Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"The citrus component seems to be the biggest player, and the best way I can describe it is that it tastes very similar to the yellow variety of Gatorade. I didn't really detect much of the black and green tea flavors, as the citrus, along with the ginseng, ginger, and other mate, seem to dominate the cup. "|
SPORTea is a unique tea beverage that is marketed as "delicious, high performance beverage formulated for active people desiring a nutritious alternative to coffee, soda, alcohol, and sugary "athletic" drinks". As soon as I read this, what came to mind is that this is a tea-based alternative to Gatorade. This tea consists of black and green tea, ginseng, ginger, Vitamin C, citrus, trace minerals, and mate. It comes packaged in small tea bags and the contents are all pretty finely ground up. I added about 6 ounces of boiling water to a mug containing one teabag and I let the tea steep for about four minutes. SPORTea's website states that this tea does not get bitter, so the tea can be steeped longer for that, with the flavor intensity increasing with an increasing steep time. The prepared tea is a pale tan color, maybe halfway between the colors observed from a Chinese green tea and a standard black tea. There is a pretty strong citrus aroma wafting out of the mug. With my first sip, I was instantly impressed with the unique flavor of this tea. The citrus component seems to be the biggest player, and the best way I can describe it is that it tastes very similar to the yellow variety of Gatorade. I didn't really detect much of the black and green tea flavors, as the citrus, along with the ginseng, ginger, and other mate, seem to dominate the cup. It certainly can't be argued that this tea is anything other than robust. It is also naturally sweet, requiring no added sugar. As a hot tea, this drink is crisp and leaves my palate clean. However, given the stated purpose of this drink, it seems more appropriate that this tea be consumed as an iced tea (i.e. the iced version could be consumed during a workout in place of a sugar-loaded sports drink). I found the iced version to be very pleasing and refreshing, and I found that the website's claims that this tea leaves no aftertaste and quenches one's thirst are valid.
Overall, this is certainly an interesting and unusual tea that may be well-received by those looking for a healthier alternative to other calorie- and sugar-laden drinks. The product is currently sold in boxes of 20 standard size tea bags (for hot tea) or 7 one-quart tea bags (for iced tea), with either option costing $8.39 per box. If you are looking for a new drink, particularly an iced tea that could substitute for a sports drinks, I would recommend you try this tea since it contains only natural ingredients and has no sugar or other ingredients that might have a negative effect on your health, hydration, or endurance.
— To purchase SPORTea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.