I have become a fan of iced teas over the last few years as I think they are really thirst quenching in hot weather. They are also nice when it is less sunny of course, which is handy in our climate! Lipton's Ice tea seems to be the brand most readily available although in my experience so called ethnic food shops do an great range of the more exotic flavours and brands. Having tried Lipton's lemon and mango variants, I wanted to try their peach flavoured tea. I finally found one in Sainsbury's where it was half price at 53p for a 500ml bottle. You can also buy it in a larger bottle but I haven't been able to find one locally at the moment.
I know that if you haven't tried this kind of tea before, the idea of drinking it cold may seem odd but trust me, it is much nicer than it may sound. I don't even like regular hot tea that much, compared to coffee, but I still enjoy this. Actually, this drink tastes by far the best if it is served with ice which is a lesson I learned from drinking the other Lipton's teas. It is o.k straight out of the chiller cabinet where it is usually sold from, but it much more refreshing when really really cold and the taste also seems to intensify, at least until too much ice has melted. The main flavour at first is sweet tea, but this is swiftly followed by a delicate floral fruitiness which is delicious and definitely unusual. I much prefer this to the other Lipton's tea because the peach taste, while light, is more obvious than in the other drinks where the tea takes over too much. I am surprised it does actually tastes of the fruit at all considering that it only contains 0.1% concentrated peach juice although there are also other flavourings. The scent of the peach is weaker, but it is just about detectable. I don't mind that as the overall aroma is pleasant - and very inviting if you have tried the drink before.
It doesn't perhaps look that attractive, as it is a golden brown in colour but the taste makes up for that and the texture is nice and smooth. This last also means it freezes well to make a slightly unusual ice lolly. You mustn't dilute it as the flavour will vanish. That is something I only do when I pour out half a bottle and don't want the rest straight away. You do have a generous 5 days to drink it when opened but for the reasons below this isn't something I want to consume too often. The drink doesn't contain artificial sweeteners but it does have a relatively high level of sugar. Half a 500ml bottle contains 19% of an adults RDA of that and as I could easily drink a whole bottle in one go, this means I don't see this as something to drink everyday. I know tea has a certain bitter edge sometimes but it is a shame the sugar level couldn't be reduced somehow.
Overall I would recommend this, even if you have tried the other Lipton Ice Teas and were unimpressed with the flavour. I think this one taste more natural and more delicious as a result. It is a perfect "grown up" soft drink when you want something a bit different and non fizzy. It is also fantastic for slaking your thirst but just be careful how much you drink or your teeth won't thank you for it in the long term. You can buy this for half price in Sainsbury's again at the moment, the same offer I used to first try it out myself a few months ago. So now's the time to give it a go if you are curious! You can of course buy it in other supermarkets but it doesn't seem to be so widely stocked as the lemon version.
It might sound alien to your average Brit, but I got completely addicted to Ice Tea when I lived Poland. Perhaps it helps that I'm not the biggest tea fan in general (British sacrilege!!!) but I swear there's nothing more thirst-quenching than a bottle of Lipton (or Nestea) Ice Tea on a hot day. I've been known to gulp down a 500ml bottle in one go after a walk in blazing sun. Unfortunately for me it's not that common in Britain, but as summer approaches it can be found in some supermarkets (in Poland it's in all food shops and roadside kiosks year round GRRRRR).
So, you may have deduced what a big fan I am of this and be wondering why I haven't given it 5 stars. Answer: I CAN'T FIND THE LEMON ONE!!! Lemon is the original and most popular flavour and the only fault I could find with it is that it's not good for your teeth (the sugar content is pretty high). However, in the last couple of weeks since I've seen Ice Tea popping up here and there I've managed to pin down the Lemon one only once. I remembered not liking the peach version very much in Poland but gave in and bought one the other day when my craving got too much.
Put your British assumptions aside for a moment. I know Ice Tea sounds like madness, but it actually tastes really nice. The peach flavour and sweetness mean it's completely different to your hot tea with milk - almost not the same thing at all. For me the taste of the peach version is sadly inferior to the lemon one, with the flavour and sugar making it just too sweet. The taste of peaches is distinctive.
Compared to an average soft drink Ice Tea isn't that bad for you. A 500ml bottle is 150 calories and 34g of sugar. Ingredients are Water, sugar, black tea extract, malic acid, peach juice from concentrate, flavouring, citric acid, antioxidant and acidity regulator.
Would I recommend it?
So far I've seen Ice Tea in Co-op, Boots, Morrisons and on the Ocado website. At about £1.15 the 500ml bottle is a bit pricey, so only get that if you're an addict like me or want a sugary soft drink that isn't as bad as Cola. Better value is the 1.25 L bottle that you can get for about £1.50 and keep in your fridge to serve with ice. Overall, the peach version is growing on me but still too sweet - hold out for lemon if you can find it (it's the same price online, I just can't locate it in any shops!).
Lipton is one of the brands I trusted when it comes to tea. Their traditional tea bags are the best and I am actually quite impressed with the other products they have manufactured too! And this Lipton Ice Tea Peach is one of them.
This peachy tea drink is available in plastic bottles (mostly in 500ml ones). The packaging is similar to those other products of Lipton. You can see the Lipton logo there and a slice of peach.
As the name suggested, "Ice Tea", this drink is best served chilled. The drink has a good balance of the taste of tea and peach. You can definitely taste the peach inside but not too much that it will cover the taste of the tea! I do find that there are too many peach drinks which come with artificial peach taste and the peach taste basically dominates! I do like this drink because of the good balance it has.
As said above, the drink is best served chilled. I do find that it's a little bit too sweet when it is served at room temperature. The taste is also a bit on the light side when served with ice.
Overall, if you are looking for something fresh to drink during summer time. The Lipton Ice Tea Peach will probably be something worth trying out!
Lipton Ice Tea Peach
Lipton Ice Tea is one of my favourite soft drinks ever! It looks great and tastes even better. The appearance of the bottle shows the drink in a clear bottle which for lovers of the drink makes you want it more. However if you haven't yet tried the sensation that is Ice Tea it could put you off as it looks like normal tea but cold naturally!
This drink is generally thought of to be not appealling due to the typical tea being warm however in order to agree with this opinion I think you should try it before coming to this conclusion!
Unfortunately in the UK this drink isn't widely available which is disappointing and is probably why many people haven't tried it. There are many foreign brand substitutes for this product but I genuinely think that there is no alternative to Lipton for quenching your Ice Tea thirst.
It is impossible to describe the taste only through the flavouring. It has a very unique taste and the fruity addition makes it even more thirst quenching. Writing this review makes em want to go get some right now :)
If you haven't tried this already go get some you will not regret it!
Lipton's Ice Tea is also available in Lemon flavour which is just as yummy!
Lipton Ice Tea
My friend had long since had Lipton Ice Tea within her drink collection though I had always turned it down before as it never really made sense to me - ice plus tea really did not go in my mind, though the other day I was around her house so I thought that I would give it a try, after all, it couldn't hurt, could it?
For those history buffs out there, a quick history lesson!
Thomas J Lipton had a vision back in the 1880's to make tea accessible to all at acceptable prices, remembering that tea was somewhat of a luxury back then. By the 1890's he had created a range of teas which grew to huge success over the UK and the US. It wasn't until many years later, though, that this 'oddity' of Ice Tea established itself on the market as an 'exciting addition' to the soft drink market.
So there is your history, but what about the product nowadays?
Lipton Ice Tea is made with tea (not a surprise there) which is blended with water and a small amount of fruit juice. It comes in a few different flavors which include Peach, Mango, Orange and Lemon as well as lighter low fat options if preferred. Because it is made from tea leaves, it is apparently a good source of antioxidants and holds less sugar than most fizzy drinks, though this sometimes means more artificial sweeteners.
Sugar (Lower content in the light versions)
Tea extract (0.14%)
Acidity Regulator: Trisodium citrate
Antioxidant: Ascorbic Acid (contains vitamin C)
******The Taste Test******
Although my friend had a couple of the different flavors, I decided that the most appetizing seemed to be the lemon alternative (although still at this point, adding lemon to ice and tea still did not seem right to me), however, once the glass was in front of me I had to dive in and try.
The first aspect which struck me was actually the dull taste. I was expecting a taste to either wow me or at least be strong enough to make me pull one of those funny faces children do when they dislike something so much, but neither happened. Unlike 'normal' tea, as in that we UK residents like with hot water, a tea bag, milk and sugar, you can not adjust the strength according to your tastes which is a downside to this, though I guess that is the same as many pre-made soft drinks. All you can do is dilute it with water if you really wanted to, though that would not be great in this instance as you want it stronger and not weaker.
As this was the lemon one, I had thought that I would taste more lemon within the drink, though I would say there was only a small hint of lemon - no sourness and no real taste. It did not, though, taste like tea so my theories about ice plus tea being wrong really does not stand anymore. It is simply a name rather than a mix of the two. Obviously I can not comment on the other flavors as the Lemon one is the only one I tried and did not really fancy trying another flavor as I was disappointed in this one.
The drink did give an unusual refreshing taste, though, I say unusual as it still seems weird to me that it is Ice Tea, but this does tend to be a good idea on those hot days. Not only this, it also gives you a good source of Vitamin C which is good in all aspects, so if you can put up with the minimal taste then this is a plus.
Lipton Tea can be purchased in both bottle (325ml, 250ml and 500ml) and can form (330ml), though I have not as of yet seen the can form and I have even seen it sold in cafes in long tall glasses to symbolize the refreshing taste on a hot summers day.
The bottle itself is an elongated plasticized material which is see through (no nasty surprises with see through packaging!). There is a label around the lower body of the bottle which holds the relevant information for that product (all mentioned above). The bottle is sealed off with a simple twist cap in the colour of your choice of drink (Peach - Red, Lemon - yellow, Orange - funnily enough is orange, and Mango - green). The twist off cap is like all other caps and very easy to open (unless you are my husband when the simplest of tasks confuse and confound!!). The bottle is of average size and the smaller bottles can be easily and safely transported around in a bag. Basically a standard bottle.
A large bottle costs approximately £1.00 depending on whether you purchase it at supermarkets or corner shops. Obviously supermarkets often have the most competitive prices. The smaller bottles cost around £0.80.
Compared to other soft drinks of this nature, the cost is quite cheap, though in my opinion with taste, it is too much for something you really do ot benefit with in the aspect of taste.
I am glad that I have now tried this product as it has quenched my theory about tea plus ice being disgusting, though I would not say that this drink is overly appealing either. With lack of taste, it becomes quite bland and boring and not a drink I would personally choose. Obviously the thirst quenching aspect and the vitamin C is a plus especially for those hot summer days which we rarely see but do happen occasionally.
Personally I would still choose the regular 'normal' hot tea we Brits love so much. Time to stick out my pinky?
I absolutely love tea and 'pop' so when I saw this still soft drink containing tea and the juice of peaches I was instantly attracted to it! I paid £1.89 for my very first bottle of this in Sainsbury's a while back and then the other day I saw it at Instore for 29p a bottle! I couldn't believe my eyes as they were the large 1.5 litre bottles and so I grabbed 3 bottle (I didn't half struggle on the bus to get them home I can tell you lol).
Long plastic bottle with a red screw on/off cap/lid to the top of it and around the middle of the bottle there is a yellow and orange label and on that there is a slice of peach and leaf drawn on and I'm told it is Lipton 'Source Of Tea, Antioxidnants' Ice Tea - Peach. Other information on the bottle tells me to refrigerate it once opened and to consume it chilled within 5 days, contact details for Unilever (the manufacturer of the product) are given, size is stated as is the recycle symbol displayed, I'm given a list of ingredients and told that it contains no artificial colours, preservatives or sweeteners and contains 35% less sugar than most regular soft drinks, nutritional information is given and finally there is a bar-code on there. It has nice bright labelling to it that contains enough information on it though not too much and what there is, is nicely displayed!
Well as promised it is a still drink so no bubbles in this one. It's an odd colour, lightish brown due to the 4.7% tea that this includes and of course the peach concentrate is in there too. Taste wise.... yes this is best served chilled and with ice in my opinion!
It has a light and delicate peachy smell to it when you go to drink it and taste wise, well I love it and I'm sure I've got a new addiction! To me this is a nice blend of tea and peach. It isn't strong in tea flavour but it's definitely in there somewhere. Blended well with the peach I actually taste that flavouring more when I've drank loads of it oddly enough. Really though this is just a watery tea with a hint of peach. It is quite sweet though and to me it tastes naturally so but for me isn't a thirst quencher and actually makes me more thirsty as I drink it so I end up drinking loads of it!
I like the delicate flavourings of this and to me it is a grown up soft drink. Good for you as well as it's packed full of antioxidants and if you haven't tried it and you see it, in my opinion its worth a go!
Nutritional Information per 250ml Serving:
Available in all good supermarkets etc priced at about £1.080ish a bottle unless you spot it on offer (like me lol!)