This is another Italian ice tea that’s hard to find outside of Italy: The SanThé – vero infuso di thé al limone, produced by the water brand Sant’Anna. 
Like Estathé, its name is also a play on words, combining the “San-“ from Sant’Anna with the italian word for tea, “thé” (Plus, it also sounds like the french word for ‘cheers’, “santé”, meaning health.) And like Estathé, its bottle also states the fact that it is a ‘real tea infusion’, which I guess means it’s not made from a concentrate or powder.

  • Italian
  • black tea based
  • lemon flavor
  • free of gluten, colorants and conservants

Santhé has a dark yellow color, going towards beige/brownish (practically the same as Estathé). It’s pretty opaque and if you hold the bottle to the light, you can even see some very small bits of tea swimming in it.

Its flavor is very sweet, refreshing and with a strong black tea base. It also has a good, natural tasting lemon flavor 🍋, which comes from added lemon juice (0.2% according to its label).
To be honest, there is something peculiar about this ice tea: It tastes almost the same as the Estathé Limone (see my last review)! Considering that they have the same ingredients (acording to their labels) and even sport the same claim (“vero infuso di thé”), I have a feeling that their productions might somehow be related – or at least heavily inspired from each other…

Once again, there are no indications available as to the sourcing of the ingredients used in this ice tea. Only that it is made in Italy, but nothing about where the tea and sugar come from and whether it is organically produced or fairly traded.

So far I’ve only seen it in Italy. This particular 0.5L PET bottle I picked up at a kiosk in Milan’s central station for 1.80 Euros, but I remember seeing it in large Italian supermarkets too (at a more appropriate price). I don’t know where else in the world you can find it, but I’m guessing it’s also one of the typical Italy-only products, unless someone would specifically import it. 
Which means: If you happen to be in Italy and come across one, go have a try!

+ sweet and refreshing taste
+ natural tasting lemon flavor
– only available in Italy
– no indications if fair-trade/organic

Overall Rating: 8/10

Estathé Limone

This is one of my all-time favorites: The Italian Estathé Limone – Vero infuso di thé! It’s really hard to find outside of Italy 🇮🇹 , so whenever I come here, one of the first things I do is get myself an Estathé! Its name is a combination of the Italian words “Estate” (= “summer” ☀️) and “thé” (which obviously means “tea” ☕️ ). It’s an extremely sweet black tea based ice tea with lemon 🍋  flavor.

It usually comes in a very special packaging: A small, white plastic cup covered with a tin aluminium-foil lid on top, along with a tiny straw wrapped in paper. To drink it, you take the straw out of its paper wrapping and pierce it through the aluminium lid.

  • Italian
  • unique packaging
  • very sweet
  • black tea based
  • lemon flavor
  • free of gluten, colorants and conservants

The thing is, the way I normally drink my Estathé, I don’t get to see its color, because you just suck it out of the tiny cup through the straw.
But when you get a can or bottle of Estathé (or if you just tear up the plastic lid) and fill it in a glass, you’ll see its color: An opaque light brown or beige-ish.
I guess it’s just the ‘real tea infusion’ and the lack of colorants that makes up this rather natural-looking color.

As I said, it is one of my favorites: Extremely sweet in its taste! In a way very mild, even though it clearly is black tea (and nothing else), but just sweet and gentle on the lips. The lemon flavor is strong and has a very natural flavor to it.
It is one of those teas which you can simply sip, in tiny sip (or sucks, as is the case here), bit by bit – or I could just drink vast quantities of it, if I had it available. I would not get sick of it, despite its sweetness.

In terms of ingredients the label remains a bit vague in the sense that it only describes the tea as “infuso di the (aqua, the)” and does not specify further. But it does state that it does not contain colorants, nor conservancy and neither gluten.

In terms of sourcing there is also no clear indication on the label, apart from it being an Italian product. It doesn’t seem to be organic nor fair-trade certified. That said, I don’t know of any Italian organic or fair-trade ice tea.

In Italy itself the Estathé is extremely popular and a name-brand in and of itself, which means: In a bar you don’t really ask for an ice tea (a “thé freddo”) if you want one (or you’ll get a San Benedetto or something else). But you have to specifically ask for an Estathé and it would be on the menu with its brand-name. And it mostly comes in that small 2cl cup, priced around 1 Euro at a bar. But in the super-markets you’ll find so-called bricks of 3 Estathé-cups at around 1.50 Euro.
It is also available in 0.3L aluminium cans (at bars, restaurants and shops), or 0.5L and 1.5L PET plastic bottles (at larger super-markets). But the tiny cup and brick or certainly its most popular form of packaging.

Outside of Italy you sometimes can find it too, but only rarely. So if you happen to come across one: Appreciate it! 😉😄

+ very nice sweetness
+ great black tea taste
+ nice lemon flavor
+ original packaging
– hard to find outside of Italy
– not organic, nor fair-trade

Overall Rating: 9/10

San Benedetto – Thè Limone

So to start with, one of my favorites: The San Benedetto – Thè Limone (in Aqua Minerale Naturale), here in the 0.5L bottle.

  • Very Sweet
  • Very light, yellowish color
  • Light sweet lemon-taste

It drinks itself just as lightly, as its color would suggest. But because of its sweetness, only when cooled down to a really ice-cold temperature, will it give off its full taste. If not cold enough, it can be a bit sticky on the tongue as you drink it.

Absolutely one of my favorites in the summer, if served ice-cold.  Preferably this “Limone” version, which is way better than the peach or green-tea-flavored ones.

Unfortunately it is not so easy to get outside of Italy. Certain bars and delis have it and sometimes you’ll find a 6-pack of the big bottles (1.5L) at a discounter – but the supply is not steady.

So if you happen to have a cold glas of this – enjoy. Or rather: Cin-Cin!