Snapple Peach Passionfruit Tea Review

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It's been a little under two months since Ash Wednesday, when I gave up all things sweet, including the obvious like cakes and cookies but going on to include everything from fruits to Snapple. Catholic Easter was last sunday, but this sunday is Orthodox Easter and I am free to forget my Lenten promise. Two months without drinking Snapple is a long time, made even longer when I discovered on the last two weeks that my grocery store now stocked two new flavors of Snapple. Cherry Pomegranate Tea and Peach Passionfruit Tea. I bought 3 each and tucked them under my desk and waited out the two weeks until I could finally try them.

So here I am, Sunday April 15th. I have an open box of citrus marmalade half moons, a SiteBuilder mugsworth of PG Tips (the biggest mug I have), and a classy little glass for the Peach Passionfruit Tea. It's one of Snapple's white teas, which is just another way of saying it's gonna taste a lot like flavored water. Respectable flavored water, but the point stands. Some things to note before drinking is the washed out color of the bottle. This threw me off at first because Snapple usually reserves that color for their diet drinks, ie the light pink of the Diet Raspberry or the light orange of Diet Peach. I have never enjoyed diet drinks so seeing the pastel coloring of these bottles initially turned me off. Luckily, these aren't "diet" in the sense that they use artificial sweetener. Instead they are just lightly sweetened. Which is good, I'd prefer if more drink companies chose to do that instead of using artificial sweetener. Only 80 calories!!! :O :o :O

So, open the cap. It's #735: "A full moon is nine times brighter than a half moon." Well, I have at least one of every snapple fact between 600 and 900, so it isn't a new one. Oh well. Into the pile.

First sip, it's pleasant and light. You do get a bit of the coarseness of the white tea from it, which is good as that was lacking in their Nectarine White Tea (which truly tastes like water with flavored sugar mixed in). Getting it under my tongue a bit it certainly doesn't taste lightly sweetened, though that might just be the sugar withdrawal talking.

The peach flavor comes across pretty well, passionfruit maybe less so. Passionfruit has always been one of those exotic flavors for which I have never had a good grasp. Passionfruit always plays second fiddle to other flavors in most new age drinks and thus I don't quite have a good idea of what it should taste like. In the aftertaste I can definitely make out something that isn't quite peach, though. Except maybe that's just the Acerola Fruit? Which, after looking at the wikipedia page, has bisexual flowers. Sounds sexy. Apparently it's a good source of vitamin c as well which makes sense, on top of the citric acid already added to the drink you can make out the dry and sour taste that comes with that vitamin.

I normally like to cleanse palette with regular black tea, which I know is stupid, seeing as tea doesn't exactly cleanse the palette, but I like how it tastes. Because of this, I may be thinking the white tea is stronger than it really is, which is shocking, considering the drink really could do with a more pronounced tea taste. It's a step stronger than the Nectarine, but a step isn't much. It's a full Ziggurat's worth of steps away from where I'd like it to be. But I recognize that not everybody wants the bitter of tea in their refreshing summer drink. But why are they buying snapple then?

A brighter, cleaner variant of Peach Tea. 3/5

For people who drink Snapple's regular Peach Tea, which is by far one of their best flavors, their Peach Passionfruit Tea isn't very moving. It is a good, light drink, but in the absence of a stronger, blacker tea flavor the acidity of the drink drowns out the peach. That is the real problem, that the label flavor is neither subtle or strong. It washes off quickly and leaves behind the clenching, dry taste of citrus. Peach and white tea are both very meek flavors, even over-steeped white tea is a far cry from a weak black. The drink does right in using less sugar than usual, and I continue to hope Snapple will one day find a way to do their white tea flavors right in the way it does its black tea, in a way that plays off the strengths of the tea and the flavor, but this is not the day nor the drink.

Edit: Since the first tasting of this new snapple flavor, I have come around to liking it more and more. It really is just a crisper version of their regular Peach Tea, and I'm okay with that. I'm keeping it at a 3/5 because in my mind that's still a mark of quality. The tangy-ness of the drink I've come to accept.

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Edited by ThatFrood
Look, I know what I'm talking about.

It's been a little under two months since Ash Wednesday, when I gave up all things sweet, including the obvious like cakes and cookies but going on to include everything from fruits to Snapple. Catholic Easter was last sunday, but this sunday is Orthodox Easter and I am free to forget my Lenten promise. Two months without drinking Snapple is a long time, made even longer when I discovered on the last two weeks that my grocery store now stocked two new flavors of Snapple. Cherry Pomegranate Tea and Peach Passionfruit Tea. I bought 3 each and tucked them under my desk and waited out the two weeks until I could finally try them.

So here I am, Sunday April 15th. I have an open box of citrus marmalade half moons, a SiteBuilder mugsworth of PG Tips (the biggest mug I have), and a classy little glass for the Peach Passionfruit Tea. It's one of Snapple's white teas, which is just another way of saying it's gonna taste a lot like flavored water. Respectable flavored water, but the point stands. Some things to note before drinking is the washed out color of the bottle. This threw me off at first because Snapple usually reserves that color for their diet drinks, ie the light pink of the Diet Raspberry or the light orange of Diet Peach. I have never enjoyed diet drinks so seeing the pastel coloring of these bottles initially turned me off. Luckily, these aren't "diet" in the sense that they use artificial sweetener. Instead they are just lightly sweetened. Which is good, I'd prefer if more drink companies chose to do that instead of using artificial sweetener. Only 80 calories!!! :O :o :O

So, open the cap. It's #735: "A full moon is nine times brighter than a half moon." Well, I have at least one of every snapple fact between 600 and 900, so it isn't a new one. Oh well. Into the pile.

First sip, it's pleasant and light. You do get a bit of the coarseness of the white tea from it, which is good as that was lacking in their Nectarine White Tea (which truly tastes like water with flavored sugar mixed in). Getting it under my tongue a bit it certainly doesn't taste lightly sweetened, though that might just be the sugar withdrawal talking.

The peach flavor comes across pretty well, passionfruit maybe less so. Passionfruit has always been one of those exotic flavors for which I have never had a good grasp. Passionfruit always plays second fiddle to other flavors in most new age drinks and thus I don't quite have a good idea of what it should taste like. In the aftertaste I can definitely make out something that isn't quite peach, though. Except maybe that's just the Acerola Fruit? Which, after looking at the wikipedia page, has bisexual flowers. Sounds sexy. Apparently it's a good source of vitamin c as well which makes sense, on top of the citric acid already added to the drink you can make out the dry and sour taste that comes with that vitamin.

I normally like to cleanse palette with regular black tea, which I know is stupid, seeing as tea doesn't exactly cleanse the palette, but I like how it tastes. Because of this, I may be thinking the white tea is stronger than it really is, which is shocking, considering the drink really could do with a more pronounced tea taste. It's a step stronger than the Nectarine, but a step isn't much. It's a full Ziggurat's worth of steps away from where I'd like it to be. But I recognize that not everybody wants the bitter of tea in their refreshing summer drink. But why are they buying snapple then?

A brighter, cleaner variant of Peach Tea. 3/5

For people who drink Snapple's regular Peach Tea, which is by far one of their best flavors, their Peach Passionfruit Tea isn't very moving. It is a good, light drink, but in the absence of a stronger, blacker tea flavor the acidity of the drink drowns out the peach. That is the real problem, that the label flavor is neither subtle or strong. It washes off quickly and leaves behind the clenching, dry taste of citrus. Peach and white tea are both very meek flavors, even over-steeped white tea is a far cry from a weak black. The drink does right in using less sugar than usual, and I continue to hope Snapple will one day find a way to do their white tea flavors right in the way it does its black tea, in a way that plays off the strengths of the tea and the flavor, but this is not the day nor the drink.

Edit: Since the first tasting of this new snapple flavor, I have come around to liking it more and more. It really is just a crisper version of their regular Peach Tea, and I'm okay with that. I'm keeping it at a 3/5 because in my mind that's still a mark of quality. The tangy-ness of the drink I've come to accept.

Posted by Video_Game_King

@ThatFrood said:

Look, I know what I'm talking about.

How much of your body weight was Snapple at that point?

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Posted by SexyToad

I think you have a serious problem. You're addicted to snapple. I'm here for you. GiantBomb is here for you. Please get help

Posted by Subject2Change

I absolutely love it, it's so much lighter than Black Tea version. I have purchased at least 6-7 of those 64ozer.

Posted by MikkaQ

Mr Chi City thinks you're into the suburban chicks:

Posted by Patman99

Snapple makes some of my most favourite drinks!!!

Edited by ThatFrood

@Video_Game_King: Half of my pee at any given peetime is Snapple.

I can quit whenever I want!

@Subject2Change: I don't like the 64oz bottles because the label around the bottle isn't quite paper. It's super nitpicky, I know, but I like to peel the label off and fold cranes out of it, so it bothers me.

@MikkaQ: No lie, first time I saw that video I thought "shit he's got my number"

Posted by MikkaQ

@ThatFrood: You just need to diversify.

Posted by TheSlip

whoooa.

Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG

How's the Brett Michaels one?  I live in Canada so I dont think they sell it here....

Posted by ThatFrood

@the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG said:

How's the Brett Michaels one? I live in Canada so I dont think they sell it here....

I wish I could tell you. The black bottle Brett Michaels flavor is diet so I really have no interest in trying it. The other flavor, the purple bottle, I have never seen sold in any stores in the area. It bums me out and have considered ordering the stuff, but that's a bit pricey.

"Trop-a-rocka" is an awful name though. Compassionberry is a bit better but, I mean, come on, seriously?

Edited by Intro

Anyone here listen to the Adam Carolla podcast? If you do, that question isn't as irrelevant as it sounds lol.

I can't judge the Passion Fruit flavor as I've never had it. When it comes to tea, I only drink Gold Peak Lemon Iced Tea.

Posted by BananaHace

I'm sorry, but I believe that it is indeed FACT that Snapple is only drunk by losers and dorks? Mr. Frood, are you confirming you position as a loser and/or dork with this editorial?

Posted by Zelyre

Mm, all natural high-fructose corn syrup with pear juice.

Unless they've stopped using it. I used to be a pretty big fan of Snapple in the 90's. Since then, they've changed hands numerous times, picked up HFCS, dropped HFCS, picked up HFCS, dropped HFCS, gone to a hybrid of HFCS/Sugar, etc.

In other words, fuck the corn industry. They touched me in my no-no places. :(

Posted by Demoskinos

Love me some Snapple Peach Tea. 1.00 a bottle at Wal-mart!

Posted by yakov456

When Snapple was Snapple. The straight stuff.

Edited by ThatFrood

@Zelyre: Snapple has actually been getting better and better recently. Their recent push, with the slogan "made from the best stuff on earth", really does reflect in their product. They no longer use high fructose corn syrup, it's just sugar.

Their canned snapple soda is awful, in my opinion, though I may have just lucked into trying all the worst flavors. Their juices as well I have never really been a fan of. But their Snapple teas are actually of pretty high quality.

Also I'd like to note that I've had several more bottles of the Peach Passionfruit since the writing of the review, and I'm liking it more and more. It's still not quite there for me, but I can see myself bringing it into the fold of snapple I will regularly drink.

Posted by TheUnsavedHero

Man, I've haven't had a Snapple in 7 or 8 years. That drink sounds REALLY good though.