Milo's Famous Sweet Tea is fresh brewed, all natural, with no preservatives or additives.
Ingredients: filtered water, pure cane sugar and custom blended teas
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Purchase: I purchased mine at Walmart, but I've also seen it at Harp's Food Center. To find it near you use the store locator on the Milo's website
Even though I live in a town squashed between three huge lakes, every other year I make the 13+ hour drive to Arkansas to spend a week at Lake Norfork with my family. Most years it's a family reunion of sorts, even my Michigan cousins make the drive down, but this year we couldn't get our schedules to align. Instead I spent the week chilling out with my family, my Uncle Fun-head, and my brother's dog.
I had grand plans of spending every day out on the lake, soaking up the summer sun and finally getting rid of my pasty white complexion, but Mother Nature had other ideas— it rained every single day. I spent a grand total of six hours on the lake and the rest of the time cooped up inside my parent's cabin watching my son's favorite movies. After day two, when I couldn't possibly watch Robots again, I got a little stir-crazy. We were dangerously close to running out of junk food, so once the rain had slowed down enough where I didn't fear being washed away on the way to town, my husband and I decided to make a supply run.
We grabbed the last dry cart and spent an hour walking up and down every isle debating the merits of various junk food items. We decided that Southern Style Biscuits and Gravy potato chips (yes, those really are a thing) sounded like an awful, awful idea. Seriously, who comes up with these things? We finally settled on dark chocolate m&ms (my mother's request,) honey pecan granola and greek yogurt, another huge bag of trail mix, and some cheese and crackers before heading over to get a gallon of milk for my son and a stockpile of Red Diamond sweet tea for me.
I quickly discovered that I would be leaving the store without my bi-yearly stash of Red Diamond. They were out! This is the third store I'd been to in the past week looking for it and it left me wondering if there was a shortage this year. For a Southern girl like me a sweet tea shortage would be considered a disaster! It's not summer without sweet tea. Fortunately another brand caught my eye— Milo's Famous Sweet Tea (plus it happened to be $0.50 cheaper, a win-win.) I tossed a few single serving bottles in my cart and off we went to the checkout to let Walmart relieve us of the bulk of our paycheck.
Once we had the groceries loaded up I cracked open my first bottle of tea and it was love at first sip. Milo's has the perfect balance of flavors, it's everything I'm looking for in a sweet tea. There is just enough sugar to give you a rush, but not enough to make you feel like your teeth are going to fall out at any moment. I was reluctant to admit this, but I enjoyed it more than my old standby, Red Diamond. The lack of preservatives in Milo's and the perfect balance of sweetness was enough to ensure it was crowned the king of bottled sweet teas, a position Red Diamond has held for over 18 years. It look's like I finally have a new favorite, which is something I never thought I would say.
My Rating: 92/100
Would I order this again? Absolutely! This just displaced Red Diamond as my favorite bottled sweet tea.