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The Best Iced Tea That I Have Found!
Are You Tired of Weak, Bland Iced Tea Made from a Concentrate?
If so, then I have the tea you have been waiting for!
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!
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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
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
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'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!
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
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!
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)?
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.