It's been a while since I've sampled any new ready-to-drink teas, but I've tried two in the past week and thought they were both worth a mention. First, I was at Whole Foods when I found this Mango Oolong tea from Ito En. The company describes it as "the full taste of oolong tea paired with the bright taste of mango." I describe it this way: "Yum!" I've had Ito En tea before (found some super cheap at Big Lots, of all places), but the mango was a new flavor and I very much enjoyed it. This drink is "lightly sweetened" with cane sugar. Whole Foods is always a fun place to shop, and I highly recommend their Pecan Pie Cookies if you happen to come across them!
Sipping the Mango Oolong reminded me of the earlier Ito En I tried, and of the fact I hadn't stopped by Big Lots in a while. The local store is being renovated and I had trouble finding the aisle where teas are normally for sale. I headed for the soft drinks and snacks and came across this 1.5 liter bottle of a tea and juice drink, Arteasia's black tea and peach flavor, which contains peach and pear juice as well as brewed tea. The taste was delicious, but because it contains high fructose corn syrup this is not the sort of thing I'll buy on a regular basis. It was certainly more than worth the $1 I paid for it, though!