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Lipton Blackberry Flavored Black Tea Review
A Rather Unimpressive and Forgettable Blackberry Flavored Tea
Summary : Lipton, despite some bad experiences to the contrary, does have some enjoyable teas. This isn't one of them. This blackberry flavored black tea from Lipton just is "weak" in taste and not exactly overwhelming in aroma, either.
Review : I had a unpleasant tea tasting experience last night while trying out Lipton's Raspberry Flavored Black Tea. Yet, I guess I just enjoy self-punishment. Or would it be self-flagellation? Because, for whatever the reason, here I am...one night later...trying out the sister product to that tea, a blackberry flavored black tea.
Now, admittedly, I may not have had the most open of minds when trying out this tea due to my poor experience last night. Still, it wasn't like I was in the frame of mind to despise this tea. Nor did I have some deep and unfullfilled desire to banish this tea to the depths of my kitchen cupboard.
Instead, my frame of mind could best be described as being a mix of resignation, dread, and a few other choice adjectives that I'll leave to your mind to fill.
Liptons Blackberry Flavored Black Tea contains the following ingredients : "Fine imported black tea leaves, hibiscus flowers, rosehips, roasted chicory root, roasted barley malt, orange peel, licorice root, natural blackberry flavor with other natural flavors (contains soy lecithin)."
Here is how Lipton describes this tea on their website : "Imagine pure, all natural LIPTON Tea infused with the flavor of sweet, ripe blackberries. Better yet, brew up a cup for yourself of our delicious blend of pure black tea leaves and natural blackberry flavors. Plus, LIPTON Tea provides a healthy dose of protective flavonoid."
IMAGINE! That caught my eye when reading what Lipton has to say about this rather sorry tea. The reason? Simple..you'll really have to use your imagination to consider this a good blackberry black tea, let alone a good black tea, whatsoever.
The first IMAGINE encounter with this tea came when I opened up the foil wrapper. Talk about a lack of aroma. OK, maybe that is a bit harsh, but not by much. You really do have to stretch out your imagination a bit to consider this a aromatic tea. Basically, this tea says "weak" all over it when you first pull it out. And sadly, that is the case when brewed too.
Once brewed, this tea tasted pretty much like I sadly thought it would...a very weak tasting blackberry flavored black tea. Now, the taste wasn't awful by any means...it was just WEAK. The taste did come pretty close to imitating a blackberry to some degree, to give Lipton credit, but that is about the nicest thing I can say about this tea.
And lastly, if you enjoy the taste of black tea, absolutely, positively do NOT get this tea. You'll find nowhere in this tea anything that even resembles a black tea flavor...which goes to show what poor quality leaves Lipton must have used in this tea since black teas tend to produce some very powerful and distinct flavors, even if not always pleasant!
Recommendation : Not especially. I guess if you love blackberries in all shapes and forms, besides the PDA that is, you may indeed find something redeemable in this very weak tasting blackberry flavored black tea. I did not. So I give it two stars. It's not a dreaded one star tea as the flavor is tolerable, just very disappointing.
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