Lipton Mint Flavored Black
Not a Bad Mint Tea, But I've Had Better
Summary : I actually liked this tea. Yeah, it's
no substitute for a real loose-leaf mint tea, as the mint taste is on
the light side. But still, this is a tasty tea and enjoyable to drink.
Review : After my happy experience with Liptons
Orange & Spice Flavored Black Tea, I was rather looking forward
to this tea. I guess what was surprising me about these flavored black
teas that came in the sampler box was that the strong and frequently
overpowring black tea taste was mysterious absent - allowing the infused
flavors to actually be tasted. That has long been a pet peeve of mine
in the flavored black tea department - I could never taste the flavors
due to the strenght of the black tea taste.
And so, with an open and somewhat hopeful mind, I opened up the bag
and gave it a try. Admittedly, you won't be impressed at the first meeting
with this tea - there is very little aroma, although what there is does
indeed smell like mint.
Liptons Mint Flavored Black Tea contains the following ingredients
: "Fine imported black tea leaves, natural mint flavor (contains
Here is how Lipton describes this tea on their website : "LIPTON
blends pure black tea leaves with natural mint flavor to create a delicious
and refreshing all natural tea that provides a healthy dose of protective
Well, by and large I'll agree with Lipton in that this tea is indeed
pretty refreshing. The taste of this tea basically is of "light mint."
While this tea can in no way compare to the "mint taste" found in a
similar loose-leaf tea, that doesn't mean that this tea is bad. Far
from it, actually.
You see, what I realized about Liptons Flavored Black Teas is that,
well, you can't taste the black tea at all! Someway, somehow Lipton
essentially strips out the taste of black tea. That has been my pet
peeve with other flavored black teas - the black tea taste all but
wipes out whatever was infused into the tea.
Granted, I realize that the reason you can't taste the black tea that
much in this tea is due to the fact that the black tea leaves are tiny
and are of poor quality (thus leading to a very weak black tea tastes
that gets "buried" under the mint infusion). But you know what...who
cares? Long as the tea is
good and pleasant to my taste buds, I really could care less if the
leaves are "high quality." In short, I'm not a tea snob that will give
a tea short shrift based on the leaf quality alone. For me, the taste
of a tea is everything, and in this regard, Lipton's Mint Flavored
is actually pretty good.
Recommendation : Yes. If you like mint and flavored
black teas, you'll enjoy this tea to some extent. The tea is no replacement
for a quality loose-leaf mint tea. And the traditional strong taste
of black tea is all but missing here - for better or for worse, depending
on your perspective. Still, this tea is enjoyable to drink.
Tea Information and Brewing Instructions
- Tea Reviewed : Mint Flavored Black Tea
- Manufacturer : Lipton Teas
- Available from :
Lipton Tea at Amazon
- Type of Tea : Flavored Tea
- Leaf Type : Bagged Tea
- Date of Review : December 2nd, 2006
- Tea Rating :
- Brewing Instructions : Pour boiling water over
tea bag. Let brew 3-5 minutes. For stronger flavor, brew the full
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