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Lipton Honey Green Tea Review
A Rather Unpleasant Green Tea - Flavored Or Not
Summary : I suspect if this tea ends up being your first green tea ever sampled, it will likely be your last. This tea was just plain bad. Sorry Lipton. Back to the drawing board.
Review : I really have come to like flavored green teas. A good green tea is very enjoyable, don't get me wrong. I really like high-quality green teas. Yet, who can argue with adding "something" to a green tea to give it a different flavor. Case in point is Celestial Seasonings Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea, which is a very tasty and enjoyable flavored green tea. And so, silly me, I actually thought Liptons Honey Green Tea might taste a bit similar.
Just goes to show you how much I know. Even right out of the foil wrapper that this tea comes in, I had some nasty suspicions. Reason? Simple, the lack of fragrance. If you stuck your nose right on the bag and used your imagination a bit you could smell a touch of honey - but not by much. Still, I had the tea, so might as well give it a try.
Liptons Honey Green Tea contains the following ingredeints : Green tea, orange peel, chamomile, lemon grass, licorice root, roasted chicory root, natural honey flavor with other natural flavors (contains soy lecithin).
This is how Liption describes this tea on their website : "The delicate flavor of all natural green tea blends with the sweet taste of honey to create a subtly sweet drink. LIPTON’s Honey Green Tea is both healthy and refreshing, with a hearty dose protective flavonoid antioxidants."
Well, where to begin. OK. Let's start with how to brew this tea for starters. Talk about exactly opposite of how a green tea is supposed to be brewed. Lipton says to brew this tea by pouring boiling water (rolling boiling water they add) over the tea, and then letting it brew for just 1 to 1.5 minutes. Very different, although with all the other stuff in the tea, I guess it does make some sense. Plus, the Honey Lemon Green Tea from Celestial Seasonings uses boiling water too, and I loved that tea, so I was open-minded about the brewing process...as different as it may be.
Next. Let's talk about the "sweet taste of honey." OK. Where? Sweet taste. More like incredibly bitter taste. Yes, you could taste the honey a little bit - but you really needed to use your imagination to consider this tea a "sweet tea."
Onward. Let's talk about the "subtly sweet drink." Subtle? Nothing subtle about this tea. Take one gulp of it and wow, instant bitterness. Now, admittedly, this tea has one redeeming quality - it doesn't stink up the whole house. But to call this tea a sweet and subtle tea really requires some twisted imagination.
Lastly, let's talk about health. Here Lipton is being honest. You do get lots of antioxidants from this tea, like you do with all other non-decaf green teas. Still, considering the bewildering variety of green teas available today, there is no reason to subject yourself to the taste of this green tea just to get antioxidants. Yes, you can get your antioxidants and have a good taste too with a green tea. It just won't be this one.
Recommendation : No. With all the tasty green teas on the market today, there is no reason to subject yourself to this one, unless you enjoy self-flagellation. Or...you want to punish someone you don't like.
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