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Tuesday
May062014

Tuesday Tea - Road Trip Edition - Bottled Giant Peach - Tazo Tea

Tea Description:

Peach is such a happy-go-lucky fruit, brimming with golden possibilities. When it’s mixed with ripe apple and the easy smoothness of green tea, you can’t help but run barefoot through the tall grass.

Ingredients: Water, Green Teas, Cane Sugar, Concentrated Apple Juice, Natural Peach Flavor, Concentrated Peach Juice, Ginger Juice, Citric Acid, and Concentrated Elderberry Juice

Other Information:

Leaf Type: Green (flavored)

Where to Purchase: Tazo Tea can be found at Starbucks or many local grocery stores

Review:

This week I'm on the road again, my little brother is getting married in St. Louis and I've already made the 6+ hour trip down there with a sick toddler in tow. It's been awhile since I've left the great state of Wisconsin, I tend to stay close to home all winter long, so I thought we'd have a road trip review. It has been nearly eight months since we've had one and I've kind of missed them. Fortunately we had a new grocery store open up in the next town over and they've got a great bottled tea selection. Today I'll be reviewing Giant Peach from Tazo Tea, which has been owned by Starbucks since the late 90s.

Yesterday when I sat down to enjoy this tea I was outside at a picnic table with friends I haven't seen in ages. We were enjoying each others company and the warm sunny day (something that has still be rather illusive up to this point in Wisconsin.) I popped open my bottle of tea, took a huge sip, and according to my friends the look on my face was rather comical, so much so they were doubled over laughing at me. Boy have I missed them! My reaction to this drink was equal amounts of wow that's sweet and holy cow there is a lot of ginger in there. It was followed up quickly by where is the tea in this beverage? This wasn't what I was expecting at all.

According the the label Giant Peach is a green tea with apple and peach juices, but this tea doesn't taste like tea at all. For those of you who don't enjoy drinking tea, this may be a plus in your category, but if you're wanting a more traditional bottled tea won't find it here. This tastes much more like juice and a quick peak at the label shows this contains 30% juice. If you're a habitual label reader like I am then you'll quickly realize that this "tea" contains more juice than many juice blends on the market. It also packs a whopping 180 calories and 40 grams of sugar per 13.8 oz bottle. For that reason alone I'm unlikely to purchase it again, but the retail price of $2.49 per bottle is also a little hard to swallow.

My Rating: 69/100

Would I order this again? No. 40 grams of sugar per bottle is enough to ensure I don't drink this beverage again.

Disclosure:

I'd like to be open with my readers and let you know up front when I have been provided something for free to review as it does happen from time to time. In this case, I was not provided with anything from Tazo Tea or Starbucks and paid for this with my own money. As always, all opinions are my own.