Sunday, June 30, 2013

Red Rose & Salada Tea Sponsor Review


I have some awesome flavored and regular teas to tell you about today from a great tea company called Salada! June is National Iced Tea month, did you know that? I guess I let this slip my mind and for some reason, I had it fixated that I wanted to put this awesome little package of teas in my Red, White and Blue Giveaway Hop!

Well, I know why, because of the Red Rose Black Tea Bags for hot tea and the Raspberry Green Tea from Salada was the red in Red, White and Blue. Plus there is a Berry Patch that would be the Blue and then the packages have some white. I guess I did not think this out too far, did I? Well, let's try to make up for it this last day of June and have a cup of Iced Tea and salute Salada and Red Rose Tea!

Here is what I was sent to review:

1.) Red Rose Black Tea Bags (regular size)
2.) Salada Raspberry Green Tea Iced Tea (family size)
3.) Salada Peach Nectarine Green Tea Iced Tea (family size)
4.) Salada Berry Patch Black Tea Iced Tea (family size)

Now, I used the Red Rose Black Tea Bags to make Hot Tea, not Iced Tea, because the bags were regular sized and it would take a lot of them to make a pitcher of Iced Tea. But, that is okay since I received three other Iced Tea boxes to make some really fabulous teas! If you like Earl Grey type of teas, then you will love the Red Rose Black Tea. It has a nice strong taste and I think you could safely use this one to help wake you up in the mornings if you get tired of coffee or already are!

Red Rose Black Tea leaves are grown at higher elevations produce tea of higher quality and flavor. That's why, for more than a century, Red Rose Tea has carefully selected leaves from tea estates nestled in the mountains of the world's finest growing regions.

Here's a little back History on Red Rose Tea:
The story of Red Rose Tea began way back in 1890 in Canada. Theodore Harding Estabrooks was born in Wicklow, Carleton County, New Brunswick in 1861. He attended Kerrís Business College in Saint John, New Brunswick, and went into business himself in 1894 on Dock Street in downtown Saint John. He was a local business leader that came up with a great idea... produce and pack a quality blended tea that was consistent from cup to cup. Before that, tea was sold loose from tea chests by local merchants and quality varied a great deal. Mr. Estabrooks' innovation meant that tea lovers could count on the quality of tea in every Red Rose package — a tradition that continues to this day.

I have to admit that the Peach Nectarine Green Tea was my favorite. And not because I live in Georgia and we are the Peach State but because I love the flavor and the green tea aspect. This amazing combo of flavors will give your Iced Tea a clean crisp taste that you will absolutely come to love!

Here are some facts on this tea:

-18 Family Sized Tea Bags Per Box
-100% Natural
-Ingredients: green tea, lemongrass, sweet blackberry leaves, citric acid, natural nectarine flavor, hibiscus, rosehip, natural peach flavor.
-Contains Caffeine

Do you know how to make a pitcher of Iced Tea? Not sure if places other than the South do make Iced Tea. Well, I take that back, it's Sweet Iced Tea and in other states that I have been outside of the South, it is always unsweetened. I really hate using Sweet & Low in my Iced Tea!

Here's how to brew the perfect pitcher:
Bring water to a boil, remove from heat and allow to cool for one minute.  Add one (1) tea bag per quart of water and steep for 3-5 minutes.  Remove bag and let tea cool before pouring into ice-filled glasses.  Serve with lemon and sweetener if desired.
The Berry Patch which has Blueberries and Acai Berries in the mix, wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I love that it has Acai Berries in the mix because they are very beneficial to helping strengthen our immune system, so I am all for it.

Now, I am not sure why this one is not showing up on Salada's website but I looked everywhere. Sorry I couldn't give you more of a breakdown like what I did on the other one but if I find some information, I will come back and update this post. For now, I can tell you that is tastes amazing. It has Acai Berries along with Blueberries, so you know it's good for you. If you love these two flavors, then you are going to fall in love with this new tea!

As with the Peach Nectarine Iced Tea, make this one the same way. It might be a little different because of the Black Tea, so test accordingly for how much sugar you want to put in. I have found that usually Black Tea requires a little more sugar than Green Teas. 

And then there is the Raspberry Green Iced Tea! This one was a real treat. I normally am not too fond of this flavor but I love raspberry sauce on top of chocolate desserts, I know it doesn't make sense but I don't care for the actual fruit. So, I wasn't sure what would happen with the tea but it turned out pretty darn good!
The facts on this tea is:
-18 Family Sized Tea Bags per Box
-Gluten Free
-Ingredients: green Tea, natural raspberry flavor, hibiscus, sweet blackberry leaves, citric acid.
-Contains Caffeine
You make this one the same as the Peach Nectarine Iced Tea. I used the same amount of sugar but we are all not going to like it the same so just use your judgement on how much you think it needs.
Salada uses only premium green tea leaves, carefully selected and hand picked from the lush tea gardens in the Far East, to make their Iced Tea blend.  The result is a 100% natural iced green tea with a crisp, refreshing and satisfying taste. If you love Green Tea and the Raspberry flavor, then you will definitely love this tea.
I got this information off of Salada's Green Tea site:
The Hidden Benefits of Freshly Brewed Iced Tea  
Not all green iced tea is created equal—compared to bottled teas, you can get up to 90 percent more of the healthy antioxidants found in green tea when you brew your own using tea bags. Bottled teas are also commonly filled with unwanted sugars and artificial flavors, and, since bottled teas do not carry a deposit, they often end up in landfills. 
To make your own iced tea to go, pour 2 cups of boiling water over 2-3 green tea bags and let it sit for about 4 minutes. Then pour the tea over ice. Fill a reusable bottle to take it on the go at just 36 cents per serving, compared to nearly $2 for some bottled teas. If you don’t like the taste of green tea, try flavored teas, such as Salada’s Pomegranate Berry or Strawberry.
The winner of the Red, White & Blue Giveaway Hop will get the same 4 boxes of tea that I just reviewed. The Giveaway Event starts on July 1st and ends on the 15th. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.


Maggie said...

I love tea time, it is such a relaxer for me...