The tea preparation chart below explains the tea brewing process with specifics regarding the amount of loose leaf tea you should use per 8 oz. of water, at what temperature the water should be, and how long the tea must steep before it is ready. These are Tea Brewing and we recommend you look carefully at each individual tea, which may have slightly different tea brewing instructions. For example, it takes a few minutes longer to make herbal tea (4-6 minutes) than to brew green tea (1 minute). White and green teas should be brewed at a lower temperature ( 175º) than oolong and black teas (195º) and herbal teas (208º).
When making iced tea, double the amount of tea and simply pour the hot tea over ice when finished steeping. For herbal iced teas, double the amount of tea and double the steep time as well.
Making homemade iced tea is very similar to making hot teas , however, there are a few differences. Follow these simple steps on how to make great tasting gourmet iced tea.
First, double the amount of loose tea used in your brew (as compared to hot tea). If you prefer sweet iced tea, add sugar to the finished tea, for the best taste.
Next, immediately after the hot tea is brewed, pour it into a glass filled almost to the top with ice. The sudden cooling keeps the flavor and scent of the tea intact. Finish it off with a slice of lemon or sprig of mint for the perfect glass of cool, refreshing iced tea.
In general, our rooibos teas, fruit teas, black teas (which are traditional ice teas) and herbal teas are great over ice. Iced green teas can be delicious too, provided you choose a flavored or scented green tea that you enjoy. Mixing two or three teas together will get you a unique iced tea brew that is often better than any single tea. So try something new!