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Lipton Iced tea is a refreshing cold beverage I just cannot get enough of! It's strange considering I really detest tea of the normal variety (e.g PG Tips or Tetley) and normally can only stomach a hot drink as hot chocolate or camomile or a fruit tea as examples.
Nevertheless, Lipton Iced Tea is a cold beverage, originating from Scotland and based on traditional indian tea flavour, but the reason I enjoy them so much is they come in a variety of fruit flavours such as Mango, Peach, Lemon (and if your lucky and live in the States!) wild raspberry, honey and lemon and many more.
My absolute favourite is the Peach iced tea flavour. For some reason whenever I go to restaurants the options seem to be either a carbonated soft drink, water or Iced Tea as the flavoured non-carbonated option, so I tend to end up drinking it at least once a week!
Regardless of the flavour, the drink is always quite a light brown liquid that resembles cold tea with no milk added. The taste is hard to describe and isn't for everyone as I do not know many people who like it! The peach variety is quite sweet but in all honesty doesn't taste much like peaches but more like a mild honey and apple kind of flavour. I have had the mango in the past (but sadly hardly ever see it in the shops where I live these days! The fridges always seem to be overriden with different million flavours of a fizzy drink!) and the mango version in a way tastes slightly like tea with an extremely watered down hint of mango flavour infused.
The Peach iced tea I drink most often is extremely refreshing, thirst quenching and amazing when served ice cold. On days I pick up a 500ml bottle for around 90p in my corner shop so they are standard priced.
Only downside I would say about Lipton Iced tea is that they are slowly losing their edge! When in Spain late last year I bought some Iced Tea in a supermarket (a 2 litre bottle was 50 cents! even with conversion it was a bargain!) so i saw the yellow label and grabbed 2 bottles. I was drinking away and even returned to the supermarket and purchased another to bring home to UK in my suitcase. When I returned I realised it was not actually Liptons at all but some Spanish supermarket own brand but clearly with the yellow label to look quite convincing as an imitation. I have to say I tasted no difference and would have happily continued to buy that brand at a fraction of the price of the cost of Liptons as they were of exact same quality and taste.
Lipton iced tea is a very refreshing drink that I usually associate with summer as I always find that it is more readily available in Europe and during holidays. However, I have recently discovered it in my local supermarket in Camden which is amazing!
I would suggest purchasing the one and a half litre bottle rather than the little bottles available in news agents, as it is better value for money. I pay 94p for the large bottles which is awesome, and it means that they last me much longer! Also I have recently discovered that, alongside the lemon and peach flavours, they have also started to make mango flavoured lipton iced teas! I've had one of these and it's really refreshing and yummy too!
There are also lots of similar other iced tea brands such as "nesthe" however I haven't seen any of these brands in the United Kingdom.
Now if you haven't heard of this before, you might be thinking, 'cold tea, that doesn't sound very nice'. But I think if you tried it you would be pleasantly suprised.
I first tried this when I went on my first holiday abroad in Europe as my parents thought it would be quite nice. It was a really hot afternoon and we didn't really feel like drinking any more water so tried some of the Lipton's ice tea we had bought from the supermarket. It was absolutely delicious!
The drink is very refreshing. Comes in different flavours, lemon, mango and peach. I've tried the lemon and the peach and the peach iced tea is definatly the nicest!! Really it justs tastes like a peach soft drink and is not fizzy. Much more refreshing that having a glass of coke or lemonade.
If you haven't tried this before I would definately recommend it however I would say go for Lipton's and not a cheaper brand. I've tried supermarket own brands and they can taste quite watery and the flavour isn't as distinct.
Not to expensive, but not exactly cheap. It's worth a try!! Can be found in most supermarkets across the UK.
Lipton Iced tea has to be one of the most refreshing drinks. Great for thirsty people who want something tastier than water. We went to portugal last year in 38 degrees we drink Iced tea by the bucket load.
The peach variety is my personal favourite, but it comes in Lemon and Mango flavours too which are also delicious. You'll find it in small bottles in every corner shop and garage in the country but to get hold of the litre bottles is relatively difficult. We have a Tesco Extra store that sells the large bottles for about £1 and some Waitrose stores to do but they hike the price up.
Lipton Iced Tea is very good for you as well as being tasty and refereshing, it's the same as just drinking black tea, it's high in antioxidants. So you could also drink it if you're on a detox too.
I never tried Liptons ice tea untill a about 6 months ago!
my boyfriend got super excited when he saw that there was liptons iced tea in the fridge and was shoked to hear i had never tried it- I wasnt expecting to like it all that much as i am much more of a coffee drinker and am not that keen on tea.
When i tried the nicely chilled ice tea i was very suprised- it was instantly refreshing and quenched my thirst to great affect!
Lipton Ice tea is pretty cheap considering and compared to many other soft drinks- but it is not as easy accessable as you would think- I thnk Liptons Ice Tea is a european drink and is not so popular here, except in stores like lydl.
As far as i know ice tea come in Lemon and also peach- Personally the lemon is much better as i found the peach one a little two sweet and not as refreshing!
Liptons ice tea is a soft drink, which is not fizzy at all- This is a drink that makes a holiday a holiday now-
me and my boyfriend recently went to Turkey for a week of sun and relaxation and instead of my usual holiday drink of Coke i found my self having ice tea much much more- it didnt leave me feeling gasy and refreshed me in the boilimng hot sun!!
Lipton Ice Tea Rules!
Just the other day I was at a little meeting type thingy with my work and after about half an hour round the table chatting about improvements in production and various other tediously boring subjects, a lady entered the room and asked if we would like drinks. The unanimous reply was yes please but she never asked the question which drinks which led me to think it would just be tea and coffee with the addition of milk and sugar to be our own decisions.
I was very close as it was tea she returned with but to my horror it was iced tea and glasses with ice for us to drink it from. The lady remarked "lovely for a hot summer's day". I have never tried iced tea until this moment because the very thought of cold tea turned my stomach but everyone else poured a glass and it was Lipton's so it was a make I had heard of, so reaching for a glass I half filled it and began the experiment.
My theory on iced tea had been right all along, it was truly disgusting. A debate began amongst the other drinkers as to whether or not Lipton`s was their favourite iced tea and they all went on to agree that it was, so I guess as far as iced tea goes Lipton`s is a good one but for me it was just horrible. Not only did the whole cold tea thing just not go down well it was also very sweet so it surprised me to find out that apparently it contains much less sugar than a regular soft drink.
The bottles we were presented with were 500ml bottles on a very pleasant looking silver serving tray that would have looked much better carrying some vodka and coke`s. I have found out through a little research that there is 145 calories in such a bottle and that it also contains around 35G of sugar (hence why it was so bloody sweet then). A bottle this size will set you back around about £1 and believe me that pound could be much better spent.
Now as a rule I do not drink very much tea at all but I have nothing against drinking it in the normal way (piping hot) but this is the first and last time I will ever drink the stuff cold and that is certain.
If you've ever been to holiday in the United States you will know that Iced Tea is a menu staple and that it's the most popular alternative to carbonated soft drinks.
If you have never heard or seen Iced tea it can be described as a form of cold tea, often served in a glass over ice. It may or may not be sweetened. Regular iced tea is made from tea leaves. There are two ways to make it. Firstly you can steep the tea leaves in a large clear pot and leave in the sun for over an hour. This is my mums favourite way of making Iced Tea but it generally only works if you have sun (not so plentiful even during the summer in England) or steeping it in hot water for longer than usual. Most times the tea is drunk black but people often add lemon or other flavours which are nice as well.
Probably the most popular packaged brand here in England is Lipton. Now, because I drink my mums home made, proper Iced Tea I don't generally like the Liptons version as they have too much sugar in them but I decided to have one the other day and was quite pleasantly surprised as the flavour has seemed to improve since I last had one.
Lipton has been around for a long long time. It was created at the end of the 19th century by Sir Thomas Lipton in Glasgow, Scotland. It has been a Unilever product since 1972.
The reason why I choose the Lipton iced tea on this occasion was because I saw a label on the bottle saying it now has 35% less sugar than most regular soft drinks. I was out for lunch and wanted a drink but didn't want anything as heavy as a Coke so I decided upon this. That is the great thing about iced tea in my opinion, it is very light, crisp and refreshing and this brand was no exception. It had a nice smooth flavour to it and was very drinkable and definitely quenched my thirst. The tea had an added mango juice flavour as well. It was not too overpowering, just nice and light and gave it a hint of a fruit juice type drink but you still had the nice tea aftertaste. Lipton also do ice tea with Lemon, peach and green tea orange which sounds rather intriguing!
I know some people who love hot tea but can't stand iced tea. I would say it is an acquired taste, it definitely has a tea flavour, sometimes not as strong as a hot tea but it is still there. However, the best way to drink it is ice cold otherwise it can taste a bit like hot tea gone cold.
The other great thing about tea is that it contains antioxidants which are meant to be good for you. The Lipton version of this tea also contains no artificial colours, preservatives and sweeteners. I definitely think this is true as this drink was not sweet like some packaged iced teas can be.
I bought a 500ml bottle, the standard size for a bottle of drink at lunch time. Now, per 100ml there are 29 calories so if you drink the whole bottle you will have had 145 calories, so not great but still ok. The only thing though is that 100ml also contains 6.9g of sugar which in my opinion is quite high. Even though it doesn't taste sugary it still has a lot of sugar but this is what you get with most bottled drinks in my opinion.
All in all, I liked this iced tea, I would probably buy it again but I wouldn't be in a big rush to have it again as I prefer the natural iced tea that my mum makes!
Mmmm, this stuff is lush! For people who do not like normal tea, don't knock this until you've tried it!
Lipton Iced Tea comes in Peach. Lemon, Mango and Green Tea Orange.
Lemon is the nicest, it is the least sweet and has a pleasant taste and aftertaste. It isn't sticky and is refreshing and tasty! I swear by this flavour!
The Peach is a little sickly tasting. Not nice.
Green Tea Orange is lovely, a little different and it's also refreshing. A little odd at first maybe, but you get used to it, as with the other teas.
Mango I have never personally tried as I have only ever seen the previous 3 flavours around.
Lipton Iced Tea is a great source of antioxidants, especially the green one.
I don't like normal tea, but I simply love Lipton's!
This is a lot better than Nestea, I suggest trying Liptons as it tastes really good and refreshes you!!
I remember those times , when I came home as child from ice-skating or skiing and my mum always prepared me some good hot black tea. Of course I was thankful, because my legs and hands was frozen like always when I came from outside. But this was long time ago(ok not so long, I am not that old) and I haven't drink black tea until I came to USA. I forget about it, since now there is so many collections of others teas( green tea, white tea, herbal, ...), which were in my childhood hard to get. But then I go eat to the restaurants here in USA and everyone is ordering sweet tea. I din' t really new what they mean by sweet tea, but I give it a try. they bring me just black Lipton tea, very very sweet (at least for me) with a lot of ice. Ordering it all the time , when I went to eat out , I fall in love with it. Now I use only Lipton ice tea, because I think they have the best quality and it is all natural. They even make it easier now for you to prepare, you can drop the bag just to the cold water, when you don't have time to boil it. I always put a lot of sugar to it to have it nice sweet. Then I just pour it to my pitcher and put to the refrigerator. I have just find those pitcher size tea bags, what are perfect for me and easier to make my tea. So now I can still feel like at home with my Lipton tea, even if I am thousands kilometers from home.
I am sure all of you know Lipton tea and you can buy in you local grocery store, since the company is on the market more than 150 years. For more information about Lipton tea visit: www.lipton.com
Lipton`s iced tea and many other iced teas for that matter have been around for a long time but they were never a product I thought I would particularly enjoy so I had never tried any of them until this weekend (29/03/08). The iced tea was offered to me at a friends home where I had stayed following a party the previous evening, being that almost everyone else was having one I tried it.
The Lipton iced tea served up to me was of the lemon variety (I believe it comes in three other flavours). Now the thought of cold tea actually seemed quite repugnant to me so I had no idea why I was sitting here with a glass of it in my hand but I raised it to my mouth and took my first sip. More lemony than tea like was my first impression then as I sipped again the tea taste came through a bit stronger and it was at this point that the drink was quickly put down and not touched again.
I guess this drink is an acquired taste because I do enjoy a cup of tea but it has to be hot and sweet for me. Although the general consensus that day was if you like tea you will like this they were clearly wrong.
You now have my opinion on the tea so I will endeavour to explain the product to you now. Although called iced tea it is of course just cold tea which many do serve with ice. I would normally when doing a review give mention to the packaging (bottle) that the product comes in but as I never saw it I cannot.
The scent of the tea when I lifted the glass to take a drink was actually quite nice, it smelled like a freshly poured cup of tea but the cold feeling in my hands as I held it made sure that I knew it was not a normal cup of tea in my hand. I could also smell the lemon from the tea but it was much less noticeable than the tea scent itself. Aroma 7/10
Now I could just say awful but I will go into it a bit more for you. As I mentioned earlier the initial taste was more of lemon than tea and the initial lemon taste was quite nice. The tea taste came through and weirdly enough if it had been hot it would have been nice but the coldness made it weird and for me horrible.
I just could not get my head round the fact I was drinking tea that was anything other than piping hot. It felt like I was drinking a cup of tea that someone had left to go cold and maybe that is what was putting me off but over all it was a poor experience for me. Taste 2/10
PRICE AND AVAILABILLITY
Having never purchased this before I had to do a bit of research to bring you this information, you can buy Lipton iced tea from Sainsbury in 500ml bottles for 83p or in 1.5 litre bottles for £1.10 so obviously the bigger bottle is much better value for money. The price will undoubtedly vary from store to store so if you want the best price then shop around of course. I think on the availability point this stuff can be found fairly easily in supermarkets but it seems much less so in local stores.
As well as not enjoying this product personally I think that the claim Lipton make about it being a refreshing thirst quenching drink is a bit off course as I thought it was rather sweet and left my throat and mouth a bit sticky like a fizzy juice does. So all in all better avoided in my view!
Thanks for reading!
© 2008 thebigc1690
Lipton Ice Tea is a drink that I have one particular strong past memory of. I remember many years ago being abroad in France and enjoying a nice glass of Peach Ice Tea whilst out in a café with the parents. When the drink came out to me I had no real idea of what was contained within the glass, but I do remember enjoying the delicious Peach flavouring which graced my taste buds. When I discovered the drink to be Peach Ice Tea I found this fact rather odd as tea had never been a drink I'd taken to at this age (it was not until some years later that my addiction to standard tea became apparent), yet the Lipton Peach Ice Tea had quickly become my new favourite cold beverage.
Lipton Ice Tea can vary in price from around 85p up to upwards of a pound. Where I bought mine, the drink was available at a price of 99p, and the small shop stocked all four varieties of the drink; Peach, Lemon, Mango, and Green Tea and Orange. I was quite tempted to try out the Mango flavour as this was not one I had come across before, however ultimately in the end I opted for the tried and tested Peach flavour I love so well.
Ice Tea is believed to have been created by Richard Blechynden at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. Ice Tea is a form of cold Tea and is often served in a glass over ice. All that needs to be done in order to make the drink is to brew the tea and then chill it (or of course buy it pre-bottled or canned). It is generally helpful to allow the tea to cool to room temperature before refrigerating as this prevents the formation of condensates which can sometimes give a cloudy appearance and a chalky taste. Ice tea is commonly available sweetened or unsweetened.
The Lipton Company
The company Lipton was created at the end of the nineteenth century by one Sir Thomas Lipton. With a slogan of 'direct from the tea gardens to the tea pot', he wanted to make tea a more popular and approachable drink for everyone. Lipton is now a popular brand in many countries across the world such as the USA, France, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Australia, and Sweden. Forming in 1890, Lipton Yellow Label is Lipton's brand of hot tea which is sold in over 150 countries. Since 1972, Lipton have also been marketing their 'Ice Tea' and this is now available in more than 60 countries through a global joint-venture with Pepsico. Lipton is one of the world's best known and also best selling brands of Tea; both in hot leaf and ready to drink Tea. Lipton currently represents around 10% of the world market for tea in terms of retail value through its Lipton Yellow Label and Lipton Ice Tea brands. Lipton as a business was acquired by Unilever in a number of separate transactions. In 1938, Unilever started by purchasing the US and Canadian Lipton business, and completed the transaction in 1972 when they bought out the remainder of the global Lipton business.
The bottle itself is made of clear plastic and is a rather pretty shape to look at. Around two thirds of the way up the bottle is an indentation and up towards the red lid, the name 'Lipton' has been embossed four times around the outer edge of the bottle. The bottle is a bit different and is eye catching due to its quirky non-conventional shaping. The label of the bottle is yellow and orange in appearance, a slice of peach pictured under the 'Lipton' branding. The peach looks juicy and appealing, a definite attraction for all peach fans out there. The 'Lipton' logo has green leaves on either side of it, a small round 'AOX' label below stating that the drink is a 'Source of Tea Antioxidants'. The 'Ice Tea' lettering on the label has a fuzzy blue outer edge, symbolising the icy element of the drink. The label also satisfies us with the knowledge that the drink has 'No Artificial Colouring', 'No Preservatives', 'No Sweeteners', and also contains '35% less sugar than most regular soft drinks'. These are all good things to know and leave us satisfied that the drink can surely do us no harm, and hopefully we would imagine some good. At 500ml, the bottle is a decent size and with its use by date in my case of April 2008; this gives you plenty of time to consume it. Be aware however that once opened the drink should be kept refrigerated and it is advised to drink within 5 days.
To look at, Lipton Ice Tea is nothing special. The liquid is a murky brown colouring and really doesn't look at all exciting. On the basis of colour alone I feel the drink is doing itself no favours, it could potentially sell a lot better I feel if the liquid was a more inviting shading. In a sense though, the fact the drink is this colouring is a plus point as it emphasises the point that Lipton Ice Tea contains no artificial colouring at all. It is the colour of tea before the milk is added, and natural colouring can never be looked upon in too negative a light.
The scent of the drink is a strong smell of peach; granted it's a fairly artificial odour, but a pleasant one nonetheless. I believe the scent of tea here to be minimal, however the fact the smell of the peach is so dominant and overpowering of the tea is not in my opinion a bad thing as I am a massive lover of peach and therefore this fact pleases me greatly truth be told. The peachier, the better!
I have long since discovered that the taste of this drink can not be properly commented on unless the drink is served chilled. When warm, the flavour just isn't the same, so the bottle is actually entirely correct in it's statement of 'Tastes best when chilled'. The taste of this drink is an interesting one, and although will not be for everyone; I for one love it. The taste of Peach is strong here, and the tea element of the drink also comes through far richer than it does upon taking in the drinks scent. I would say that the initial taste when you drink the Peach Ice Tea is that of the peach, but the taste of the Tea soon comes through also, and the taste stays with you for long after you have finished your mouthful. The taste is amazing, leaving you fully refreshed having finished the bottle (which I tend to do fairly quickly).
My Final Thoughts
As I have said before; the drink will certainly not be for everyone, however as far as I am concerned it is a great drink. I love the taste of the Lipton Peach Ice Tea, and for that reason I will probably never try any of the other flavours as I just love the Peach too much to risk spending my money on a potentially inferior Ice Tea. The drink for me can be a real thirst quencher, and I always grab a bottle of Lipton Peach Ice Tea when I am out on the move. If I had not tried the Peach Ice Tea at a young age and loved it so much, I feel that Lipton Ice Tea is probably not a drink that I would ever have started drinking as the idea of an 'Iced' Tea doesn't exactly fill me with excitement, in fact it just really makes me think 'Who ever would have come up with that ridiculous idea to market a chilled hot beverage'. Nonetheless, the drink works and I love the taste of the Peach Ice Tea and will no doubt continue purchasing it for years to come. Lipton Ice Tea will never be a popular drink, and will always have its lovers and its haters. I believe it to be somewhat of a Marmite drink; you either love it, or you hate it.
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I first heard of ice tea in America. It was sold in huge litre sized paper cups and was very popular. I tried some and was very impressed. I was only 7 at the time and wasn't keen on real tea but thought this was great. I never tasted Ice Tea again until 2002 at a conference.
The conference had provided Lipton Ice Tea goodies such as cool bags, T-Shirts and bottles of Lipton Ice. Remembering my experience in America I opened the bottle and started to swig away. I stopped in disgust the taste was sweet and my throat felt dry. No amount of ice tea could quench my thirst, I was very disappointed. Near the end of the weekend I had a glass of ice tea with ice and lemon and started to fall in love with it. Not only was it free but I found a refreshing way to drink it.
WHAT IS ICE TEA
Ice Tea is basically a form of tea that is served cold. Ice tea is easy to make and I have been known to dabble slightly with recipes for themed events in my classroom. As the drink originated from the USA I decided to serve ice tea as part of a class topic on America. In fact the history of ice tea dates back to 1904 in St Louis. It is believed that Richard Blechynden created the drink at World Fair.
The name also tends to be a 'disputed' issue. Is it Iced tea or Ice tea? You may find on your travels that whilst one country will refer to iced tea and other will call it Ice tea. OK so what does a name matter to some people iced tea refers to a flavoured form of tea (e.g. has lemon added) and ice tea is the name given to cold tea.
Many companies such as Nestea, Lipton and Twinings produce the popular drink 'ice tea'.
Lipton is a brand known worldwide by many tea drinkers. Lipton is a huge provider of tea products (both hot and cold). It was created by Sir Thomas Lipton, the company is the largest 'tea company' with brands sold in over 60 countries. Lipton is now owned by Unilever, a corporation that owns many of the world's consumer products such as food, drink, cleaning and beauty products.
The company are firm believers of environment and fair trading. They ensure that the land the tea leaves are harvested from are cared for and sustained. They also ensure that the people working with the tea plantations are well looked after. The main tea plantation in Kericho, Kenya has been certified by the Rainforest Alliance giving an assurance that the environment is cared for. Their slogan "direct from the tea gardens to the tea pot," describes the fresh, ethical production of Lipton Products.
LIPTON ICE TEA
There are 4 varieties of Lipton Ice tea, lemon, peach, mango and green tea orange. I have tried the lemon and peach varieties. Lipton Ice Tea is a source of antioxidants which is good for healthy body function. I have just decided that I need to lose a bit of weight and I have opted for the Weight Watchers diet. The Lipton Ice Tea 'light' Lemon drink is 'free' on the WW diet. I can drink as much ice tea as I like without having to worry about weight gain and sugar intake. The other varieties are worth 2 points.
The bottle is basic and is quite boring. Stood on a shelf the bottle will either attract or put the customer off. The brown liquid inside to me is an attractive feature, especially against the bright yellow label. The green tea variety is...well...green and to me does not look as appealing.
When abroad I have seen cans of Lipton Ice Tea and I am sure these can be purchased in the UK as well. These are of a similar design to the bottle with an attractive yellow and red label.
The yellow label although basic is very luring. The Red Lipton logo is a great contrasting colour on the yellow background. The lemon ice tea bottle has a yellow lid and a small picture of a juicy lemon. The other bottles are similar however the peach bottle has a red lid and mango has a green lid. The label clearly states the ingredients and nutritional value.
INGREDIENTS AND NUTRITION
The product contains tea, water, sugar, citric acid, juice and antioxidant. When looking at these ingredients I feel quite 'innocent' compared to the many E numbers and additives in my usual glass of cola. I was shocked however to realise that a normal bottle of Lipton Ice Tea has the same weight Waters points as Dr Pepper, cola and Fanta.
Looking at the bottle I was amazed to see that there were only 26 calories, 6.4g of carbohydrate (6.2g is sugar). I tucked straight into my bottle and then realised that the amounts were based on 100g servings and after drinking two 500ml bottles of Ice Tea my diet had gone out of the window :-(
On opening the bottle a strong smell of tea, the sort of smell I love in the morning to wake me up. It wasn't just the strong smell of tea but the crisp smell of lemon wafting up from the bottle. I love lemon I enjoy eating large wedges of it so this drink did smell appetising.
At first I wasn't too keen on Lipton Ice Tea, it never tasted the way it did in America. I was very disappointed until someone served it to me with a slice of lemon and few cubes of ice. At first I found that the taste was rather 'dry' and that my throat felt dry, it always left me wanting more to drink. To stop me wetting myself and constantly running to the toilet my mate told me to drink it with ice and a slice of lemon. I found the drink far more refreshing and thirst quenching.
I personally believe the combination of tea and lemon is amazing although some patriots find it 'wrong' and 'disgusting'. I am not keen on the after taste; it leaves a 'cotton wool' type feel in my throat. I feel that the combination of lemon and tea adds to a bitter taste in my mouth.
The primary taste is of 'tea' and if you do not like drinking tea you will probably not like Lipton Ice Tea.
AVAILABILITY AND PRICE
I seem to have huge problems getting Lipton Ice Tea these days. Whilst at universitry the vending machines and campus shop was full of bottles of Lipton Ice Tea. On a visit to my local Londis, Somerfields, CO-OP and Spar I could not find Lipton Ice Tea anywhere. On a visit to Tesco (10 miles away) I managed to find a shelf of Lipton Ice Tea and decided to stock up. I tend to find the larger supermarkets stock Lipton Ice Tea and the smaller convenience stores only stock 'popular' soft drinks such as Coke, Dr Pepper, Fanta and Red Bull.
The 500ml bottles cost me 83p each and a 1.5 litre bottle would have cost me 97p so as you can probably see it worked out cheaper to buy a 1.5 litre bottle. The only reason I bought the 500ml bottles were for space in the fridge and freezer and as I have already stated Lipton Ice Tea tastes better when chilled.
Overall Lipton Ice Tea may not be 'everyone's cup of tea' boom boom! I would argue however that with the antioxidants and ethical production Lipton Ice Tea is a great product to buy. If you like tea then you are likely to enjoy this give it a go.
Not everyones cup of Tea!
***Liptons Iced Tea***
Love it or Hate it, it's just one of those Drinks that you just have to try. The very concept of 'Iced' and 'Tea', just doesn't seem to go 'Hand inHand' for us as a Nation of serious Tea drinkers. The very notion of icing up our daily hot beverage fills us with Horror, and that is the first obstacle we have to overcome before curiosity makes us purchase this drink to sample!
***I first came across 'Iced Tea' in America when I lived there as a child, and I sat down to my first meal time in my new house, far away from the safety and familiarity of all I had grown to know in England. There was a large jug in the centre of the table full to the brim with ice-cubes, and decorated with lemon wedges, and I wondered what soft drink it contained. My Father started to pour me a glass of Amber coloured liquid and I enquired " What is that"? - To my Horror, "Iced Tea" came the reply, and I froze to my chair in disgust! I was already digging my heels in to any thing American, and this was the final straw! ~
***Iced Tea originated in America and was popularized and believed to be created at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis by Richard Blechynden. (Though recently disputed.) I'm not sure who by...It is mainly drunk in the Southern States of America, where the climate is very hot, and it is served in Large Jugs, with ice and slices of Lemon on the rim. It is widely available in restaurants, convenience stores, and vending machines. It can be purchased in bottles or cans, and is freshly made in Cafes and Restaurants, and it is available at many self-serve soda fountains.
***To make Iced tea at home you can use any variety of dry tea, or Tea Bag of your choice. All one has to do is brew the tea and then chill it . You should allow iced tea to cool at room temperature before refrigerating it to prevent the formation of condensates, which will give the tea a cloudy appearance and a chalky taste. Add Cane Sugar to taste as this will dissolve better then Granulated, and garnish with Lemon. When serving up, fill to the brim with ice cubes. A popular way to vary Iced-Tea is a mixture the Americans call 'Half and Half', being half Iced-Tea and half Lemonade, it gives the drink a sweeter taste with the ' bite' of Tea.~ So this is very much a part of a way of life in America where it originated. The main manufacturers of bottled or canned iced tea are Nestea, Lipton, Snapple and AriZona Beverage. ~
Liptons iced Tea.
Liptons IceTea has 35% less sugar than most regular soft drinks. It has no preservatives, sweeteners or artificial colours. Lipton Tea is also a source of antioxidants...Antioxidants~ Beneficial or not? ~
*** The medical research undertaken is showing that tea promotes good health .It can protect you from many illnesses that mankind is at risk from today. Tea has a very high level of of unique natural antioxidants, which can protect you against a whole range of conditions Regular consumption of tea has been recognised as supplying you with protection against some cancers, including lung, stomach, breast and skin cancers, as well as showing anti-inflammatory, antithrombotic, cholestrol lowering, antivivral and antibacterial properties. There is also evidence between drinking tea and reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stroke . It's also been discovered recently that tea speeds up the burning of calories, and can help fight obesity. Very interesting!~
IceTea Lemon Flavour ~ The Product.
***The Tea comes in a see-through, shaped plastic bottle with a Yellow cap. There is a cheerful Yellow label around the bottom half of the bottle with the word Liptons surrounded by bright green leaves. Underneath this it has ICETEA and the picture of a succulent Lemon oozing Citrus juice. There is a round label with the letters AOX within and a dewy leaf beside it. Encircled around this are the words 'Source of Tea antioxidants.' To the side of the label it states 'No artificial Colouring', No Preservatives', No sweeteners.~All looking pretty good so far! It also states it is a still soft drink with Tea extract and Lemon juice. It says to refrigerate after opening and drink within five days! It also states it tastes best when chilled~ I bet it does ;0 The date on my bottle unopened is 05/02/08, and the bottle contains 500 ml and cost £0.85p from Sainsburys. It also tells us to recycle this bottle ( Of course! ) It has a picture of a person putting it in the recycle bin. All in all sending out good messages, and seeming to appear a natural product.
***The appearance of the Tea is rather cloudy. I think Iced tea looks better when it is clear, it gives the impression of a much more refreshing drink. This cloudy appearance is not making it look too inviting. It appears flat, but on shaking, a lot of bubbles are appearing to the surface, and staying there, making it look almost effervescent. On the whole I do not like the look of the liquid. It is pale golden brown in colour, rather cloudy, and uninviting. It is doing nothing for my taste buds at this stage.
***As I open the product, which has a twist cap, the first smell to assault my olfactory senses is that of a very strong smell of Citrus, it is of Lemon, but much stronger somehow. It is actually making my eyes water. The Lemon is definitely overpowering the smell of Tea which is very subtle, in fact I can barely detect the smell of Tea at all. I note the Lemon juice is taken from concentrate, as stated on the reverse of the bottle, and I feel they have been a little heavy handed in the strength of the Lemon concentrate added. It also smells very sweet. The smell is not unpleasant but not entirely natural in it's odour. I can't describe the Tea smell as it is so faint, I can only say "It's in there somewhere".
***I am now pouring this into a glass to taste the product, and as I pour I observe the cloudy golden liquid. The bubbles are frothing up and settling to the side of the glass. On the top of the Iced Tea is a sediment floating unattractively across the glass. I can now smell a little more of the Tea, since pouring from the bottle, and it smells like regular Tea before milk is added. I have just taken a taste of the Iced Tea, and it is totally bland! It tastes like water~ and Lemon~ and sugar~ with the faintest taste of Tea. It's doing absolutely nothing for me. I am not enjoying the flavour at all. But then they say smell is linked to Memory, and I could just be reliving my earliest memories of it. Very nasty indeed! It's basically cold tea, left to stand, with Lemon added, and a 'spoonful of sugar.' But I'm afraid for me, it's not making this medicine go down very easily. I'm not sure how Children would respond to this drink!~ But I think they might say 'you're having a laugh' aren't you. And I might just have to agree with them.
Liptons The Company.
***Liptons abide by The Rainforest Alliance. Which is an independent organisation that works with communities, individuals, and companies, their aim is to reduce environmental impacts and increase social and economic benefits. Liptons realise that Nature is their greatest asset. They take water and energy supplies very seriously. Lipton is one of Unilever's largest foods brands with sales to the trade well in excess of 2.8 billion and is the world's third largest beverage brand, and the World Leader in Tea.
***Unilever joined forces with PepsiCo Beverages International in 1991, who are working hard to promote the New Age Drink. They are trying to promote the different flavours that this and other drinks offer as an alternative to bottled water or carbohydrate, which currently take up most of the Market. Also Manufacturers are having to act on findings linking artificial additive use to child hyperactivity, so the beverage industry is cleaning up it's act and reformulating their products. So with the soft drinks sector becoming increasingly stagnant, Unilever see an opening for the new age beverages, with their drinks consisting of natural ingredients, and beverages with no additives, becoming a major growth area for the future.
***My overall opinion after tasting two of the varieties of the IceTea is that of indifference really. I found the beverage to have a completely bland taste. In the case of the Lemon Tea, any actual taste of tea was killed off by the overpowering Lemon Concentrate. I found it much too sweet, and it left a dryness in my mouth after consuming, it had no real flavour, and an artificial aftertaste. It didn't quench my thirst, and it left a bitter taste in the roof of my mouth. I also tried the Peach Tea, to give me a balanced opinion. In the case of the Peach IceTea the flavour was slightly better, though the Peach flavouring tasted artificial, it was still like drinking flavoured water, and not a very exciting flavour either! I should think that unless this is consumed ice cold, it would be fairly disgusting. It's actually made me feel slightly sick, and it is still clinging to my palate and the strong Peach sweet flavouring is still in my mouth. It's not the sort of soft drink that someone is going to get excited over, at best they may be swayed by the advertising, and the hype surrounding this New Age product, enough to try it, and even buy it occasionally to appear New Age themselves. A bit like the Market that Red Bull has captured so successfully. With the European Market taken up by 40% with carbonated drinks, and the next largest seller being bottled water, which has projections for large growth, people are now realising, and becoming more aware of the health and skin benefits associated with consuming water. At best, I see the IceTea product lasting the duration of the hard sell, and advertising that surrounds it.
***This will not become a top seller on a par say with Pepsi or Lucozade. The factors which have traditionally been a strong selling point for new age beverages, ie: herb, juice based drinks, or iced tea and coffee, are being overtaken by bottled water. I know what most people carry in their hand on a hot Summers day...As for liking it... it's a case of 'Love it' or 'Hate it', as I should think that this product is very much an acquired taste. ~ And I will be recommending it for that very reason.
Liptons IceTea comes in Peach. Lemon. Mango, and Green tea and Orange. It is available from most leading Supermarkets and some convenience stores.
Tea. Tea extract 4.7 %
Juice from Concentrate. 0.5 %
Typical values per 100 ml.
Energy 105 kj/26 cal.
Carbohydrate 6.4 g.
Of which sugars 6.2 g.
Of which saturates nil.
Salt (Based on Sodium) Trace.
Lipton Ice Tea,
London SW1A 1YR
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I know! I know! The very thought of ICE TEA sends shivers down the British spine. It is SACRALIGIST! How dare you defile tea with ice and lemon!
However, one must remember that I am the heathen American. I just LOVE a nice tall glass of ice tea! There is nothing like the tinkle of ice in a glass and refreshing taste of ice tea. So, 4 years ago when I moved to this country it was one of the major things I missed. Sure, I tried making my own ice tea- It is the way I prefer. But, I quickly realised that not even the tea is the same and there in lies the problem. Ice tea is usually made with Orange Pekoe tea. Most British tea is made with Black tea which does have a different flavour and does not make good ice tea.
So, when I first came across Lipton Ice Tea, I was very excited! I quickly grabbed a bottle. I could hardly wait to try it. However, I wanted to make sure it was nice and cold and placed it in the refrigerator to cool off before drinking.
~How is Lipton Ice Tea made?~
While we are waiting for the tea to cool. I thought I tell you a little about Lipton Ice Tea. This tea is blended with water and a small amount of fruit juice depending on the flavour. It comes in three flavours: Lemon, Peach and Mango. There are light options with no added sugars. However, I have only seen the light options in Peach and Mango so far.
~ What Is the History? ~
Lipton is now the 15th biggest selling soft drink in the world. I have bought this drink in most countries I have travelled to- including Thailand! However, the company was started by a man named Thomas Johnstone Lipton who was born in 1850. By the 1880s, he had opened stores all over the UK. He wanted to make tea cheap and easily got by all people and by the 1890s he was selling Lipton in the UK and US. Lipton Ice Tea was launched in the UK in 2002 with great success.
~Ok, the tea has cooled!~
Once the tea cooled enough, I got out a TALL glass (It has to be a tall glass for proper effect!) and put in loads of ice. I took a sniff and found that it definitely had a lemon scent that was clean. I then filled my glass to the brim, took it outside in the warm sunshine (yes, there was some on that day!) and took a long drink.
My first reaction was one of peace and well being! I just love ice tea and the familiar taste went down well. However, about half way through the glass, I realised that it just was too sweet. My favourite ice tea is unsweetened with lemon. The taste is nice, clean and refreshing. But, a bit sweet for my taste. I decided to try it on my English husbands taste buds. He has only had American ice tea a few times and I wondered what he would think of it. He took a long swing and made the MMMMMMM sound. Before I knew it, he had drank the rest of the glass!!!! When I asked for his opinion, he said that he found it to be very flavourful, easy to drink and a different type of drink. He didnt feel it was too sweet. Thus, we concluded that this ice tea was definitely made with the English taste buds in mind. We continued to sit outside and had the remainder of the ice tea while enjoying the sunshine.
~ Did I buy it again? ~
Yes, I have on occasion bought it again. We have tried all the flavours. Both my husband and I agree that the Mango is HORRIBLE tasting! It reminds me of sugar water! My favourite is the Lemon and my husbands favourite is the Peach. We have also tried it in the light versions- Peach and Mango. I still dont like the Mango or the Peach. However, husband still liked the Peach. I have not been able to find the Lemon yet. I keep looking.
~ Where can I buy it? ~
I have bought mine in Asda and Sainsbury as well as smaller bottles in the local corner shop at various times. I assume it is readily available at most large grocery stores.
~ How much? ~
The cost is much the same as a bottle of fizzy drink. A individual bottle goes for about 75p-99p and a 2 litres for about £1.50.
~ What Else Is Out There For The Future?~
Lipton is a very popular ice tea in the states. On my last trip back to the states, I came across individual sachets of sugar free lemon ice tea by Lipton. These are great! You can make your own tea on the go! So, say you stop at the petrol station and buy a bottle of water, all you have to do is empty one of these little sachets into the water and VOILE ICE TEA! I contacted Lipton about these and they said they don't have them in the UK yet! COME ON!!! I want some more!!
No, it is not the exact same as American Ice Tea. However, it will do in a pinch. I believe that it suites the English taste buds much more as I know formulas for products are changed to meet the needs of each country it is produced in. I think that it is worth a try if you are looking for a new drink that doesnt have the fizzy side effects.
Go on! Have a try!
LIPTON , ICE-TEA
The Trade Mark Lipton Tea is owned by Lipton - London, UK. This is a very old company, they are making since ages very high quality tea, they purchase and deal with tea gardens of India, Srilanka, Kenya.
They are marketing tea leves of many kinds and flavours, they process finest tea leaves, which are very juicy and Lipton has a flavour of their own, you can say all their products like leaves, granules, tea bags has a distinct Lipton flavour, you cannot describe it but you taste it and you know it is Lipton.
ICE TEA cans I prefer to purchase Lipton, there are many companies selling Ice tea in middle east market and probably in India too, but I prefer Lipton, it costs me where I live around 33 US cents, the can contains 350ml liquid, the taste is far better than black hot tea with menthol leaves, hot tea I drink 2 mugs everyday, the Mugs are a gift from Fedex company, this is to make you guess the size of the mugs, I like to drink ICE tea in hot weather and summers, I am very careful about supplying enough liquids to my body. I keep track of liquids in my body at a given time in the day. The tea cans come in many flavours, PEACH and LEMON flavour are my favourite, I mostly prefer PEACH flavour, because lemon flavour gives me soar throat in winter. These days even colas are coming in many flavours, these are the days of flavours, I think it is the job of tea tasters who give their okays to the flavours. Ditto may be the case with cola companies.
The most tasty ice tea is Lipton peach flavoure, I always keep the can in freezer for few minutes to bring it out chilled and drink it from the can itself, I am not fussy when the need strikes me, I dont go for eloberate arrangements of a big glass and straw and Ice cubes floating. But that can be very good, I suppose.
I am a heavy breakfast person, I like brown bread, I like to toast them over a flame manually, this method is just suitable for me, because I can control the brownness of the toast over every millimeter of the loaf. This useless activity drives away sleep slowly from my head. I like semi-fried eggs in olive oil with some salt and 3 pinches of pepper (heheh) after chewing the breakfast down, I open a can of PEACH flavour Ice tea, I keep them in my fridge White Westinghouse, this fridge is older than me. I sit in a cushioned chair for atleast 20 minutes sipping the tea, as the can empties, my energies start surging, I am fully recharged and ready to be aggresive and attacking the problems of the day.
I do this type of breakfast once or twice a week with ice tea, this is perfect combination of things in nature, I dont overdo it otherwise I am afraid I will loose the taste of this good breakfast. Other days I have my usual spicy breakfast which is the usual thing for most of us Indians, rotis, puris, Idlies, dosas etc.,
The placw where I live is hot, temperatures go up from the month of March and remain up till October, so we have very long hot summer, these are the days for LIPTON ICE TEA, whenever I have a craving for the cola, I consciously go for ICE TEA instead, as both quench the thirst and maybe the tea is better in refreshing me. I am sure I am saved from exposing to sodas my stomach which are very harmful to ones health. I am usually content with 2 colas a week, I go for fried chicken or some meat foods, I need a cola, otherwise vegetables are suitable for ice tea, LIPTON is my first choice. I have seen other cheaper brands but I dont like their taste. I did not try them once even.
Lipton with yellow can with its trade mark red rectangle is the only taste my brain knows, I am sensitive to some things in life, I may not mind working hard or tough travelling or staying late after hours working, any thing to bring in the profits, but some things I cannot compromise with in life, I am very choosy about LIPTON TEA BAGS, I ask the tea vendor to give me LIPTON TEA BAGS, its the thing printed in the back of my head, that is what I am constantly trying to match. All my purchase is done like that.
LIPTON ICE TEA cans come in 2 sizes one is a US cents 22 size 200 ml and other is 350ml but I like the 340ml, it has enough quantity to satiate me completely. I never felt it is more than required or short of my requirement. The small Lipton ice tea can is short and it makes me want more, I am short in height 5feet 7inches, but I have big tastes and big appetite for liquids.
I enjoy drinking milk, I enjoy fresh fruit juices, some how I keep thinking I am not drinking enough water in the day, so I need to take liquids which ever way possible, I have a alarm in my system , if I have not taken liquids in sufficient quantity by 5 pm in the day, which is the end of my work time, I feel my body is exhausted and numb all over.
I am not a workout addict but I keep thinking always about what should enter my body, I try to avoid tin foods because of preservatives, the food stuff which is pasteurised also is not good for the body, as one of my collegue who is quiet young 29 years old had this strange case of soars breaking up on his skin. after many hours of time and consultations, it was diagonised by his doctor that he is suffering from allergy, the allergy is caused from the preservatives and pasteurising bacteria since that time I am afraid of preservatives.
I am afraid of soda present in cola, they are harmful and a better alternative to all that is LIPTON ICE TEA.
Yo Lipton taste and tea go well with your name .