Leaf Type: Green (Powdered)
Where to Buy: Stash Tea
This unique powdered green tea is made from whole green tea leaves that have been ground into a fine powder. We then add natural blueberry flavor for a refreshing, juicy taste. Just add to cold or hot water and stir, no brewing needed!
Learn more about this tea here.
So, a few evenings ago, I was in Chuck’s Produce and whenever I’m there, I check out their tea selections. I don’t always buy tea while I’m there, but they are one of the few “grocery” type stores that I trust to purchase tea. (I know that I’ve told the story about when I went to Wal-Mart and found a box of tea on the shelf that was a year past the expiration date? I was disgusted.)
Anyway … there was a display in the front of the store that included boxes of these “tea straws” or pixies that are powdered green tea that you just add to a bottle of water and give it a good, vigorous shake to enjoy a bottle of iced tea that isn’t overrun with sugar like you’d find in the ready to drink section. There were several flavors, but the one that grabbed my attention was this Blueberry Green Iced Tea Powder from Stash Tea.
One “straw” is enough for a 16.9 ounce bottle of water. Just tear open the pouch and pour in the green powder, then put the cap back on the bottle and shake it really good, making sure to break up any clumps. I might add that this particular tea powder mixes really easily, the few clumps that I found didn’t stay there for long … I shook the bottle for about 30 seconds and all the clumps were gone!
And this is really flavorful! The blueberry is very strong … and it overpowers the green tea a bit. I do still taste the fresh, vibrant notes of the sweet, grassy green tea, but, mostly, what I’m tasting is the sweet-tart notes of blueberry. The tartness really comes through at the end of the sip, and it lingers into the aftertaste, providing that berry ‘tingly’ sensation on the tongue long after the sip is gone.
I like this … I like that it’s not overly sweet. This is the one thing I really dislike about the ready to drink teas that are on the market … I dislike that they are so sweet that you can’t taste the tea … all you taste is sugar! UGH! What’s the point? With that much sugar, why not just crack open a can of soda, because what’s the difference, really? You aren’t tasting the tea … and I doubt you’re really getting a whole lot of health benefits of the tea leaf. Because this product is made from the whole leaf that has been ground into a fine powder … you’re getting those benefits … and even though I taste a lot of blueberry flavor and not so much green tea … I’m not tasting an overly sugared beverage and I like that.
OK … my rant is over. Ha!
Overall, I am very satisfied with this product. The price was right! (Just $1.99 at Chuck’s for a box of ten “pixie straws” of powdered green tea ready to take with you where ever you go.) The price is higher at Stash … so you might want to check the prices at your local Whole Foods or something first! But even at $3.49 … that’s a lot of refreshment for a under four bucks!