Review: Rishi Summer Lemon Organic Iced Tea

This tea is USDA Organic & Fair Trade Certified!

Abby says:

Temperature: Cold, over ice
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Steep-your-own iced tea is great for serving lots of people and for tea fanatics like us! It is great to make-ahead so it’s always ready. For me, being without iced tea in the summer is a crime! Lucky for me, with this oversized Rishi Summer Lemon Organic tea bag, I can make 32 oz. of iced tea in a snap! What could be better than a tasty USDA certified organic and fair trade iced tea on a hot day in July?

Ok, ok, now you want to know how THIS is tastes. Of course. More good news – its tastes great! As a black tea, it has a nice robust earthy flavor with just a touch of lemon. Even cold, you can detect a hint of both smokiness and sweetness – not something you typically find. It is a unique, delicious tea that although it has its own strong flavor would go well with just about any summer food. I, for example, was eating a tasty piece of baklava from the Portland Greek Food Festival in all of its over-the-top sweetness glory while sampling this tea. It was a prefect combination! The earthy black tea cut the very sweet honey nicely, while the hint of sweet and lemon in this tea allowed for a nice mingling of flavors instead of just two harsh contrasts.

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves – Quite a good ICED cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — This tea requires very little effort

Katie says:

I suggest sipping your iced tea in these adorable bee glasses that I photographed for Stonewall Kitchen.

Temperature: Cold, over ice
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

I share Abby’s enthusiasm about this tea. There are several things that made me choose to give it a very high rating.

1) This tea is both fair trade and organic. Those are two good things that for me boost the rating of any tea.

2) This tea is strong enough to make a whole pitcher quickly! You brew the tea in 16 ounces of boiling water, then after 5 minutes add 16 oz more cold water. At that point the tea is about room temp so when you add ice it doesn’t melt quickly like if you try to ice hot tea. Even when after a little ice melting this is still a strong & tasty tea.

3) This tea includes lemon right in the tea bag. You can enjoy the fresh taste of lemon iced tea even if you are without fresh lemons. Bonus!

Most of all, I enjoy brew-your-own iced teas because I like just a hint of sweet. I do enjoy the occasional glass of sweet tea. However, to drink it all day long (as is my style) I like to have just a hint of honey or agave nectar. The rich somewhat smoke taste that Abby was talking about really works well with just a hint of honey to make a nice complexly-flavored tea. If you like to make your own iced tea without waiting for sun tea or refrigerator tea then this should become one of your summer pantry staples.

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves – Quite a good ICED cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — This tea requires very little effort

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