Organic Tea Time

The cold beverage choices available today are astounding. You’ve got your old standbys (bottled water, fizzy water, seltzer, soda, and mass-marketed iced-teas like Snapple and Lipton) as well as a bevvy of “natural” options including juices, smoothies, and Kombucha. But rarely do you find a company in our very own backyard that makes 100% organic drinks. Enter Tizane, a DC-based company founded by Charlie and Nona Pucciariello a little less than a year ago.

After traveling to more than 90 countries, the Pucciariellos returned to the U.S. and were amazed to discover that they weren’t able to find botanical-infused beverages that were similar to what they had enjoyed during their travels. And so, a company was born.

The focus of the Tizane line is on purity, flavor, and balance. Each blend–Jasmine, Hibiscus, and Lemongrass–is slowly steeped in small batches to bring out the full flavor of high quality botanicals. In addition, the beverages are sweetened with blue agave nectar, which has a lower glycemic rating than sugar and doesn’t elevate insulin levels.

I tried the Hibiscus flavor and found it light and refreshing, as well as pleasantly, but not overly, sweet. At just 80 calories for 12 ounces, it’s also significantly better for the waistline than many other drinks in the non-diet bottled iced tea category.

You can stock up on Tizane at Cowgirl Creamery, Java Green, Sticky Fingers Bakery, and many other local cafes and food establishments in and around DC.

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