Peach Oolong from Adagio Teas. . . .

Back in the depths of winter, this cute perfectly-sized giant iced tea bag found its way into my samples box. I opened it up, gave it a sniff, sighed longingly for warmer temps.

This fun, quart-sized sachet is perfect for brewing up a big ol’ mason jar filled with tea.  I deployed my favorite cold-brew method and let this one do its thing in the fridge overnight (or more realistically, a few nights, since I usually forget what I have brewin’) and it was the perfect, golden liquor after about a day. The brew is mildly peachy and fairly hearty for an oolong– it’s almost reminiscent of an iced black tea in that regard, but a little bit less robust. This would be the perfect base for a slightly unconventional Arnold Palmer-style bev, and is absolutely made for sunny sipping.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  Adagio Teas

Full-leaf tea in pouches that make iced tea easy and delicious. Simply place overnight in a pitcher of water. Awake to find a tea rich in flavor and aroma, at a price that’s a fraction of the supermarket-bought teas. For quicker preparation, steep in hot water for five minutes and add ice. Contains oolong tea from Taiwan with the summer flavor of perfectly ripened fruit. Be a peach and try this tea. Makes 40 ounces.

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Almond Milk Flavored Iced Tea from Southern Boy Teas

AlmondMilkTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

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Taster’s Review:

I recently ordered a few of the newer iced tea flavors that Southern Boy Teas has added to their line, and I’m excited for that order to arrive.  This Almond Milk Flavored Iced Tea is the last of the “new-to-me” iced tea flavors that I have in my cupboard right now.  Don’t take that as my way of saying that I’m running out of tea (nothing could be further from the truth), but I have run out of new to me iced teas … at least until that order arrives.

And to be honest, I wasn’t sure how I’d like this tea.  I mean, I like almond milk alright, I guess.  I’m not a big drinker of milk (almond or otherwise), and really, milk’s only purpose as far as I’m concerned is to pour over cereal or to add to tea when I’m feeling like I want a latte.  The latte doesn’t happen very often, because I really would rather drink a tea straight up.  Every once in a while, though, I’d like that creaminess of a latte, so on those occasions, I do add a splash of milk to my tea.  But they are rare occasions.  I’m just not all that into milk.

But I am in to tea!  So, I figured hey, I like tea and the black tea base that 52Teas/SBT uses for thier Southern Boy Teas iced teas is quite a lovely black tea.  Rich and flavorful, not overly astringent, and not bitter.  And since I don’t hate almond milk, I thought that this tea had a pretty good chance of success.

And I am actually liking this a whole lot more than I thought I would.  In fact, after I poured my first glass of this tea to sit down and write this review, I had to stop writing and go and refill my glass because I was enjoying it so much.  At this rate, I might very well have the half gallon pitcher of tea nearly empty by the time I finish writing the review.

I can really taste the almond here, and there is a lovely creamy element to the cup as well. It tastes sweet and nutty and it’s a very refreshing drink.  The black tea base is tasty and melds in a pleasant way with the almond milk flavor.  It reminds me a lot of a lighter version of Thai iced tea, and I suspect that is why I’m liking it so much.  Thai iced tea – serious yum.  This … is also serious yum!

Now I’m thinking I wish I would have tried this tea before I placed that order, because I want more of this!  This is great!

Southern Boy Teas Series, Part 8: Bubblegum from 52Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

Premium Indian CTC black teas blended with organic flavoring. Amazing tea with a great bubblegum finish.

Learn more about Southern Boy Teas here.

Taster’s Review:

Well, this is the eighth and final tea for me to try from the Southern Boy Teas series, and I am kind of wishing I had made this one earlier, and maybe saved one of the others for last.  I’m not saying that I dislike this tea – I am actually really enjoying it – but, it’s not my favorite.

However, I will say … this delivers exactly what it promises!  This tastes like black tea and bubblegum.  If someone were to liquify pink bubblegum and mixed it with black tea – the result would probably taste very much like what I’m drinking now.

The black tea is smooth and has a brisk, satisfying taste.  Any bitterness or harshness that this tea might have had has been softened by the sweetness of the bubblegum flavor.  The bubblegum flavor is very authentic tasting – this tastes like the pink bubblegum that we all know and that the child within loves, even if we don’t want to admit it!  I taste creaminess to this, which enhances the overall “bubblegum” experience.

It is really very refreshing and tasty.  It isn’t my favorite of these Southern Boy Teas, but, it is certainly good and I am enjoying it enough that I’d order it again!