Tejava premium iced tea unsweetened iced tea. The flavor is strong and bold, yet very refreshing. The caffeine in here can easily replace your morning cup of joe because this tea is strong. Imagine the taste of 10 tea bags boiled in 8 fluid ounce of water. Naturally, with tea this strong, there is a bit, for the lack of a better term, tartness on the end. Every sip is like the tea at the bottom of the your tea cup with the tea bag left in. Tejava is a microbrewed tea that truly taste like it was freshly brewed. Good stuff. I highly recommend this for people who like iced black tea. Just chill and enjoy, sometimes I add a slice of lemon just to change the flavor up a bit. Sweet tea lovers can add sweetener of your choice. You really can’t beat the price Trader Joe’s offers these for. Only $1.19 per 1 liter and this comes in a fancy glass bottle too. Ingredients: pure java tea brewed from water and select java tea leaves. Just water and tea is my kind of iced tea. No additives of any kind. Truly a different class of ready-to-drink tea on the market.
From the bottle: Tejava is the world’s only 100% microbrewed and ready-to-drink black tea made entirely from select handpicked tea leaves from the remote island of Java. Although tea (camellia sinensis) is grown around the world, only by using these special Java tea leaves and our unique microbrewing methods can we create the peerless full-bodied character of Tejava.
We add no “tea flavors”, sugar, preservatives or anything artificial to Tejava. What you get, bottle after bottle, of consistently rich, great-tasting ice tea. Simply pure and refreshing tea. Served chilled. Cheers!
Retails: $1.19 for 1 liter @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: $1.19
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Big thanks to Stacy for sending over such an impressive array of Lipton teas for me to try out. I am a huge tea fan so these especially made my day. Teas are very versatile and since it is HOT right, iced tea sounds really good just about now.
Tuscan Lemon Black Tea: As I was seeping the tea, I could already smell the fresh aroma of lemon wafting out of the cup. The base of this tea blend is black tea along with real lemon juice. I think they use some form of crystallized lemon juice. Tea and lemon is truly a great pair. The lemon flavor is not strong, so I like to squeeze some fresh lemon into my cup which makes it extra lemony. I dropped a few tea bags in to a large pitcher of water (cut the string) and made some summer friendly iced tea. The triangle tea bags makes these look very elegant.
Vanilla Caramel Truffle Black Tea: Real caramel pieces in the tea bag melts immediately when you seep the tea bag. The aroma of the vanilla caramel is intoxicating, but when you drink it, the vanilla and caramel taste is lite to minimal. Shall I say, smells better than it taste? Maybe I need to brew it longer? This tea has potential to be a really good dessert tea if only the vanilla caramel truffle flavor was a bit stronger.
White Tea w/ Island Mango and Peach: Lovely tropical combination. The light white tea made the mango and peach flavor shine through. Make a really good summer iced tea. I find that this one taste a lot better when it is a little bit sweeten. The sweetness really brings out the “tropical” flavors.
The green tea varieties includes, Green Tea with Mandarin Orange, which is nice a citricy, but I am not a fan of orange flavors in tea. The combination of Orange, Passionfruit & Jasmine did not go well with me. either. I’m starting to think that I am not a fan of passionfruit since I’ve noticed that anything with passionfruit in it gets low marks from me. Just a personal preference in taste I guess. The cranberry pomegranate green tea is a good combination. And the basic green tea is decent as well.
Normally I am all over green teas, they taste delicious, and are full of antioxidants, but for some reason, I am liking the black and white teas more than the green teas from the Lipton lines. I guess Lipton won me over with their scrumptious flavor parings. Now that summer is in full swing, a constant jug of iced tea is a must in my refrigerator so using up the abundance of tea bags is no problem. Great way to keep cool while still keeping healthy with antioxidants. Lipton has come a long way trying to update their image by coming up with new and interesting tea pairings.
Retails: $3.39 to $5.29 per box @ Ralphs
My Cost: Free
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I’ve always had luck with Yogi Teas. I remember back in the days, before it got all popular, they run for about $2-$3 at my local health store. Didn’t know I was getting a good deal until it went away. Nowadays, these teas run about $4-$5 a box. Lately, this Synergy Kombucha drink has been taking over the blogging world by storm. As much as I would like to try it out, $3.99 a pop is a very steep price to pay for a one time enjoyment. What is Kombucha anyways? After doing a little internet searching, I came to the conclusion that Kombucha is a fermented shroom that results into a live culture drink that is suppose to be really healthy for you and taste like vinegar. Just like Goji berries and Acai berries, products with those words tend to SELL (usually at a premium price). I guess kombucha is the next health trend so it comes to no surprise to me when Yogi had its very own version of kombucha to cash in on the latest trend. When I saw this Yogi Green Tea Kombucha, I decided to give it a try. Green Tea Kombucha is suppose to help fight fatigue, sooth an upset stomach, and boost your immune system. The blend contains organic green tea, organic lemon grass, organic spearmint leaf and kombucha extract . Taste very natural (no vinegar taste) and the tinge of spearmint is very soothing. The things is, with kombucha in a dry form, I don’t know if you are getting the same benefits of the live culture liquid form. Other than that, I like this tea.
Another Yogi Tea picked up is the Peach Detox Cleansing Tonic made with organic dandelions. What I needed a detox tea for I do not know, the word DETOX just drew me to it. This particular blend is suppose to promote healthy kidney and liver functions and I did notice that I went to the bathroom more frequent after I drank this tea. I thought this would have a peachy taste, but I cannot detect any hint of peach flavor in this tea at all. Prominent notes include, pepper, dandelion, and ginger. I went crazy at a bag of salted soy crisps that Newman’s Organics sent over (review coming soon), and I thought for sure that the scale would reflect the water retention the next morning. Surprisingly, the scale did not reflect any water retention at all. I credit it all to this Yogi Peach Detox tea. Nice to keep around when I have those high sodium days. Or for special events where having a bloated tummy is not an option. There are so many teas to choose from that it can get mind boggling sometimes. Depending on your mood, taste, or the benefits you are looking for, Yogi’s website can offer you some recommendations.
P.S: The little words of wisdom on the tea tags are always fun to read.
Retails: $4.99 online @ Yogi
My Cost: $4.99
When I am at Mitsuwa or Nijiya (they have an awesome food court), I always pick up one of my favorite bottled green tea — Ito En Oi Ocha. I’ve enjoyed this tea for ages and now I have noticed that Whole Foods started carrying the 16.9 fl oz bottles for $1.99. Except for 20 milligram of sodium and 140% vitamin C (based on a 2,000 calories diet), the rest of the stats are zero across the board because this is genuinely an iced green tea that is crap free. So glad that one of my favorite iced tea is getting the spotlight in one of my favorite magazines. Everyday with Rachel Ray (June/July) did a feature on the best bottled green tea (page 56), and It En Oi Ocha came out on top as the best green tea. The judges describe this tea as “rich yet clean and bright” with a perfect balance of “pleasant toastiness.” I couldn’t agree with them more. BTW, the Japanese markets, carries the larger 2 liter bottles for $3.99 ($2.99 when on sale). And Costco carries a Kirkland/Ito En green tea bags as well. 100 tea bags for about $12 bucks. What a steal!! Although not the same as the Oi Ocha line, the tea from the tea bags taste great as well.
Retails: $1.69 (16.9 fl oz) at Mitsuwa
My Cost: $1.69
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After the gym, I went to Fresh & Easy with nothing in particular in mind. Just decided to do a little browsing. So glad that I did. You never know what kind of good deal you can find at that store. I spotted a lot of teas on sale so I picked up a few to try. Guayaki Yerba Mate Organic Greener Green tea. I am always up for trying new teas, and since these are originally $3.99 marked down to $0.99, I had to try it. Plus, these are USDA certified organic, kosher, and a member of the fair trade federation. At first I thought I was just getting another type of green tea and that “yerba mate” was just part of the company’s name. It tasted a little off, unlike any pure green tea I’ve ever tried so I decided to look it up. With a little googling, I found out that yerba mate is actually a beverage made from the leaves and stems of a powerful rain forest tree. Pleasantly surprised that I picked up a “super tea.” Yerba mate is naturally caffeinated and the chemical components are similar to green tea, but yerba mate is more nutritious in some ways and is suppose to help boost energy, headache relief, asthma, allergies, weight loss, coffee alternative, and digestion. The tea smells herbaly and even taste herbaly, but not terribly bad. I think the green tea blend soothes out the herbal taste a bit. I love the health benefits so I will have to continue to try this out. Guauaki Yerba mate products have got tons of magazine press and online testimonies. I am currently suffering from poor digestion so will give this tea a good try. Although yerba mate is harvested from the rain forest, Guauaki is following a market driven restoration business model. Learn more about it here. If you are interested in this, go to your local F&E now. One sale for $0.99 because it is being discontinued at the store. The Guauaki Yerba mate Pure Empower Mint on clearance as well. If you check out their website, you will know that they cost $6.95 online. Yikes!
Retails: $3.99 at Fresh & Easy
My Cost: on sale $0.99 (about the be discontinued)
Calories: 5 per tea bag
I believe that this is the second version of “Today’s Tea” that I have tried. This straight barley version has a very strong barley tea taste. Much stronger than the diluted barley tea that they serve at the Korean restaurants. Very enjoyable and cute packaging. Zero calories, and no sugar at all. It is believed that barley tea can help cleanse out the body of impurities and helps reduce stress. Barley tea is pretty simple to brew and make at home. They sell barley tea bags for large pitchers at almost all Korean supermarkets. Enjoy it cool or hot, lovely both ways.
Retails: $0.99 at Korean Market
My Cost: $0.99
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Organic, unsweetened, and brewed from fair trade tree leaves, what more can I ask for? Iced tea that really is JUST iced tea. The taste is light, refreshing and wonderful. Sometimes green tea tends to have a bitter aftertaste, but that wasn’t the case here. My 1/2 gallon carton disappeared pretty fast. Pacific Natural Foods also offers other flavors like Peach, Lemon, Raspberry and Black tea as well, but those are sweetened with organic sugar cane. Sweetened or unsweetened, Pacific Natural Foods offers a good selection of organic iced teas.
Retails: $4.39 @ Henry’s Marketplace
My Cost: $4.39