These days people are more aware than ever of what they put in their bodies. They are reading the labels, asking questions, and avoiding ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup.
Role Iced Tea Blends based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region launched in November 2016. Role Iced Tea is satisfying DC’s thirst and demand for turmeric beverage as proven in Google trends analytics that graphically shows how many mentioned or desire a beverage made with turmeric. Role Tea is one of the first bottled iced tea made with water-soluble turmeric, which is absorbed easier by the body than fat soluble. This ancient spice is known to have a variety of health benefits including reducing inflammation.
“Role Tea started from a love of tea, and a desire to have a drink that provides a break from just drinking water. But we wanted a drink that included ingredients that may provide some wellness benefit without compromising on taste. Turmeric was the first ingredient we explored in our original blend based on its anti-inflammatory properties,” said Mike Johnson, the company’s Co-Founder and inventor.
When coming up with the right formula it took 60 iterations to develop their first three flavors. There are two original, “Tame the Flame” flavors that are each made with a green and black tea blend, turmeric, and ginger. The first is a peach flavored option with a balanced sweetness and only 80 calories per bottle. The second is virtually unsweet with a splash of apple juice with only 10 calories and 1 gram of sugar.
The peach tea reminded me of the Italian San Benedetto peach tea that I fell in love with when studying abroad to Florence, Italy. Role Iced Tea is not quite as sweet and the functional ingredients make me feel better about putting it into my body. I personally cannot taste the ginger but the turmeric is very subtle at the finish and pairs deliciously well with the peach.
Their third flavor, “A Spice of Life” is made with rooibos red tea, cinnamon and a splash of apple. Tastes like fall in a bottle with the amazing smells of a cinnamon apple pie. Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory benefits. I highly recommend these teas for post-workouts.
The brand name derives from Johnson’s mission to ensure that every ingredient selected plays a “role” in perfecting the balance between flavor and function. You can find the list of where to buy their tea throughout the metropolitan area on their website. The teas are also available for purchase on their website.