Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
About this Iced Tea Series:
As the days get warmer, I know our sales start to slump. I don’t know why specialty teas don’t sell as well in the warmer months–it’s like no one has ever heard of iced tea. Maybe it’s psychologically more appealing to buy a pouch of tea for $8 that you will get 20-25 cups of hot tea out of than it is to buy one considering it will make about two gallons of iced tea? Maybe making a pitcher of iced tea doesn’t have the same intimate charm as making a cup of hot tea for yourself? Or maybe (perish the thought!) people think iced tea doesn’t need to be special and can be made from store-brand teabags?
Whatever the reasons, 52teas is here to change the status quo. Here are FIVE unique iced tea blends we’ve created from high quality Nilgiri CTC teas. These are uber fine teas, so they are not as pretty as our whole leaf teas, but they steep up a bold, rich, flavorful iced tea. We’ve packaged them in one ounce pouches, which is just enough for one gallon of iced tea (more if you re-steep) so you can just rip them open, dump them out and steep. No measuring required!
For part two of this series, I decided to brew some of the Prickly Pear tea. I brewed this batch using the same method I used for the Watermelon Iced Tea. It worked fantastically last time, so I decided to stick with this method of brewing iced tea. I mean, hey, don’t try and fix it if it isn’t broken, right?
This is delicious. I think that I like this even better than I liked the watermelon! The prickly pear is all at once sweet, a little sour, and savory. It is so delightful.
But the flavor of the prickly pear is not the only flavor at play here. The black tea tastes strong and manages to hold its own against the strong flavors added. Not a wimpy tea in any way, it still manages to allow the flavor of the prickly pear to come through.
This is an incredibly refreshing iced tea. It doesn’t need sweetening because it has a lovely flavor on its own, but if you’re one who likes a sweet iced tea, a drizzle of agave nectar will help highlight the sweeter tones of the cactus fruit. If you want to bring out some of the tart notes of the prickly pear, try a squeeze of lemon!