Grown in the famous tea-producing region in Northeast India, Assam Black Tea brews to a classically brisk, smooth taste with hints of fruit and honey. The hearty black tea has a rich aroma and is a great base tea for milk and honey, and strong fruit-infused flavors. Takeya's Flash Chill Iced Teas are made with premium, all-natural ingredients, free of preservatives and artificial sweeteners, and are specially selected and blended for brewing iced tea.
Leaf Type: Black
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Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 1 packet per quart
Water Temp: 212°F and let sit for 1 minute
Steep Time: 5 minutes
I know I'm running behind today, but after being away from home for over three weeks I needed a few hours to get my life back in order. My morning has consisted of tea making, cooking, cleaning, and shopping (not necessarily in that order. The last thing I did before I left for my trip was make my husband's favorite tea. I came home to find the counter littered with a dozen or so empty (but clean) drinking jars. He apparently ran out of tea while I was gone and couldn't get ahold of me to ask where I hid everything, whoops!
If I had been thinking I would have left him instructions for using the Takeya Flash Chill Classic Black Tea that I'll be reviewing today. The pouches come with pre-measured amounts of tea, so all you need to do is pour it in the Takeya Flash Chill Tea Maker, cover it with near-boiling water, and let it sit for five minutes. Once the tea has steeped, you add ice, giving you near-instant iced tea. Since my husband hates having to dig around for the his one bag of tea (hidden among my hundreds) on those seldom occasions when I'm not around to make it for him, this would have been perfect— if I had remembered. Instead I sipped on it while I was cleaning the kitchen and contemplating unpacking (which I still haven't gotten to.)
Overall I would say that Takeya has delivered exactly what the package described, a classic black tea. Much like the iced tea I grew up with the flavor isn't particularly strong. It does have a slightly sweet, almost fruity flavor that is perfect for iced tea. I did find that once I added ice the tea immediately began to cloud, something that doesn't bother me, but is a huge sticking point with some iced tea purists. Brewing the tea hot, then allowing it to cool in the fridge instead of adding ice helped somewhat with the issue of clouding while also giving me a stronger flavored tea. Unfortunately that meant I used 4 packages of tea instead of 2 when making a full pitcher, which isn't really cost efficient.
My Rating: 70/100
Would I order this again? Probably Not. While I liked the convenience, I'm not willing to pay so much per serving for iced tea.
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