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.
- 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