“ Brand: Lift / Type: Iced Tea „
I don't generally like herbal or fruit teas and tea with a slice of lemon in is probably my least favourite way to drink it. I don't even like the lemon tea made from the loose leaves or tea bags that my family try to tempt me with. I do however love Quench instant lemon tea, which a work colleague introduced me to. I buy a bag regularly but I am sometimes caught out by the fact that it isn't very widely stocked compared to similar products. So a few weeks ago when I couldn't get hold of it, I bought another instant lemon tea by the name of Lift. I did like it, but it hasn't displaced Quench in my affections as I will explain. I paid £1.59 for a 150g jar in Sainsbury's.
Lift is an instant tea which I know probably makes tea purists feel a shudder down their spine. I know my grandmother would have thought so, but then she didn't believe in mugs instead of cups and saucers either! Personally, I like the speed convenience of not needing to brew or strain a tea. The instant kind can be spooned into a cup and mixed with hot water and it is ready in seconds. It dissolves almost instantly, and doesn't leave a residue in the bottom of the cup which does give it a slight edge over my usual brand. In the jar, the tea looks like a not very fine powder and not really like tea at all. It does smell very nice though, of both tea and lemon, a scent that is more balanced than the tea's taste. As the tea isn't brewed, the only way of adjusting the strength of the taste is to add more or less spoons of tea. Lift suggest that you add two heaped tea spoons per cup and that is about right for me which means the 150g glass jar provides around 18-20 servings.
The tea is sweetened, which is not surprising considering it is very lemony, but it does mean that you can't adjust the sweetness down or of course or do without a sweetener altogether. There are two versions of Lift available in Sainsbury's - both are sweetened but one was labelled as "reduced sweetness" so I opted for that. I normally add sugar to my hot drinks but I also wanted to taste the tartness of the lemon. This still contains 5.5g of sugars per cup so it isn't the same as low sugar to me. [Dextrose and dried glucose syrup are the sweeteners listed in the ingredients.] Overall, I thought the drink tastes just sweet enough for my tastes but the lemon is quiet tart. I was however pleased with the strength of lemon flavour - there is nothing worse than a weak fruity tea to me. However, in contrast I could scarcely taste the base tea, which is a shame as I think this part usually makes the drink especially refreshing. I also found that the taste lingers a bit more in the mouth so it doesn't combine as well with food as it might do. So some of my family members who like the other instant lemon tea that I buy do not like this one nearly as much. I noted that lemon flavourings are listed amongst the ingredients of Lift - it does not state whether these are natural or artificial, but the citrus taste is certainly authentic.
I have had a salivary gland infection again recently, which leaves me with mild cold like symptoms. The lemon tea proved to be very comforting when hot - a bit like a non medicated Lemsip! I would certainly have some of this when I do get a proper cold. I generally prefer it cold though as it is a good thirst quencher when iced. The melting ice cubes take along time to dilute the flavour which is useful on a hot day. It looks an attractive freshly brewed tea [without milk!] colour too.
Once opened, the tea is supposed to be used up in 6 weeks. I am at about that point now and I can't say the tea has lost any flavour. It went a bit lumpy at the bottom of the jar, but the label warns you may find that the "powder" hardens and that it is ok to use if you break it up again. This is easy and doesn't affect the flavour. I think you can probably avoid the lumpiness if you don't leave the screw top jar lid off as we did before we noticed it had started to solidify as we had no problems until then.
Lift boast that the recommended 2 heaped teaspoonfuls of the instant tea per cup provide 20% of an adults RDA of Vitamin C. This is a nice boost, but if I wanted to up my intake of the vitamin I think I would prefer to get it through other means rather than drink lots of sweetened tea.
Overall, I would recommend the tea to those who want one with a strong lemon taste but if you like to taste the tea part as well, I think you would prefer my usual Quench lemon tea. This one is definitely not bland and tastes good quality but I don't like the way it lingers so long in my mouth afterwards. For that reason I am not likely to have it as part of a meal. I am happy to finish the jar, but I won't switch to this version unless I have trouble finding my usual brand again. Lift has the advantage of being sold in most supermarkets that I have been in recently, including Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury's. There are apparently apple and peach versions available too which I would like to try but I haven't spotted them anywhere yet.
Suitable for vegetarians.
In the recent hot weather I had been enjoying going to my work place canteen for a glass of iced tea but after running out of fruit juice at home while in my local shop was looking for either flavoured tea bags or a jar of instant tea to try to make my own at home.
This was the only instant tea product on the shelf in my Sainsbury Local so I thought I'd give it a try.
The jar contains 150g of finely powedered soluable tea. The instructions suggest making the product as a hot or cold drink, by simply adding two tea spoons of the product to a mug or glass and adding water.
Opening the jar a pleasant scent of lemon wafts up from the slightly unappetising looking greyish brown powder.
As I wanted iced tea I made mine up with cold water from the tap.
At the first attempt I found that the tea was not as sweet as I like and suffered somewhat from the luke warm local hard water. Though the taste was lemony it wasn't sharp or overpowering. I added half a tea spoon of sugar and found it more to my taste, the lemon flavour and scent being more defined (at least to my taste buds it seemed that way).
Looks wise unlike most premade, prepacked iced teas this tea is opaque and a fairly nasty looking shade of brown thanks to its being so cloudy.
Since then I have made up the tea using water from a filter jug which takes out the taste of the water itself, and allows the lemon flavour of the tea to be the only flavour I can taste, though I still add a little sugar to it, and unfortunately the appearence isn't improved at all by the 'clearer' water.
One serving of Lift is meant to contain 20% of an adults daily requirements for Vitamin C as well as a whole 24 calories.
Overall I do rather like this product though I would say that in future I would probably be looking for the other variety of instant tea which is not labelled as reduced sweetness. My jar cost £1.50 which seems to be about average, and can be found in most of the main supermarkets according to mysupermarket.
Lift is made by the Ty.phoo tea company and is available in several flavours including Peach, Apple, Lemon, and Reduced Sweetness Lemon, though it appears that the Lemon varieties are more commonly found.
I did suggest this as a separate product to dooyoo but they said it is already here - despite my review being of the reduced sweetness variety.
have a cold. Yes it's March and I have been struck down with this horrible feel like my face is going to explode illness, so alongside the beechams cold and flu drink that I'm allowed once every 4 hours I have opted to drinking lemon tea with honey to help sooth my throat and relieve my symptoms. All weekend my partner has been making me lovely lemony honey drinks and I thought that I should perhaps invest in some lemon tea to keep at work to help keep me going. My tea of choice happened to be instant lemon tea by Lift...I've had this a few times before and have always found it to be quite comforting when I have the sniffles and so it seemed like a good option this time around.
***About Lift Lemon Tea***
Lift Instant Lemon tea is actually part of the Typhoo brand which is said to offer a refreshing fruity alternative to other hot beverages. Launched in the 1970's Lift has become the market leader in the instant flavoured tea market, with a range of flavours from Original Lemon, Reduced sweetness Lemon, Apple, Peach and their newest addition red berries. Although I drink it hot, it can also be enjoyed cold, with instructions on the jar advising that to enjoy cold you should add cold water and ice cubes, for an instantly refreshing lemon drink, that gives you a daily lift.
Lift lemon tea is presented in a glass jar with a red lid and yellow label with the lift logo and looks like sand - no other way to describe it, it just looks that way, but don't worry it dissolves quickly and doesn't leave crunchy bits on the bottom. I guess that's the one added benefit about using a fruit tea that's instant - you don't need to mess about with tea bags.
To make your cup of lift lemon tea all you have to do is add 2 heaped teaspoons of sand (of course I mean tea) into a mug and pour in hot water. As this tea is already sweetened there shouldn't really be any need to add any sugar to it, give it a quick stir and it's ready to drink.
It's not like you would expect...I don't find that you instantly get that hit of lemon scent as soon as you pour the water in - you have to get your nose up close and personal with your mug to get a whiff of the lemony freshness. It's not overpowering but is certainly there.
Now I do find this tea to be quite sharp and tangy in its lemon flavour, but then when you buy lemon tea you have to expect it to taste lemony, but I think the tea on its own is something of an acquired taste, but with the added honey, which is what I do at times such as these for my aching throat, it adds a little extra sweetness which takes away that level of sharpness and leaves you with what tastes to me like a mug of lemon sherbets....a sugary sweet with a little hint of sharpness to it in the middle.
For every cup of Lift you consume there is enough vitamin C to satisfy 25% of your daily recommended dosage, so 4 cups a day will provide you with your daily dose. The tea is caffeine free so if you're looking for a caffeine fix then this won't do it for you. Each cup consumed is 22 calories so hardly anything at all, and the product is also suitable for vegetarians.
***Final thoughts and opinion***
I wouldn't personally have this as an every day drinking option but I do feel that it works a little magic when I'm feeling a little under the weather as it's a great source of vitamin C. It doesn't taste that great on its own but adding a teaspoon of honey makes this a completely different taste experience and I highly recommend you try it if you've got the beginnings, or even the middles and endings of a cold as I find it very soothing. It costs 1.17 in Asda which I think is a reasonable price, and one jar will provide you with 20 servings, which works out at 0.0585p a cup so excellent value for money. Recommended but only when under the weather.
Iced Tea / Great hot or cold!