Last month I was lucky enough to try Teas’ Tea Mango Oolong Tea, a delicious lightly sweetened bottled tea. And don’t take my word for it – if you read the company’s June press release, you’ll discover that this tea won “first place at the 2011 North American Tea Championship in the Ready-to-Drink Flavored Oolong Tea category”. So yeah, it’s that good.
Before you read all about the tea, here’s a little more about the taste (in my personal…oh heck, professional, opinion): it’s, um, amazing. I don’t hesitate to call this the best Oolong tea I’ve tried, and this is coming from someone that normally wants their tea hot and unsweetened. It has about 80 calories per bottle, and each bottle contains 160% of your daily Vitamin C allotment. When drinking this tea I immediately detected a wonderful mango/orangey (sure, that’s a word) taste, but the aftertaste is almost peach-like. The aroma is fruity and pleasant, and the tea is packed with antioxidants.
Here’s the official press release (courtesy of ITO EN, along with the above photo):
NEW YORK, NY [JUNE 2011] ITO EN (North America) INC. is pleased to
announce that their newly launched TEAS’ TEA® Low-Calorie Mango
Oolong has won first place at the 2011 North American Tea Championship
in the Ready-to-Drink Flavored Oolong Tea category. Produced by the World Tea Media, the entries in The North American Tea Championship are judged by a panel of professional cuppers, leading retail buyers of tea and restaurateurs and assessed through blind organoleptic analysis of the following characteristics: flavor; mouthfeel; color; clarity; balance. The ratings of each characteristic are calculated on
an overall numerical value on a 100-point scale, with winners determined by rank.
With a rating of 92 points in the Oolong Tea category , TEAS’ TEA® Mango Oolong received the highest rating of any tea in the Iced Tea Class. “We are honored to be recognized for the clarity and taste of our tea. To be awarded with the highest rating just reaffirms our commitment to producing high quality products that uphold our five guiding principles of Natural, Healthy, Delicious, Safe and Well-designed.” TEAS’ TEA® is an award-winning line of all-natural ready-to-drink beverages offering a three-tier option of Unsweetened, Low-calorie and Classic flavors. Rich in tea antioxidants and Vitamin C, the newly launched Low-calorie Mango Oolong is only 40 calories per serving, with additional flavor offerings of Blueberry Green and Lemon Black. Classic flavors of Country Peach and Crispy Apple-70 calories per serving, are also available to meet the diversity of consumer demand.
ABOUT ITO EN (NORTH AMERICA) INC
ITO EN (North America) INC., a subsidiary of ITO EN, LTD., is the nation’s leading purveyor of green tea products and beverages. The company is an innovator in the beverage industry, marketing award-winning Japanese tea lines in the U.S., including: TEAS’ TEA®, Traditional Japanese Tea (Oi Ocha—Japan’s 1 Selling Green Tea), and ITO EN Shots. Voted as “Best Tea” in New York City’s Zagat’s Gourmet and Entertainment Guide for six consecutive years and hailed as “Model Tea” by Beverage World Magazine, ITO EN is dedicated to creating an authentic green tea culture in the United States.
Committed to products that embody the company’s five principles of
Natural, Safe, Healthy, Well-designed and Delicious, ITO EN is uniquely positioned as a pioneer and innovator in the tea industry.
More about Oolong Tea, from ITO EN:
What is OOLONG? Oolong, though a tea not well represented in the US market, is winning in among tea connoisseurs and is known as Blue Green tea. The health benefits of Oolong are well documented. To mention our top 3:
1. Antioxidants – rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals found in everything we eat, the sun, the environment, which causes degeneration of skin, our health, even cancer.
2. Weight loss – scientific studies have found that it does so by increasing metabolism, burning fat and blocking dietary fat absorption.
3. Promote Heart Health – drinking Oolong has shown to reduce cholesterol, increases plasma adiponectin levels (low levels are associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus and coronary artery disease).