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Lipton Green Tea Review

Your Typically Bad Chinese Restaurant Green Tea

Summary : If you like those awful green teas you get in no-name chinese restaurants, you may like this idea. Otherwise, go and get yourself some good bagged green tea.

Review : My spirits had been lifting a bit in regards to Lipton products. I had bought a Lipton Green Tea Sampler box which contained 6 different flavors of green tea. The first sample was terrible. However, the next three were surprisingly good, despite the odd way of brewing these teas. As such, I wasn't in a "negative frame of mind" when I decided to give Liptons 100% Natural Green Tea a try.

Now...what Lipton means by "100% Natural" is that nothing has been added to this tea. It is just pure green tea leaves. Period. Nothing else. Just like other pure loose-leaf green teas as well as bagged varieties such as Tazo China Tips Green Tea. Please note, 100% natural does NOT mean that this tea is organic.

This is how Liption describes this tea on their website : "Pure and simple, our all natural green tea is made of the finest leaves from around the world. Clean and delicious, make this tea part of your daily routine. Plus, green tea contains naturally protective (flavonoid) antioxidants."

My relatively high spirits, however, began to sink a bit after smelling this tea out of the bag. It smelled, sadly, almost exactly like all too many chinese restaurant green tea bags I've had. And the tea from most chinese restaurants is just plain awful.

And so I guess I wasn't really surprised that this tea tasted pretty darn bad. Between the "odd" way of brewing this tea (pour boiling water over the leaves and let steep for 1.5 minutes), the tiny leaves of this tea and the uninspiring fragrance of it, I just knew I was not going to like it. And I was right.

Overall, if you absolutely adore chinese restaurant green tea, this tea may be for you. But, compared to quality loose-leaf green tea, and even many bagged supermarket green teas like from Tazo and Celestial Seasonings, this tea is really, really quite bad.

Recommendation : No. One of the least enjoyable green teas I've had. I give it two stars because this tea can be choked down without death occurring, but it does border on being a 1 star tea. Unless, of course, you like those awful green teas found in most cheap chinese restaurants.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : 100% Natural Green Tea
  • Manufacturer : Lipton
  • Available from : Lipton Tea at Amazon
  • Type of Tea : Green Tea
  • Leaf Type : Bagged
  • Date of Review : November 25th, 2006
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the tea bag. Let brew for 1 to 1.5 minutes. Yes, these brewing instructions go against normal green tea brewing, but these are the instructions provided by Lipton.

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