One of my goals for this year (actually – I started this before Christmas even) is to kick my coke habit. Diet Coke that is. I know, I know, what is a future RD doing drinking that junk anyways? I’ve read all the studies, and know it has no redeeming qualities. And it’s not like I’m a big soda drinker anyways. But that 1 can a day was my caffeine fix, and I came to love the taste. I’d given it up before, but it came back into my life. This time though, I’m hoping it’s for good.
Although there is really nothing out there to replace the taste, I have found myself turning towards tea more often when I’m looking for a little caffeinated pick me up. And as luck would have it, I received an amazing tea package to sample from Lipton way back in May (!) that somehow fell by the wayside. Perhaps that was for a reason, as it seems like the perfect post for right now.
When I was offered a sample of their new line of green teas, I thought I would be getting a few individual tea bags to try out. Boy was I wrong – 4 whole boxes that add up to 164 tea bags! Pretty sure I won’t be needing to buy green tea for a long time!
I received 4 flavours – Lemon Ginseng; Black Current Vanilla; Passionfruit, Orange and Jasmine; and Naturally Decaffeinated.
All of these green teas are Rainforest Alliance Certified – this means the teas have been grown on certified tea estates, which are sustainably managed in order to protect the environment and to provide their workers with decent wages and access to medical aid, education, and housing. I am always happy to find products with a conscience.
Each tea bag comes individually wrapped, which is a bonus if you want to take a couple with you in your purse or bag, but I also see this is as unnecessary packaging.
I’ve had multiple chances to taste each of the teas (especially as I having being trying to rid myself of a sore throat for the past few days). Here’s my take on each:
- Naturally Decaffeinated – a nice clean green tea when you aren’t looking for a little pick me up from caffeine. Not too strong or bitter.
- Lemon Ginseng – my personal favourite, as I like the bright lemon flavour with the earthy green tea.
- Black Current Vanilla – enticing black current aroma that reminds me of Ribena (haven’t had that in years!), with the vanilla flavour being very subtle.
- Passionfruit, Orange, and Jasmine – has a very perfume-y aroma, and a light fruity taste. My least favourite, but I do enjoy it on occasion.
If you are looking for a tasty green tea and see these Lipton varieties on the shelf, give them a go. I’m sure one of them will tickle your tea fancy. And tonight I am putting them to the ultimate test – I’m working a graveyard shift and hope that they give me the pick me up I need to avoid picking up a bottle of you know what.
Thanks to Lipton for the opportunity to sample some delicious teas!
Disclaimer – All of the above teas were provided to me free of charge, with no obligation to write a review. All opinions are of course my own.