Review of Gold Peak Tea’s Diet Iced Tea
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Gold Peak ready-to-drink iced tea is a product of the Coca-Cola family, a fact that should say a lot by itself. It comes in an 18.5-ounce clear plastic bottle whose label politely requests that the bottle be recycled. This review is regarding Gold Peak Teas Diet Iced Tea, one of five flavors available in supermarkets and other stores. Other flavors include Sweetened Iced Tea, Sweetened Green Iced Tea, Lemon Iced Tea, and Unsweetened Iced Tea.
Gold Peak uses high-grown black and green teas grown in the mountains west of Kenya’s Rift Valley. Kenyan black tea is very popular, since becoming the tea most used by Irish tea companies. It is a bold, very brisk, black tea with taste notes similar to that of Ceylon tea. It grows at the altitude of 5,000 to 7,000 feet and pickers harvest it every 17 days year round.
Kenya is a relative newcomer in terms of being a tea-producing country, with the earliest reference to tea grown there being 1905. British settlers living in Kenya may have thought conditions there appropriate for tea plantations. No one knows if this is how tea started there, but someone did manage to import tea plants from India. More than 100 years later, Kenya is the world’s fourth largest tea producer, following India, China, and Sri Lanka.
Unfortunately, Gold Peak Tea Diet Iced Tea does not do this fine Kenyan tea justice. Gold Peak claims their tea has “home-brewed tastes” and “tastes so good you’ll swear it’s homemade.” Sure it does, if you made it with too much water, not enough tea, and sickly sweet sweetener. The presence of the tea in Gold Peak Diet Iced Tea is barely even discernable. Two other teas in this line may have won an award, but this one never will.
brewed on Apr 14th, 2010