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13 August 2013

Iced Sencha Tea With Peaches & Lime


When you leave your friends after a visit, you receive parting gifts. When friends put all their effort in certain activities, you are a part of their support network. This is the story of the myriad TWG teabags I have now in my cupboard. A big number of Sechan teabags and numerous others with most of the flavors the company produces are all waiting for me to try and enjoy with my 7-year old son who, for some odd reason, loves both hot tea and iced tea. He was born with a badge of tea connoisseurship.


The last time I visited the Philippines, my long-time college friend Tanya, sent me back to Rome with several TWG teabags to try. I looked at her then back at the bag she handed me. Uhm, thanks, but can you just give me half of the contents of THAT bag? Answer: No! Gulp. I wonder how I can finish all that tea? Being one of the partners of Manila Global Brand, the authorized sub-distributor of TWG Tea in the Philippines, it's just normal that she showers me with the products that she is handling and personally likes.  And after I took out all the tea that she gave me a few days ago to make some iced tea, I was grateful for all the teabags I have. I used 6 bags in one liter of iced tea so her supply will keep us through the whole summer with good quality tea! Thank God for generous friends! 

TWG Tea is a fast-growing Singaporean brand in Asia. Growing well because of their commitment to giving good quality tea blends. I already sampled a couple of their flavors (Yes, I still have to try a whole range of them sitting in my cupboard!) in iced tea, specifically the Vanilla Bourbon and Creme Caramel. I am telling you, they are addictive because of their sweet, fragrant & dessert-like blends. And one thing that I like about the company is that they created theine-free blends for kids too. I have my own mini tea drinkers at home and I always worry that the tea they are drinking are not fit for their ages. With TWG, I don't need to worry about it anymore.


Preparing iced tea is very simple. We just need to know how to steep the teabags properly. It's always according to how we will drink it. Read about the cold & hot infusion below and find out which one works best for you. I always use the hot infusion method because iced tea in our house gets consumed immediately after I plop down the pitcher on the table.
Cold infusion is putting the tea leaves or bags in cold water between 2 - 5 hours prior to consumption and leaving it in the fridge.  This infusion takes less caffeine from the tea which I prefer because of the kids but the taste is less rounder and it's milder.  If you are consuming the cold tea days after preparing it, then this is the preferred method because it keeps longer.

The hot infusion however, is putting the leaves in hot water for 15 minutes until it cools down then add ice and cold water to serve immediately.  The tea has to be consumed within the day.  This infusion extracts more caffeine than its counterpart and it has a more robust and stronger taste. 
- See more at: http://www.apronandsneakers.com/2012/08/simple-lemon-lime-tea-with-mint.html#sthash.0yOiE14c.dpuf
 
Cold infusion is putting the tea leaves or bags in cold water between 2 - 5 hours prior to consumption and leaving it in the fridge.  This infusion takes less theine from the tea which I prefer because of the kids but the taste is less rounder and it's milder.  If you are consuming the cold tea days after preparing it, then this is the preferred method because it keeps longer.


The hot infusion however, is putting the leaves in hot water for 15 minutes until it cools down then add ice and cold water to serve immediately.  The tea has to be consumed within the day.  This infusion extracts more theine than its counterpart and it has a more robust and stronger taste. 

Cold infusion is putting the tea leaves or bags in cold water between 2 - 5 hours prior to consumption and leaving it in the fridge.  This infusion takes less caffeine from the tea which I prefer because of the kids but the taste is less rounder and it's milder.  If you are consuming the cold tea days after preparing it, then this is the preferred method because it keeps longer.

The hot infusion however, is putting the leaves in hot water for 15 minutes until it cools down then add ice and cold water to serve immediately.  The tea has to be consumed within the day.  This infusion extracts more caffeine than its counterpart and it has a more robust and stronger taste. 
- See more at: http://www.apronandsneakers.com/2012/08/simple-lemon-lime-tea-with-mint.html#sthash.0yOiE14c.dpuf
I hope you enjoy this tea. Have a wonderful week!




Iced Sencha Tea With Peaches & Lime

Ingredients:
Makes 1 liter

  • 1 liter water
  • 2 – 3 untreated peaches, sliced with skin on
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • sugar
  • 5 teabags of Sencha green tea (or any tea)
  • 1 teabag of black tea (I added 1 teabag of black tea to add more strength.)
  • fresh mint
Directions:
  1. Steep all teabags in a cup of water using the hot or cold infusion method.
  2. Pour the remaining water in the pitcher. 
  3. Add the tea, sugar, peaches, 3/4 of the lime and mint. Squeeze the juice of the remaining 1/4 lime. Stir well.
  4. Serve cold or add a lot of ice before serving.