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drank SBT: Cotton Candy by 52teas
531 tasting notes

I don’t make much iced tea. This became ever more apparent as I tried to brew up this new teabag from 52teas’ spin-off brand, Southern Boy Teas.

The instructions say to steep the teabag in 16 oz of water. I had to look up what 16 oz was, and it turns out it’s 2 cups. Okay, now what do I have in the house that can hold this gigantic teabag and 2 cups of water and is preferably made out of glass, not plastic? Searching…searching…mixing bowl? I guess that’ll work. I suppose this is why people have teapots.

Now I just have to measure 2 cups…AHHHHH!!!! Okay, the mixing bowl idea was not a great one. I just spilled boiling hot water on my foot. *Sigh. I was smart enough to put a dishwashing glove on my hand, so that was protected. Damn you, cute peep toe shoes!! There’s also quite a bit of water on my counter…ugh.

I’m okay. No permanent damage. Now I need something to pull this gigantic teabag out of the bowl…hmm…searching…grilling tongs? And now all I need is a pitcher. I have one of those! But it’s made out of flimsy plastic and there’s no lid…hmm, that’s okay. I’ll just make a lid out of plastic wrap and a rubber band.

Jeez, this is a lot of work! And I made quite a mess too. I do not recommend that you follow my brewing strategy. This barely worked out. I was able to pour the steeped tea from the mixing bowl into the pitcher without further incident. Now I just have to wait a couple hours for the tea to cool in the fridge.

Finally, I can try it! I carefully poured myself a glass and added ice. First sip…oooh wow! This is cotton candy all right! Yum! Super delicious! Totally worth burning my foot for! :P I wanted to add a little sweetener ‘cause I’m a sweet tooth addict. I think I added a little too much so I balanced it out with more tea. :D This is sooo good, but it honestly doesn’t even need the added sugar. It’s definitely sweeter now, but the cotton candy flavor was just as apparent without it, if not more so. Delish!!

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

LOL you poor thing. You need better utensils! Get with it! LOL ouch but you got great tea out of it nonetheless so its a win!
16 ounces huh – I thought they made 2 quarts which is like 8 cups

52teas

Wow. I’m so sorry this was such a hassle for you. Typically, the way I do it at home is to put the teabag in a 2 quart pitcher, pour in APPROXIMATELY 2 cups of boiling water, steep three minutes, top off the pitcher with cool water (at which point the teabag will cool considerably so you can snatch it out without burning yourself), and then serve over ice. Anyway, I’m happy it was worth the fuss and that you are enjoying it. :)

Azzrian, if you didn’t gather from the above, the two cups of boiling water is to steep it in. It DOES yield 2 quarts. A full gallon if you resteep the teabag.

TeaBrat

Yes I would highly recommend getting an iced tea pitcher!

Kittenna

Hahahahaha, I know I’m going to have difficulties too. I have one pitcher, and it’s reserved for my morning orange juice most of the time, so I’m honestly not entirely sure what I’m going to do. I brewed up the mugicha teabags from Amy oh in a 4-cup measuring cup, which I should be able to use for the initial step here, but I’m not sure what I’m going to put it in after… (And the problem for me, at least, with purchasing more stuff is that likely moving when I finish my degree, and I already have bought too much stuff to be able to move everything in my car…)

Mercuryhime

I have an idea for you pitcherless people. You could just make the concentrated 4 cup or two cup amount, take out the tea and just leave the tea in that concentrated form. Then dilute the concentrate with water each time you want a drink. Saves a bit of space for those not looking for more tea ware. might be convenient for iced lattes or smoothies as well.

Mercuryhime

Of course you want to drink right away you could pour the tea straight into a glass full of ice cubes.

Kittenna

You are very clever… (why didn’t I think of that??) Thanks!

Azzrian

Oh okay I see what she was doing. Thanks Frank as you well know my head has been shoved up my yahoo lately. Its an age thing I fear … I better get on some good herbal supplements to save my brain!

CHAroma

@Azzrian, Yes as Frank said, it does yield 2 quarts.

@52teas, Hahaha! Yeah, I’m kind of an iced tea noob. But it was definitely worth it, and I actually finished off the entire pitcher in one day. It’s just that good! ;) I tried your method this morning for resteeping the bag, and it was much easier. Thanks for the tip!

@Amanda, That’s exactly what I need!! :)

@Amy oh, I will probably be investing in one of those shortly.

@Kittenna, I hear you. I’m moving at the end of October, but I think I’ll probably go ahead and get an iced tea pitcher anyway. What’s one more thing in the bedlam of moving?

@Mercuryhime, Great idea!

@Dylan, Oooh thanks for the recommendation!

Babble

Hahaha.. this story was very entertaining. But glad the tea was worth it.

Hahaha.. this story was very entertaining. But glad the tea was worth it.@Mercuryhime – I really like your idea! I don’t have a lot of room in my fridge and I don’t have a good pitcher, which was putting me off from trying these tea bags. But, now I’m curious..

CHAroma

I think it would definitely work! Might take some finagling to get the right ratio down. But once you figure that out, it’d be very easy. :)

Babble

There’s that double-posting thing again. Urgh. Not sure why it’s doing that :’(

CHAroma

No worries, Rachel. At least it posted! :)

Daniel Scott

Ha, okay, I was adding teas to my cupboard and ran across this review. Sounds like you had even more trouble than I did: http://steepster.com/Daniel_Scott/posts/125495

Makes for a really funny story, though! I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t think of how to get the bag from the tea until after it was already steeping, and I only had a few minutes to figure it out. :P

CHAroma

Ahahahahaaa!! Your review is hilarious!! Sorry you had so much trouble too, but man, we did the exact same thing! Go tongs!!! Hahahaha!

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Azzrian

LOL you poor thing. You need better utensils! Get with it! LOL ouch but you got great tea out of it nonetheless so its a win!
16 ounces huh – I thought they made 2 quarts which is like 8 cups

52teas

Wow. I’m so sorry this was such a hassle for you. Typically, the way I do it at home is to put the teabag in a 2 quart pitcher, pour in APPROXIMATELY 2 cups of boiling water, steep three minutes, top off the pitcher with cool water (at which point the teabag will cool considerably so you can snatch it out without burning yourself), and then serve over ice. Anyway, I’m happy it was worth the fuss and that you are enjoying it. :)

Azzrian, if you didn’t gather from the above, the two cups of boiling water is to steep it in. It DOES yield 2 quarts. A full gallon if you resteep the teabag.

TeaBrat

Yes I would highly recommend getting an iced tea pitcher!

Kittenna

Hahahahaha, I know I’m going to have difficulties too. I have one pitcher, and it’s reserved for my morning orange juice most of the time, so I’m honestly not entirely sure what I’m going to do. I brewed up the mugicha teabags from Amy oh in a 4-cup measuring cup, which I should be able to use for the initial step here, but I’m not sure what I’m going to put it in after… (And the problem for me, at least, with purchasing more stuff is that likely moving when I finish my degree, and I already have bought too much stuff to be able to move everything in my car…)

Mercuryhime

I have an idea for you pitcherless people. You could just make the concentrated 4 cup or two cup amount, take out the tea and just leave the tea in that concentrated form. Then dilute the concentrate with water each time you want a drink. Saves a bit of space for those not looking for more tea ware. might be convenient for iced lattes or smoothies as well.

Mercuryhime

Of course you want to drink right away you could pour the tea straight into a glass full of ice cubes.

Kittenna

You are very clever… (why didn’t I think of that??) Thanks!

Azzrian

Oh okay I see what she was doing. Thanks Frank as you well know my head has been shoved up my yahoo lately. Its an age thing I fear … I better get on some good herbal supplements to save my brain!

CHAroma

@Azzrian, Yes as Frank said, it does yield 2 quarts.

@52teas, Hahaha! Yeah, I’m kind of an iced tea noob. But it was definitely worth it, and I actually finished off the entire pitcher in one day. It’s just that good! ;) I tried your method this morning for resteeping the bag, and it was much easier. Thanks for the tip!

@Amanda, That’s exactly what I need!! :)

@Amy oh, I will probably be investing in one of those shortly.

@Kittenna, I hear you. I’m moving at the end of October, but I think I’ll probably go ahead and get an iced tea pitcher anyway. What’s one more thing in the bedlam of moving?

@Mercuryhime, Great idea!

@Dylan, Oooh thanks for the recommendation!

Babble

Hahaha.. this story was very entertaining. But glad the tea was worth it.

Hahaha.. this story was very entertaining. But glad the tea was worth it.@Mercuryhime – I really like your idea! I don’t have a lot of room in my fridge and I don’t have a good pitcher, which was putting me off from trying these tea bags. But, now I’m curious..

CHAroma

I think it would definitely work! Might take some finagling to get the right ratio down. But once you figure that out, it’d be very easy. :)

Babble

There’s that double-posting thing again. Urgh. Not sure why it’s doing that :’(

CHAroma

No worries, Rachel. At least it posted! :)

Daniel Scott

Ha, okay, I was adding teas to my cupboard and ran across this review. Sounds like you had even more trouble than I did: http://steepster.com/Daniel_Scott/posts/125495

Makes for a really funny story, though! I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t think of how to get the bag from the tea until after it was already steeping, and I only had a few minutes to figure it out. :P

CHAroma

Ahahahahaaa!! Your review is hilarious!! Sorry you had so much trouble too, but man, we did the exact same thing! Go tongs!!! Hahahaha!

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