Category Archives: iced tea

Review: Teavana Mango Black *Iced Tea*

 

Abby says:

Tea type: Loose
Temperature: @200 (@ boiling) – then chilled for iced tea
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Isn’t this tea just beautiful to look at: a slurry of colors and textures?!? Teavana tea blends are always to pretty coming out of the tin, both dry and steeped. This one is a blend of primarily candied mango chunks and black tea, but also contains apple chunks, pieces of passion fruit and marigold petals.

As an iced tea, I tasted mostly mango and fruit flavors, but not much tea. For me, it’s just the right amount of sweet for an iced tea, but I did miss the balance of a strong tea taste that my iced tea usually offers. Overall I liked this tea and would make iced tea with it again, the fruit flavor is quite nice. It was a nice change of pace compared to the usual iced tea I make, even other fruit blends.

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves  – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

 

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Review: Harney & Sons Black Currant Fresh Brew *Iced Tea*

Abby says:

Tea Type: Bagged –  1 over-sized iced tea sized bag
Temperature: Iced
Served: Nothing added

Here we are again, smack in the middle of iced tea season! My favorite style of iced tea is unsweetened black tea with a hint for fruit. I like other styles as well, don’t get me wrong, but this is my favorite. Which is why I was so excited to try this Black Current iced tea from Harney & Sons. This tea is specifically packaged for making iced tea with an over-sized tea bag stuffed with tea.

When making it I followed the directions precisely, see below, and I ended up with a tasty iced tea ready to go. This tea has the strong flavors of black tea that I love and the slightly sweet fruit flavor of the black currants. The blend for me is spot-on, with the black tea as the star and the black currant just noticeable. This tea would be great for a crowd because its pretty mellow with a traditional blend. I enjoyed it a lot and expect to go through the 8 cups that this batch made pretty quickly.

Here’s how to make this tea properly: Boil 2 cups of water and pour over tea bag and let steep for 15 minutes. Then add 6 more cups of water and you’re done!

 

Taste: 4.5 of 5 tea leaves – quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

 

Review: Tea Forte Vanilla Pear – Loose Leaf White Tea

Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.25 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Abby says:

Temperature: @2oo (about boiling)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

If you are looking for a bright, slightly fruity loose leaf tea for the summer, we’ve got you covered! I’ve only tried this tea hot so far, but I think it would like a lovely iced tea too! As a hot tea, it has a floral aroma with a blend of light white tea and fruit taste. There is no sweetness, so a bit of honey added would be nice. I’m going to try that next time, for sure.

 

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves  – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Katie says:

Temperature: @2oo (about boiling)
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: A teaspoon of creamed honey (see below)

A pretty and yummy tea! I love the cornflowers that give this loose tea lovley blue specks. The lightly fruity taste is very good both hot and iced. I started with a hot cup but when I got busy and let it get cool I poured it over ice. I liked it iced a bit better. I almost always add a hint of sweetness and this tea way lovely with a little local creamed honey that I got at the Natick Farmers’ Market.

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Review: Republic of Tea Lemon Chiffon *Iced Tea*

Republic of Tea Lemon ChiffonAbby says:

Tea Type: Bagged – used three tea bags for iced tea
Temperature: Iced
Served: Nothing added

‘Tis the season for iced tea! With temperatures around here creeping toward 90 degrees iced tea is the way to go – even for me, the die-hard hot-tea girl! Traditional iced tea is great and I love it on a hot summer day, but this time around I wanted to try something a little different. I’ve had this container of Republic of Tea Lemon Chiffon (from the Cuppa Cake Tea line) in my tea cabinet for a little while now and every time I looked at it, I just thought – iced tea! I was right! It makes a great, light iced tea with terrific lemon flavor. It also has a little hint of sweet already in it, so I didn’t even have to worry about whether or not to add anything. I used four tea bags to make about three cups of tea. If you are making a bigger batch add one or two more tea bags. I steeped the tea for about seven minutes, let is sit (covered) in the fridge for about 25 minutes then pour over ice.

I really enjoyed this tea because its different from the typical iced tea. It has nice fruity, lemon notes without being tart or astringent and has a bit of sweet, but nothing like sweet tea. My favorite part is the coconut that you can taste with each sip. It really makes this tea taste like a treat. The lemon chiffon tea is a blend of green rooibos, apple, lemongrass, lemon, vanilla, and coconut. The ingredients don’t list a single sweetener added – love that too!

If you are looking to switch things up in the iced tea dept. or if you are looking for flavorful decaf option try this one out.

Republic of Tea Lemon Chiffon

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

 

Review: Honest Tea Peach Iced Tea

Honest Tea

Abby says:

Tea type: Bottled
Temperature: Cold, over ice
Steeped: Ready made
Served: Nothing added to start, then blended with unsweetened iced tea

As the weather warms up, the search for the perfect ready-made iced tea begins. This year we are starting off with Organic Peach Tea from Honest Tea. First things first, this is a tea you can feel good about drinking. It contains only organic and fair trade ingredients. That’s always a plus. Sadly the first thing I noticed when tasting this tea is that it is just too sweet. Weighing in with a whopping 25g of sugar, that’s just too much for me. Excessive sugar and sweetness aside, I really like the bright peach flavor in this tea. It simply reminded me of summer.

To make this tea work better for me I mixed it 50/50 with some unsweetened Darjeeling iced tea I happened to have in the fridge, made the old-fashioned way. Doing this makes this tea drinkable for me. Of course, some of the fruity peach flavor was lost, but the level of sweetness was much better.

Do you have any bottled iced teas or iced tea concentrates to recommend? Unsweetened or just a hint of sweet would be more my speed.

 

Taste: 2.5 of 5 leaves – This tea is just ok, just too sweet for me
Steepability: This tea is bottled!

Honest tea

 

Review: Common Folk Farm Cranberry Orange Herbal Tea

 

Common Folk Farm - Cranberry Orange

Abby says:

Tea Type: Herbal, Loose
Temperature: @212 (boiling)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added at first, then a bit of honey. Finally, iced

Common Folk Farm Cranberry Orange Herbal Tea is not one you will easily find in stores. So do yourself a favor and click the link to buy some online if you are interested in giving it a try!

This tea is a blend of cranberry, orange peel and herbs. At first I tried this tea hot, but for me it was too tart. Most fruit, herbal teas with cranberry or hibiscus are too tart for my taste. I then added a bit of honey and that didn’t help.

Common Folk Farm  - Cranberry Orange

So, let it cool, then poured it over ice and it was prefect! I could taste the cranberry, but it was overpowering and being cold gave it a refreshing quality. Of course adding ice dilutes the flavor a bit, but not too much if you drink it before the ice melts. For some reason, cold tart drinks are just fine in my book, but hot ones are not. Is this true for any of you?

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Common Folk Farm - Cranberry Orange

 

 

Review: Stash Coconut Mango Oolong

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — This tea is easy to make!Abby says:

Tea type: Bagged
Temperature: @200 (about boiling)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Tea blended with coconut flavors is one of my favorite things right now! I just love how the sweet and creamy flavor of balances and enhances the earthy flavors in black and green tea. Stash coconut mango oolong goes a step further adding fruit to the mix! I really like this combination because it is smooth, creamy and soothing to drink, but isn’t something that will put you to sleep. Its interesting! The oolong gives you mild earthy tea notes and the coconut and mango add interesting fruit and cream notes without adding too much sweetness. Altogether you get a relaxing tropical feel from drinking this tea. What could be better in the last few days of summer?!

Give this one a try, hot or iced, if you are looking for a something different and interesting to try. Or, if you’re looking for a little tropical vacation in a cup!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — This tea is easy to make!

Stash Tea - Coconut Mango Oolong

Katie says:

Tea type: Bagged
Temperature: @200 (about boiling)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Iced with a touch of honey

OMG this tea! I had a sip hot, and then forgot about it. oops. Hot it was pretty good but since it had cooled off I decided to try it iced. Iced this was amazing! I love tropical flavors for iced tea, especially mango. The lightness of the oolong tea is the perfect base for this tea. You get nice oolong flavor but it allows the coconut and mango to come through. Seriously, while its still nice and warm out, make this delicious iced tea!

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — This tea is easy to make!

Review: Tebella Tea Company Madagascar Vanilla

TeBella Madagascar Vanilla

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

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: About boiling
Steeped: 3mins
Served: Nothing to start, then with a splash of eggnog

Vanilla!  Who doesn’t love it? TeBella Tea Company Madagascar Vanilla is a luxurious blend of rich black tea and fragrant vanilla. Though the smell and taste of vanilla is strong, it doesn’t overwhelm the tea, nor does it become perfume like. The earthy, malty flavors from the black tea mesh well with the scent of vanilla. This tea is not at all sweet, which I love! I found it very tasty by itself, but adding a touch of sweetness may intensify the vanilla flavors.

To up the festive factor, because that’s what the first 24 days of December are for (right?!), I added some eggnog in place of milk and sugar. Let me tell ya, it was Christmasy! Think Christmas cookies! Yum. Don’t get me wrong, you can enjoy this tea all year-long, but the addition of eggnog makes it a great seasonal treat!

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

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Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: About boiling
Steeped: 3mins
Served: Milk & honey, then with a teaspoon of cocoa powder

This is a very yummy black tea with nice authentic vanilla flavor. If you like your black tea with milk & honey the vanilla flavor is a nice addition. Also, maybe it’s because we just reviewed a tea with chocolate but I decided this would be tasty mixed with cocoa. I actually used unsweetened baking powder with honey and it was nice and chocolatey. The vanilla & cocoa were delicious together — highly recommended!

I though the flavor was really nice and well balanced. Then, I remembered that we’ve reviewed this brand before! Check out our review of their key lime tea as well. With two successes, we’ll have to keep trying more of their teas!

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

Strawbery Iced Tea

Attending a 4th of July party? Bring iced tea! You can brew hot and pour over ice or refrigerator brew your tea. When it’s cooled add sliced strawberries. The berries will make the tea sweet so you may not want to add any extra sugar. Try adding strawberries AND blueberries for an extra festive pitcher of tea!

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I used half TeBella Key Lime Sublime Tea and half Republic of Tea English Breakfast for a strawberry-lime tea that was to die for!

Review: Tebella Tea Company Key Lime Sublime Iced Tea

Overall rating:

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

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: Cold, over ice
Steeped: 3mins at about 200 degrees, then poured over ice
Served: Honey added while still hot after steeping

Tebella Tea Company Key Lime Sublime is a unique take on a citrus blend tea. This blend is very different from what I’m used to with black tea blends, that at first I wasn’t sure if I liked it, but after a few sips I was hooked! Instead of the traditional lemon or orange added to black tea, this tea has key limes and pineapple. Switching up the citrus gives this tea a margarita flavor that I love!  It works so well for an iced tea because it’s both festive and refreshing. Typically, I don’t add much sweetener to my tea, but some honey balances the sourness of the limes.

Our friends over at Tebella also recommend using this tea mixed with vodka for a tasty summer cocktail.  Sounds good to me!

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

TeBella Key Lime SublimeIced

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: Cold, over ice
Steeped: 3mins at about 200 degrees, then poured over ice
Served: Honey added while still hot after steeping

I really enjoyed this quirky little iced tea! As Abby said, at first glance & sip it seemed a bit odd but it really grew on me! Thus is a great alternative to pricier bottled iced teas. Plus, it’s nice to be able to control the sweetness to my own taste. Which is, ahem, considerably sweeter than Abby likes her teas! 😉 Our different tastes, however, are what makes us a great reviewing pair!

I didn’t see the tea cocktail recommendation until I read Abby’s part of the review. You BET I’ll be trying that this weekend!

 

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

*Iced tea hint. If you like sweetened iced tea but are cold brewing add honey or agave nectar as a sweetener. They dissolve much better in the cold tea than granulated sugar.