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Making Iced Tea

There are several different ways to make iced tea with your favorite loose-leaf tea (and not all of them even have to involve ice!). If you have the time to prepare in advance, steep your tea as you would normally or per our Tea Brewing Guide instructions. Let it reach room temperature, and put it into the refrigerator overnight or for several hours to chill.

If you need your iced tea a little sooner, make a concentrated brew of the tea by steeping roughly twice as much loose tea in half to two-thirds the amount of water. It’s better to add more tea leaves than to let your tea steep too long, as that can draw out tannin, which will make your brew more bitter and astringent. Once that’s ready, simply add enough ice to make up for the full amount of beverage desired. This will make sure your iced tea is full-flavored and undiluted.

One of the easiest and most popular methods is simply to cold-brew tea. Let the tea steep for a few hours (or overnight!) in filtered water in the fridge, then take out the leaves in the morning. This method may take longer, but it provides the smoothest brew, often without even a hint of tannin. And unlike an oversteeped hot tea, you can rescue an overly-strong cold brew by adding more filtered water to taste. If you have a container with a tight-fitting lid, you can even make sparkling tea with this method! Fantastic flavor without even having to heat up water—what could be easier than that?

So which teas make great iced teas? Most of our teas ice and cold-brew wonderfully, but here are some suggestions from our staff and customers:

For Iced Black Tea:
Baja Ice Tea Blend
Pirate's Boo-Tea House Blend
Peach Apricot or Decaf Peach Apricot Black Tea
• Black and Blue Monk House Blend
Yorktown Patty House Blend 

For Iced Green Tea:
Chocolate Covered Strawberry House Blend or Strawberry Green Tea
Summer Mojito House Blend
Mo-Rockin' Mint House Blend
Year of the Dragon House Blend
• Kyoto Cherry Rose Festival Green Tea

For Iced Caffeine-Free Fruit & Herbal Teas:
• Peaceful Pathways House Blend
Rooibos Provence
Organic King Tut Lemonade
Lady Hannah's Whole Fruit Blend
• Piña Colada Fruit Blend

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