Summer is here and it is time for summer beverages. I was talking with one of my sisters the other day and we were discussing the many iced tea possibilities. It inspired me to do a taste test! I chose 5 of the teas I thought would be the best candidates for cold consumption and brewed them up. Then we had a little taste test.
Tazo – Green Ginger……4 thumbs down!! This surprised me, because this is one of my favorite hot teas. We all thought it was kind of sour and bitter tasting, a little sweetener did not improve the flavor either.
Yogi – ReVitalize……1 loved it 3 thought it was just good -not great. This one is minty and very refreshing, it is a combo of mint and black tea. I know plain mint is terrific cold, we do that often for sore throats!
Republic of Tea – Cocoa Peppermint Rooibos……..2 loved it 2 thought it was just good. Very dessert like, not too sweet. In fact when we added sweetener it took away from the flavor a bit.
Good Earth – DeCaff lemongrass Green………1 liked very much 3 were not impressed, too little flavor for some. Nice and mild, nothing to write home about but again refreshing.
Good Earth – Sweet and Spicy Decaff………..2 loved loved loved it 2 liked it. This one is a staple in my fridge during the summer. Very cinnamon spicy and fun to have cold! Very sweet all on its own. This one might be fun frozen into pops!
In general we all agreed that extra sweetener did very little to improve the flavor of the teas. In fact it seemed to mellow them out a bit. That might be good for some people but in this crowd it was not a plus.
Are there any teas that you love iced? Being the tea fanatic that I am I would love to hear what you are drinking this summer!