June is National Iced Tea Month. If you are an iced tea drinker, then you are in good company, as 85 percent of the tea that is consumed in the U.S. is iced tea. It was in the U.S. that tea bags and iced tea were invented in the early 1900s. Depending which history story you choose, we have all benefited from the invention of the tea bag, and especially so for iced tea.
Just as hot tea drinkers will drink hot tea in July, so do iced tea lovers drink iced tea in December. But how many times have you been terribly disappointed when your iced tea order came? Was it watered down? Did it taste like instant tea? Those are reasons why this tea drinker avoids ordering iced tea when eating out. My message to restaurants is: SERVE REAL ICED TEA! And there is one that this tea drink can wholeheartedly recommend.
Look no further than your local supermarket to find REAL iced tea bags. Tetley’s Iced Tea Blend has an excellent refreshing taste (a blend of black teas) and is dark enough that you won’t be describing it as tinted water. Neither is it so dark that the flavor is overpowering for those who do not like their tea very strong
Indeed, as you can see from the photo, the tea looks great. For those wanting to satisfy a thirst for a cold beverage that is not loaded with any sugar, this wonderful blend fits the bill. Just put two of the round, stringless tea bags into a half-gallon container, and pour in 8 cups of boiling water. The quantity of tea in the two bags is just right for a perfect glass of iced tea. No tinted water here! Brew for 3-4 minutes, and the tea is ready. When I made it, I first tried a cup of it hot. The flavor was still great. There is no aftertaste in this iced tea, which one may encounter in some commercial iced teas. I even used a little of the hot tea to make some Jell-O™–in fact, this tea drinker uses tea in preparing many foods.
In recent years, companies have been putting their higher quality tea into bags, making it hard not to try them, even for this diehard loose leaf tea fan. The method used to make iced was to brew black tea, then pour it over ice (to prevent clouding). But that process could be messy, since you would be putting the loose tea directly into the container and then having to strain it before pouring it over the ice. Many recipes also told you to dilute in a 50-50 ratio. (Does anyone know the story behind that?
Whether you drink Tetley’s Iced Tea Blend iced or hot, you will not be disappointed. It is quick and easy to keep a pitcher of tea in your refrigerator, ready to be poured over ice. It is a great alternative to sugar-laden sodas and other beverages.
FYI: Tetley also makes this iced tea blend in a decaffeinated form, too. The tea comes in cartons of 24 tea bags, about the size of a baggie box. Easy-to-store packaging.