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The Best Iced Tea That I Have Found!

Updated on July 26, 2013

Are You Tired of Weak, Bland Iced Tea Made from a Concentrate?

If so, then I have the tea you have been waiting for!

Several years ago I discovered the best iced tea made by Tazo, a product that far surpasses any other tea that I have ever tasted!

Tazo makes four varieties of tea specifically for making iced tea:

  • Black Iced Tea - my favorite, has a rich, crisp and refreshing taste with no bitterness
  • Green Iced Tea - has earthy notes with lemony, minty and sweet undertones
  • Passion Iced Tea - has a juicy berry, wine-line flavor that is perfect for a hot summer day
  • Tropic Black Iced Tea - is rich and fragrant with floral and tropical flavor notes
  • All four flavors are made from a perfect blend of black teas and natural flavorings. Each bag makes one gallon of iced tea.
  • I have never seen this product for sale in a store so it appears to only be available for purchase online. It is packed as large tea bags that make a gallon at a time, so you don't have to count out a bunch of smaller tea bags!

lemon, iced tea
lemon, iced tea

Finding Delicious Tea in Strange Places

One summer a few years back, my family and I were visiting Sea World in San Diego and I found a restaurant that served iced tea (many do not so frequently my dining choice is based on whether they serve tea or not). We found a table and sat down to enjoy our meal. It was a hot summer day so I was looking forward to quenching my thirst. I didn't have high hopes though because a lot of restaurants use a syrup base for their tea which tastes okay, but not great.

I took a big drink of my cold tea and was transported to paradise. Okay, not really. But, I was stunned at how fabulous the tea tasted. So much so, that I walked back to the counter to ask if anyone knew what brand they used (and I am shy so this is a big deal for me). The lady kindly turned the tea container around to reveal the label which said...Tazo Black Iced Tea

Health Benefits of Tea

Whether hot or iced, drinking tea is thought to provide some health benefits. Research studies suggest that drinking tea does the following:

  • Revives and refreshes the mind
  • Strengthens and protects teeth from decay
  • Speeds up the metabolism, helping the body to burn more calories
  • Supports the immune system
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease

In my reading, I was most surprised to learn about the effects of theanine. Apparently, Camellia sinensis, the plant from which tea is derived, is the only plant that produces the amino acid theanine. Recent studies have shown that theanine stimulates the alpha waves in the brain leading to a more relaxed state.

Since I do drink so much tea, I am glad to learn that it is doing my body good rather than harm. I know that there are many afternoons at work when my afternoon glass lifts me from my post-lunch lethargy and gives me that little boost I need to make it through the rest of the day.

If you would like to learn more about the health benefits of tea, visit the Lipton Tea website. They have a very informative, interactive site with a great deal of information.

Recommended Accessories for

Making and Serving Iced Tea

Electric Iced Tea Maker - Make Delicious Iced Tea in Just Minutes

Hamilton Beach 40911 2-Quart Electric Iced Tea Maker, White
Hamilton Beach 40911 2-Quart Electric Iced Tea Maker, White

If you drink a lot of tea, Iced tea makers are a nice appliance to have in your kitchen. This ingenious Hamilton Beach machine brews up a pitcher full of iced tea in less than ten minutes.

 

Unique Iced Tea Pitcher - Show off Your Delicious Tea

Prodyne Fruit Infusion Flavor Pitcher
Prodyne Fruit Infusion Flavor Pitcher

Enjoy refreshing lemon water, raspberry iced tea and more. This crystal clear acrylic pitcher has removable fruit infusion rod that screws into the lid. Open slots in rod allow liquid and fruit to mix naturally. You can refill the pitcher without replacing the fruit.

 

It is said that tea was discovered in 2737 B.C. by Shen Nung, the second emperor of China. According to the legend, he was working in a garden and some leaves from a bush nearby blew into his cup of hot water.

No more drips with these thermal glasses! - Double Wall Insulation

Bodum Pavina 22-Ounce Double-Wall Thermo Iced-Tea Glass, Set of 2
Bodum Pavina 22-Ounce Double-Wall Thermo Iced-Tea Glass, Set of 2

Bodum's Pavina drinkware makes an exciting departure from traditional glassmaking. The walls of each drinking glass are crafted from two layers of clear glass, creating an optical illusion that the liquid is suspended inside. The two-layer construction resists heat and prevents condensation, so no matter what temperature the beverage is, the glasses remain comfortable to hold and safe for any tabletop.

 

Keep Your Iced Tea Tasting Fresh! - Lock Yucky Fridge Smells Out!

Bormioli Rocco Frigoverre Jug with Hermetic Lid, 68 ounces
Bormioli Rocco Frigoverre Jug with Hermetic Lid, 68 ounces

This is the most popular pitcher sold on Amazon. Made of durable glass, it is BPA free and has a locking, hermetically sealed lid that keeps your tea from absorbing any flavors from your refrigerator.

 

Tea began to be imported into Britain in the 1660s after King Charles II married princess Catherine of Portugal, who brought her habit of drinking tea to the royal court.

Iced Tea Every Which Way! - This Book is Chock Full of Tea Recipes

Iced Tea: 50 Recipes for Refreshing Tisanes, Infusions, Coolers, and Spiked Teas (50 Series)
Iced Tea: 50 Recipes for Refreshing Tisanes, Infusions, Coolers, and Spiked Teas (50 Series)

In Iced Tea, author Fred Thompson serves up 50 vibrant variations on "the house wine of the South," using black, green, and oolong teas ("considered by some to be the Lafite Rothschild of teas") as well as tisanes, which are teas made not from tea leaves but from flowers, herbs, and spices. Recipes range from Southern-Style Iced Tea--a basic formula of tea, water, and sugar--to Teatotaler's Sangria, which combines chilled green tea with peaches, oranges, and other fresh fruits. Other notable concoctions include the tropically tinged Bimini Island Iced Tea; Cha Yen, or Thai Iced Tea, which uses condensed and evaporated milk; and the classic Sweet Tea, whose main ingredient is sugar--and lots of it. ("A visitor to the South once said that it made his teeth hurt," writes the author.) There's also a section of mixed alcoholic drinks.

 

Looking for a Unique Gift for a Tea Lover? - This Blooming Tea Assortment Makes a Great Gift!

Numi Organic Tea Flowering Gift Set in Handcrafted Mahogany Bamboo Chest: Glass Teapot & 6 Flowering Tea Blossoms
Numi Organic Tea Flowering Gift Set in Handcrafted Mahogany Bamboo Chest: Glass Teapot & 6 Flowering Tea Blossoms

I am not much of a hot tea drinker myself, but I find these flowering teas fascinating! This gift set would be a wonderful gift for the tea lover in your life. I have two people in mind already!

 

Sweetened or Unsweetened?

Do you drink your tea with sugar (or other sweetener)?

Heavens no!

Heavens no!

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    • ShellB 6 years ago

      I like my tea plain - no sugar.

    • Gail47 7 years ago

      Unsweetened usually, although I lived in Tucson, AZ for a while and got used to the Arizona Green Tea - absolutely loved it. Tea is a favorite of mine - cold in summer, hot in winter. This is a fantastic lens.

    • Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      I like my iced tea without sugar! Sometimes, if the taste of tea is too stron I put a teaspoon of honey but that's about it. (:

    Gimme sugar!

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      • Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

        Sugar!

      • Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

        I love sugar!

      • glenbrook 6 years ago

        Just a little sweetener.

      • BakingCakes 7 years ago

        Definitely need some form of sweetener, usually sugar, occasionally 0 calorie sweetener.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        I can occasionally drink it without tea but I grew up in the south and we love some good sweet tea

      • Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

        I live in the south. 'Nuff said.

      • Loretta 7 years ago from United States

        sweet!

      • Guided Abundance 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

        I have to have tea with my sugar even though I know a lot of it isn't good. In my coffee as well.

      342 chests of tea were destroyed by colonists in Boston on December 16, 1773, in protest of the Tea Act. The colonists tossed the tea into Boston Harbor after officials refused to send the shipment back to Britain.

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      Do you drink tea? What flavor do you like?

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          sms4islam 3 years ago

          i love alokozay tea

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          Johann The Dog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia

          My Mum loves iced tea, this is great info!

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          TacTac 4 years ago

          I drink all kinds of tea, including iced tea. I love the idea of this lens!

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          rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

          I love raspberry or peach, and sometimes passion fruit green tea! I love iced tea, it surely is my favorite. Thanks for sharing a lens one a drink that I love! Have a wonderful day or night!

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          Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

          I love fresh brewed tea. It's a warmer weather beverage choice for me.

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          Mistalina 6 years ago

          I enjoy almost all types of tea. I drink herbal and green teas most often.

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          Gayle Dowell 6 years ago from Kansas

          I love iced tea and I drink it daily all day long. Will have to try the Tazo. I've not had it before.

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          ShellB 6 years ago

          I drink tea but to tell the truth I'm too lazy to make it!

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          VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

          Blesse by a SquidAngel :)

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          kab 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

          I love that Fruit Infusion pitcher!!!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          I love Tea! I grew up drinking iced tea being from the south but recently I had to replace my coffee addiction with something else as my ulcer does not like coffee as much as I do. I luckily found that the caffeine in tea doesn't bother me like that in coffee and enjoy it more. My favorites are the black and white spiced Chai tea by Stash and Irish Breakfast tea by Twinings

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          LOVE tea ! I've been reading and learning so much about the health benefits of tea (green especially) that I did my own lens on it! That's how I found yours ! The link popped up on the side of mine when I published. When I make my own tea at home I use 2 green tea bags and 1 black as I like the stronger flavor and I add honey and lemon and sometimes cinnamon. Great lens 5 stars!

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          Gail47 7 years ago

          Arizona Green Tea or Raspberry if I want flavored. Most of the time just regular tea. In the winter I have a cup of green tea most days.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Yummy lens. Tea is my drink of choice.

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          Loretta 7 years ago from United States

          I drink tea every single day and tazo is among my favorites!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Drink tea all the time, had it in a bottle when I was a baby. In Scotland it is seen as a cure for disasters, bad news someone puts on the kettle. Thanks for the lens and I drink Black Tea. I do like Earl Grey and English Breakfast Tea.

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          Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

          I like my tea hot and slightly sweetened - but that's because I need warming up in our cold winters! If I lived where you do, I'm sure I'd drink it iced. :) Very stylish lens. I love the way you did those green boxes.