Gluten-Free Loose Leaf Teas #sponsored

There is nothing better than delicious hot tea shared with a friend or served ice cold on a hot Texas day.  Not to mention all the health benefits!

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This post for gluten-free loose leaf teas is sponsored by Adagio Teas. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Gluten-Free Loose Leaf Teas from Adagio Teas

When Adagio Teas reached out to me to see if I’d like to try some of their loose leaf teas, I first checked to see if the tea was gluten-free. Then I got really excited. Because not only do they have super interesting custom blend teas by fans but there were comments that all of the teas they carry are gluten-free.

When I asked about more about it, they said that they do not use any of the 8 FDA recognized allergens in production of their teas. So they are gluten-free (no wheat), dairy-free, vegan and zero calories.

They source their loose leaf teas from all over the world directly from the farmers. I’m not sure if some of the fields are in close proximity to a wheat field with potential for cross-contamination. If you are concerned about that then I would avoid teas from regions that are also large producers of wheat – like China and India.

Plus there are so many health benefits that come from drinking tea ranging from weight loss to reducing cancer risk.

My summer mold allergies have been out of control, and I’ve honestly felt better after taste testing and drinking so much tea this week. And I haven’t had any symptoms of being gluten-ed at all. So yay!

Making Iced Tea From Loose Leaf Teas

The blends I selected seemed so interesting and delectable. I am especially taking advantage of drinking these gluten-free loose teas on ice because the heat here in Austin is relentless.

The general rule for making hot tea is 1 teaspoon tea per 1 cup water. Steep for 3-5 minutes in boiling water.

To make the iced tea, I place about 3 teaspoons of loose leaf tea into a tea infuser so it is a little more concentrated. Then I bring about 2 cups filtered water to a boil in a very small saucepan. Steep the tea for about 5 minutes, remove the infuser then let it cool down a bit. Pour it over ice in my Yeti tumbler to keep it nice and cold!

So refreshing, delicious and flavorful without any calories or sugar added (this is the bloody cherry blend). All of the teas I ordered were decaf so I could enjoy them any time of the day without worrying about the caffeine.

Then my husband wanted in on the flavored iced teas, too so we bought a larger teapot.

They also sell cold brew iced tea pouches that can be brewed in a pitcher of water overnight. I tried a sample pouch of the Wild Strawberry Iced Tea that we cold brewed in the fridge and it was wonderful, too. Very mild and fruity.

We are hooked. I loved all of the tea blends. And there are so many more I want to try now!

So here are the decaf gluten-free loose leaf teas that I tried with links to the Adagio Teas website.

Noodleberry Tea

This tea is blended with rose hips, hibiscus, apple pieces, decaf ceylon tea, natural blueberry flavor, blueberries, and raspberry leaves.

Ceylon tea is grown in Nawalapitiya, Sri Lanka and is the town’s main economy (like $1.5 billion in global tea sales). It is high in polyphenols that are known to help fight cancer, heart disease, and boost immunity. Although not as much as regular ceylon tea, the decaf still maintains some of the polyphenol content. Also, it helps stimulate the metabolism and that helps with weight loss.

I loved this noodlebery tea blend. It is very fruity and has a beautiful color and aroma. We made this into an iced tea after hot brewing it in our new teapot with 4 cups water and 6 heaping teaspoons of the loose leaf tea inside the infusion basket.

So wonderful! My husband really loves this blend, too.

Bloody Cherry Tea

This blend is made with rose hips, hibiscus, orange peels, apple pieces, natural wild cherry flavor, dried cherries and natural orange flavor.

Rose hips and hibiscus are so good for you, too. Both are super rich in Vitamin C and known for helping with indigestion and recovering from a cold or the flu.

I absolutely love the boldness, fruitiness and tang of this one, too. This makes such an amazing iced tea. The flavors were strong and so delicious and you definitely smell and taste the cherry. No sweeteners needed at all.

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Kim’s Vanilla Jasmine Jam Tea

This tea is made with rooibos tea, decaf ceylon tea, natural jasmine flavor, and natural vanilla flavor.

Rooibos is a red bush tea that hails from South Africa. It is caffeine free, contains powerful antioxidants (aspalathin, nothofagin and phenolic compounds) as well as having a high mineral content (iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc and magnesium). Not only has it been shown to reduce cancer and heart disease, but also help reduce allergies and boost the immune system.

This tea blend is very light, sweet and smooth. And it smells magnificent. It was wonderful as a cup of hot tea and I had to try it iced as well.  I’ll be honest – it was really great on ice but I much preferred drinking it as a hot tea.  As I’ve been struggling with allergies, it really helped soothe my sore throat and made me feel better.  

Honeybush Banana Nut Tea

This blend is made with honeybush tea, apple pieces, cinnamon bark, cocoa nibs, natural banana flavor, natural chestnut flavor, and marigold flowers.

Honeybush tea is cultivated in South Africa’s Eastern Cape region. Its name comes from the flowers on the bush, which smell like honey. It is similar to rooibos tea and is also naturally caffeine-free. Honeybush tea also contains the phenolic compound antioxidants that play a role in protecting the immune system.

Marigold flowers used in tea also have many health benefits because of high levels of antioxidants. In particular, they help sooth digestion issues and reduce inflammation. All while being delicious.

This tea blend is one of Adagio’s very popular gluten-free loose leaf teas with rave reviews and I totally agree. It smells like banana bread. And it is mild and smooth with hints of the cinnamon and banana flavor. Wow! It is very comforting and makes the perfect cup of hot tea.

It’s no wonder I’ve been feeling so much better after drinking tea all week. I’m making drinking tea every day a new habit. And I’m super grateful for Adagio Teas reaching out to me to test out some of their tea blends.  🙂



Deana Larkin Evans

You get one life - do your best to ENJOY IT! So hi, I'm Deana. This food blog is all about cooking wholesome real food and developing gluten-free recipes for some of our favorite comfort foods. I had to start eating gluten-free in 2010, then cut dairy and casein (except for the occasional Parmesan) in 2014. We learned A2 casein (goat, sheep and buffalo milk) is easier to digest than the predominate A1 form in cow milk. So we brought back goat milk dairy into our recipes in 2016. Thank goodness, right! So I'm kind of a science nerd, too. In the '90s, I earned an undergrad degree in biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'em! Then followed up with a PhD in biochemistry and a law degree from the University of Houston. I recently earned a certificate in genomics/sequence analysis from Johns Hopkins University, where I also took a very cool food microbiology course. Currently, I'm learning about the microbiome and gut health. And trying to come up with healthy recipes to feed those gut bugs! #feedthegutbugs

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