Lipton Tea & Honey Iced Green Tea, Blackberry Pomegranate to go packets, flavor review

In the late 1970's, my father drank Lipton instant iced tea every night with dinner. I know this, because it was my "job" to make dad's tea. Pretty simple: 1 scoop of Lipton instant tea in a tall glass with ice cubes and water. Stir and serve.  Not fancy or flavorful, but convenient. Being a child, I complained about this chore. Things were different back then, though, we did not have ice makers in our freezers. We had handle ice-cube trays, that were very stubborn about releasing ice. Ice cubes are not the only item to improve in the last 40 years. Lipton has expanded their offerings to include more than instant iced tea. Recently they launched a low-calorie drink mix called Tea & Honey. Flavors include blackberry pomegranate … [Read more...]

SoBe LEAN Honey Green Tea

Stevia first introduced in Japan Fifteen years ago I was formulating green tea beverages for beverage manufacturers and trying out the natural high potency sweetener stevia extract(Reb A). I was working for a Japanese flavor company making prototypes for large beverage manufacturers in the United States and evaluating beverages sweetened with stevia that were on the market in Japan. Stevia has been approved for use as a natural sweetening agent in Japan for years. Recently, the United States deemed stevia safe for use in food and beverage. High Potency Sweeteners Honestly, I am not a huge high potency sweetener fan. High Potency sweeteners are usually 100-300 times sweeter than sugar. They include aspartame, sucralose, Ace K, stevia, … [Read more...]