Pros: Fantastic flavor, sweet/mellow, pyramid tea bags
I rarely drink black teas, but my husband does. Usually the tea flavors are not appealing enough to convince me to try them, but when he got a box of the new Lipton Pyramid tea bags in vanilla caramel flavor, I just could not resist at least trying some!
"A perfectly sweet indulgence. Delicate vanilla blends beautifully with pieces of real caramel and the taste of rich chocolate truffles. Go ahead. You deserve it."
Lipton Black Tea, Vanilla Caramel Truffle
I had purchased pyramid teas before from the grocery store, but not this flavor. My husband picked it up since our grocery store carries the whole line of Lipton's pyramid tea bag flavors. A box of 20 tea bags cost me about $3.50.
The tea bags come loose in the box, which is a little taller than your generic box of tea found at the grocery store. The lid flips up to reveal the pyramid tea bags, each of which has a string and paper tag glued on. The tea bags are made out of a nylon-like material and has a very fine mesh.
Black tea, caramel, cornstarch, natural flavors, palm oil.
90mg Antioxidants (flavonoids) per serving.
The directions say to brew this tea "3 minutes or to desired strength", and by pouring boiling water over the tea bag. The tea brews a dark caramel brown color.
The aroma is released right away, and this tea has a great scent that is truly vanilla and caramel. It is a sweet scent, very warm, sweet, and flavorful. The smell is pretty much like candy, and we have had many comments at our house when someone smells this tea, wanting to know what we are drinking.
The taste is wonderful. The caramel and vanilla flavors just melt together. I do not usually sweeten my teas unless they are bitter or the flavor is more or less unpleasant. this tea definitely does not need any sweetening, and I imagine using any sweetener would make this candy-like! (Not a bad thing - I simply try to limit sugars in my diet!)
The reason I do not like dark teas is because of the flavor - but this tea is definitely an exception, and is one of the few black teas I will touch! This is a nice tea any time of day, although it makes a great after-dinner tea because of it's nice flavor. I could almost describe it as a great alternative to a light flavored coffee.
This is not a bitter tea either. Sometimes black teas even when not bitter have a sharp taste to them. However, this tea is very smooth and warm. It has a mellow taste that is easy to drink.
This is a really delicious black tea! I love the flavor. It is a wonderful combination of vanilla and caramel, which compliment each other beautifully. Although it has a rich flavor, it is a mellow taste.
Lipton Pyramid Teas - http://www.liptonpyramidteas.com