Category Archives: iced tea

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

Review: Stash Lime Green Iced Tea

Stash Tea Lime Green

Overall rating:

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

Katie says:

Temperature: Cold, over ice
Steeped: As directed, cold brewed in 4 cups of water in the fridge
Served: Nothing Added

Green tea with a twist. Stash has done it again, this is a great iced tea!! Commercially bottled iced tea can be hit or miss so if you have the time it is well worth brewing your own. This is a great option. Nice green flavor with a hit of lime. I recommend adding honey and some spices of lemon or lime. I’ll be enjoying late summer with this tea.

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

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Abby says:

Temperature: Cold, over ice
Steeped: As directed, 5 minutes with 2 cups of boiling water, then two cups cold water added
Served: Nothing added at first, then honey

Lime Green is such a fun spin on traditional iced tea!  The green tea flavor is great and the addition of a splash of lime makes this iced tea perfectly refreshing.  Obviously not as easy as grabbing a bottled iced tea, but certainly worth the limited effort required. Making your own iced tea also allows you to steep it to your liking.  Typically, I don’t like to add anything to my tea, but in this case a little sweetness from honey complemented the lime nicely. On this last official day of summer I will be sipping this tasty tea!

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.

Maine Mead Works Ram Island Iced Tea

Ram Island Mead

The other day I was lucky enough to stumble upon one of the newer (to me, at least) creations from Maine Mead Works. MMW is a Portland, Maine mead maker established in 2007.  Since then they have been consistently producing high quality mead.  Last year they had a tea mead as well, but it was not bottled as far as I know. But this summer it is a different story! They now have bottled Ram Island iced tea mead!  This is an excellent light and fun alternative to beer for tea lovers! It taste like tea.  It tastes a little like mead.  It has mint and it has honey.  What more could you want? I first sampled it at Novare Res where they offered it on there ever-changing and always impressive draught list. I liked it a lot, though I found it a bit minty for my taste.

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Sorry the picture quality is not great on these photos.  I was in a bar – what do you expect? 🙂

Anyway, if you find yourself in the Portland area this summer keep a look out for this beauty on draught lists or at the Maine Mead Works sampling room.

Review: Stash Orange Cranberry Herbal Iced Tea

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Overall Rating:

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4.75 of 5 this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Tea Type: Herbal, Oversized tea bag for iced tea
Temperature: @212 (boiling)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

For me, iced tea needs to be fairly easy to make, refreshing and tasty. Stash hit the mark on all three of these requirements with their Orange Cranberry Herbal iced tea. It comes with directions on the package, but basically you just steep their large teabag in two cups of boiling water, then remove the tea bag and add two cups of cold water. Done. I served it unsweetened, over ice at a BBQ this past weekend. It was a hit! I put out some sweetener (both sugar and honey) but everyone was happy to drink it unsweetened.

This iced tea works because it is easy to drink with the tartness of the cranberry mixed with the citrus of the orange flavor. This will definitely make an appearance at summer time gatherings in the future!

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

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Katie says:

Tea Type: Herbal, Oversized tea bag for iced tea
Temperature: Cold brewed in fridge overnight
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: with a little sugar (@ 4 teaspoons for 4 cups)

I agree with Abby, this tea is super easy to make! Although I used the fridge method. Just toss the teabag in 4 cups of water, refrigerate overnight, and voila! Tea! Side note: a standard nalgene bottle is 32 ounces and the perfect size to brew your tea and then take it to go!

I like just a touch of sweet in my iced tea and this worked really well with just a little sugar. Be careful not to over sweeten or iced herbal teas can start to taste more like kool-aid than tea! I found the cranberry flavor to be stronger than the orange but still really enjoyed the combination. This tea was also very tasty mixed with plain coconut water. If you like coconut water mixed with juice try mixing it with an herbal iced tea like this for nice flavor with less sugar!

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