My Canadian husband introduced me to the soothing comfort of tea several years ago. His household has a strong English influence, so afternoon tea with scones or little sandwiches were a common theme in his upbringing. In our little place, tea isn’t just a late day delight – Tony and I consume copious amounts as our daily dairy-free beverage, from morning until night. I’ve actually become quite the tea connoisseur, sampling every variety from any tea maker that I can find. Right now, I’m working my way through the new Wellness varieties by Choice Organic Teas.
Choice isn’t a new brand, but I actually wasn’t enticed by it for years, for two reasons. First, it popped up with a similar name and even somewhat similar packaging to a common store brand that I didn’t particularly love. It took me years to realize that it had no relation to the lesser generic. Second, the stores in my area tend to sell primarily the black varieties or some of the more standard herbals, like Chamomile. I rarely drink black tea, the caffeine doesn’t love me, and hadn’t realized that Choice Organic Teas had a huge range of herbals, greens, and whites.
The new functional Wellness teas were created in partnership with Bastyr University, the nation’s leading natural health university. Of the lot, I really liked the soothing flavor of the Easy Digest, and actually found the Breathing Space and Mental Focus teas to be quite effective. A couple of the other varieties fell flat in terms of taste for me (note that I do not sweeten my tea or add anything else to it), and the Rest Assured didn’t get me geared up for bed as much as I hoped it would. But overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the Wellness line, and even fell in love with the Moroccan Mint Green, which I picked up after the fact.
The only other drawback, for me, is that the Wellness Teas are quite hard to find in my neck of the woods. Choice Organic Tea was kind enough to send me a sample of the teas, but I’ve had difficulty finding them locally to purchase again. Those black teas are always in stock, but the plethora of other Choice Organic Teas are not on the shelves. If you also have trouble locating them, I recommend buying direct or on Amazon for a better selection.
Note that the Wellness Teas are Certified Organic (along with the other Choice Organic Teas) and Choice also participates in Fair Trade Certification, Non-GMO Verification, and Renewable Energy Certificates.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Choice Organic Teas are vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and tree nut-free. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Traditional Medicinals website at www.choiceorganicteas.com.