Imagine walking into a dodgy convenience store and staring into one of the drinks coolers, craving cool caffeine. Your eyes trail down the rows of Coke, Pepsi, 7UP- and then to the small stack of Lipton’s Ice Teas. You open the door and are about to pick out your favourite flavour when one of the bottles of tea falls from its shelf and onto the floor. It’s then, as the bottle rolls towards your shoe, that you notice the slight fizzing sound emanating from it, and a steady foam rising towards the top of the bottle. Lipton Ice Tea? Fizzy? What is this black magic!?
I bought a bottle of it on impulse. I had never seen or heard of tea like this before, and I was excited. As soon as I was out of the shop I took a sip and was shaken by the taste. It has the same sweet lemony flavour as a normal Lipton Ice Tea- but magnified twofold. Forget the flat, dull tang of your average Lipton Ice Tea. The taste bubbles to life in this carbonates concoction, in a way that would make the common Brit’s face scrunch up in confusion but keep drinking like it was a kid tasting sugar for the first time.
To some of you reading this, this type of tea may seem like an obvious find. Lipton has been producing Sparkling Ice Tea since 2015, after all. According to Bevnet, a media outlet for all things beverage oriented, Lipton announced the new product in the US at the start of 2015, with the fizzy tastes of peach, lemonade and raspberry. An important note to make is that they announced this bubbly drink in America- not in the UK. In fact, Sparkling Tea doesn’t actually exist here. Not unless you’re doing a particular Amazon search, and that’s just for finding a specific brand.
In the UK, Lipton only sells ‘regular’ ice tea. It’s already a struggle to find a raspberry or mango flavour, nevermind a fizzy version of the stuff. I believe their Sparkling Tea was sold in the UK at some point- however, it may have been discontinued, with no reason to justify it. Have you ever seen a bottle of Sparkling Tea in the UK? If you have, let me know!
(Side note: if you want a good laugh, read some British reviews of Lipton Tea here– honestly, it doesn’t disappoint!)