Pros: Excellent unique taste. There is a real calming effect on the body.
Cons: Gallon bottles taste superior to glass 20 oz bottles. See review for more info.
MY TEA DRINKING BACKGROUND
I have tried at least a few different bottled, canned, carton, fountain iced teas. Such as: Nestea, Lipton, Tradewinds, Wawa, etc. They all left me desiring something better. For awhile I would brew my own and liked that the best. I still enjoy brewing homemade tea but...
Arizona is the only iced tea I purchase at convenience stores or supermarkets for at least 2-3 years now.
Here is some information from the Arizona Stress Tea Label:
The label quotes: "A soothing blend of naturally decaffeinated Black and Green teas with Panax Ginseng, Chamomile, Valerian, and Vitamins B-6 & B-12"
This tea is caffeine free per label
You can also try it hot. I have never done so, so I won't comment.
Nutrition Facts (Per 8oz Serving) :
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Sodium: 20mg = to 1% daily recommended allowance
Total Carbs: 16g = to 5% daily recommended allowance
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Vitamin A: 0%
Vitamin C: 0%
Vitamin B-6: 25%
Vitamin B-12: 25%
Percentages reflected above are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
1) Premium brewed decaffeinated Black and Green Teas using filtered water
2) High Fructose Corn Syrup
3) Citric Acid
4) Natural Flavors
5) Panax Ginseng and Chamomile and Valerian extracts
6) Vitamins B-6 and Vitamins B-12
Disclaimer on the label:This product is a food. Not a drug. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.
The following two phrases are also on the label:
"Herbal Iced Tea"
"A refreshing all natural tonic"
THE TASTE and THE WHY
Taste is bland compared to any other bottled/canned tea I have ever had. Sweetness is minimal and not overpowering to me.
Using a scale of 1 to 10
Where "1" would be home brewed tea with no sugar added
And "10" would be canned Nestea which tastes like sugar water to me
I give Arizona Stress tea a 3 to 4 on the sweetness tasting scale.
None of the ingredients individually overpower one another. Example, I don't taste a stronger hint of Ginseng, or Black Tea, or Chamomile, etc.
I wish I could be more descriptive about the taste but what I'm saying is all the ingredients truly combine to create a slightly sweetened yet overall bland taste all to it's own which is very appealing and unique.
So why the "stress" name for this tea?
Well many of the the ingredients have pro-health properties related to stress and/or the body.
REAL HEALTH BENEFITS and MY OPINION
Lets break down some of the ingredients a little more.
Chamomile: Helps relieve anxiety and insomnia and has anti inflammatory properties.
Panax Ginseng: Combats Stress, Boosts Energy.
Valerian: Sedative qualities, Insomnia aid, Relaxes Central Nervous System.
Black Tea: Relaxes and expands arteries.
Green Tea: Prevents cardiovascular disease, aids digestion.
I provided an abridged version of the ingredient benefits above. Each of the ingredients above have had studies performed and there is a wealth of knowledge on the internet about each and every one of them.
So you may ask, do you feel any different after drinking this tea?
I do not want to over exaggerate the effects but my answer is yes. Is it psychological? Maybe, but I tend to believe all of these good ingredients must be doing something to make me feel relaxed. Honestly, I do feel a bit more calm after drinking it. I kid you not.
The glass 20 oz bottle does not taste as good as the gallon plastic jug. Think of how many ways soda can taste - fountain, can, glass or plastic bottle. This tea is the same.
If you purchase the glass bottle cold at a convenience store it loses some of it's unique flavor which can be found in the plastic gallon jug. I highly recommend trying the plastic jug first at room temp. It's the best!