Critics Cupboard: Snapple Classic Black Teas
Snapple Classic Black Teas
Suggested retail, $1.39
Because Jennifer Mastroianni and Saimi Bergmann are not tea drinkers, they invited two members of the Tea Bags, a Stark County group of tea-drinking friends, to serve as guest reviewers for this new line from Snapple.
Cheryl Lundgren, Alliance: Bottled iced tea straight off the grocery shelf -- what could be easier on a hot summer day? Snapple’s bottled, lightly sweetened, flavored teas include English Breakfast, Orange Pekoe and Earl Grey -- all favorites of tea lovers.
However, in all three, we felt that the taste was too sweet. The Earl Grey and the English Breakfast teas had a nice fragrance, a good start to the enjoyment of tea. The English Breakfast, our favorite, was smooth and not bitter, but the Earl Grey was too weak. We all agreed that the Orange Pekoe was overly sweet and left a bitter, chemical aftertaste.
If you like sweetened tea and are in a rush, maybe these bottled teas are worth a try. Each 16-ounce bottle contains 35 to 40 calories.
If you are a tea purist, my recommendation is that ice tea made to your own specifications will be the best tasting and most refreshing of all ice teas.
Go for the gold -- go homemade.
Karen Pollard, Canton: Bottled teas remind me of Grandma’s recipe for iced tea: a spoonful of brown powder and a spoonful of sugar in a glass of water, stirred “real good,” then add ice. Vigorous stirring created a lot of foam and was supposed to blend tea, sugar and water. Sugar helped mask the aftertaste of instant tea, that mysterious brown powder. Though Snapple teas are clear, not cloudy or foamy, they smell like Grandma’s reconstituted iced tea.
Snapple’s label says “shake well before drinking.” Why?
Thankfully, Snapple’s Earl Grey, Orange Pekoe and English Breakfast are lightly sweetened, so they’re not as sweet as other drink choices.
If you just want to quench your thirst, these might work. But if your taste buds crave a real tea experience, move on.