Has anyone found an iced tea they like to drink
without any sugar?
If you have a tea you like to drink hot, then try cold steeping it.
Almost any green or oolong is good iced without sugar (IMO). Iced pu erh, not so much. Well, iced dry storage or young sheng/maocha might be nice on ice, but earthy flavors on ice wouldn’t float my boat
Here in Hong Kong, we get cold bottled tea, ranging from green to pu erh. The best bottled teas here are from Coca Cola, funnily enough. Iced green tea is lovely, and is one of the most common drinks on the streets of Vietnam
I don’t read much Chinese, but here’s the range. I don’t think these are sold in the US though. HK and Macau markets only
coca cola must have a hard time Not adding sugar. we have a few here that are ok, but some can be overly sweet. i’ll continue making my own because its as good or better.
In this market, that kind of tea sells well. Coca Cola has to compete with Hong Kong and Japanese bottled tea manufacturers. Much of the bottled tea here is unsweetened
the options there must be endless. have you ever tried to add water to the sweet tea, as a way to extend it? i think will try this at some point.
People do that for weight loss reasons all the time…even with sodas and juice n stuff
yea, my own. they’re simple to make. better than you can buy tbh.
I like silver needle tea chilled. I brew it hot, gongfu style, then refrigerate it.
I think that just about any tea that you like hot, you’ll enjoy iced.
Any tea you enjoy hot can be cold-brewed. Cold brewing is less “bitter” than brewing hot and then chilling as it’s heat that brings out the tannins, so you shouldn’t require sugar – although you need more tea to start with (about 1.5-2x as much)
Add cold water to the leaves and refrigerate for 4-12 hours (different teas will cold brew at different times – white will brew fastest).
I love flavored black teas, especially fruit or berry flavors. Tea Source’s Minnesota Nice Tea and Columbia Kate’s Apricot and Meyer Lemon teas are some of my faves. I also like Petuli’s Blackberry (Bramble rain). I brew them hot, and let them cool down.
Jasmine silver needles, mi lan xiang, and sakura sencha all taste very nice cold steeped. The mi lan xiang has a naturally sweet honey and peaches flavor.
that mi lan xiang sounds nice is there a typical company you like that sells it?
I bought mine from Yunnan Sourcing: http://yunnansourcing.com/en/oolongtea/3917-roasted-aa-grade-dan-cong-oolong-tea-mi-lan-xiang-spring-2016.html
It’s a pretty popular oolong and many other vendors like Adagio also carry it although I haven’t personally tried theirs.
im late to the party but the AAA Mi Lan from http://www.jingteashop.com/ is so lush. As is their other Dancong. my favourite shop for fenghuang ive been to so far
Drinking iced tea without sugar is so wrong.
Anyways, I enjoy green tea iced. Try to find one that tastes good hot. Toss in 4g of tea, and brew 200 mL at cooler than boiling for 3 min. Fill the rest of the cup up with ice and let it sit for a few.
The really nice thing about green tea is that you can let it sit for hours snd come back to it. Warm, room temp, icy cold .. it’s all good.
You can do several steepings. A squeeze of key lime or lemon or citrus is refreshing too for extra flavour when you get bored.
Sugar in iced tea is a tradition in the Southern US. They make it incredibly sweet down south. It’s always black tea I think and usually from tea bags.
That’s why you cold brew in the fridge. It’s the heat that brings out the tannins.
If you brew it cold instead of heating+cooling (or sun-brewing, which is also heat just… over a longer period) then it’s not bitter and you don’t need any sugar.
Not only does cold brewing reduce the tannins but brings out the natural sweetness.
It’s a longer process, especially with black tea which will take 10-12 hours to process properly, but it’s so, so worth it.
Of course I’d rather cold-brew green tea because I think it just makes better iced tea, but I’ve done it with black tea with no bitterness at all (compared to hot brewing + icing which, I agree, is disgusting without sugar)
Nobody said that it was disgusting without sugar.
You’re forgetting that people actually want tanins in their black tea. Nestea would be out of the BRISK business if that were not true. Mmm so nice on ice.