It’s National Iced Tea Month!

Here we go again! We’re back in the summer months and that means warmer weather and colder tea. Roughly 80 percent of Americans take their tea iced and sweetened. Surprisingly, the British still take their tea hot! This is possibly due to tradition and the weather difference. American summer is much more hot and humid …

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The Great Sweet Tea Controversy

I'll admit it right up front. I'm not much of a fan of sweet tea. But that's okay. The many fans of this syrupy variation on black tea don’t really need my approval. What I didn't realize until recently is that there's apparently something of a controversy brewing about this concoction that's said to have …

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“Sweet Tea” Explained (Sort of)

Having lived in the Southeastern part of the U.S. for several years, I never quite managed to understand the phenomenon known as “sweet tea.” Now, after moving away, I think I finally get it. In short, it’s sort of a brown Kool-Aid, especially when made with the teas that have fruit flavors added to them.A …

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Blue Tea vs Grey Tea

When we moved from the New York City area to semi-rural South Carolina a few years ago, it was an adjustment to say the least. I had to get used to “y’all” instead of “you guys.” Instead of Italian restaurants and all-night diners on every corner there was something called a “meat-and-three,” which is just …

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The Sweet Tea Debate Heats Up

The debate among tea drinkers over whether tea should be served iced and sweetened or not heats up as the weather does. Some avid tea drinkers don’t go much for iced tea or chilled tea, claiming that the flavor of such delicate teas as most white teas get distorted or lose their flavor altogether when they …

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Unsweetened Iced Tea — Bucking a Southern Tradition

Drinking my chilled (iced) tea unsweetened is truly bucking a Southern tradition. In the Southeast U.S., “sweet tea” is not only a true tradition but almost a right of passage. First, what is this “sweet tea” everyone around here raves about? Pretty obvious, really. It’s chilled (iced) tea with lots of sugar, at least that’s …

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Taking My Sugar to Tea: To Sweeten or Not to Sweeten

by William I. Lengeman III In the opinion of novelist Henry Fielding, "love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea." But for so many of Fielding’s countrymen, black tea with milk and sugar is a right and a requirement that's become one of the icons with which the British are closely associated. For many …

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Sweet Tea: House Wine of the South

With the approach of summer, it’s as good a time as any to tackle the subject of sweet tea, which, in the South, is synonymous with iced tea. It’s a regional favorite that’s become so popular nowadays that it’s even made its way to your neighborhood McDonald’s. For some tea connoisseurs, the notion of “ruining” …

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