Disclosure: I was provided free product from Tradewinds Tea to try and was not compensated for this post. All thoughts are my own.
Tradewinds Teas in the mail. These aren't the hot teas that you'd find yourself drinking on a cold night in Autumn, but rather they are the types of teas you'd serve over ice on a sunny and warm summer day. Of course they can be served year round, but the lovely beach and palm trees on the label remind me of eternal summers. All of the Tradewinds Teas are slow brewed with real black or green tea leaves in filtered waters. All the teas contain real sugar and all natural ingredients, they are preservative free, and the bottles are also BPA free!
I was provided four flavors to try, but the one I was looking forward to trying the most was the Sweet Tea. I love a good Sweet Tea! I decided to have RiRi try them with me to give an alternate opinion because she's like my "right hand man" - or girl. You know what I mean! Anyway, we're both Sweet Tea fanatics, we drink it by the gallon every few days so we were excited to try these!
The first flavor we tried was the Raspberry Tea.
My first thought was how distinct the raspberry flavor was, and then after I could taste the mild tea flavors and it was lovely. The final verdict was a nice, light flavor that's not too sweet. RiRi remarked how she could smell the raspberry before even tasting, she liked that it didn't taste like raspberry juice like some raspberry teas do and she thought it was sweet.
The second flavor we tried was the Half Tea/Half Lemonade.
RiRi's first comment was that the flavors complimented each other, rather than being distinct and overpowering. You could taste the light lemonade flavor and also the tea flavor. The lemonade wasn't too tart like some of these mixtures can be, but you can still distinguish the two flavors. I thought it was a very light lemon taste, not overpowering at all.
The third flavor up was the one we were both looking forward to, the Sweet Tea.
My first impression was that it was definitely sweet, but not overly so. It had a smooth taste and the sweet taste didn't stick with you when you were done drinking. RiRi said it was good, and it was not as sweet as other sweet teas. I'm not quite sold on this as my new Sweet Tea of choice, but I like mine really sweet. So if you are one of those people who prefers less sugar and less sweetness, this is probably perfect for you.
The fourth flavor we tried was the Unsweetened Tea.
I know there's people out there that love to drink their tea unsweetened (just like they drink their coffee black.) That's not us, but we gave it a shot anyway. While of course it's not my favorite tea, I can say it was not bitter like other teas when they aren't sweetened. It just tasted like unsweetened tea. Not as unpleasant as I thought, but I do prefer the sweetness. RiRi said there wasn't much taste to it, the tea had a light and smooth taste. We were just glad it wasn't bitter!
Our final verdict for Tradewinds Teas is that if you like lightness in flavor and sweetness, this is your brand. A lot of tea brand oversaturate with their flavors and the sweetness, and Tradewinds is definitely not that brand. The teas are all smooth with no bitterness and each flavoring and sweetness is light with just a hint. Tradewinds Tea started as a family recipe that began distribution in 1992 and they've built the flavors from there. I like that they are all light and refreshing, and that is what I'll remember them for.