Tea Tuesday: Lemon Ginseng Green Tea, from Lipton

Green tea can be really hit or miss with me. I prefer black teas, really, since I get to add delicious milk and sugar to them and drink them by the gallon. (Not literally. …Not most days, anyway.) But sometimes I get cravings for green tea, and I’ve come across a variety over the years, ranging from really powdery bitter stuff that’s practically matcha, to very mild stuff that I find soothing and tend to drink completely plain.

71c44uvc9fl-_sl1500_I recently got a box of Lipton’s lemon ginseng green tea to try, and after a few cups, I think it’s safe to say I’m a fan. It’s not exactly mild, since there’s a slight bitter hit to it, but that’s balanced pretty nicely by the hint of lemon in the aftertaste. There’s also a strange flavour that I think must be the ginseng, that tastes vaguely herbal and also a bit like cereal grains. It’s a little difficult to describe properly, and it takes a little getting used to, but in the end I find I rather like it. For those who like their green tea a little sweeter, adding a bit of sugar diminishes a bit more of the green tea’s bitterness, too. Honey would probably do the same, and complement the subtle lemon aftertaste. (I’d have tried this already but I don’t have any honey at the moment.)

I now find myself looking forward to warmer months, because I think this stuff will make an excellent iced tea, without the hassle I previously went through to make lemon green tea (actually adding lemon juice, or sliced lemons, which was undeniably delicious but admittedly a bit of a hassle). For now, it’s a good wake-up drink, and I’m happy to have been given some to try.

One comment on “Tea Tuesday: Lemon Ginseng Green Tea, from Lipton

  1. green tea is a fav at our house. we like the Fujian Green Tea from the Fujian Tea Import & Export Co. Ltd.
    Note, when brewing green tea, be sure to use water that is just under the boil. Too hot of water will bruise the leaves and make the tea bitter.
    I\ve currently gone back to my long time favourite of Twinnings Earl Grey Tea.
    I\ll look forward to your next tea post, it’s fun to read about what you are sipping.

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