Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pappy's Sassafras Tea

It's been on local grocery store shelves for a while now, but the other day curiosity got the better of me and I had to try Pappy's Sassafras Tea.

Now some of you no doubt know where I'm headed with this, because you already know what famous drink used to be flavored with sassafras root. I did not. So when I opened the bottle, the first thing I thought was "Boy, this sure smells like root beer." Now I happen to like root beer, but I know plenty of people who would not be thrilled with the idea of root beer tea. As a semi-fan, I was happy to give it a shot! This is a concentrate, and I used two tablespoons to make one cup of tea.

And yes, the hot tea even tasted like root beer, and I liked it. I learned that today root beer is often flavored artificially, so I was happy to learn this product is made with all natural extracts of sassafras and natural flavors. I really enjoyed my visit to the company's web site, which seems sort of down-home and chatty, and you can find it here.

15 comments:

  1. Hi Angela, I enjoyed your review but I must say that I won't be trying this tea, as I do not care for rootbeer.

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  2. You are a brave soul! Root beer tea? I'm not sure about it and I love root beer.

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  3. I remember sassafras tea from my childhood in the 1950's. I associated it with the trips my grandparents made to visit cousins in Illinois - they would bring back sassafras root bark to share with us.
    I think Mom saved and reused the bark after making a pot of tea - seems like it could be used several times.

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  4. I have that same teacup with forget-me-nots !

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  5. What a delight to see one of our local Ohio products featured in your blog! Pappys is a very down home and lovely family owned business. A group of our family - aunts, mom and I toured their facility a few years ago. We could not have asked for a more personal tour. It was wonderful. I have lived here all my life, and never realized what went on in that little building. It is a very small business and wonderful of you to mention it in your blog. They also have a delicious raspberry tea concentrate, if you are not a sassafras lover.
    I can remember my father bringing home sassafras root and keeping it in the cupboard for our tea. In fifth grade, I snuck some root into my school desk because I loved the scent. I should have marketed some sassafras potpourri. Thanks so much for featuring a tea product made in the USA!

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  6. You come up with the most creative tea things. Now I will be looking for this as I do like root beer. Just can't imagine root beer tea though.

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  7. Thanks for the warning. I'll NOT be trying this!!! :)

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  8. My memory of Sassafras Tea from childhood was that is was used as an old fashioned remedy for something...

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  9. Great post today, Angela - I like Root Beer & I am going to try this.
    I also saw a comment that they make Rasberry Tea also, might have to try that too!
    Thanks for the review, Joanie

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  10. I've seen this in the store before and wondered how it tasted. Thanks for the review.

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  11. *Love* Sassafras 'tea'... this herb tea is a good old fashioned spring tonic! We used to sell large chunks of the sassafras root, but are now only able to get small pieces. Because it is a root, you need to boil it to get the full flavor of sassafras, unless of course you have Pappy's concentrate!

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  12. I'll have go look for this. I like rootbeer and the fact that this product is made with natural ingredients.

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  13. Dear Angela,
    Thank you very much for trying and blogging about our Pappy's Sassafras Tea. I just wanted to also pass a long that we manufacturer a Pappy's Green Tea concentrate and a Pappy's Raspberry Tea concentrate as well. We also have sassafras and raspberry jelly. If you are having difficulties finding our teas you may also visit our website at www.sassafrastea.com or call us toll-free at 1-877-659-5110and we will be glad to take and ship your order direct. Also for Easter, for a limited time only, we are offering $3.00 off the purchase price of any 12-pack case combination. Happy Easter.
    Best Regards
    Jeff Nordhaus
    Pappy's

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  14. I know this review is a couple of years old but I just went to the company website and now they also have a Peach Tea concentrate. Those who are skeptical of the Sassafras, you should at least give it a try. It is wonderful. A taste of my childhood and it brings such good memories back. I am sitting here with a big mug in front of me as I type this. :)

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