This page is for the caffeinated version. See also Decaf Black Tea.
Savor the original, delicious taste enjoyed by discriminating tea connoisseurs for more than a century. Lipton® Orange Pekoe and Pekoe cut black tea is the ideal blend for the perfect cup of tea.
Ratings & Reviews
Tchuggin' Okie (70 reviews) on Apr. 19th, 2017
This tea is alarmingly ubiquitous—available in seemingly every supermarket, convenience store, breakfast cafe, pancake house, donut shop, motel, hotel, all-night diner, all-day diner, dive bar, workplace hot-beverage dispensary, convention hall, college cafeteria, tourist trap's tea table, and as the default "hot tea" in restaurants of every price point, all across this vast land and beyond. I can't testify first-hand, but I'm told it's even served in Nevada brothels.
Unfortunately it's the only "hot tea" at all offered in most of the above. I say "unfortunately" because the taste strikes me as bland, ordinary, boring...without any essences of anything but commercial-grade orange pekoe shredded nearly to dust, then bagged. It's as plain as can be—not revolting or even a major turn-off per se, indeed it's tolerable, and one can do worse. Still, the flavor doesn't stand out except in its flatness, about as interesting as watching grass grow. It's also a step down from what can be a rather rich aroma, especially in-cup. Much like Wal-Mart's "Great Value" tea, I only can recommend Lipton black tea if you're in a hurry or simply want tea badly enough, and little or nothing else of the sort is offered. If you simply ask for hot tea at an eatery and don't get Lipton, that's quite remarkable; you may wish to purchase a lottery ticket that day, for luck has found you.
Generally this tea is a wonderful standby, meaning if you have need a quick pick-me-up and there's nothing else at the 7-11 or fast food joint, then go for it.
After reading about Lipton pesticide use problems in GreenPeace report Trouble Brewing, I don't think I'll be buying Lipton Yellow Label.
Before I read the report, I would say it was in my cupboard. Lipton has a wonderful distinct taste--I once watched an informercial about how the Lipton tea tasters select their final tea blend.
Sure it's industrial grade black orange pekoe, nice and crisp and pairs well with creme and sugar. However it is NOT at all like Chinese red tea. (Black orange pekoe tastes nothing like Jasmine red tea and probably they use different subspecies of shrubs, just as there are many different types of grasses).
Whether I will buy a box for iced tea, maybe. However my digestion system is too sensitive (having taken radiation) to really drink too much of the tea, meaning I will get the runs.
This was attracted my attention to the Trouble Brewing report by GreenPeace in the first place.
I am new to tea. I am looking for good black breakfast tea. Being American, most of us drink coffee. I cannot drink coffee anymore, so I have switched to tea. Not many brands in my area. I bought Lipton because I recognized the brand. To me, it's ok. I put a touch of honey and cream in. Can anyone recommend a great breakfast tea? I like a full bodied flavorful black tea.
Senior Tea Drinker (1 reviews) on Mar. 24th, 2015
I didn't give it really high numbers, but I do like this tea as a kind of "old standby," even though it is in fact a fairly new staple for me. And, to be honest, it probably won't be a staple once the box runs out.
As a coffee drinker most of my life and a sometimes obsessive tea drinker only in the last 10 years or so, I mostly started out with green teas and flavored teas like Earl Grey or something more spicy and exotic. Every time I would try this, I was really disappointed because I just didn't know how to make it.
This tea works the same way coffee works for me: I'm pretty particular about my coffee and if it's too strong or too weak or greasy, too much milk, etc. then it's not really all that pleasant for me, but I will gulp it down anyway because there's something coffee about it that I recognize and I have accepted as what I want.
This tea is exactly the same in exactly the same way. I even prefer it prepared the same way I like my coffee: strong, but not too strong and just a little milk. If I don't get it just right, it's too weak or too bitter.
The way I get it exactly how I want is to just look at the color. At home, I use a kettle to boil water, but at work we have a Keurig machine. At home, I use a light-colored mug and pour boiling water directly on the bag, bounce the bag up and down for a few seconds and when it's a nice darkish brown (15-20 seconds) I remove the bag, add a tiny drop of cream and stir. It should be a nice caramel color. At home, I usually drop an ice cube or 2 in to cool it down so it doesn't open all the pores in my teeth and stain them as much. It is also ready to drink much sooner. At work, I just use the keurig machine and let it sit for about 10 seconds before adding a tiny spot of milk and then just let it sit on my desk to cool with the bag still in the mug. It never gets bitter because I think the Keurig machine doesn't get the water nearly as hot.
The reason I realized I actually like this tea quite a bit as a regular coffee replacement is because I randomly bought a huge box from the corner deli once and then they got that same huge box at work. When I ran out of all my fancier teas at home, I just started using it more and more until I finally figured it out. Then, at work, I started using it instead of coffee and quite honestly I like it better than coffee most of the time now.
There is kind of a spiciness to it which seems weird. It doesn't seem like it should be there, but I taste it. It tastes flavored in some way. If I add a tiny bit of stevia, it really brings out the spiciness and it almost tastes like fall flavors (some relative of nutmeg and cinnamon or something).
This is my first review and probably the most elaborate one I'll ever do here. I don't know why, but a tea so common seemed to require a little advocacy. I'm enjoying a cup right now and would like everyone to be able to appreciate this.
It's good to have a bunch of this as backup and to know how to make it if it's the only tea available, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it over another black tea like Twinings Breakfast Blend or Stash Breakfast Blend (both much better).
Ah, Lipton: the tea ubiquitous within the fine dining institutions of my college campus. I tend to drink this when I'm in need of something strongly caffeinated but I just can't tolerate the thought of choking down more instant coffee crystals dissolved in lukewarm tap water from the bathroom down the hall from my lab.
What can I say? Even overworked lab rats need to have standards sometimes.
That said, I tend to make fun of Lipton a lot, but I really don't find their tea unpleasant. It's just that I don't find it to be a pleasant experience, either. I usually let this tea steep for no longer than a minute in boiling water, lest it take on an unpleasantly bitter taste, or else I prepare it as a cold-brew. Unfortunately, at its best it's still below average--though still a better experience than similarly low-grade coffee.
Brytta Sóþword (287 reviews) on Mar. 21st, 2014
The taste is a little different from what it used to be.
I wouldn't be drinking tea today if it wasn't for Lipton, so I feel it is only fair that I pay homage to them. I will make this short and sweet. It isn't the best (they know that) and it isn't the worst (they know that as well). For the value and their longevity, you have to tip your hat. They are doing something right or they wouldn't still be around. Last note, my Grandmother, who introduced me to tea, has recently switched to Tetly. I detest Tetly so I am glad she introduced me to Lipton!
Alex Zorach (1285 reviews) on Aug. 9th, 2013
I think Lipton gets a bad rap...it's the brunt of all the tea enthusiasts jokes, which makes sense because it's the #1 brand in the US (and some other parts of the world as well) by sales volume and presence. And I really do not believe that it's the worst tea out there. It's not even close! That said, I'd never choose to buy or drink it if given other options. I might even choose to drink (gasp!) coffee over this tea! And among teas, there are a lot of brands that are better AND cheaper, even in the low-end tea bag market. Foojoy is about the same price range and they even have a good black tea, and I think they BLAZE Lipton.
I think this tea tastes best when brewed with boiling water and steeped for exactly 1 minute. 3 minutes is too long, and leads to an unpleasant, harsh-tasting cup with too much bitterness and astringency...bleh. Perhaps palatable if I added milk but I prefer not to do that. I think this tea is actually very picky about brewing though. If the water temperature is too low, it's almost flavorless, and if you steep too long, it's a disaster. So the difficulty of satisfactory brewing bothers me somewhat...I'd expect a widespread, mainstream brand like this to be easy to brew to my liking, but this one is not.
The aroma is, interestingly, not what I expect for a typical breakfast tea. There's not much maltiness, and the flavor is more savory than bitter...it almost tastes salty to me. The aroma is also a bit dusty and flat, almost cardboard-y like I'm tasting the tea bag or packaging. There is a little of the dusty, "damp basement" smell that I get from some low-quality shou Pu-erh...not a fan of that either.
I much prefer the character of other brands of breakfast tea, from Yorkshire tea or even Red Rose, which have more maltiness in the aroma and less of the savory flavor.
There. I just rated Lipton, after 800-some-odd other teas.