New Leaf Tea: Tiger is out of the cage

Tiger half & half - the tea that's a lemonade tooThe good folks at New Leaf Brands sent us a case of tasty teas to try this week.

So far we're pretty amazed at the flavors these ready-to-drink organic cane juice sweetened teas pack.  There's a tea for every taste - from green, blue, white and black teas combined with real fruit juices. 

These drinks contain no high fructose corn syrup and nothing artificial, just real teas and real juices.

They're quite refreshing and delicious - ideal for these too,too hot summer days we've been suffering.

Our favorites:

  • Tiger Half and Half Iced Tea Lemonade - usually I like my tea to be tea and my lemonade to be just that, but no more. I'm a Tiger convert. Not too sweet & not too tart. Just right.
  • Lemon Blue Tea - notice a theme here?  Dried Oolong tea leaf is bluish in color and is the base for this crisp, citrusy tea drink. the addition of Panax Ginseng Extract and Ginkgo Biloba Extract make me feel smarter and more energetic whether it's fact or fiction.
  • Honeydew White Tea - Clean and fragrant flavors of ripe melon fused with white leaf teas make for a long, cool drink.  I like mine straight up, but over crushed ice is nice too.
For more information about New Leaf Brands or to buy online, visit www.newleafbrands.com

Numi Organic Teas to offer complete line of specialty teas to US

Premium-quality tea purveyor Numi Organic Tea will display its complete line of organic puerh teas – a first-to-market offering in the U.S. – at the world’s leading culinary and specialty food trade show, NASFT Fancy Food Show in New York City, June 28-30.

Numi’s Organic Puerh offerings include six varieties of bottled Puerh iced teas, including five varieties of Puerh tea blends and one Rooibos Herbal blend; four varieties of bagged Puerh tea; and a traditional Puerh brick.

 Puerh (pū-ĕr) is an ancient healing tea known for its medicinal properties and rich taste. Numi’s Organic Puerh comes from 500-year-old wild tea trees grown in China’s pristine Yunnan Mountains.

The maturity of these trees yields a superior tasting tea compared to younger pruned bushes. Unlike traditional teas that are oxidized, Puerh undergoes a unique fermentation process resulting in a bold, earthy flavor with hints of malt and elevated levels of antioxidants.

Puerh can be compressed into bricks and aged, like fine wine, for months, years or even decades. This increases its value, health benefits and premium taste.

“We wanted to bring the wonderful flavor and health benefits of Puerh to the U.S. marke,” said Ahmed Rahim, CEO and Alchemist of Numi Organic Tea.

“We therefore decided to offer our Ready-to-Drink lineup as blended teas, combining some of Numi’s most popular flavors – Moroccan Mint and Earl Grey, for example – with Puerh to make it instantly accessible and innovative,” Rahim added.

Independent Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) tests have shown that Numi’s Organic Puerh tea averages 32 percent more antioxidants than green tea, the Numi CEO said. Numi’s bottled Organic Puerh teas yield an average of 50 percent higher antioxidants than leading competitive bottled tea brands, he added.

 Numi Organic flavors include: Mango Passion Puerh Black Tea, Earl Grey Puerh Black Tea, Magnolia Jasmine Puerh Green Tea, Peach Nectar Puerh Green Tea and Moroccan Mint Puerh Green Tea.

In addition, Honey Lemon Rooibos Teasan is available as an herbal, caffeine-free option.

Barely sweetened with honey, agave nectar and/or organic cane sugar, the blended teas have a suggested retail price of $2.49 per recyclable glass bottle.

Numi Organic Puerh tea bags are available in Chocolate Puerh, Emperor’s Puerh, Magnolia Puerh and Mint Puerh in boxes of 16 full leaf tea bags for suggested retail price of $8.99.

Numi’s Organic Aged Puerh Brick breaks off into twelve portions for easy steeping.  Suggested retail price is $12.99 for up to 48 servings.