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    Re: Which brand and variety of tea for best DIY iced tea?

    Quote Originally Posted by ModerationNow! View Post
    Earlier this year I finally discovered "Turkey Hill brand" bottled tea. It comes in 1/2 and 1 gallon containers. Its one of those examples where the regional brand is WAY better than the national brands. I've tried the "Pure Leaf" brand, which was lousy, and "Gold Peak" is pretty good, as far as large container sweet tea brands. Don't get me started on that attrocious Lipton "Brisk" tea in smaller cans and bottles, or similar sized Nestea. They are 'from concentrate' reconstituted powder teas. The Turkey Hill sweet tea is damn near perfect, at roughly 25-30% lower cost than Pure Leaf. I used to think Arizona green and sweet tea were good, but now that better options are available, I no longer care for it. I won't buy 12-16-20oz single serve bottles, so that eliminates a lot of brands, although I have tasted many of them, without much satisfaction.

    But i decided to make my own, using tea bags that are slightly off the typical iced tea path. I started with Bigelow Earl Grey. But it turns out that it's got too much of a floral note for iced tea. Its good as hot tea in smaller quantities. Then I tried a Chinese tea variety, Ch'in Ch'u. Its not bad, but not great. So tonight I bought Bigelow classic green tea. I tried to make it just a bit stronger than normal green tea, and as I await its cooling process in the refrigerator, it's tasting pretty good. I'll make it again, although it took 9 bags to make roughly 50oz of moderately strong tea.

    So I thought I'd ask people here for their advice. I'm also considering experimenting with some iced herbal teas, like Wild Berry Zinger from Celestial seasonings, but I don't want excessive floral notes in iced tea.

    Try Bigalow Oolong.
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    Re: Which brand and variety of tea for best DIY iced tea?

    Quote Originally Posted by ModerationNow! View Post
    I've never tried putting honey in tea. Are you using it as the exclusive sweetner, or as a flavoring in addition to some sugar?
    I use honey exclusively.
    Strangley, the same measurement for honey is the same for the sugar i used to use.

    3/4 cup or 2 quarts.

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    Re: Which brand and variety of tea for best DIY iced tea?

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    Try Bigalow Oolong.
    I'm in the tea department of Wal-Mart right now, but unfortunately they don't have Bigelow oolong, or even Twining's oolong(which I've had before in hot tea form). I'll have to check another store.
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    Re: Which brand and variety of tea for best DIY iced tea?

    Tea MUST be made with boiling water to extract the full flavour. Coffee on the other hand, needs just-below boiling water to avoid producing bitter tasting notes. Never drink tea made with water from a coffee machine, it's simply not hot enough to get the full taste. Likewise, coffee made with boiling water is nasty.
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    Re: Which brand and variety of tea for best DIY iced tea?

    I use Tazo Iced Black Tea. I like my tea sweetened, I add liquid sugar that I make.

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