Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday Fun Day Giveaway: Tiesta Teas & Last Week's Giveaway Winners!

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Happy Sunday! Here in Chicago, it's been quite a warm weekend so I hope you're staying cool and comfortable wherever you are. Last week the featured giveaway was a case of 6 Sparkling Ice drinks. Sparkling Ice is a refreshing drink of naturally flavored sparkling water that has zero calories, made with natural fruit juice, sweetened with Splenda and is refreshing too! With 6 flavors (orange mango, pomegranate berry, lemon lime, pink grapefruit, blackraspberry, and kiwi strawberry), everyone will find one they'll like just as is or better yet, used in their favorite summertime cocktail. Now, here's a big Congratulations! to the winner of this past week's giveaway! Please shoot me an email at itsjoelen@gmail.com to claim your prize...
Sparkling Ice Case of 6
Winner: Comment #12!

So did you know that for every day, there's a food or drink that's celebrated with their own special day? There are even national months dedicated to various food and drink. With that said, June happens to be National Iced Tea Month. I'm not one to really take these food and drink celebration days seriously, but I will admit it does make it fun. I'm making an exception to celebrate Iced Tea Month with this week's Sunday Fun Day Giveaway.... Iced Tea! I learned about a local tea company here in Chicago during the recent National Restaurant Association Convention that I just had to share with readers.


Tiesta Tea was founded by Patrick Tannous and Daniel Klein, former students of University of IL - Champaign/Urbana. They studied abroad together and we came across a traditional Czech tea house in Prague. There, they realized how tea was very much part of European culture and wanted to take that aspect and use it as an opportunity here in the United States. Once back in Illinois, they utilized the school's entrepreneurial resources to create their business from the ground up. Today, they have found their niche in the tea business and has been recently awarded Best New Product of 2011 by the World Tea Expo for their innovation, colorful and fresh tea tins.

When I met Patrick and Daniel, along with their colleagues at the National Restaurant Association Convention, I really loved their energy and enthusiasm. They truly stand behind their product and it's easy to do because it really is a wonderful, unique type of tea they provide. Most teas are dried leaves, maybe even packed with herbs or flowers. Tiesta Tea is much more interesting because aside from the usual leaves, you'll find dried fruit, flower blossoms and buds, bits of herbs and spices, as well as fruit leaves. Combined with the tea leaves, you not only get an amazing tea but the aroma alone sets the tone even before you start drinking. Furthermore, these teas have a purpose with each blend...
Tiesta Tea offers five lines of loose leaf teas categorized by their effects on health and physical well-being. Each line has a wide variety of flavors specifically designed for you. Tiesta Tea specializes in green tea, black tea, white tea, herbal tea, fruit tea, Rooibos, Maté, and oolong tea. Our mission is to transform tea from an affordable luxury to a daily health necessity.
Tiesta Tea strives to develop the highest quality specialty tea blends in the world, all of which are fomulated to provide a specific health or mood result. We have created five varieties of tea to cater to your daily needs: Energizer, Slenderizer, Relaxer, Immunity, and Forever Young.
The great guys at Tiesta Tea sent me a generous sampling of their teas from each of their 5 lines:

Maui Mango
This soothing infusion of fruity goodness contains all of your favorite flavors. Mango, pineapple, orange, strawberry…you name it! These fruity friends have just the right amount of boldness to make your taste buds happy. This blend was awarded best iced tea of 2009 from World Tea Expo; it's incredible and we highly suggest it. Ingredients: pineapple bits, mango bits, orange slices, safflower, marigold, strawberry bits
Tropical Savannah
A refreshingly bright rooibos tea with the lingering taste of lemon grass, orange peels, apple bits, ginger roots, coconut bits, cinnamon, cardamom, currents, red peppercorn. Enough has been said, give it a shot.
Ingredients: Rooibos, lemon grass, orange peel, apple, ginger root, coconut fruit, cinnamon, cardamom, currants, red peppercorn

Lean Green Machine
This blend of green teas is specifically formulated to make a great iced green tea! This tea will keep you lean as a machine for years to come! Ingredients: green teas, lemon peels, lemon grass, citrus flavoring


Pineapple Calypso
A light-bodied satisfying white tea partnered with pineapple and safflower. The hint of calendula is a subtle infusion and adds the perfect last touch to the smooth flavor. Ingredients: pineapple, safflowers, calendula


Minty Winter Wonderland
White chocolate and peppermint unite to give this rooibos a flashback from a white winter wonderland. Who can resist this brightly refreshing blend? Ingredients: rooibos tea, peppermint, white chocolate

Banana Split
This strawberry and banana infused maté blend will be sure to keep you up with an invigorating blend of banana slices and strawberry bits with a sweet rooibos and maté base! Ingredients: green maté, rooibos tea, banana slices, strawberry bits

I haven't tried all of them yet, but I did try the Banana Split and Pineapple Calypso. Both were amazing in aroma and in overall flavor as well. I tried both of these as hot teas and as cold iced teas. They were equally good in both ways but I prefer them cold. With the brightness of flavor and aroma, having them over ice was a perfect summer drink. Normally I like my tea sweetened but these teas has so much flavor and natural sweetness from the ingredients that I didn't need additional sugar.

Thanks to my new friends at Tiesta Tea, they will be sponsoring this week's Sunday Fun Day Giveaway by giving a lucky reader a sample of their awesome teas! Read on to find out how to get in on this week's giveaway...

Some guidelines:
- Giveaway is only for those who live in the United States - my apologies to my non-United States readers!
- You must check back in a week when winners are announced and email me to claim your prize if you win.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment answering: 
How do you like or prefer your tea?

Deadline: Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 12 midnight CST.

One winner will be randomly chosen by Random.Org's Interger Generator based on the number of your comment and will be announced on Sunday, June 19, 2011, within next week's Sunday Fun Day Giveaway. Good luck!

Full Disclosure: The giveaways are sponsored by the same company that provided me with the food related product to reviewProducts I review and offer as a giveaway are ones I personally recommend and would use/enjoy myself and opinions reflected are mine alone.

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