For Chilled Tea, Go with Basic Black

Sometimes basic black is best — an axiom that’s true for cocktail dress, tuxedoes, limousines, and teas to use when you want a brew to “beat the heat.” Just as most hot tea consumed in the U.S. is black tea, most iced (chilled) tea is made from black tea. And most of those are bagged …

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Tea Moments — Iced Tea and the Bug Zapper

Warm, muggy Summer nights and a tall glass of chilled (iced) tea enjoyed on the front porch or the deck/patio out back make for some interesting tea moments. The reason: bugs. Now, I’m not one of these people that sees a bug, alive or dead, and goes “Eewwww!” in total disgust and revulsion. That’s mainly …

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Icy Cold PG Tips

Stepping outside, it almost feels like you could swim through the air. That's humidity in Northern Virginia, and with temperatures remaining in the eighties and nineties, iced tea weather is here to stay. Luckily, I've got a good stash to keep me going. PG Tips is on the same wavelength, and they recently sent me …

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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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Iced Tea Season Commences

June is National Iced Tea Month and while the month is almost at an end there’s no reason to stop celebrating just because July is about to commence. In case you hadn’t noticed, summer is here, the temperatures are rising and it’s a great time to kick back with a glass of iced tea. The …

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Teas Perfect for the 4th of July

Don’t forget the tea at your 4th of July party! A great event in our country is about to be celebrated. That day came about in part because of tea. It’s only fitting, therefore, that tea be a central part of your feasting. Most of you have heard the story of the Boston Tea Party …

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The Many Ways to Make Iced Tea

There are a variety of methods of making iced tea. And as the warmer weather approaches and the sunny days make us reach for something cold, icing down your tea is a great way to get your favorite flavors and blends in a way that is refreshing. It makes me wonder why anyone would buy …

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Tantalize Your Taste Buds With Tepid Tea

At this time of year (June) in the Arizona desert nobody thinks about it much when the temperature exceeds 100 degrees. It's no more out of the ordinary than a white Christmas in the Yukon. But it's also not the sort of weather that finds you craving a cup of hot tea. What's interesting, though, …

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Tis the Season!

The season is quickly approaching for that refreshing glass of iced tea. We made a batch last night of peach oolong....yummy! But what's the best way to go about it? In the South, sun tea is quite popular, but the FDA condemns it. I'm no scientist, so I'm not going to take sides in that …

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