Choice Tea

The nice folks at Choice Organic Teas (the first Certified Organic and Fair Trade tea company in the US) reached out and offered to send me some of their tea to try.  I’m not a fan of green tea so I made sure to note my preferences for peppermint, berry, ginger teas.

I was so pleasantly surprised when I received a box of 5 full-size boxes of product to try.

teaI quickly opened each box to try them all–they are delicious!  I am a coffee drinker every morning–I like to have a hot cup first thing in the AM but then I switch to water and tea for the rest of the day.  I’d recently switched to loose leaf tea, thinking it’s a stronger and fresher flavor, so I was excited when I tried the Choice Tea packets because they actually brew a better (and more flavorful) cup of tea than the loose leaf I have on-hand.

I tried these flavors:

Peppermint – Fresh and minty! The only ingredient is or organic peppermint leaf  and it’s a caffeine free tea.

Lemon Lavender Mint – I was very intrigued by this herbal flavor.  I made the mistake of brewing a cup and taking it to-go one night last week when I was going to be driving for about an hour.  This tea is meant to be relaxing…it did the trick.  I was very sleepy after this nice, warm flavor. (caffeine free)

Northwest Blackberry – This is fruity and delicious.  It reminds me of some “Black Forest” berry teas I’ve had in Europe.  (caffeine free)

Wild Forest Black – This is a strong tea.  It was a little too strong for me but if you are mainly a tea drinker and drink it for a bit of caffeine, this would be a good tea for you.  I took this box into work to put in the kitchenette and I’ve seen the supply go down quickly so it looks like others enjoy it!

Ginger – I wasn’t quite sure I’d like this because organic licorice is one of the ingredients and I’m just not a licorice fan.  However, this is very soothing and refreshing.  It’s a bit strong but in a good way– I was able to brew about 4 cups of tea from the one tea bag.

You can buy the teas online or use the store locator to find them in a store near you.


Just another day as a Duchess – Tea Time! (Source)

Do you have a favorite tea flavor to recommend? Have you ever gone to afternoon tea?

*Thank you to everyone who entered the Road ID giveaway–on Saturday AM I Tweeted the winner–Congratulations to Natalie.

Grandy Oats

I was so excited to come home from a Spin class a couple of weeks ago and find a box from Tina at Grandy Oats.  I’d read about Grandy Oats in the May issue of Fitness Magazine and reached out to the company to try their product and spread the word.

I received the single-serve organic oatmeal and a few little packets of the company’s best-selling bulk and packaged granola (Swiss Muesli, High Antioxidant Trail Mix and their famous Maple Roasted Cashews).  I immediately tore into the cashews–wow!  Delicious–not overly sweet but with a subtle maple taste.  Everything tastes very natural and wonderful.

The oats were a perfect go-to while traveling.  You just add hot water, stir, cover and let sit for 3 minutes.  Voila.  Organic oats with dried cranberries and apples (!).

Grandy Oats is located in rural Maine and is a great, sustainable company to support.  They have been in business for over 30 years, everything is still hand made in small 50-60lb batches, all ingredients are 100% organic, the company does not use refined sweeteners or any artificial ingredients, and employs local residents to mix the products. There’s a really cool slide-show on the website showing the mixing and making process.

Grandy Oats is offering a discount to Apples and Arteries readers…from now through the end of June, you can receive $5 off of orders of $50 or more by using the code Apples5 at www.grandyoats.comAnd free shipping is offered on orders over $35.

I hope you’ll check out the delicious and natural products that Grandy Oats has to offer.  Now, Grandy Oats, will you please start selling all of this goodness in Wisconsin?

(Note:  The opinions expressed are my own; I received the product samples to try and am not receiving any compensation for this review or promotion.)