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Finally – I brewed my first liter of cold brewed iced tea of the season! I picked this one to start off with because I always enjoyed Snapple Peach iced tea, but now find it much too sweet. I also loved the peach flavor of this hot, but found the tea base a little rough sans additions, and did not find the idea of adding milk to this appetizing.

I let it steep about 15 hours in the refrigerator, added 4 teaspoons of simple syrup, and YUM! It’s delicious, refreshing, and the cold brew took care of the astringency/bitterness issues I was having with the hot tea.

(Note about cold brewing: I usually save the teas that are too strong/bitter for my liking for cold brewing. If you love a tea exactly as it is hot, you will probably have better luck hot brewing double strength and icing rather than cold brewing – you may find the cold brew too weak. For example – I love Golden Monkey iced, but I’d never cold brew it.)

Right now I have some of my Earl Grey Melange + Tippy Yunnan cold brewing. That Tippy Yunnan can put hair on your chest, so I think it’s a good candidate for cold brewing. Will report back on what happens!

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Iced 8 min or more
Kashyap

the tea doesnt indicate whether you used bags or loose to make the iced tea with…just curious as I know they offer this in a loose leaf as well….makes a good simple syrup for waffles

JacquelineM

I used the loose leaf :) I got it as a gift. I love the flavor profile but not the tea base. I am going to try Harney’s next since I love that ginger peach flavor.

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Kashyap

the tea doesnt indicate whether you used bags or loose to make the iced tea with…just curious as I know they offer this in a loose leaf as well….makes a good simple syrup for waffles

JacquelineM

I used the loose leaf :) I got it as a gift. I love the flavor profile but not the tea base. I am going to try Harney’s next since I love that ginger peach flavor.

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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