Friday, June 11, 2010

June is National Iced Tea Month

Do you drink your iced tea plain (black) or sweetened as most southern folks do?  
Do you prefer flavored iced tea or plain? 
My friends know I am a "plain tea" gal — no sweetener, no milk, and no flavors.  The Harney Queen Catherine above is my current favorite tea. 
My friend Mary recently returned from a vacation in Florida where she discovered a restaurant serving Harney & Sons Mango Iced Tea.  In addition to the Queen Catherine Black Blend Tea, I ordered tins of the Mango Black Tea and Apricot Black Tea to make flavored iced tea. 

This afternoon I tried the Mango Black Tea.  In this photo of the wet tea leaves, you can see the bits of dried mango which add flavor to the tea.  It certainly made a refreshing beverage for an 85+ degree day!
 
By the way, iced tea is better known as "ice tea" in this part of the country.

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From the Tea 2010 Calendar
"Allow iced tea to steep for ten minutes, no more or less, if tea sits for too long, it will extract bitter elements from the leaves, making the finished product taste very bitter.  If it doesn't sit long enough, it won't be strong enough to produce the full flavor which iced tea was designed for." 

7 comments:

Hopeful Heart said...

I LOVE ice tea. It is NOT just for summer months in my opinion. Unlike most Southerners, I am like you...I want my ice tea straight...no sweetener at all.

I have been enjoying Candy Cane Lane iced. It is a holiday (seasonal) tea by Celestial Seasonings. I buy several dozen boxes when it hits the stores in the fall; that way, I have enough to get me through until the next year's holiday season. It is delicious iced.

For hot tea, I LOVE Earl Grey or Lady Grey. I mostly enjoy them black, but sometimes, I just have the urge to add a bit of half & half...but never sugar.

Blessings on your day,
Patti (Fill My Cup with Beauty---new blog name)

Angela McRae said...

I love the taste of mango so I might just have to check out this Harney tea!

Brit Gal Sarah said...

I love Iced Tea and just have it slightly sweetened. I need to branch out though in my flavours.

Prim Rose Hill ©2008-2010 said...

Same here! No sweetener or milk or anything...guess I'm just not a true southern gal! :) The mango sounds great for summertime!

Denise said...

So how is the mango and apricot teas from Harney and Sons? I'd like your opinion and thoughts on that. I may have to buy some as my Hawaiian Pineapple tea is just about gone. (a gift from a friend who vacationed in Hawaii this spring)

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Oh I love Mango Tea, fruity yet refreshing, especially in 90 degree weather :)
My favorite hot tea is Yorkshire Gold, 90 degrees or not, I have to have my hot tea....
Lovely post.

Stockpiling Mom said...

I love this tea!!!!!!!!

 

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