Hello and happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’re having a beautiful day.
While on our Wrong Way to Hope film tour, I received an email from the group at Gen-Yknot asking if I would be interested in participating in a blog campaign reviewing some new summer drinks by Lipton Iced Tea. While I haven’t had the chance to do many reviews on my blog, I checked out the company and thought it would be a fun campaign to be a part of and went into it with an open mind. Although my personal drink of choice is water (I’d truly rather eat my calories than drink them), knowing that my husband’s is juice or a sweeter drink, I wrote back “Of course!” hoping to find a healthier substitution (for him) and a fun new drink (for me). After we got back from our 2 month cross-Canada trip, I found a box waiting in the basement for me.
Inside the box were these:
…6 new summer flavors of tea!
The first thing I did was check out the specifics, beginning with the flavors:
Green Tea with Citrus
Iced Tea with Lemon
- Iced Tea with Blueberry Pomegranate
- Green Tea with Passionfruit Mango
- Diet Green Tea with Watermelon
- Diet Green Tea with Citrus
Sounds pretty good, right? I was a bit skeptical until I checked out their nutrition stats, which overall are impressive (all real ingredients) with between 130 and 180 calories per bottle, except for the two diet drinks which had zero calories but less impressive stats (sweetened with sucralose). It’s interesting – I used to be “calories-only” minded when looking at labels, but as I’m learning more about what I choose to fuel my body with, I find myself being more concerned with eating and drinking all natural, real foods and ingredients, and sucralose (or any other artificial sweetener like aspartame) definitely does not fit into that category.
That being said, I was still curious to try the flavors (yes, even the diet ones!), especially after reading that Lipton’s statement:
“We pride ourselves on our innovation and continue to remain at the forefront of meeting consumers’ needs. We are constantly reinventing and finding new ways for more people to enjoy tea.”
So I enlisted the help of my father-in-law for some initial taste testing to give you a variety of thoughts on the drinks. Maurice (M) and I (B) had a fun time sampling the drinks (as it turns out, Mikey was busy!) and wanted to share our thoughts with you:
- Green Tea with Citrus:
- M: “Not bitter and I can definitely taste the citrus.”
- B: “Smooth! Goes down easy.”
- Iced Tea with Lemon:
- M: “I like this one – I taste the tea more.”
- B: “Good ol’ fashion iced tea on a hot summer day.”
- Pomegranate Blueberry:
- M: “This one tastes sweeter…I don’t taste the tea as much in this one, more the berries.”
- B: “Stronger blueberry, less tea flavor…”
- Passionfruit Mango Green Tea:
- M: “Now that one tastes even fruitier than the blueberry…”
- B: “Sweet! The sweetest one of all…distinct fruit flavor.”
- Diet Green Tea with Watermelon:
- M: “It really doesn’t have what I would call a good flavor – no tea, no watermelon…and I eat a lot of watermelon!”
- B: “Tastes like a popsicle – more artificial – like a fake watermelon flavor.”
- Diet Green Tea with Citrus:
- M: “Has an artificial taste…”
- B: “Definitely an artificial aftertaste – I can tell it’s a diet drink.”
So…what were the overall results?
Maurice’s Favorites: All-around tea: Green Tea with Lemon; Sweet Tooth: Passionfruit Mango
Bonnie’s Favorites: All-around: Green Tea with Citrus
My mother-in-law also gave the drinks a test. Her verdict? She, too, had no taste for the diet drinks and loved all the sweet ones, with the Blueberry Pomegranate and Passionfruit Mango at the top of her list.
One of the cool things that Lipton Iced Tea is doing is partnering with the online radio station, PANDORA, encouraging listeners to engage with the “natural side of music.” The idea is that great taste starts with all natural ingredients (agreed!) and that a great musical experience should be the same, which is why Lipton Iced Tea chose Pandora internet radio as their partner for this summer-long program. Their desire? To “encourage consumers to express individuality through their tea and music preferences.” I love this idea! My only reservation? No access where I live; unfortunately, many sites like PANDORA or Hulu (free TV/movies online) are blocked in Canada, so I am unable to access all this great music! But if you’re in the US, definitely check PANDORA out! You can explore music on Lipton PANDORA internet radio stations specific to your musical preferences, including Lipton Pop, Lipton Country, Lipton Rock and Lipton Hip-Hop.
Overall, I would probably buy the Green Tea with Citrus flavor on a road trip in for a refreshing drink with some solid ingredients, but I wouldn’t purchase the diet drinks (I just personally try to stay away from them, however tempting “zero calories” might be!). Thanks to Gen-Yknot and Lipton Iced Tea for the chance to do this fun review – it’s always great to have the chance to try something new and share your thoughts with others.
My questions for you, readers, are:
What is your favorite go-to summer drink? (water or a dipped ice cream cone! )
Do you think you’d try any of these Lipton Iced Tea flavors?
And how do you feel about diet drinks in general? (You already know; not my favorite!)
Ever used Pandora before? (Mikey and I loved it while we lived in the States; we wish there was access in Canada!)
Thanks for checking out this review, and have a stellar weekend! Keep fueling your body well, moving as you’re able and embracing the moment as you give more life to your days. Live well & be well,
*Please note: I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Gen-Yknot on behalf of Lipton and received Lipton product samples and a subscription to Pandora One to facilitate my candid review. Gen-Yknot also sent me a promotional item to thank me for my time.