Straight Up Tea Is Real Iced Tea in a Bottle
Tea is probably one of the world’s most popular drinks. No matter where you go in the world, you will most likely be able to get a cup or glass of this golden beverage. Tea can be made from herbs, roots, flowers and leaves. Today I will be talking about tea made from leaves.
Camellia sinensis is a species of evergreen shrub whose leaves are used to produce the teas most of us are familiar with drinking for breakfast or iced down on a summer afternoon. Camellia Sinensis is unique in that it to used to produce all the world’s commercial teas, including black, green, white and oolong.
The country that is the largest consumer of tea is China. However, Turkey, Ireland, and the United Kingdom are the biggest per person drinkers of tea. In fact, the UK consumes 4.281 pounds of tea per person per year compared to China’s 1.248 pounds.
Compare that to 0.503 pounds per person in the USA. Being from the South, I believe that number is mostly referring to tea drinkers in the southern part of the United States. You see, southerners have always had a love affair with sweet tea. No other drink represents the South like sweet tea. Before the great dry-out known as prohibition came about, tea was the basis of many cocktails. During prohibition and even now, sweet tea soothed the soul in the south. Besides, they had to find a way to use all those beautiful crystal glasses.
If you have never sat on a porch swing on a hot day sipping a heavily iced glass of tea, you don’t know what you are missing.
So many people in the south are always seeking an easy way to enjoy their favorite beverage. No one wants to spend time in a hot kitchen on a sultry day! So, when I was asked to try Straight Up Tea, an all-natural iced tea in a bottle, I jumped at the chance.
Straight Up Tea has a true tea taste with no presence of artificial flavors (everything is all natural). It was bright, clean and refreshing as if I had brewed it myself. I did like the Sorta Sweet the best since I don’t like too much sweet in my tea. (In my neck of the woods, it is said that some people add tea to their sugar!) I also added some fresh mint leaves from my garden to my glass. Mint just tastes like summer to me. I give this tea my vote of approval!
All natural means no artificial sweeteners, no artificial ingredients – ever. Plus, this tea uses no artificial color as they’re beautiful just the way they are. This tea is made with filtered water, real black tea, natural sugar (no artificial sweeteners), natural flavors and citric acid. That’s it!
And even better news, it comes in three refreshing iced tea verities; Sweet, Sorta Sweet and Unsweetened. You can pick your pleasure! That way you can enjoy a bottle even if you don’t want sugar or prefer lightly sweetened. Straight Up Sweet Tea has 180 calories and 45 grams of sugar per bottle, their Sorta Sweet Tea has 90 calories and 21 grams of sugar per bottle and their Unsweetened Tea has 0 calories and 0 grams of sugar per bottle. Their teas have about 27 mg to 30 mg of natural caffeine per bottle. Caffeine occurs naturally in tea leaves. Straight Up Tea currently does not offer a decaffeinated variety tea.
I actually did a taste test with several of my neighbors who I would call seasoned tea drinkers because they always have a glass or bottle of iced tea with them on the go. All were very impressed by the taste of Straight Up Tea, just as I was. Straight Up Tea is sold by the 6-pack at most big retailers across the country like Kroger, Albertsons, Walmart, Target, Safeway, FredMeyer and on Amazon. Each bottle contains 18.5 Fl OZ of tea. Find a location close to you here.
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