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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2008/07/17 21:10:47 (permalink)
As mentioned before Teas' Tea by Ito En is really, really good. Look for it at a better price and in bigger bottles in Asian markets. I manage an organic coffee and tea house and we brew fresh unsweetened iced tea each day so I'm super picky and theirs is very good. I like Tejava as well but the Teas' Tea tastes fresher to me.
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2008/07/17 22:22:16 (permalink)
Mellowroast,

I checked out the link you gave for Milo's iced tea. They have it at a store about a mile from me.
I'll get some the next time I'm there.
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2008/07/19 02:04:52 (permalink)
Pogo, as with anything, homemade tea can be brewed to suit individual taste. However, Milo's is super and is so close to what my mother brewed in the '60s. If you try it, I hope you like it.
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2008/07/20 14:36:24 (permalink)
Well I'll be danged, Milo's is expanding. At least with tea that this. I adore their hamburgers and fries. I make my own tea but I won't turn down Milo's.

Red Diamond also makes bottled tea. I've had it in Birmingham.

For those that are drinking unsweet, why not just boil water, let steep, then cool off? I've never had any tea that hasn't steeped in hot water. Why don't y'all do it that way? Is the flavor weak?
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2008/07/20 23:36:46 (permalink)
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Originally posted by BhamBabe
For those that are drinking unsweet, why not just boil water, let steep, then cool off? I've never had any tea that hasn't steeped in hot water. Why don't y'all do it that way? Is the flavor weak?


I do this when I make it at home in my coffeemaker. I stick the teabags in the coffee carafe & let the hot water bathe them. Then I leave them in the water for half an hour. Then I squeeze the bags & pour the whole thing over ice & drink it.

It's when I'm out & about & want to drink something besides water that I realize no one has iced tea like Culver's.


For those of you who drink Sweet Tea, my mother was asking today if she can make it with honey instead of white sugar? She boils the water & sweetens it, then adds the teabags to the hot sweetened water. (My stepfather was stationed in SC to train for Iraq & spent a good 6 months there & is now completely enamored with sweet tea.) I have no idea, so any info would be appreciated.
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2008/07/21 11:40:46 (permalink)
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I do this when I make it at home in my coffeemaker. I stick the teabags in the coffee carafe & let the hot water bathe them. Then I leave them in the water for half an hour. Then I squeeze the bags & pour the whole thing over ice & drink it.

It's when I'm out & about & want to drink something besides water that I realize no one has iced tea like Culver's.


For those of you who drink Sweet Tea, my mother was asking today if she can make it with honey instead of white sugar? She boils the water & sweetens it, then adds the teabags to the hot sweetened water. (My stepfather was stationed in SC to train for Iraq & spent a good 6 months there & is now completely enamored with sweet tea.) I have no idea, so any info would be appreciated.



Gotcha.

I'm sure she could. Not much different than a simple syrup. My grandmother uses a ss for sweetness due to health problems in one household. Some can't have sugar and others can't live without it (her and her sweet tooth!)

Personally, I can tell a difference in taste by using a ss but it's not a deal breaker.

I've never boiled the bags with the sugar mixture. I just add the sugar to the jug, pour the hot steeped tea over it, stir to dissolve, then add cold water. Let it sit on the counter until room temp. Placing hot tea in the fridge causes cloudy tea...something I don't like

My grandmother does nearly the same, skipping the sugar part. She brings out the ss and lets it come to room temp before serving.

Considering I drink nearly a gallon of tea a day by myself that's just a slight pain in the tookus to have to deal with.

Don't stroke out, it's decaf most of the time and I even add herbal teas to my schedule often. It's not always Red Diamond...as much as I'd love that.
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2008/07/24 19:28:57 (permalink)
I LOVE unsweetened ice tea and now you can it everywhere..but in the bottled kind, I've grown to really like GOLD PEAK unsweetened ice tea. Used to be only able to get it in the gas station and convenience stores, but now they are selling it at the local supermarket.
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2008/07/24 19:41:13 (permalink)
i know its loaded with sugar but i find "Turkey Hill" ice tea the best around and the diet is excellent also!!!
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2008/07/24 22:48:08 (permalink)
Mellowroast,

I picked up a gallon of sweet Milo's tea at the Walmart. Took it home and had a 32oz glass with lots of real limes added. You're right, tastes like dear old moms tea. Thanks for the lookout!
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2008/07/28 16:06:16 (permalink)
Pogo: Whew! I'm on pins and needles whenever I recommend a product or restaurant. Thanks for the update! Really glad you like it!
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2008/08/18 13:22:55 (permalink)
Another vote for Lipton's Cold Brew. I usually cut the recommended amount of water a little, and leave the bags in for a long time. Makes good strong tea, and I just have it over ice with a squirt of concentrated lemon juice. I really, really, dislike sweet tea. " />
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2008/09/13 21:19:18 (permalink)
I rely on my Mr coffee tea pot, good ingredients, and the recognition that ice tea has a very short shelf life
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2008/09/13 22:04:59 (permalink)
It's like anything else. Too much sugar for you could be not enough for someone else, so I'd make it strong and add nothing if I were Sir Thomas.

I never could figure out why people put lemon AND sugar in tea, though, at least Nestea instant tea comes like that.
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2008/09/14 01:13:38 (permalink)
My favorite store bought iced tea is Red Diamond. I am not sure how widely available it is. I can get it at the two Wal-Marts near me.

I have NEVER liked store bought tea until this one. Ingredients are sugar, water, tea and lastly 1 preservative. It is the best. I drink about a gallon a day.
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2008/09/14 01:39:11 (permalink)
My personal peeve is at a restaraunt. getting sweet tea thats still warm and melts all the ice by the time i get it. I alsways beg them to load the glass w/ ice 1st, but it doesnt help. this results in watery weak tea.
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2008/09/14 01:55:12 (permalink)
What I hate is living in the south and not being able to get a decent glass of sweet iced tea. The restauranteurs these days are mainly not from here and don't know what it means. Sad to say.
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2015/09/23 12:49:29 (permalink)
The difficulty here, if I can add my two-cents worth as a tea business owner, is that plain unsweetened unadulterated iced tea, as simple as it might seem, is impossible to bottle and keep fresh.  Manufacturers of ready-to-drink (RTD, or "bottled") teas have to at the very least add some citric acid as a preservative, which alters the flavor of the tea.  Some companies that manufacture RTD iced tea locally, have been able to work out a fast distribution method that allows them to do this, but to do it nationally would be a huge undertaking.  Probably not the answer you were hoping for, but that's the truth.
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2015/09/23 13:44:32 (permalink)
A good useful answer
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2015/09/23 15:58:24 (permalink)
SBT - Thanks for an informed answer.  Makes sense.  "Fresh" only lasts so long.
 
Lately I've been cold-brewing my ice tea.  I have a 1/2 gal jug I put my tea bags in, fill with filtered water and stick in the fridge.  The cold brewing really mellows out tannin bitterness and any astringency.  Great tea flavor, very smooth.
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2015/09/23 18:06:26 (permalink)
The SSIPS BRAND "green tea" in containers is pretty good for refrigerated supermarket shelf iced tea--try it and see
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2015/09/24 03:49:03 (permalink)
Sweet Tea and "Arnold Palmer's" were the beverages that finally weaned me off of over half a century of Cola and other soda products (more than a 6-pack or 2 Litre per day) I do enjoy some of the fruit-flavor Tea mixes...Peach, Lemon, and Raspberry at the top of the list. The Walmart drink mixes similar to Crystal Lite make good calorie free replacements tor that jug of Coke sitting around.
  I do prefer my Iced Sweet Tea to be almost a 50/50 split with Lemonade, as the Golfing Namesake was prone to order. I seldom 'brew' tea these days, but am satisfied with the powdered drink mix if it is allowed to 'sit' for awhile after mixing.
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2015/09/24 12:36:27 (permalink)
I don't like sweet tea, but I do like my iced tea with lemon.  I was NOT expecting this when I ordered at Bush's Family Restaurant in Logan, OH!

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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2015/09/24 13:01:44 (permalink)
For simple, not so sweet iced tea, I love Honest Tea's Assam Black. 
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2015/09/24 14:01:05 (permalink)
I cold brew my green tea. Half bags of white peach, half bags of orange jasmine.
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2015/09/25 02:19:15 (permalink)
I cold brew mine which is 2 bags regular black tea (decaf) & 2 bags decaf Earl Grey per gallon and sweetened with 12 sweet n lows per gallon.
 
Sweet, citrusy and smooth
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2015/09/25 07:53:28 (permalink)
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What I hate is living in the south and not being able to get a decent glass of sweet iced tea. The restauranteurs these days are mainly not from here and don't know what it means. Sad to say.

And this is surely one of the prevailing problems I see in this thread. Iced tea if a very regional thing! People in the north for instance, are usually appalled by sweetened iced tea. In the south, the amount of sweetness varies by where you are. West coast people tend to like fruit flavored iced teas. The idiosyncrasies go on and on! 
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2015/09/25 12:04:44 (permalink)
The reason I always order unsweetened tea is that sweet tea is just TOO SWEET for me.  I do add a little Sweet n Low (sugar doesn't dissolve) but I like a lot of lemon.  Preferably real lemon. 
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2015/09/25 14:16:13 (permalink)
lleechef
The reason I always order unsweetened tea is that sweet tea is just TOO SWEET for me.  I do add a little Sweet n Low (sugar doesn't dissolve) but I like a lot of lemon.  Preferably real lemon. 


I assume you mean "real" lemon...and not realemon reconstituted lemon juice. My wife always orders unsweetened ice tea also...but she drinks it straight.....NO SUGAR!!!
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2015/09/25 14:38:32 (permalink)
No sugar in my tea please.  Hot or cold.  I like to taste the tea.  Upon rare occasion I'll have a lemon slice if I know the tea quality is marginal.
 
I don't know why, but I've never liked flavored teas.
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RE: Why Can't They Get Iced Tea Right? 2015/09/25 14:44:18 (permalink)
About $2.39 at Asian supermarkets.  The tea flavor is strong enough to stand up to ice.
 
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