Lipton is a trusted brand for teas. I have never tried Lipton’s before so I was excited to give their herbal collection a shot. For less than $3 I got a collection package, with Peppermint, Quietly Chamomile, Lemon, Cinnamon Apple, Orange, and last but not least, Ginger Twist. With a total of 18 tea bags, I found a plethora of herbal teas that I know well, but I had never had Ginger Twist before, at least not in a tea bag tea, so I was excited to try it out.
I expected to taste orange and lemon, as these peels are in the brew for the ginger tea. In fact, ginger root is the second ingredient, and cinnamon is in there as well, so when I first began sipping my brew after steeping it for 2 minutes, I thought I had grabbed orange by mistake. The cinnamon is prominent as is the citrusy flavors, and then it oddly tastes like a carrot juice of some sort, but overall very pleasing if you know what you’re tasting.
It definitely has a strong herbal tea taste. It is fairly tart without honey, and honey added to the Ginger Twist gives is a nuttier aftertaste, and still that flavor of carrot juice that I can’t quite place. Since I’m not all too familiar with ginger (I’ve had it a few times for nausea) perhaps this is the ginger taste. It’s tasty and different, and really brings out the lemon, orange, cinnamon, and carrot taste that must be the ginger all together very nicely.
I especially like the grass aftertaste, somewhat like drinking an alfalfa tea (which I love, fresh from the field). The taste altogether balances out the tartness of the tea itself with the more mild aftertaste. I also noticed as I drink it (as I am right now), the headache that I had is dissipating, which is not surprising as ginger is an anti-inflammatory. It’s also great at calming an anxious body and mind after a caffeine overload so this tea will definitely come in handy after I brew another pot of coffee (that will put me at about 16 cups drunk- no wonder I have a headache). I like how ginger is in the top 3 ingredients, in fact it’s second only to orange peel. This makes it a bit more “authentic” than a lot of herbal teas that simply replicate flavors rather than containing the actual herb. The only herbal tea in this collection that appears to be less of the real thing is the lemon, which has lemon peel so far down on the list I don’t believe it will have the authentic flavor I’m looking for.
I would recommend Ginger Twist to anyone who wants a great “calm down” beverage, and Lipton hit the mark. It’s yummy, interestingly flavored, great with or without lemon, and really calms the nerves. I think I’ll drink it before bed tonight and go out like a light.