The Sweet Leaf Tea Company was founded in 1998 in Beaumont, TX. Per the story on the bottles, the company’s founder “decided to make a bottled tea that was just as tasty as the one his grandmother Mimi used to make.” Hence the image of a Grandma on the labels. Nestlé Waters North America bought the brand in 2009, which leads us to this review of Sweet Leaf Sweet Tea.
Sweet Leaf also owns the Tradewinds brand, which is more of an economy play in the market. Sweet Leaf itself is known for use of organic ingredients and cane sugar, being more of a premium offering. Their products are packaged either in 16 oz glass bottles or various sizes of plastic bottles. Our glass bottle had the phrase “Homemade Goodness” imprinted into the neck, with an attractive label sitting below, featuring the flavor name, Mimi icon, and more of a “homestyle” approach to design.
The dark brown tea has quite a strong/sweet scent, which is great for a sweet tea flavor. The ingredients are primarily cane sugar and black tea, and that simplicity shines through in the taste. This is quite a sweet beverage, but it’s also very clean in the primary and aftertaste. The tea flavor is authentic and isn’t buried in sweetness like so many other tea products (do you hear me, Peace Tea?). Overall, this is a quality product with an excellent taste. Highly recommended.
Sweet Leaf Sweet Tea
Filtered water, organic cane sugar, black tea, citric acid
A 16 oz bottle contains 140 calories, 0 mg sodium, and 16 g carbs (16 g sugars).