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Tazo Tea was formed in 1994 by Steve Smith and his business partners, Stephen Lee and Tom Mesher, who had also co-founded the Stash Tea Company way back in 1972. Starbucks purchased Tazo in 1999, and Steve Smith retired from the company in 2006. Fortunately for us, Tazo is still offering high quality tasty tea products in a wide variety to this day. These are separated into three main categories; Black teas like the rich Tazo Chai, Green teas like the soothing Tazo Zen, and Herbal infusions like Tazo's refreshing Wild Sweet Orange. Tazo teas can be purchased in filter bags, loose tea leaves and in bottled beverages. I prefer the loose or filter bags myself, but will occasionally purchase one of the bottled beverages as a treat during a road trip. Unfortunately, Tazo does not have a catalog or mail-order system available for consumers, but there are many websites where you can find and purchase their products, including cooking.com and siblingtea.com. While Tazo may not head my list of favorite tea brands, it is most definitely in my personal top ten. Tazo teabags are made from oxygen-whitened hemp cellulose with food-grade aluminum staples anchoring the string, and all but (currently) four available varieties are gluten free; Green Ginger, Tazo Honeybush, Lemon Ginger and Tea Lemonade all contain gluten. All Tazo teas carry the KSA (Kosher Supervision of America) symbol of certification, and all of their decaffeinated teas are processed using highly pressurized carbon dioxide, the same gas that adds carbonation to mineral water. Unless the packaging specifically states that a given Tazo tea is decaffeinated, you can safely assume that it is caffeinated. This includes the herbal infusion teas, like Calm, Lemon Mate or Sweet Cinnamon Spice. I have never been more than a reluctant and sporadic coffee drinker, and those few cups have become much wider spread since developing acid reflux. But, I have enjoyed teas of all kinds throughout my life, and I know that I can trust Tazo brand teas to deliver a tea made with excellent ingredients and superb taste every time, no matter which flavor has leaped off the shelf and into my groceries. For example, Calm, an excellent blend of chamomile, hibiscus, spearmint, rose petals, lemongrass, blackberry leaves, safflowers, peppermint, sarsaparilla, lemon balm and licorice has been a favorite treat for many years now. Not being particularly fond of the taste of mint in any form, this blend gives me all the benefits of mint without bludgeoning me over the head with it as so many teas containing mint seem to do. I can honestly say that the complex taste does invite a certain serene contemplation too. Recently, I was very ill for about 20 days with what was, I must assume, a particularly nasty viral influence of some kind. For days I struggled with nausea, dizziness, and violent bouts of vomiting. I spent four of those 20 days in the hospital where they did their best to keep my hydrated, figure out what was going on with me and eradicate my symptoms. They managed to get me to a point where I could consume liquids on my own again, and upon returning home, I requested something with ginger in it as I have always found ginger to be the best thing to help remedy any kind of upset stomach. My husband came home with a box of Tazo's Green Ginger, a simple blend of green teas, ginger and lemongrass. It was exactly what I needed to begin feeling human again! Tasty without being overwhelming in my then hyper-sensitive state, Green Ginger helped to warm and comfort me while settling and soothing my aching middle, as well as providing me with helpful antioxidants. Green Ginger, along with my husband's excellent homemade soups, gently coaxed me back to a more healthful and relaxed state and I was back to solid foods in just a few days. While I have always enjoyed Tazo teas, I can now highly recommend their Green Ginger for those looking for something tasty that will help smooth away nausea, dizziness, and upset stomach as well as helping to cleanse your body of oxidative stress. Whether your upset is minor or major, I would suggest Green Ginger be added to your shopping list as a truly savoury and useful option.
Brand: Tazo / / Type: Extensive tea range including teabags, tea lattes and juiced bottled teas