Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
Premium blend of assam CTC black teas. An extra bold blend of hearty teas for those who prefer an iced tea with substance.
Learn more about Southern Boy Teas here.
Of the eight different varieties of iced tea offered under the Southern Boy Teas label, this was the one I was contemplating not ordering. Why? Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Assam tea, however, I usually consider Assam to be a tea that is better served hot rather than iced. I thought I’d be happier drinking the flavored teas rather than this pure blend of Assam CTC teas.
But, I am so glad that I decided at the last minute to add this to my order at the last minute. This is so good! As I eluded to in the last paragraph, I usually prefer to drink my Assam tea hot, but, this is so deliciously flavorful iced. Rich and remarkably smooth.
Like the other teas from Southern Boy Teas, I steeped this using the cold-brew method: 2 quarts of cool, freshly drawn and filtered water in my glass pitcher, toss in the extra-large teabag, seal the pitcher and stash it in the fridge overnight. The next morning the tea is brewed – just remove the teabag. I’ve been stashing the used teabag in a covered container and putting it in the fridge to resteep using the hot-brew method when I need to refill the iced tea pitcher.
And the cold-brew method did not let me down. This is, as I said, very smooth. No bitterness at all. No astringency either! Just really delicious, rich tasting tea with notes of fruit and a delectable malty character. Interestingly enough, as much as I’ve been enjoying the flavored teas from Southern Boy Teas, I am enjoying this tea just as much – if not more so!
And for those who might be a bit shy of the name – no worries! I drank this later in the evening last night and it did not keep me stirring. It is strong, but not overstimulating! At least … not in it’s cold-brewed, iced tea form!
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!
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