I’ve mentioned quite a few times on here that I’m really bad at drinking water. The Coke addiction (of the Cola variety, of course!) is hard to kick, and I’ve tried all kinds of healthier drink alternatives but I’ve generally found them boring or I didn’t like the taste. I’m a big tea fan but I’m not a huge hot drink lover, so I normally let it go a bit cold before drinking it (much to the disgust of my colleagues in the office!).
I recently found out about a new company creating Iced Green Teas, established by two ladies called Hua He and Sophia Nadur. Hua qualified as a doctor in Shanghai and settled in the UK around 9 years ago, while Sophia was born in Trinidad and studied and worked in Latin America and the US before moving to the UK in 2001. With Hua’s medical background and Sophia’s corporate food and drink experience, the pair teamed up to bring a brand new product to the UK market, and Tg was born.
There are three Tg Iced Green Teas available; Green Tea with Ginseng, Green Tea with Mandarin and Ginseng and Green Tea with Jujube and Ginseng. Each one is brewed using real tea leaves rather than extract, and is low in sugar. Each 330ml bottle contains no more than 30 calories and 7g of sugar, making it the lowest sugar/calorie ice tea range in the UK.
Hua and Sophia were kind enough to send me some and I must say, I was really surprised at just how good they were. The taste of each one was beautiful and I found myself guzzling them down, which is unheard of for me. To be honest, it’s just what I’ve been looking for – the taste of green tea, which I love, but ice cold and easy to just pop in my bag and take out with me. My favourite was the Green Tea with Jujube and Gingseng as it was a bit different. The Mandarin was also lovely but perhaps a little bit too sweet for my tastebuds.
They also produce standard teabags in three flavours – Green Tea with Jujube and Osmanthus, Green Tea with Ginger & Lemon and Plain Green Tea – which I was also able to try. There’s lots of interesting information on their website about where their tea is grown and prepared (including the fact that Tg is a member of the Ethical Tea Partnership) and while these were also very nice, it was the iced versions that really impressed me.
They recently won a gold star at the Great Taste Awards for both the Green Tea and Green Tea with Jujube & Osmanthus blend, so it seems like Tg is really going places, and I hope they do! I’ll certainly be buying more iced teas. If you’d like to give any of these products a go, they can be bought on the website here, on Amazon and via Tree of Life and The Health Store Distributors. The bottles are £1.69 each and the packets with 15 teabags are £4.15.
I was sent the iced teas and tea bags by Tg for review purposes, but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.