We like our tea iced on a summer day. Shangri La Iced Teas make it easy to keep this cool, refreshing beverage on-hand for brewing on a hot afternoon. Each package contains six large tea bags, each of which make half a gallon of iced tea. The brewing instructions are rather specific about water quantities and temperature, but the results are worth the careful preparation. Flavors like Fountain of Youth and Tropical Passion contain noticeable fruity overtones and are crisp and light, with almost non-existent astringency. Some flavors are sweetened ever so slightly with Stevia.
The company grows and processes their own teas, and Shangri La-owned farms are Rainforest Alliance Certified, meaning they meet rigorous standards for environmental and worker protection, so you can drink this tea knowing it's good for you and for the Earth.
The instructions suggest that you do not refrigerate this tea after brewing in order to preserve its flavor and clarity. However, tea left sitting at warm temperatures may provide a medium in which bacteria will grow. If you want this tea to taste its best and be the best for you, make sure you sanitize your pitcher first, and make a batch just to drink in one day. It probably won't take much convincing to get a group of friends to help you finish it off in tall, icy glasses beside the pool.
Price: $9-$11 per package, brews 12 qts of tea