Since temperatures are slowly rising, a hot cup of tea might sound a little less attractive these days. But don’t worry, we won’t let you give up on your favourite beverage: There are a plethora of ways to enjoy cold tea, too. Explore the concepts of tea cold brew & co. in this Journal post. Which way will you prepare your cold tea this season?
Quite a classic among these and already very popular in the USA since the 1860s is our simple and beloved iced tea. This term actually refers to freshly brewed tea which is served on the rocks, so it gets chilly right away. This method is especially great for herbal and fruit infusions since they always have to be brewed hot to create a safe beverage. Actual teas like Green or black teas work also for iced tea preparations, as this method preserves a lot of the flavour profile that they offer in a usual steep. For the best, cool tea experience we recommend using half the amount of water for brewing, as the other half is later added in the form of fresh ice. Basically you creat an intense infusion which will then be water down by the ice to the perfect concentration.
Try our Berry Pomp N°819 for a fruity iced tea treat. In this Master Blend dark berries mingle with delicate blossoms to shape an exciting, caffeine-free infusion. Every glass of this iced tea will be overflowing with notes of red fruit, evoking pictures of blooming meadows and early summer evenings. Another organic herbal you should try over ice is our Top Of The Day N°814. This buoyant mix combines juicy bits of apple and deeply coloured red hibiscus with comforting mint, lemongrass and delicate rose petals. The fruitiness that intervenes with the herbal goodness makes you want to drink this blend all day, especially fully cooled.
The next method is reserved for our real teas, meaning any preparation of only Camellia sinensis leaves. Cold brews are a fantastic opportunity to discover new flavours and nuances of your favourite tea. After years of gaining popularity, cold brews quickly found their way from restaurants and cafés into people’s homes, as the method is also quite simple. We recommend using a regular amount of cold, filtered water for your choice of tea. At room temperature, you might steep for 30 minutes or put the infusion in your refrigerator overnight. We have noted down some more exact times in this Journal post, yet we think it’s best to just taste the infusion in between to find the perfect steeping time to your personal liking.
One White tea that shines when infused in cold water and steeped for longer, is our Pu Er Bai Ya N°103, a tea close to our heart. Only the finest, pale-green buds of ancient Yunnan tea trees are picked for this tea, amazing us with incredible sweetness and smooth notes of hay and cedar. The very delicate arrangement of flavours and nuances which benefit from being cold infused, come through even more vividly. If you are after bolder aromas with a vernal lightness, our Brave New Earl N°711 is one tea to try this method with it. This natural bergamot scented Black and Green tea blend with juniper berries and jasmine shines with freshness and a flowery flair when steeped in icy waters. We imagine this to be the ideal addition to your homemade lemonade.
Last but not least, we have another less known way to prepare tea for you. The method of kōridashi or ice drip. The English term already explains very well what this method is about, hence the name. You simply place fresh ice on top of the tea and let time work in your favour, until all ice has melted. One way is to collect the tea drippings from the beginning, another one is to wait until the end and strain the tea, which will result in a stronger flavour. This very cold extraction enhances sweetness and umami flavours especially in Green teas, which most likely results in a completely new tea experience. For 120g of ice, we recommend around 4g of tea. Japanese specialities like Kabusecha or Gyokuro work brilliantly in this approach. We’d like to introduce our Daikoku N°317 here. This lightly shaded tea from Shizuoka excites with subtle notes of seaweed and a touch of sweetness. When steeped at icy cold temperatures, a big layer of umami and flavours of tomatoes is added to the experience of this Kabusecha. Try Kōridashi as a unique tea ritual for special occasions.
If your mouth is already watering, get our Active Cold Brew Kit and get started right away. We also brought together our favourite teas for cold preparations in our Ice Tea Variety Box, which comes with ten sachets in five different blends, perfect if you want to try it all. Another hot or rather a cold tip, are our mocktail ideas, which you find here.
Cool down with P & T.
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