I’ve decided to hot-brew the rest of the iced teas for this countdown. I figure it would be the best way to capture the flavors as they were intended by the blender … plus there’s a little less wait time! I now only have to wait as long as it takes to hot brew the tea (much faster than cold-brewing!) and then the wait time to let the tea cool. A couple of hours in the fridge will do the job.
I hot-brew this like so: I drop the pouch in 1 quart of boiling water and let it steep first for 2 minutes. Then I bring another quart of water to a boil and re-steep the pouch for 3 minutes. This produces a very flavorful half-gallon of tea. I probably could get away with adding 1 quart of ice or cold water to the first 1 quart of brewed tea and still have a flavorful pitcher of iced tea, but, I feel like I’d be missing out on a lot of flavor that way. When prepared this way, the flavor is strong but it isn’t too strong either.
Root Beer Float Iced Tea
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
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As some of you are probably aware, I’ve already tasted and reviewed 52Teas “original” Root Beer Float flavored black tea, but this tasting is my first of the SBT iced tea version.
This is good. I think that the aforementioned original Root Beer Float tea is a tad more … something. Perhaps it’s the marshmallow root that is in the 52Teas version that I don’t think is in this that is making the difference. This still tastes root-beer-ish and there is a certain creamy element to the taste here, but, it isn’t as creamy and “fluffy” as the 52Teas version.
However, this is very tasty. I am getting a delicious root beer flavor. I even taste notes of “carbonation” in the taste, where I can taste the ‘bubbly’ taste of a root beer. And I do taste a light creaminess to this as well, giving it a sort of “float” type of taste. And yes, I can taste the black tea in the background too.
Overall, this is a very refreshing, delicious tasting iced tea.
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!