Black Tea Latte. Brewed with tea leaves from Sri Lanka, the fully oxidized tea leaf produces a deep and full bodied flavor.
Pure and Clean with only 80 calories per serving!
For maximum quality and taste, please consume before the "best by" date printed on the bottle. Refrigerate after opening.
Ingredients:Purified Water, Cane Sugar, Skim Milk Powder, Black Tea, Natural Flavor, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
Leaf Type: Black (flavored)
Where to Purchase: Teas' Tea
I'm going on the road again later this week so I thought it was time for another Road Trip Edition of Tuesday Tea, we haven't seen one of those in awhile. Road trips are pretty rare for me this time of year since I live in Wisconsin, but we're making an exception to our no travel during winter rule so we can home to celebrate a belated Christmas with our families. With my husband having surgery recently we didn't make it home in December as planned. It just so happens that I found the perfect tea to review just last week while my husband and I were out for a 'congratulations on recovering from surgery' sushi dinner. After we ate I noticed that a new Asian market had opened up on the West side of Madison, so we popped in to take a look. It was small, but eclectic, which means I'll likely be a frequent visitor just to see what new things they have for me to play around with in the kitchen. I ended up leaving with my husband's wallet $6 lighter (I conveniently left mine at home) and came out with a bag of rock sugar (it looked fun, but I have no idea what I'll do with it yet,) a box of heart shaped Pocky, and this tea.
I'm no stranger to Teas' Tea bottled teas from Ito En, I've been drinking them for years, but this flavor was new to me. I found it tucked away in a refrigerator case in the last aisle of the store and knew immediately it was going home with me. I love a good latte, be it made from coffee or tea, but I don't tend to make them at home. I usually save them for my Wednesday night treat up at the coffee shop, where I write and have real adult conversation, using words that are at a much higher comprehension level than my 2 year old currently has. It's really nice to have a break once a week where I don't have to sing the ABC's a million times.
Anyway, back to the tea...
This tea is sweet and it was the first thing I noticed before I got a good sense of the flavor. Cane sugar is the #2 ingredient for this drink and it packs a whopping 34g of sugar per bottle. That's a lot of sugar! I don't normally sweeten my tea at home and on the handful of times I've made a tea latte myself it hasn't been this sweet. This fact in itself is enough to keep me from purchasing it again since I'm trying to wean myself off my sugar dependency.
The black tea base tasted very familiar although it was hard to pick out the flavors over the sugar, milk, and Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C.) It was interesting to note that the milk helped temper the bitter notes that are normally found in bottled tea. I was a bit curious about that when I first purchased the bottle since there are a number of bottled teas I won't drink because the Ascorbic Acid drowns out the flavor.
At $1.99 for 16.9 Fl oz it is a little pricey for a bottle of tea and I didn't like it enough for this to make the rotation of treats I reserve for road trips. I am curious if I would prefer the Matcha Latte which is a part of this line of drinks. I haven't seen it in the stores near me, but I may have to go hunt one down and try it.
My Rating: 64/100
Would I order this again? Probably not. It was interesting to try, but it falls into the category of teas I could probably live without.