Monday, August 19, 2013

Twinings Peach Cold Brewed Iced Tea

Country of Origin: not listed
Leaf Appearance:
Ingredients: tea, natural peach and tea flavorings with other natural flavors, tea extracts and water
Steep time:
Water Temperature: cold
Preparation Method: cold brewed in glass mason jar
Liquor: amber

When I visited Twinings at the Fancy Food Show I tried some of this cold brewed iced tea and absolutely loved it. They sent me home with two teabags so that I could try it for myself. I had a bunch of two cup mason jars handy and they lent themselves perfectly to this. The recommended steep time of 5 minutes seemed very short to me but in looking at the ingredient list, I can tell that it was designed to infuse and give a lot of flavor quickly. Although the taste was a decent within that time frame, I decided to steep it for a bit longer. After a few hours in the refrigerator produced an iced tea that was light, sweet and very refreshing. The peach flavoring was juicy without being overdone and the base black tea was earthy but relatively mild. This was the epitome of what I call a lazy back porch tea, perfect for enjoying outside on a hot summer day. A bit of honey or agave would help to bring out the peach flavor. I will still always prefer loose leaf but as far as tea bags go, it was very good. If I ever need iced tea in a pinch this will likely be my go to.

You can find out more about this tea here.