Smashburger, in search of a beverage to complement their line of high quality, deliciously juicy burgers, sandwiches and salads, has added the HONEST Tea brand of premium iced teas to their restaurants. All HONEST Tea beverages will be brewed fresh at each Smashburger location. Honest Tea is a premium brand of iced tea, certified organic, kosher, gluten-free, do not contain any genetically modified organisms, use Fair Trade Certified™ tea leaves and contain 50 calories or less per 8 fl oz. serving.
Tom Ryan, Smashburger's CEO, said, “Smashburger and HONEST Tea share a passion for providing guests with fresh-tasting, high caliber products, so the partnership was a natural fit for us. We are excited for the opportunity to be the first national restaurant to serve their fresh brewed teas to guests in all of our restaurants across the country”. He added, “There are many synergies between our two brands, but first and foremost is our commitment to serving food and beverages that our guests can feel good about, comprised of quality ingredients for a better dining experience.”
The four flavors that are available for the Smashburger locations are:
· Classic Green Tea – Organic , Fair Trade Certified™ green tea that is “just a tad sweet”® thanks to real organic cane sugar.
· Just Iced Tea – Unsweetened, organic, Fair Trade Certified™ black tea sourced from tea gardens in the Assam region of India.
· Lemon Herbal Tea – Caffeine-free tea blend of organic Indian tulsi (also known as Holy Basil), lemongrass, lemon peel and lemon myrtle combined to create a mildly spicy, yet calming taste, that’s “just a tad sweet.”
· Raspberry Tea (Naturally Flavored) – Organic, Fair Trade Certified™ black tea sourced from the Korakundah tea gardens in southern India combined with natural raspberry flavors and organic cane sugar for that signature “just a tad sweet” taste.
Tasting three of the iced teas at the Smashburger location in Aliso Viejo gave a chance to see how good these teas actually are. The “Just Iced Tea” black tea is a high quality tea, brewed perfectly and with a nice brisk flavor. It makes a perfect, refreshing drink to compliment a nice Smashburger. Enjoying the tea with one of Smashburger's Baja Burgers, the tea was able to stand up to the flavors of the burger and the fresh jalapeños and guacamole that accompanied it. The aftertaste was good and left a satisfying taste that called for more of this refreshing drink. One of the unique properties of black tea is that even though the caffeine level is about the same as a cup of coffee or a soda, the caffeine in black tea provides a longer lasting amount of caffeine without the jitteriness of the other drinks. In certain areas of the South, this would be a perfect base for the Southern staple, “sweet tea”.
The Green Tea had that smooth, mellow taste that signifies a quality green tea. The flavor did not jump out but instead was very subtle. This would be a nice drink to go along with a chicken sandwich or a salad. Like all green teas, this tea has a significantly lower amount of caffeine so it tends to be a great choice for many people. Also, green tea has been touted for years as having many healthful properties including possible heart and anti-cancer benefits. Most importantly though, it has a nice refreshing flavor that is easy to enjoy.
The Lemon Herbal Tea is a nice change for a lot of people. It is fresh brewed in each Smashburger location. The slight sweetness is welcome and the lemon taste, while there, is not overpowering or artificial. Instead, it is a great and healthy substitute for a soda. It is also 100 percent caffeine-free so it is great for a drink later in the day. The taste was excellent and easy to picture as a regular beverage choice.
HONEST Tea’s co-founder and TeaEO Seth Goldman noted “We are thrilled to have Smashburger as our first national partner for our freshly brewed organic iced teas. Both companies view high-quality ingredients as an integral part of the tasting experience, and we look forward to serving our freshly brewed iced teas alongside Smashburger’s great menu offerings.” With the new beverage choices, it looks like Smashburger has a winning combination of healthier but flavorful drinks to go with their selection of delicious food.