July 17, 2013

Snapple Peach Iced Tea K-Cups Review

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We continue our Snapple K-Cup reviews today with their Snapple Peach Iced Tea K-Cups. We quite enjoyed the results from their lemon flavor and thought it was a pretty good substitute for the bottled ready to drink version, so we're anxious to see if this peach flavor will be more of the same.

The ingredients show that again, green & black tea leaves/extracts are being used here along with natural flavors plus the combination of sugar & aspartame. As we noted in our last Snapple K-Cup review, these are the first K-Cups we've seen that use aspartame as an artificial sweetener and thus it brings about a warning for people who are sensitive tophenylalanine (one of aspartame's ingredients) and more importantly, we'd like to warn people who have a genetic condition known as PKU since consuming phenylalanine can cause severe side effects for them. This essential amino acid doesn't pose any risk to people who don't have this condition or who aren't allergic to phenylalanine. We know there's only a small percentage of people who have this condition, but we owe it to them to post some form of advisory anyway just in case they happen to miss the warnings on the labeling/packaging.

Brewing these K-Cups resulted in sharp aromas of sweet peaches with very mild hints of astringent green tea in the background. Aromas seemed a bit muted in the final cup although we did still detect more of the same aromas. Flavor was rather pleasant as we got a kick of peach notes up front which seemed to build to a sweet crescendo and tapered off to reveal some of the mild tannins from the green & black tea blends underneath. You could tell there were some tea flavors underneath but as with the lemon K-Cups, the main peach flavor was the main note present throughout each sip.

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Again, flavors were blended so well together that we weren't noticing any chemical notes from the aspartame and just kept getting wave after wave of peach flavors right to the end. This one seemed more on-par with the bottle variety than the lemon flavor did. We have a feeling that if we put both together in a taste test, we'd be leaning towards a near miss for a tie. It's still a rather superb alternative to the ready to drink version nonetheless. Acidity seemed much the same as the bottled variety as it remained softened enough to push the sweet peach notes forward yet lively enough to keep things from dropping off at the end. Body was also identical with characteristic shades of light brown & amber orange throughout the cup much akin to what we're used to seeing in your average iced tea. In this case, the orange notes played well towards promoting the namesake flavor.

The addition of ice didn't seem to hinder mouth feel at all as we got the same smooth substantial consistency we'd get from the bottled version. Finish was on the sweeter side as more peach notes blended with some very mild tea flavors in the aftertaste. Overall, we are really enjoying how the Snapple K-Cup series is performing so far & each flavor seems to be getting closer and closer to tasting identical to the bottle versions. As far as iced drinks go, these are probably some of the best we've seen to date for Keurig's K-Cup brewers and think they've got a solid hit on their hands.

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  • Aroma - 10 - Sharp notes of sweet peaches with very mild notes of green tea in the background. The overall scent was noticeably stronger than the lemon K-Cups this time around, so it earns an extra point.
  • Acidity - 10 - Superbly balanced again. Smooth enough to push the main peach notes forward throughout the cup while lively enough to keep things from falling off towards the end of each sip.
  • Body - 10 - Much like the real thing. Looks identical to what you'd get with the bottled Snapple variety or any other iced tea, however, the orange notes work in favor of the namesake flavor this time.
  • Flavor - 10 - If the aroma didn't convince you, the flavor will remove all doubt that this is a peach drink. Things kick off with loads of sweet peach notes that keep building towards the introduction of some mild tea notes towards the end of each taste.
  • Mouth Feel - 10 - Adding ice didn't hinder anything as mouth feel remained smooth and substantial throughout and was right on-par with the bottled variety.
  • Coffee Drinker - Obviously, not a coffee, but if you like the bottled version of this drink, these K-Cups will leave you hard pressed to tell the difference. Anyone who just likes peach-flavored iced teas in general will probably like this flavor just as much.

Overall Rating: 100 - Excellent!

Could things have been done better? Well, they could have avoided using aspartame and gone with either sugar alone or something natural like Stevia. That way they wouldn't be preventing people with PKU from enjoying these K-Cups. That fact aside, there's not much else that could stand room for improvement as we really think this is as good as it gets to matching the bottled variety. We've got 1 more flavor to go and if it scores as well as the rest of the line-up, we've have yet another rare occurrence of an entire series earning all excellent scores. Something which we'll gladly accept any day of the week as well as something competitors should strive for.

Snapple Peach Iced Tea K-Cups work in all Keurig K-Cup Brewers and are available in USA in 22-packs for $17.49 USD ($15.74 USD Member Price) at Keurig.com. Canadians can also order these K-Cups from Keurig.com if they're willing to pay a $10 FedEx brokerage fee.  Please note that K-Cups will NOT work with Keurig Vue brewers.

A special thanks to SH for providing this Single Serve Coffee staff review. We would also like to note that we purchased a box of these K-Cups on our own for the purpose of this review.

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