Best n' Worst of 2K7


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Best n' Worst of 2K7

Postby xine » Nov 1st, '07, 14:25

So the traditional list of the best and worst tea products will be in next month's Teamuse.com- does anybody have any 'nominations' for best and worst products in the tea industry? Or even tea industry banter too. Post here so we can debate.

Here are lists from previous years:

http://www.teamuse.com/article_061201.html
http://www.teamuse.com/article_051101.html
http://www.teamuse.com/article_051201.html
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Postby Wesli » Nov 1st, '07, 14:30

I definitely have the #1 worst right here:
http://tinyurl.com/yor498
...and the price tag is just an added bonus, of course.
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Postby SnapshotCat » Nov 1st, '07, 19:11

The worst is those gross to-go instant "tea" packets from Lipton etc where it's sweetened with Splenda and other artificial garbage.
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Postby Wesli » Nov 1st, '07, 22:44

Hmmm, you do have a point...
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Postby Mary R » Nov 1st, '07, 23:13

What about tea soda? I know that Steaz and Blue Sky both sell various sodas of various flavors 'infused with the benefits of tea.' Blech.

Hm. Come to that, Smirnoff's Raw Tea could be both the best and the worst of 07...worst in that the beverage itself is foul...but the internet 'music videos' (Tea Partay and Green Tea Partay) were something of a hilarious viral hit.
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Postby Space Samurai » Nov 1st, '07, 23:22

Definitely the bluesky, that stuff was super sweet crap. Steaz, the sodas were bad, but the energy drink is Fair Trade, so it gets my love. I know, my love is cheap.

I'd also like to nominate Hansen's "lightly sweetend" teas. 46 grams of sugar per bottle. Its disgusting.
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Postby Scarlet Glow » Nov 2nd, '07, 10:49

I have one to put on the worst list.

Lipton's Iced Brisk Green Tea. I did a review of it recently. It tasted like apples and no where near like green tea. Yuk!
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Postby xine » Nov 2nd, '07, 11:49

Please remember that these products have to have been released this year- is the Steaz tea soda new this year?
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Postby Space Samurai » Nov 2nd, '07, 12:00

Oops, sorry. No both the steaz and blue sky have been around. I think the hansen's teas are this year though.
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Postby Mary R » Nov 2nd, '07, 12:16

Alas, no.

According to their history, Steaz first production run was in 2002. I think, however, that their contracts with Wild Oats and Whole Foods *are* 2007. I can't recall seeing their products there before.

The Blue Sky company was established in 1980, and was bought out by Hansen's in 2000. In 2006, Hansen's released the Blue Sky Tea soda line consisting of four flavors: Imperial Lime Green Tea, Peach Mist Green Tea, Pomegranate White Tea and Raspberry Red Tea. In that same year, Hansen's released their own tea soda line, consisting of four flavors: ginger, lemon mint, tangerine and pomegranate. They also released a diet soda line of the first three flavors, and in 2007 added diet pomegranate.

Smirnoff Raw Tea and Green Raw tea, however, were both released in 2007.
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Postby xine » Nov 2nd, '07, 14:23

I think the Smirnoff Raw Tea is a candidate- for worse. I had a couple, and they were good, but I think I would have thought of them as actually tasting good if I was like 19 or summin. I just drin gin and tonics now, I can't stand most sweet alcoholic drinks.

Though, I do remember the music video- the country club boys or whatever- coming out last summer, cos my best friend's boyfriend (who kind of looks like one of the dudes) would bust out randomly with full verses of the rap.
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