I’m a self-admitted tea snob. My vanity simply won’t allow me to plunk a paper bag full of microscopic dust into my teacup and call it good. But there are times when you run out of your favorite loose leaf tea. And going to the specialty coffee/tea shop is just not practical (Emma is a bit of a terror, of the grab everything and put it in her mouth variety). And ordering it online would take too long (I need my tea). So you wait until the kiddos are in bed, make your desperate late night trip to the grocery store, and pick over the wall of tea boxes searching for a clue that one of them has real tea in it. Impossible? Well, maybe…but maybe not!
Lipton has apparently made some headway in the tea snob market, with their leaf tea in pyramid bags. Sounds good doesn’t it? The see-thru bag shows you that, yep, it really is tea. More room for the leaves to move around.
Those are some pretty small, broken up leaves, folks. And lots of caramel bits. And that’s what it tastes like, caramel. I could drink this stuff and not even know I was drinking tea. Here’s the spent leaves:
I had pretty much given up finding real tea in the supermarket…but sometimes you are truly desperate. And this time I stumbled across a tea company I had never heard of before.
Compared to the Mint Brook Meadow, the Lipton is crumbs.
Here’s the spent leaves:
The the proof is in the taste of course. Yes, Mint Brook Meadow’s tea was definitely better than the Lipton. Not my favorite, but better tea. And also a great value: 20 bags for $3 vs. the Lipton which was 15 bags for around $4 (my memory fails me). And a killer deal compared to Mighty Leaf (though Mighty Leaf has great tea) at 15 bags for $8---I simply will not pay $8 for 15 teabags, even if they are silk. I’ll order loose leaves and wait, if it comes to that.
Disclosure: This post is unsolicited and uncompensated. The opinions expressed are my own.
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