Tea of the Week for August 5, 2019: Iced Tea Blend Green Tea!
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Iced Tea Blend Green Tea!
Tea Description: Weird name, right? I mean, you can really turn any green tea into an iced tea - so what makes this one so special - or rather - so much more "iced tea" than any other green tea? Well, I don't know that it's necessarily "more" iced tea, but this tea was crafted specifically as an iced tea blend. I added flavors to it that I thought would help it to shine as an iced tea.
First, I started with a sweet tasting Chinese Sencha - it's light, it's refreshing, it makes for a pleasant iced tea base. Then I added spearmint leaves for a crisp, fresh flavor. Then I added some peaches to give it a delicious juicy sweetness. I added a few dried lemon wedges to add a touch of brightness to the cup. Finally, I added a bit of honey essence to boost the sweetness just a bit. Together, these profiles create a light, refreshing, flavorful iced tea.
I prefer to cold-brew this, if for no other reason than the simplicity of it. I have a quart size jar with a large cold-brew filter (that is as long as the jar - so there's plenty of room for those leaves to expand!) and it's perfect for cold-brewing. I use about 7.5 grams of tea for a quart of iced tea, fill the jar with cold, freshly filtered water and stash it in the refrigerator and let it chill for 6 - 8 hours (or overnight - which is my favorite way to do it, you can set it up before you go to bed, sleep, and when you wake up, you have iced tea all ready for you!) But, this tea is so forgiving that you can forget about it and leave it steeping for nearly 24 hours (actually, about 22 hours) and it still tastes great. (Care to guess how I know?)
This is a winner - and since we can probably expect at least a couple more weeks of hot weather - perhaps the time is right for this tea! And, of course, it's organic, VEGAN, gluten-free & allergen free!
organic ingredients: green tea, spearmint leaves, peaches, lemons, calendula petals & natural flavors
Please Note: The labels were printed out before I realized that I had omitted the calendula petals in the ingredient list on the label.
Yes! This tea is awesome! It turned out just the way I hoped it would.
It's light and refreshing, but that doesn't mean that it's not also flavorful - because it is! In every sip, I taste crisp spearmint, sweet peach, a hint of bright citrus and just a touch of honey. I also taste the light, creamy taste of Chinese Sencha. It's a really nice glass of iced tea. I think that when summer approaches next year, I might blend up another batch of this just so that we have it throughout the heat of summer all summer long. But for now - this is perfect for these last few, very hot weeks of summer!
It's cooling. It's sweet and refreshing. It has a nice fruity note - as well as a crisp, minty note. It's just really, really good!
to brew: I really recommend cold-brewing this. On the label, I give instructions for hot brewing a cup of the tea, and on the back, I include instructions on how to cold-brew a half-gallon of tea. And in the above description, I include instructions on how to cold-brew a quart of tea. For the best results, I strongly recommend going with the cold-brew. It's easy - and the flavor can't be beat!