In recent years I have seen an increase in the amount of drinks available that are half lemonade and half tea. The most popular of these drinks is the Arnold Palmer which is licensed by the Arizona Beverage Company. Now the King Juice Company, makers of Calypso Lemonade have gotten in on the act with their Teamonades. I got a chance to try 5 flavors over the hot & humid Memorial Day weekend. The first thing I wondered is how strong of a tea flavor these drinks would have. I will drink sweet tea, but I have to admit that I don't like anything that is strong. I am sure serious tea drinkers would stick their noses up at me. I am use to the tea that comes in powdered form sold by Lipton. That is what Calypso Teamonade resembles more. And that is fine by me. In fact I think these are drinks are an improved version of the Lipton powdered mixes.
Below you will find my reviews of the 5 flavors that I tried. I purchased them at Busch's in Saline, MI. There is a mint tea, but I haven't gotten my hands on that one yet.
1) Half Tea & Half Lemonade
I thought I would start off with the most basic flavor. This is a straight up mix of tea and lemonade. It is a good standard. I don't think I would buy it again just because the other choices have addition flavors in them that give them more depth. But if you can't get the basic right, then there is no hope. The King Juice Company is starting from a good place.
2) Peach Tea
Whenever I bought those Lipton powdered teas in the past, my favorite flavor was always their Summer Peach. So I like the peach tea flavor and this one did not disappoint. I liked it much better than the Lipton stuff. It had a nice peach flavor that was strong enough to give character to the drink without being overwhelming. I could smell the peach immediately when I opened the bottle.
3) Mangerine Tea
This mangerine tea is a combination of mango and tangerine. The mango flavor is the most dominant. This was my favorite flavor of the entire bunch (my wife agrees too). All the flavors in this drink really work well together, to give your taste buds something to get excited about. This will be my go to flavor in the future.
4) Blueberry Tea
Blueberries are one of my favorite summer time treats. I don't think I have had a blueberry flavored tea before. The flavor definitely works. Like the peach, I was greeted by the smell of blueberries when I opened the bottle. While not as good as the mangerine, I would buy this flavor again.
5) Plumcot Tea
Plumcot is the combination of plum and apricot. But I didn't feel either of those flavors really stood out. I probably would haven't though of either fruit in a blind taste test. So this was probably my least favorite of all the flavors. But it still wasn't bad at all.
Have you had the chance to try Calypso Teamonade? What is your flavor? I would love to hear from you, leave a comment below.
Make sure you take a moment to check out what I have written on Calypso Lemonades.