Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Shanti Tea
A classic summertime drink, our lemon iced tea is a blend of premium black tea, sunflowers, Lemon Peel, and lemon essence. Unsweetened and delicious.
While black tea is in this blend is native to Sri Lanka, America is often credited with the invention of iced tea as we know it today. English and American cookbooks from the 1800s show that tea has been served cold since the early nineteenth century. The oldest recipes in print are made with green tea and not black tea and were called punches. The tea punches went by names such as Regent’s Punch, named after George IV. Iced tea’s popularity parallels the development of refrigeration such as the icebox (refrigerator), and the commercial manufacture of pure ice, which were in place by the middle of the nineteenth century.
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This is refreshing!
Many of the flavored teas that I’ve tried lately have been on the sweet side. Even the lemon flavored teas have been on the sweeter side, with more of a sweet, creamy, lemon-curd-like kind of lemon taste.
This… is not that tea.
Don’t get me wrong, I have a sweet tooth and I really enjoy the sweeter lemony teas too, but, this is really a refreshing change-up from what I’ve been tasting lately.
This is … quite simply … a bracing black tea and lemon. The black tea is brisk. The lemon is bright and tart. There is some sharpness from the sunflower petals. And that’s it. I did tell you it was simple, didn’t I?
Simple and yet delicious.
The black tea has a crisp astringency to it that compliments the tartness of the lemon. I can feel my mouth slightly pucker at the end of the sip. But I still wouldn’t describe this as sour. Instead, it is pleasingly tart, as though I squeezed a drop or two of lemon in my cup.
I must admit, though, that my first couple of sips of this tea were a bit … jarring. I wasn’t prepared for straight black tea and lemon. After having tried so many sweeter teas lately, I was prepared for a sweeter taste. But after about the third sip, my palate felt renewed! Like it had been inundated with sweetness. In contrast, this is like a palate detox!
A very refreshing surprise.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!