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Southern Boy Teas

Neapolitan Ice Cream Iced Tea by Southern Boy Teas

NeapolitanIceCreamTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Southern Boy Teas

Tea Description:

Chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream in an iced tea, from our Southern Boy Teas collection. This is a great blend of finely processed (CTC) Indian black tea blended with organic flavors and sealed in an oversized teabag. Each individually packaged teabag will yield 2-quarts (a full gallon if you re-steep) of the best iced tea you’ve ever had.

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about SBT’s subscription service here.

Taster’s Review:

It’s easy to get hooked on these iced teas. They’re just so flavourful and easy to prepare, there’s really nothing not to love. I’ve tried a couple of other “ice cream” flavoured teas, but this one is still by far the best. This one got the standard SBT brewing treatment from me – 2 mins in a 1/4 litre of boiling water, topped up to 1.8 litres with cold water, and into the fridge overnight. The main flavour I can pick out here is chocolate, followed by a creamy vanilla in the background. The strawberry is a little shy and fleeting, but it’s identifiable in the mid sip most of the time. The three combine beautifully in the aftertaste, to give the full neapolitan effect. Amazing!

I’m actually finding it hard not to gulp this one down – it’s so refreshing, and the flavour is absolutely fitting on a warm, just-about-summer day. The black base tea is smooth and unobtrusive, supporting the flavours without ever overpowering them. I’m surprised it took me so long to work out that iced black tea is what I’ve been lacking at work every summer. It’s a lot more refreshing than my usual hot tea, and because it’s black I can get my caffeine fix in as well. Paired with the great flavour, it really is a win-win-win!

This one comes highly recommended. It’s sweet, delicious, and unbelievably flavour-accurate. Your summer needs these teas.

Rainbow Sherbet Iced Tea by Southern Boy Teas

BLACK-Rainbow-SherbetTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Southern Boy Teas

Tea Description:

Creamy raspberry, orange and lime sherbet in an iced tea, from our Southern Boy Teas collection. This is a great blend of finely processed (CTC) Indian black tea blended with organic flavors and sealed in an oversized teabag. Each individually packaged teabag will yield 2-quarts (a full gallon if you re-steep) of the best iced tea you’ve ever had.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is my first iced tea of 2015! I tried this one for the first time last summer, and it was so good I went back straightaway for another pouch. I was a bit of a Southern Boy Teas doubter at first, because I didn’t see how tea could taste of ice cream or sherbet, jello or bubblegum. Somehow, though, they do, and this one is no exception.

I brewed this one up the way I usually do – the bag gets 2 minutes in 1/4 litre of boiling water, which is then topped up to 1.8 litres with cold water and put in the fridge overnight. I usually drink half a jug a day (so just under a litre), and as the tea bag is good for a second brewing, these teas represent great value for money. More important than that, though, is the flavour!  This one is out of this world! The sherbet is creamy, fruity, and even a little effervescent tasting. I can detect flavours of raspberry, orange, lemon and lime by turns, although they’re not particularly distinct. Just tiny flashes that skip across my taste buds and are gone. Ultimately, the individual fruit flavours merge together into a generically sherbet-y taste. However it’s done, it’s truly amazing.

It’s also worth mentioning that the black base here, although remaining firmly in the background, is beautifully smooth, and neither too heavy or too light for the flavourings. It gives the tea a decent amount of body, so you know that’s what you’re drinking, but it’s never overpowering, and it’s not at all bitter of astringent.

To sum up my thoughts, then: this tea is magic. You need to try some.

White Lemon Lime Iced Tea by Southern Boy Teas

SBT-WHITE-LemonLimeTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy: Southern Boy Teas

Tea Description:

Here’s our sweet, hay-like organic shou mei white tea fannings paired with the delicious tartness of organic lemon and lime flavors. It might not be as complicated as some of our other tea blends, but it will definitely put a smile on your face.

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about SBT’s monthly subscription here.

Taster’s Review:

I have been on such an SBT kick.  I started cold brewing tea and am completely obsessed with it.  And what is the easiest way to cold brew teas- Southern Boy Teas!

So during the last sale, I stocked up.  And I went through these awesome iced tea pouches quick!  This is one of the ones that I instantly said “Yep” and threw it in my cart.

Last night threw this one in my pitcher, added water, and into the fridge it went.  This morning I poured myself a huge glass of it, threw some ice in it, and underwent my morning routine of taking my kids to school.

I was hoping this would be one that I would fall completely 100% in love with . . .but alas no.  This tastes like a solid white tea.  That part I love. It has that delicate touch to it.    The part I am not 100% on is the lime.  I really didn’t pick up any of the lemon at all.  Just lime.  And it is more of a tart lime.  A bold lime.  A hit you in the face sort of lime.  Which is fine, but I really wanted that lemon lime taste.  I stopped drinking soda about 6 months ago and Diet Sprite or Diet Sierra Mist I still crave.  I was hoping this would take the place of those cravings and help me with my sweet tooth when I have those cravings.  Maybe if I tried again or if I brewed it up hot, maybe the lemon would come out more. I’m sure if I played around with it, they would.  Or if I added in some sugar.  That might help too.

This is delicious if you are looking for a lime tea with a delicate white tea base or finish.  Don’t get me wrong, this is very tasty.  Just not what my little ol heart was wanting at the time.

Tequila Sunrise Iced Green Tea from Southern Boy Teas

SBT-GREEN-Tequila-SunriseTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Southern Boy Teas

Tea Description:

Tequila-, orange- and cherry organic flavors blended with our awesome organic Chinese sencha fannings make this iced tea bliss. Blow your guests away with this awesome iced tea!

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn about SBT’s subscriptions here.

Taster’s Review:

As I mentioned in my review of 52Teas Tequila Sunrise Black Tea – it’s been quite a while since I’ve had the cocktail.  To be honest, tequila isn’t my favorite alcoholic beverage – but as far as cocktail inspired iced teas go, this Tequila Sunrise Iced Green Tea from Southern Boy Teas is a refreshing drink.

I don’t really taste ‘Tequila Sunrise’ here.  Then again – it HAS been a long time since I’ve had one, so don’t rely upon my memory of what a tequila sunrise should taste like.

During the sip, I taste green tea with hints of citrus.  In the aftertaste, I taste cherry and orange more distinctly and occasionally, a flavor crosses my palate that reminds me of tequila.  But that doesn’t arrive until the aftertaste.  During the sip, I taste green tea and notes of bright, sunny citrus flavors.

What I do like about this particular iced tea is that it’s refreshing and it’s quenching my thirst without tasting overly sweet.  I’m enjoying that I taste more green tea than flavor.

It’s a pleasant iced tea.  Not my favorite from SBT, but they can’t all be my favorite.  Even so, I like it enough to say that I might buy it again.

Strawberry Lemonade Iced Honeybush Tea from Southern Boy Teas

SBT-HONEYBUSH-Strawberry-LemonadeTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush/Herbal

Where to Buy: Southern Boy Teas

Tea Description:

Premium organic caffeine-free honeybush with organic flavors. Each 14g teabag will make one 2-quart pitcher of DELICIOUS iced tea. Steep teabag in enough boiling water to cover the teabag (and to allow it a little room to expand) for 4 minutes or longer (honeybush cannot be oversteeped). Then combine with ice and water to make a 2-quart pitcher. It couldn’t be simpler–OR more delicious!

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about SBT’s subscription here.

Taster’s Review:

Strawberry Lemonade. . yes please! Any tea that has that combination that doesn’t have red rooibos in it, I’m all about.  And oh mama. . .this one did not disappoint!

I have been cold brewing like mad lately! I love it.  I throw a pitcher in at night with either loose leaf or one of these SBT pouches (which are just too handy!) and in the morning before I head out to take the kiddos where they need to go, I have my tea all set.  It is fantastic! For some reason, I always shied away from these in the past, not sure why.  Maybe I was just not sure about the whole cold brew thing. But not anymore!

I am a huge fan of lemonade.  So I thought this one I would enjoy.  I think I cried when I finished this one up and wasn’t able to steep it anymore ( I think I got about 3 infusions out of it).  This is probably my favorite of all of the SBT offerings.  The strawberry flavor is spot on. Sweet but not overly so.  The lemonade has that fresh squeezed lemon taste to it. No chemical taste or artificial tastes to this delightful treat.  Only berry lemon goodness.    Neither flavor dominates the other either.  The honeybush provides the a touch of sweetness and a hint of creaminess to the iced tea.  As I am typing this up I am wondering if I can justify to myself ordering about 10 pouches of this stuff right now. . . just so I have my own little stockpile.

I am really happy with it.  And highly recommend it.  This tea is going to be perfect for the awesome weather coming our way in a few weeks.