These days when soda is vilified, what's a thirsty person to do when water just won't satisfy cravings for flavor?
Honest Tea may be the answer.
I tried Honey Green Tea, (Not Too) Sweet Tea, Orange Mango, Pomegranate Red Tea and Just Green Tea (x 2). All were just sweet enough to erase bitterness without stepping into the too-sweet zone. Finding a favorite flavor that's under 100 calories and caffeine-free is no problem in this product line-up. My personal favorite was Honey Green Tea, but I wouldn't pass up any of others if someone handed me a cold bottle.
The company has a sense of humor, evident when reading the labels. (Ever wonder what honey is? You can find a graphic description.) On the glass bottles, the best joke awaits under the cap, where you can find 6-Word Memoirs printed, such as "Wedding dress lasted longer than husband" and "Bloom where you are planted." (OK, so some 6-word memoir authors may confuse the definition of "memoir" with "fortune cookie." Whatever, you may laugh.)
The Honest Tea Philosophy (as described in further detail on the company's website):
At Honest Tea, we embrace the simplicity of tea – water and leaves...For generations, cultures around the world have enjoyed tea grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers and we don’t see any reason to include them in our recipes today.
Our goal is to create a product in which the true taste of the leaves comes through. We don’t pulverize, process, or concentrate our tea leaves. Instead we brew the whole leaf, a way that Shen Nung would still recognize. We add a touch of organic cane sugar – just enough to accentuate the tea’s natural flavor.
We strive to live up to our name in the way we conduct our business. We do this whether we are working with growers and suppliers, answering consumer questions or trying to leave a lighter environmental footprint. In addition to being named one of The Better World Shopping Guide's "Ten Best Companies on the Planet based on their overall social and environmental record," Honest Tea was also listed as one of PlanetGreen.com's "Top 7 Green Corporations of 2010."
To learn more, visit honesttea.com.
Bottom Line: Thumbs up.
P.S. Please recycle your empty bottles. Thank you!