For over 100 years, Red Diamond has produced some of the world's finest teas. Please enjoy this selection of all natural teas handpicked from the finest estates especially for Red Diamond.
Red Diamond was established in 1906, making it the 3rd oldest family owned and operated coffee and tea company in the U.S.
Ingredients: Water, Sugar, Orange Pekoe And Pekoe Tea, Potassium Sorbate (to maintain freshness)
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Purchase: Walmart or your local grocery store may carry it. It can be tricky to find.
Since I'm headed down South to St. Louis this week I thought I would do a special Road Trip review. This particular tea has a special place in my heart and has quite possibly contributed to a few extra fillings in my teeth. Like any proper Southern girl I love sweet tea and it is absolutely impossible to find good sweet tea up North. That's right folks, I said Southern girl, I am not originally from the frozen North (also known as Wisconsin.) I am in fact originally from Saint Louis, Missouri. Now I am aware that Saint Louis suffers from a bit of an identity crisis, it really can't make up its mind on if it is North or South, but if you look at my family's traditions we are most decidedly a Southern family, even if we don't say y'all.
When I was in engineering school at UM-Rolla I would make the 4+ hour round trip drive down to Springfield, MO to buy Red Diamond for finals week. This tea got me through a ton of study sessions. Who needs soda when you have Red Diamond Sweet Tea? It was a happy day when they started selling this in St. Louis, even if it meant I didn't get to take four hour road trips to stock up on tea and stop by Lambert's Cafe (home of the throwed rolls) before I would head back to school.
Sweet tea is one of the things I miss most about living down South. I've made it up here for friends, but I live in a very health conscious area and they are seldom willing to try it. Honestly, they don't know what they're missing out on, sweet tea is liquid gold. In general I don't sweeten my teas anymore, I'm trying to keep my girlish figure, but when I travel down South I turn to it every time. In fact, it is one of the things I look forward to every summer.
This isn't the sweetest sweet tea that I have come across, but it is my favorite ready to drink tea. It has a really nice balance between the sugar and tea giving you a really refreshing drink. It does need to be refrigerated, but I'm actually ok with that because that means there isn't a bunch of citric acid added in order to preserve the flavor. I really dislike teas with citric acid in them, it has a habit of negatively effecting the flavor of the tea.
The only thing I'm not really sold on is the price $1.49 for a single serving or $3.47 per gallon. It isn't something I could afford to purchase on a regular basis, especially since it costs nearly a dollar more per gallon than milk does, but I always end up purchasing a few bottles while I'm down South during the summer. Now that summer is over, I'll pick up a gallon to take home to remind me that Summer weather will be here again eventually.
My Rating: 90/100
Would I order this again? Absolutely! I pick some up every time I see it (just don't tell my dentist!)