Guest reviewer and natural beverage enthusiast George Tsakiridis returns with another review.
For a while now, Honest Tea has been a well-known name in heath food circles, with a large variety of flavors and limited amount of sugar. Here’s a look at Honest Tea Organic Peach White Tea.
Aesthetically, the Honest Tea bottles have undergone a change over the past few years. Previously Honest Tea came in glass bottles (at least most places I purchased it), and each flavor had its own sort of artwork on the label. They were very nice and the shape had a bit more of an old-time feel to them.
Currently, Honest Tea bottles are more uniform in design, with both glass and plastic bottles having a large “T” on the front with a picture inside representing the flavor. In this particular bottle we see a peach inside the “T” with additional peaches next to it. You can find different varieties and see the uniformity of design at HonestTea.com. The aesthetic is crisp and professional and does nothing but enhance the enjoyment of the drinking experience.
Furthermore, the plastic bottles have taken on a more prominent role in the Honest Tea lineup. There is a little note on the side of the label addressing this basically saying that plastic “requires less energy to produce and ship” and is fully recyclable in addition to other qualities. If you happen to drop the bottle, I am sure you will be glad that it is plastic. On the other hand, there is something “classic” about a nice glass bottle.
As far as health benefits and nutrients, white tea has many health benefits, and as the label states, this tea contains “EGCG. SuperAntioxidant 150mg per bottle” followed by a nice little graphic bar. On the other side it reads, “Studies have shown that EGCG helps maintain a healthy heart and neutralize free radicals that damage cells.” White tea is composed of tea leaves that are plucked earlier in the maturing process and contains less caffeine than black or even green teas. The label states that this tea has “about 1/8 the caffeine of coffee” and that “white tea is the least processed” tea.
This particular variety of Honest Tea contains 40 calories and 10 grams of sugar per serving, with a 16.9 ounce bottle containing just over 2 servings. The ingredient list reads as follows:
Honest Tea Organic Peach White Tea
Purified water, organic cane sugar, Fair Trade Certified organic white tea, organic peach puree, natural peach flavor and citric acid
Health food fans will like that it is both organic and uses fair trade tea.
Moving on to the actual drink, the tea looks very tea-like, sporting a rich, caramel brown color. Upon opening the bottle I am greeted with a slightly bitter, slightly fruity tea aroma. You can see the tea particles floating around the bottom of the bottle and the drink definitely gives you an “earthy” feeling.
But what about the taste? Well, it tastes fruity, and slightly bitter, in a “tea” sort of way. I don’t know that I can describe the taste as clearly peach, but it is good. It is not overly fruity, but the flavor is distinct and clear. The tea is the main attraction here, with the sweetener and the fruit flavor the supporting cast. I don’t think tea lovers will mind it at all, and it is only slightly sweet, and finishes cleanly.
With each gulp you want more, because this tea feels like it quenches thirst almost better than anything else I know. One of Honest Tea’s tag lines is “Just a Tad Sweet” and that is definitely how it tastes. If you are looking for the typical sugary sweet taste of commercially processed teas, Honest Tea may not be for you, but I suspect, like myself, most of their customer base is looking to avoid the chemicals and over sweetened taste of “mainstream iced tea.”
As a little bonus, there is a nice saying on the inner part of the label that you can see after you are done drinking your tea. Just as there was/is a saying on the inside of the cap on the glass bottles from Honest Tea, the plastic bottle has the saying on the backside of the label. The particular quote I got was “‘In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.’ – Aristotle.” Just like a fortune cookie, it is a little something to look forward to reading.
Overall, I think this is a great product and an excellent drink for quenching thirst on a hot day, or accompanying lunch at the office. In my opinion it is quite versatile and for those looking for health benefit, taste, and even fair trade, Honest Tea Organic Peach White Tea is a home run.