I drink plenty of tea mostly the hot kind involving the tea bag, but when you're on the go like at lunch or snack time at work, it's nice to just grab something cold that serves up instant gratification. Plus, you know me, I try to stay as organic as possible, so it's exciting to see more and more bottled organic iced teas out in the market. Here are 10 bottled organic iced teas that you can try out:
- Sweet Leaf Organic Teas: My nickname for this tea is "Grandma's Tea". Call me a sucker for anything that has a sweet Granny face on the bottle, but I LOVE this tea drink. I drink at least half a bottle every day. It's my vice. There are 6 organic flavors, and my two favorite flavors are the Half & Half Lemonade Tea and the Mint & Honey Green.
- Steaz Organic Iced Teaz: This tea is new and comes in a can. I did a review of this tea awhile back and not only is this tea fabulous, but I LOVE the fact that featured on the can of each of the flavors is a picture of someone from the country of the fair trade tea companies Steaz buys from. So cool! And kudos to Steaz because on December 11, they announced that they are the winners of two BevNet 2008 Awards: Best Tea of 2008 and tied for Best Organic Product of 2008. Oh and hello! Here's a coupon for Buy One, Get One Free.
- Honest Tea: What's cool about these organic teas is that Honest offers a plethora of flavors almost 2 dozen consisting of black, green, white, red, and yerba mate teas. I love the names of some of their teas like Mango Acai White, Peach Oo-la-long, and Pomegranate Red Tea with Goji. The teas come in plastic and glass bottles as that is important to some people, and they have a line of organic drinks for kids which I think is wonderful. And this is cool, the TeaEO Seth & Chairman Barry, blog. It's not often you see the honchos blog.
- Tazo Organic Tea: I like how they distinguish their teas not only by color: Green, Black, and Herbal Infusions, but also by Plain or Juiced. The Juiced Teas are thicker and sweeter because of the fruit. They also use some unique flavors like Lemongrass, Hibiscus, and Pear. You don't see pear often used in teas.
- Harney & Sons Organic Iced Teas: The Harney & Sons organic teas have some of the lowest sugar content coming in around 5g per 8oz serving. The unique flavors Harney carries includes Black Currant, and an Organic Bangkok that has Organic lemongrass, Organic ginger and sweet Organic coconut flavoring. Sounds like an awesome Thai dinner. Harney & Sons is also a member of 1% For The Planet, a group of companies who make the commitment to donate 1% of their sales to environmental organizations worldwide. Drink tea, help keep the planet healthy. Sounds awesome to me!
- Guayaki Yerba Mate: Guayaki specializes specifically in the Yerba Mate tea which is native of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. All their teas are organic, vegan friendly, and kosher.You can learn more about Yerba Mate here. I first learned of Yerba Mate tea when I did a week long detox at the We Care Spa. In my opinion, by itself, Yerba Mate is an acquired taste as it does have a very strong almost pungent flavor. But Guayaki offers teas with flavoring which is wonderful. My favorites include the Passionfruit Kundalini Blend and the Pomegranate Clarity Blend.
- Jones Organic Teas: I like that they have a Strawberry flavored tea because this is another fruit flavor you don't see often in bottled teas. The bottle design is also very pretty which the designer in me cares about. For you aspiring designers, Jones will be setting up the opportunity for you creatives to possibly get the chance to design bottle labels. Now, that is very cool.
- Long Life Organic Iced Teas: Long Life teas as seen here at BevNet, are the only all (99%) organic, certified/GMO-free iced teas currently available in the U.S. They have an Earl Grey Black Tea with the citrus Bergamot Fruit. How unique is that? As well, they have a Chai Tea which you won't find very often in the bottled organic iced teas.
- China Mist Pure Organic Teas: This is a new tea which is available in select (aka limited) distribution at the moment. I haven't tried the China Mist yet, but it's getting quite the buzz for it's curvy package design and the fact that it is marketed as a premium product. There are 6 flavors, and the ones I want to try first are the Lotus Pear Green Tea and the Tangerine Black Tea with Pomegranate Juice.
- Whole Foods 365 Organic Teas: Whole Foods has their own brand of organic iced teas, and they are okay. I actually thought they would taste better, but at the same token, they are not bad. The WF 365 teas are a bit cheaper than most of the other branded organic iced teas, but to me, I don't mind spending a little bit more for better flavor. The WF 365 tea is worth a try though.
Are there any bottled organic iced teas you've tried not on the list? Please share as we love to try new iced teas!