Guest reviewer and natural beverage enthusiast George Tsakiridis returns with another review.
In recent weeks we have looked at various flavors of drink made by Honest Tea, both their teas and "ades." These have included Honest Tea Organic Peach White Tea, Honest Ade Limeade, and Honest Ade Cranberry Lemonade. Today, we're jumping in and giving our take on Honest Tea Organic Mango Green Tea.
Back in our Organic Peach White Tea review, I discussed the overall aesthetics of the bottle design, which I find to be fairly crisp. This particular design has the standard "T" with a dew-laden mango inside along with a mango and cross-section of one. Interestingly, there is also a Sierra Club logo on this particular bottle. I find this particularly notable, especially since that logo is not visible when viewing the bottle via the official website.
Moving on to nutrition, the label mentions that this drink (green tea) has "about 1/4 the caffeine of coffee" and is a "EGCG Super-Antioxidant [with] 200mg per bottle." We also see that it is gluten free, has no GMO's and is USDA certified organic. So there are definitely a lot of healthy statements to be found. The ingredient list is as follows:
Honest Tea Organic Mango Green Tea
Purified water, organic cane sugar, organic green tea, natural mango flavor, organic mango blend, citric acid and ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
As usual, there is a lot of good stuff to be found. As is standard, we have the "Just a Tad Sweet" tagline, and find that there are 85 calories per 16.9 ounce bottle.
As far as the actual beverage, it has a caramel color to it and looks like a tea drink should, but is not overly dark (hey, it is green tea). Upon opening the bottle, I smell a fruity, mango aroma that at second and third sniff provides a tea-based background. Very appealing.
The taste is quite "mangoey," even more than I expected, but is very tasty and finishes clean for the most part. There is a slightly bitter, tea-flavored aftertaste, but I am sure tea-lovers won't mind. Again, like the Peach White Tea variety, I can see this as a great thirst quencher. The liquid itself seems to be fairly clear, with only a small amount of tea debris, not that tea particles in your drink are a bad thing. The first taste really offers a great tea-fruit combo, and this variety seems a bit sweeter than some Honest Teas. This is most likely the strength of the mango flavor.
Overall, this is an excellent drink, and another strong addition to the Honest Tea lineup. Let's just say that Honest Tea makes teas that set the bar pretty high. As I have shared with the previous reviews, the fun "saying" inside this bottle is: " 'I would rather regret the things I have done than the things I have not.' – Lucille Ball" – just another bonus to drinking an Honest Tea. As with the Organic Peach White Tea, I strongly recommend this variety without reservations. It is a great standalone drink that tea lovers will enjoy.