Pros: Tastes Good. Wide glass bottle
In recent years, when in a convenience store and looking for a drink I usually look for the tall Arizona 99 cent can. In the summer heat and doing a job outside I lean toward a bottle of most any of the Sports...Power...Thirst quencher...Ade drinks. It was just a few years ago though, that Snapple was the drink I would most often purchase.
The company was first started in Valley Stream on Long Island just a few miles from where I live and immediately made strong inroads into the soft drink market with its Iced Tea and Juices products that claim to be "Made from the best stuff on Earth."
That stuff in Snapple's Lemon Iced Tea is water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid and natural flavors. I don't know what those natural flavours are. OH yes, it all starts with tea leaves.
Having A Spot Of Tea
I was picking up a 16 ounce bottle of Snapple today and I wanted to return it to the shelf when the guy said, "$1.75 please". Ouch!! I purchased it anyways.
The most common way I see the drink is in the 16 ounce glass bottle. The product has a brown colour to it and bits of the "best stuff on earth" is settled on the bottom like making it look like the bottom of a dirty pond or perhaps a goldfish bowl that hasn't been cleaned in a while. That said, I have never felt any kind of aversion toward the product in fact after a good quick shake, (of the bottle not me)I am always eager to twist the bottles metal cap off and start slugging it down.
It's the bottle along with the taste that long ago attracted me to the drink. First I do prefer drinking out of glass vs, a can or plastic. Snapple also was one of the first products that I recall with the more squat shape and wider neck and opening. This allowed for "slugging" down the drink. When I'm hot and want a thirst quencher, that's how I like to ingest the stuff. The tea was also a non-carbonated product that went down easily. No bubbles, no burps. That's a reason why I started dropping many "pop" products.
I happen to like the taste of their iced tea too. This has a slight lemon flavour too. Being non-carbonated it is smooth over the tongue giving a fine tea flavor. The lemon I taste is more than balanced by the sweetness of the drink and that I like.
When cold, this does make for a good thirst quencher but, now with some of the power drinks with electrolytes, I have moved to them. Because of the competitive price of Arizona Teas in the tall cans, Snapple is a bit too expensive for my liking however, that said, I really do happen to like the taste and the product, it is thirst quenching and never bothers my stomach.
Even though the product is now number three in choice when on the road at a convenience store I still can recommend it for its good taste and smooth feel.
Arnold Palmer Black Iced Tea/Lemonade