School is out, and Summer is officially here! That means making sure that there’s always iced tea ready in the fridge.
Iced tea is as American as apple pie and it’s probably one of the best drinks to have on hand at all times. You can mix it with lemonade for an Arnold Palmer or brew up a cocktail with rum, lemon & lime juices, and mint.
Adagio Teas was kind enough to let me pick out some teas to try on them. So I chose Adagio Orchard Iced Teas sampler. So I took some time to try the 3 iced teas included in the sampler. I did the experimenting and tried brewing them both with hot water and cold brew, so you don’t have to.
First, here’s what comes in the sampler.
- Peach Oolong Iced Tea – Oolong tea with the summer flavor of perfectly ripened fruit.
- Blood Orange Iced Tea – Deep vibrant color and sweet flavor. Good balance of orange peel and fruit juiciness.
- Mango Iced Tea – Citrusy Ceylon black tea, lush mango flavor. Juicy texture and floral aroma, creamy-dry finish.
Each tea bag is very large, but it gets you a quart of tea. If you’re brewing a black tea version, you can stretch 1 bag into 2 quarts by brewing it longer than the recommended 5 minutes and then diluting it. Now here are my reviews based on both the hot and cold brewing methods:
- Super easy to make with boiling water.
- Steeped for 5 minutes.
- Strong tea with a balanced peach taste.
- Add a touch of simple syrup for a vice replacement for the hard to find San Benedetto Peach Iced Tea.
- Cold brew was not strong enough for me. But I like my teas strong. I had it in the fridge overnight, and it didn’t seem to get stronger keeping it in there longer. This lack of strength seemed to be consistent across all the tea.s
- Caffeine free! This is a tisane.
- Better made with boiling water.
- Nice iced tea for late in the day when you don’t want caffeine.
- Mild tea. There is no black or green tea in it, so if you need an iced tea with a punch, pass by this one.
- 6 year old liked it. She’s not allowed to have caffeine and thought it was great she could join mommy in Summer tea time.
- Super easy to make with hot water.
- Steeped for 5 minutes.
- Bitter when following the directions on the packet. Just pouring it over ice doesn’t dilute it enough.
- Made 2 quarts/2 liters from 1 tea bag.
- Very strong tea, mild mango taste
- Will use this to replace my Starbucks Mango Black Tea where they just add mango syrup to black tea.
- Cold brew didn’t make it strong enough for me, but again this seems to be my preference.
- Note: There’s 2 mango iced teas on their site. The other one is a custom blend. So follow this link or the one above to try the one that I tasted.
- Buy again – Yes
- Brew same way again – Boiling water only. And I won’t make a big batch of Blood Orange Iced Tea (just enough for my daughter).
- Buy again from Adagio – YES! I found the quality for the price was excellent. And you can create your own tea blends with Adagio. I will certainly be doing that down the road.
What I learned?
Clearly I’m not a fan of cold brewing tea. The Adagio Orchard Iced Teas brewed nicely with boiling water and did not become super bitter. Usually brewing the tea super strong can cause it to be bitter, but there’s an easy solution for that. Baking soda. I don’t know the science behind it, but all southern sweet tea recipes worth their sugar call for a pinch to get rid of the bitterness. And it works.
So overall, I highly recommend getting the black iced teas from Adagio. Just brew them with boiling water, and don’t do the cold brew if you want a strong tea.