Pros: Full flavor, good hot or iced, organic
I keep hearing about the benefits of drinking green tea, and watching the Dr. Oz show recently pushed me over the edge and I purchased a package of Uncle Lee's Tea Legends of China 100% Organic Green Tea. Dr. Oz stated that green tea helps speed the metabolism and therefore can assist the body in shedding those extra pounds.
Uncle Lee's Organic Green Tea came in a large square box, containing 40 individually wrapped tea bags. The box reads "Green Tea is considered to be one of the healthiest beverages you can drink on the planet today. Full of health promoting antioxidants, our 100% Organic Legends of China Green Tea will provide you with the finest tea leaves for your tea drinking enjoyment and good health. (The listing is for 100 bags, but I am claiming the series rule on my review, thank you).
Each tea bag is packaged in a durable plastic bag, with an easy to tear bottom. The bag itself is white, but is bleached with oxygen, which is much healthier than chlorine. The bags have pleated bottoms, a long dipping string, and are about 1/3 full of green tea leaves, which are quite small.
Before I purchased green tea, I needed to check each brand to see how much caffeine they contained. I have SVT and have to keep my caffeine to a minimum. Some other brands of green tea had more caffeine than the Uncle Lee's brand did, and that swayed me to give them a try. The front of the box actually reads "Low In Caffeine".
The side of the box has a nice "Caffeine Content Comparison", which explains that an 8 ounce serving of Uncle Lee's Green Tea contains 20-40 mg of caffeine. Black Tea contains 50-55 mg, and coffee is the highest in caffeine content with 100-120 mg.
I loved that this tea is 100% organic, yet wasn't much more expensive than a non-organic brand. When I open up a bag of this tea, a strong aroma fills my senses even before I pull it out of the bag. It tastes much like any other kind of unflavored tea, and makes excellent hot and iced tea!
For hot tea, you simply pour almost boiling water over the tea bags and let it steep for 3-5 minutes. I don't like real strong tea, so I let it steep for about two, and it's perfect for my tastes. I like to sweeten it with either honey or Truvia, which tastes good in this tea.
The box also has directions for making iced tea, you brew the tea as you would when making a hot beverage, then pour into a tall glass filled with ice. They suggest adding a slice of orange or lemon. I have used lemon on occasion, but oranges give this green tea an even sweeter taste, and makes it almost taste like a mandarin tea.
Uncle Lee's tea is manufactured by a company called Ten Fu, and their website says we are the first tea maker to introduce Green Tea to the North American market, and have specialized in the tea manufacturing business for over half a century.
They also make their green tea in the following flavors: Dragon Well, Jasmine Cinnamon Apple, and Tropical Fruit, and it also comes in a decaffeinated version, which my store didn't carry but I will search out.
As far as health benefits or weight loss, I have not noticed either of these yet, but I do feel that drinking green tea is a healthier evening drink than a cup of decaf coffee, and I feel good about consuming this brand of green tea. The box retailed for $4.49.