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Instant tea granules. I had not heard of that. I know that coffee has granules that dissolve completely in hot water, but tea.

It's true, though. The result is not especially nice so instant tea is not very common. As Raymond says, there ... one form in which Lipton's teas are commonly found in the UK is as bottled or tinned read-to-drink tea-based drinks.

Which drinks would qualify as tea-based drinks, might I ask?
... I noticed the word London on the front-face of one of the box of Lipton tea I have.

Googling for "Lipton" and feeling lucky takes one to www.lipton.com, which turns out to be a US-based website run by "Unilever Bestfoods".

Ah-ha. Coincidentally, the organisation distributing Lipton's Yellow Label Tea in Pakistan is known by the name Unilever Pakistan Limited .
Sir Thomas Lipton himself was a scot, from Glasgow, and although his company was based in at first in Glasgow ... that seem to be broken to a biography on the lipton website, but this other one seems to work: http://www.tartans.com/articles/famscots/thomaslipton.html

Fortunately, I found this yellow, rectangular box, about a little over five inches in length and width, and two in height, tucked away inside one of the cupboards in my kitchen, that contains nearly hundred Lipton's Yellow Label teabags of which very few have so far been used. On the bottom-face of this box was printed, on either sides of a black-and-white photograph of, I believe, Sir Thomas Lipton, this:
Sir Thomas Lipton created this world famous Lipton tea over
100 years ago. Since then, its bold yellow and red design hascome to mean quality tea to generations of tea drinkers. It is known as a relaxing drink which satisfies both the connoisseur and the newcomer at any time of the day. Today, the consistent quality of this tea is maintained by the skill of Lipton's buyers and blenders who select only the finest tea for Yellow Label Great care is taken to ensure the perfection of Yellow Label Tea. To enjoy thistea at its best, keep the teabags in an airtight container in a cool dry place, away from anything with a strong smell.
Of course, most of the worlds best tea is grown in Asia (though I've also had good African and Australian teas) so it seems ironic that you're buying it from Lipton's!

My parents decide the brand of tea they prefer to buy and to use. I, obviously, have no say on this. However, we do use other brands, one of which I found lying in the same cupboard the box containing hundred teabags was in, to be of the name Brooke Bond . I don't remember other brands we might have had before.

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It's true, though. The result is not especially nice so ... the UK is as bottled or tinned read-to-drink tea-based drinks.

Which drinks would qualify as tea-based drinks, might I ask?

http://www.lipton.com/our products/rtd/index.asp
Other companies have made tea drinks, as well, putting them out on the market in carbonated form (aluminum cans) as well as in the bottles portrayed here.
Here is the site for a Taiwanese producer. (Most don't appear carbonated, but you would have to investigate.)
http://www.kinglucky.com.tw/p us.htm
WICHY Tea Products
... Wichy Carbonated Tea is an instant soft drink, also called Iced Tea and is made
from fresh and natural quality tea grown in the central hills of Sri Lanka. ...
www.wichy.com/tea%20products.htm
Innovation
... flavoured ices. Lipton innovations include Lipton Brisk lemonade and Lipton Sparkle, a new, lightly carbonated tea. Flavour innovations ... www.unilever.com/brands/innovation/ -
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Which drinks would qualify as tea-based drinks, might I ask?

http://www.lipton.com/our products/rtd/index.asp Other companies have made tea drinks, as well, putting them out on the market in carbonated form (aluminum ... ices. Lipton innovations include Lipton Brisk lemonade and Lipton Sparkle, a new, lightly carbonated tea. Flavour innovations ... www.unilever.com/brands/innovation/ -

None of which, of course, should be confused with Long Island Iced Tea...
John Dean
Oxford
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http://www.lipton.com/our products/rtd/index.asp Other companies have made tea drinks, as well, ... a new, lightly carbonated tea. Flavour innovations ... www.unilever.com/brands/innovation/ -

None of which, of course, should be confused with Long Island Iced Tea...

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Both tea drinkers and linguists might say: 1. Tea does not dissolve: the tea leaves (or fragments) persist: but they infuse the water.

That's true. /Instant/ tea, on the other hand (which most tea drinkers would agree is not really tea) consists of granules made by freeze-drying tea after it has been made by infusing leaves in water. The granules so produced do appear to be completely soluble (not that I've experimented much).
It occurs to me that instant tea is probably most used in vending machines but the best (i.e. least-bad) vending machine tea comes from machines that proudly claim to use real tea-leaves.
2. Iced tea is usually made in two ways:

Maybe, but Raymond was specifically talking about a third way: using instant tea granules.
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(I wrote)

bottled or tinned read-to-drink tea-based drinks.

Which drinks would qualify as tea-based drinks, might I ask?

I was referring to various fruit-flavoured "iced tea" concoctions.

The lemon one is quite nice, the others that I've tried suggest artificial fruit flavours a little too strongly for me.
Fortunately, I found this ... Sir Thomas Lipton ...

Lipton was very good a marketing (and, I suspect, given his humble origins and the fact that he died with a knighthood and an international food distribution company (or two) hard work). He didn't do anything very remarkable with tea; he didn't introduce it to the west as a beverage, he wasn't the first blend teas for their flavours, nor the first to ship it around the world. He was the just the first person to see the value of promoting one brand of relatively inexpensive but reliable tea in all parts of the empire and beyond.
However, we do use other brands, one ... of the name Brooke Bond .

Ah, notw that *is* a name we see a lot in the UK. In fact Brooke Bond PG Tips claims to be the best-selling tea in the UK. Brooke Bond is owned by (wait for it) ... Unilever Bestfoods! (Now /there's/ a coincidence.)
I note that the Unilever Bestfoods UK website (which I found via http://www.brookebond.co.uk/) doesn't seem to mention the Lipton brand anywhere except on the page for "tcahe" green tea.

Cheers,
Daniel.
None of which, of course, should be confused with Long Island Iced Tea...

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It's a drink, Jim, but not as we know it.

John Dean
Oxford
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For those searching, that is a typo for "tchae".
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Although hot tea can be made with instant tea powder I ... can similarly be made with instant coffee powder or granules.

Neither have I. I have only heard of instant coffee , and had not heard of instant tea until Daniel mentioned.

Yesterday, I was at the supermarket and took a look at various jars of instant tea, flavored and unflavored, regular and decaffeinated, sugar-sweetened, artificially-sweetened, and non-sweetened. I found none which mentioned "granules" on the label, but neither did I find any which had the word "powder" anywhere on the label. The ingredient list in most of the products listed the tea as "instant tea." An exception was a brand of non-sweetened, no-added-flavor instant tea which had for the ingredient list simply "100% real tea."

By the way, here in the US, as part of a redesign of Lipton teabag boxes, the portrait of Sir Thomas Lipton was removed.

Raymond S. Wise
Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
E-mail: mplsray @ yahoo . com
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