I am so excited to share with you my review of Pique Tea. Pique Tea has been a newer find for me and I am so glad to have discovered this brand. If you are looking for top notch tea that tastes so good, and is antioxidant rich, look no further! And it’s not just about taste, don’t forget about all the health benefits that come with drinking tea (digestive improvement, increased energy, immune support, etc). With all this considered, it was basically a no brainer that I needed to share about this brand with you. My guide has all the information you will want to know about Pique Tea and reviews of their different teas.
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For you to really realize how truly unique Pique Tea is, I felt the need to share with you a little more about tea in general and why, if you don’t already should look into the brand and quality of the tea you drink.
“Tea is the world’s second most popular drink, after water. Every day the world’s population consumes more than 2 billion cups of tea. Tea is grown commercially in more than 60 countries and yields an annual harvest of more than 5 million tons of leaves.” (1)
With this high level of consumption it only makes sense that there is also a high level of pesticides and chemicals being used to meet the demand of the market. And scary enough research is showing these chemicals used are showing up in your daily cup (or more) of tea!
Here are just a few examples of this:
“CBC News/Canada did independent testing of the top 10 brands of tea in Canada. Half of the teas tested contained pesticide residues above the allowable limits in Canada. And eight of the 10 brands tested contained multiple chemicals, with one brand containing residues of 22 different pesticides.” (2)
“An independent study by Glaucus Research Group showed that 91% of Celestial Seasonings’ teas violated United States pesticide standards (CFR Title 40 Section 180) and contained traces of known or possible human carcinogens.” (3)
And to make matters worse, many teas aren’t even washed before they are put in a tea bag. That means that those chemicals that were sprayed on the plant are going to go straight into your cup. And it’s not just the chemicals and pesticides used on the tea crops, but it also matters what your tea bags are made of.
“Researchers at McGill University tested four different commercial teas packaged in plastic teabags. Using electron microscopy, the team found that a single plastic tea bag at brewing temperature released about 11.6 billion microplastic and 3.1 billion nanoplastic particles into the water.” (4)
Yikes! When you consider how much tea can be drunk over a year or even a lifetime, all good reasons to look for a clean tea option to minimize your toxic load and exposure. And that’s where Pique Tea comes in!
About Pique Tea
Pique Tea is a unique and innovative brand of tea. As shared on their website, they use 4 pillars to make better products. (5)
- Sourcing from family run farms around the world resulting in the highest quality organic tea leaves and herbs.
- Using Cold Extraction Technology to extract antioxidants and phytonutrients in whole form.
- Using concentrated, whole plant compounds in their products, allowing for maximum phytonutrients to be consumed and therefore the tea drinker will get the most benefit from the products.
- Using triple toxin screening to ensure a pure product.This is huge! It includes screening for pesticides, heavy metals and toxic mold. If you are going to be drinking your tea on a regular basis to reap the health benefits, you need to know that it is pure. And with this testing being done, you will know that your Pique Tea is! I don't know any other tea company doing this kind of testing- it really is next level.
What are Pique Tea crystals?
Another aspect of Pique tea that makes it so different from other brands is their tea crystals. When the organic tea leaves are Cold Brew Crystallized the result is not only that 12x the antioxidants are extracted compared to other teas, but also the end product is tea crystals that are able to be dissolved in cold and/or warm water depending on the type of tea. So neat! No more tea bags with questionable makeup. And so easy to use! They make having a cup of tea so convenient and easy whether I am at home or not. I can stash a few of the Pique Tea crystal pouches in my purse and I am good to go.
Types Of Pique Teas
Pique Tea carries a variety of green, black and herbal teas. They have a great area on their website where you can search by your health needs and see which teas would be best for the area of your health you are most looking to support.
Areas of health support they highlight are:
- Immune support
- Radiant skin
Black Tea vs. Green Tea
Both black tea and green tea come from the plant Camellia sinensis. Whether the plant produces black tea or green tea is based on how the leaves are processed after picking. Black tea is picked and allowed to wither whereas green tea is picked and then after potentially being allowed to wither only slightly it is pan-fired, oven dried or steamed. As the leaves dry out they are going through a process that is known as fermentation. Fermentation changes the chemical makeup of the tea leaves, and you therefore end up with 2 very different types of tea (because green tea goes through very little if any of this process)! It also results in the difference in taste, with black tea typically having a more bold and distinct flavor and green tea having a lighter flavor.
Our Favorite Flavors
I had to try this flavor of course since it's their beauty elixir tea! Plus, I love hibiscus tea flavor in general. This is a caffeine free tea that is naturally high in Vitamin C. It also helps to promote sleep. It only has three organic ingredients, hibiscus, mint and licorice root. You can drink it anytime of the day. It is hot water soluble so you can drink it warm as a traditional tea. But I love it cold even better! It dissolves well in cold water too. What I do is add it to a sparkling water and then add some stevia drops to it- it's a fizzy hibiscus drink! Tastes like a real refreshing treat but without any sugar or weird additives. I've even added some organic ginger juice from the brand Ginger People. It adds a little kick. My kids also love it! I've added some lime to it and some stevia drops and they think it's a fun sweet treat! I can't recommend this one enough. Great health benefits for the whole family. I want to try all their herbal tea flavors! Mint and Ginger are next on my list. Check them all out here!
This tea is loaded with all the good stuff! I got this tea because I loved that it could be an energy booster without the caffeine. I can't do caffeine and so I wanted to see how this would be as a pick me up. It contains wild harvested chaga, organic burdock root, and organic N. American ginseng. Chaga has been known to really help with longevity. Plus, it helps boosts your immune system, and lower inflammation, lower blood sugar and even help fight cancer. This is a tea that I would drink in the morning or afternoon but not at night. For me it gives me the energy but without the crash like you can often feel with coffee. It does taste very earthy, so I like to add some Arroy D coconut milk– (my favorite coconut milk because it's so creamy and no weird additives to it). I also will add a few stevia drops. I've even steamed some of the coconut milk and it tastes like a latte! Get it here!
This tea is amazing! I've learned a lot about Reishi over the last year and it's amazing benefits and knew I wanted to try Pique's Reishi Calm Elixir when I saw it. Reishi has long been used to as a calming and stress reducing tonic. It has been shown to help with sleep issues and to calm the nervous system. Research has shown that the combination of polysaccharides and triterpenoid compounds working together give Reishi it's stress-lowering capacity(6). Besides having so many other benefits from supporting the immune system to blood sugar control, heart health and anti-cancer properties. It's basically super beneficial for your body in so many forms! I will make a cup about an hour before bed and sip on it to help it calm my body and mind. I'll add some Arroy D coconut milk to it sometimes or a little stevia. It tastes earthy but not as earthy as the Chaga Energy Elixir. It's more palatable in my opinion and has a more mild taste with a touch of natural sweetness. It really does calm my body overall and help me sleep. I noticed just a sense of well being and feeling soothed before bed. It's my bedtime elixir now! Get it here!
I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t mention this supplement! Daily Immune is a supplement that is not only good for you but also tastes so good. That’s a win for me! It is made up of elderberry, sodium ascorbate (a more gentle form of Vitamin C) and liposomes. It is the liposomes that allow Vitamin C to bypass absorption barriers and get to the cells where it is needed. This supplement not only supports your immune system, but also healthy skin and aging! And if it is from Pique, you know the ingredients are pure with no additives, sugar or preservatives. This is a MUST in my daily routine. I love how sweet it tastes too! It's a little post lunch treat I take daily. It's also super convenient because it comes in packets. I took this on a recent trip to Arizona and I loved how I didn't have to think about something spilling out all over my suitcase. Get it here!
*Pique Tea offers so many other options when it comes to tea flavors and benefits. Be sure to check out all their offerings below!
Is Pique Tea Worth It?
Pique tea is definitely more expensive than your average tea you'll find in the store, however, I think it's definitely worth the price if you are a regular tea drinker. You are going to be assured you're getting the most health benefits from your tea, while at the same time being sure that it's free from harmful chemicals. I always say it's not the thing you use once in a while that adds a toxic burden, it's the thing you repeatedly use that adds up. Tea is just another thing people often sip on daily, so it's important to know your tea brand and sourcing to make sure you're enjoying your cup of tea without the added toxins.
If you liked this post, be sure to check out these past posts:
- Drew, Laim. The Growth Of Tea. (2019 Feb 06). Nature. Retrieved from: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00395-4
- Griffin-Green, Megan. Pesticide traces in some tea exceed allowable limit. (2014 March 08). CBC. Retrieved from: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/pesticide-traces-in-some-tea-exceed-allowable-limits-1.2564624
- Campbell, Abby. Popular natural and organic tea companies violate pesticide laws. (2015 Nov 06). NaturalHealth365. Retrieved from: https://www.naturalhealth365.com/organic-tea-pesticides-1630.html
- Some Plastic With Your Tea? (2019 Sep 25). McGill University. Retrieve from: https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels/news/some-plastic-your-tea-300919
- How We Make Our Products Better. (2021). Pique Tea. Retrieved from : https://www.piquetea.com/
- Tang, Wenbo. A randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled study of a Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharide extract in neurasthenia. National Library of Medicine. (2005 Aug). Retrieved from: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15857210/