Brew Up

Hot days call for a cold iced tea.



Summertime and the sipping—cool iced tea on your favorite porch rocker—is easy. But which tea is best, if you aren’t going to go to the trouble of making a pitcher on your own? We asked Chef Jeffrey Kohn, who sells approximately 130 gallons of house-brewed iced tea weekly at his barbecue eatery, Q Restaurant & Bar (112 Main St, Port Chester 914-933-7427; qrestaurantandbar.com), to taste-test 10 iced teas to help us find the best. Here’s what his taste buds told him.

 

 




Honest Tea ($1.59/16.9 fl oz)
“Very good tea flavor with a hint of lemon. I can see sediment at the bottom; real tea was used to brew this. ”
Gold Peak Tea ($1.09/18.5 fl oz)
“Authentic tea flavor. Contender for the best in this bunch.”
Lipton Pureleaf Iced Tea
($0.99/16 fl oz)
“I can taste the tea. Not overly sweet. Right amount of acidity.”
Snapple
($0.99/16 fl oz)
“Despite being cloyingly sweet, the taste is still decent.”
Nature’s Promise Organic
Black Tea

($1.19/16 fl oz)
“Not much tea flavor. Not sweet at all.”
1/21/2  
Inko’s
($1.49/16 fl oz)
“No complexity and not enough tea flavor. Average-tasting.”
Tazo
(13.8 fl oz)
“Not bad-tasting, but I don’t taste tea but orange and other citrus flavors.”
Joe Tea
($1.69/20 fl oz)
“Tastes commercial, like it was made with a powder. Overly sweet and the color is too dark. ”
Arizona
($1.49/42 fl oz)
“Like brown sugar water. Lots of citric acid. Puckery and terrible all around.”
Brisk
($1.19/20 fl oz)
“Absolute worst. Too tart from too much acidity. Artificial and pedestrian. Tastes like it came out of a vending machine.”

 

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