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Good Day Steepies! Here’s my third iced tea review where I used my cold brew method giving the leaves a 30-45 second wake up call [using water no
hotter than 170-180F], then I added cold water and let the teas steep in the fridge.

Arizona-Green Tea With Ginseng and Honey

INGREDIENTS: Premium Brewed Green Tea Using Filtered Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Honey, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Ginseng Extract, Vitamin C.

Every once in a while I like a quick glass of this bottled, store shelf tea. It is my favorite bottled tea because it is not too sweet. The green tea flavor is there, but it is light tasting and seems barely noticeable. I really like the honey flavor, and I’m sure some of what I’m tasting is the HFCS. The ginseng is very light and barely there. You must be thinking to yourself, “If the tea and ginseng are on the light side, why do I like the tea?”. Well, even though that is the case, the honey and sweetness of this tea is light, yet quite flavorful, thirst-quenching and delicious. :)) Score: 73.

Cupped: Thursday, June 28, 2012.

Reviewed: Monday, July 2, 2012.

AriZona-Arnold Palmer Lite Half & Half Iced Tea Lemonade 23-Ounce Cans

*Half iced tea and half lemonade
*Widely known for its refreshing taste and ability to revive senses
*Great tasting tea with 1/3 less calories

OK, here’s one more store bought tea I enjoy. I’ve always liked iced tea & lemonade, and I like this because it is not over sweetened. The tea is good but mellow. The lemonade is lightly tart, and only a little more up front and noticeable on my palate than the tea. I’m sure part of the reason for that is the citric acid. Overall, this is a nicely balanced and refreshing summer beverage that is great anytime. :)) Score: 72.

Cupped: Thursday, June 28, 2012.

Reviewed: Monday, July 2, 2012.

Red Rose-Original Blend

I used four teabags & cold brewed in the refrigerator. I had intended to leave it cold brewing for 12 hours which would have been perfect, but I forgot about it and left it for 19.5 hours! Luckily, Red Rose is a rather mild blend, so the results weren’t terrible. The color was like a murky medium to dark brown. There was a good tea flavor, and the taste wasn’t harsh. The tea and its flavor were not quite as smooth as I would have liked, being somewhat heavy on my tongue. There was a mild astringency, and slight pucker factor on the back of my palate. Dispite my mistake, this experience was worth it and the tea tasted better than I expected. Score: 77.

Cupped: Sunday, July 1, 2012. Reviewed: Monday, July 2, 2012.

Irish Breakfast Tea-Twinings

I used four teabags & left this tea in the refrigerator for 12 hours. The tea is a dark brownish-red and I could really smell the Assam tea in this blend. The Assam was most noteable in the flavor too, giving it a deep malty character. This gave the tea a fullness while remaining smooth. What I found interesting was how flavor clung to my palate for quite a while after my tea was gone. A very satisfying & inexpensive cold brewed tea. :)) Score: 79.

Originally Cupped & Reviewed: Monday, July 2, 2012.

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The wake up call idea is pretty cool. I’ll have to try that!


I do that, and it is similar to washing Oolongs or Puerhs, because it not only washes the tea, but also makes the leaves open a tad and brings out more flavors. Preparing it this way, it is still cold brewed, but is more flavorful than a straight cold brew.


That’s also why I use water well below boiling and keep steeps extremely short. I want to maintain the cold brewing process and character as closely as possible, while giving the tea more flavor. It’s a minor compromise, without compromising the process. :))


I like the idea, and have tried it successfully myself with tea blends I want to cold-steep. Tisanes it’s probably unnecessary for, I would imagine(?)


I’m not sure about the tisanes part of it, but it could be true. I mean it would subdue a strong peppermint a bit I’m sure. ;))

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