 cents a box, it won't break your bank account either!

Recommendation : Yes. If you like other lemon flavored teas...black or otherwise...you'll likely enjoy this tea.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Lemon Flavored Black Tea
  • Manufacturer : Impra
  • Available from : Grocery Store
  • Type of Tea : Flavored Tea
  • Leaf Type : Bagged Tea
  • Date of Review : March 5th, 2007
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Pour boiling water over tea bag. Let brew 3-5 minutes. For stronger flavor, brew the full five minutes.

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