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December27

This countdown is a bit more difficult for a couple of reasons.  First, it’s iced tea.  I don’t drink a lot of iced tea, especially in the winter, although I certainly do drink some.  But, drinking a whole half a gallon in a day?  No, I don’t usually drink that much each day.

It’s also a little more difficult because it takes a little longer to produce a cold-brewed pitcher of iced tea.  It needs to sit and brew for at least a few hours to get full flavor out of the tea when it’s cold-brewed, and I usually leave the tea in the fridge overnight.  So, the difficulty becomes … waiting for the tea to brew.

Butter Beer Iced Tea

ButterBeerSBTTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Learn more about Southern Boy Teas here.

Taster’s Review:

When 52Teas/Southern Boy Teas first introduced this tea as an iced tea, I got very excited, because the original Butter Beer Tea from 52Teas is one of my FAVES from 52Teas.  Partly because I asked Frank from 52Teas to create a butter beer-ish sort of tea (yeah, I’m a Harry Potter nerd), and part because it’s just so dang good.  So, I was very happy that he decided to add this to his iced tea line.

Cold-brewed, the flavor is a little underwhelming with this tea.  Perhaps the issue is that I loved the original Butter Beer Tea so much that maybe this just isn’t living up to that.  But I remember that tea being so much more … Butter Beer-ish.

It’s still good, but, it’s a little less than what I envisioned.  The black tea base tastes nicely round, and I can taste a butter-scotch-y sort of taste with the flavoring.  I’m not getting a whole lot of the chicory notes that were in the original, and I don’t taste a lot of licorice either.  I taste hints of root beer, but this tastes more like a cream soda flavored tea than the Butter Beer Tea that I remember.

The hot-brewed, re-steeped tea pouch produces a much more flavorful pitcher of iced tea than the cold-brewed first steep.  This tells me that this particular flavor (just like the pink lemonade flavor) should be hot-brewed instead of cold-brewed.  But, based on this re-steep, I would say that it’s certainly worth it.  This is more of the Butter Beer flavor that I was looking for.  I still don’t taste much of the chicory, but, I do get a lot of the butter-scotch-y notes and hints of root beer-ish notes.  I find myself still looking for some licorice and the chicory.

When I get around to hot-brewing my second pouch of this tea, I’ll be sure to update you on how well that comes out.  In the meantime, this one is good, but, I think that the original was better.

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Our mutual love for tea and writing about it inspired us to start this blog so that we could better share this love with others.

One thing I (Anne) learned very early on in my career as a tea artist is that everyone has different preferences, and every single tea tastes differently on every single palate.  So just because one of us doesn’t happen to like a tea, doesn’t mean that YOU (the reader) will not.

We try to be as impartial as we can.  We do have our favorites.  We are human.  But we do our very best to be as fair and as honest about a tea as we can be.

You might not agree with my assessment – or with Jennifer’s assessment – of a tea.  But that’s OK… if we all liked the same exact tea – we’d only need ONE kind of tea and … wow… that sounds really boring, indeed!

What a beautiful world it is that we have so many teas to suit so many tea enthusiasts!

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