When you think of iced tea, the first thing that comes to mind is cold, sweet, fruity, maybe zesty, drink that will quench your thirst on a hot day. But beneath all the layers of fruitiness, sweetness, and acidity lies the real flavor of the tea.
The actual taste of the tea in your regular iced tea is barely recognizable, which is a real shame. McEntee's Tea is full of flavour and aroma that will only boost the taste of your iced cold drink. And that’s what loose leaves bring to the pitcher. A deep flavor that transforms this summer staple, and not to mention, makes it a healthier beverage.
Cold brewing your iced tea will add a nice body to your beverage and enhance the leaves’ natural flavor and sweetness. This will give you a subtle taste and lasting finish that is much more refreshing and enjoyable than the quick, hot-brew method.
And yes, this is our favorite way to brew iced tea. Here is how you can do it:
1. Start by adding about 1 teaspoon of loose leaf tea to a clean mason jar. Our golden ratio is 1 teaspoon of tea per every 8 ounces of water, so if you are brewing a larger batch, feel free to double or triple the amount.
2. Next, cover the tea with water (8 ounces per 1 teaspoon). It is best to use tap or room temperature water.
3. Then, put the lid on, seal, and place the mason jar in the refrigerator, allowing it to steep naturally, for at least 4 hours, but the best taste is extracted after 8-12 hours.
4. Add sugar to taste
5. Strain and serve with ice, lemon slices, and other favorite add-ins.
Recipe 2: Hot Brew
This is a somewhat quicker version of the previous method.
1. Place 1 teaspoon of loose leaf tea inside your cup or strainer.
2. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil, then pour the boiling water over the tea.
3. Allow it to steep for 5 minutes, then strain and discard the leaves.
4. Add sugar to taste
5. Let the tea sit at room temperature for about half an hour, then transfer it to your jar/pitcher, and place it in the fridge to cool for a couple of hours.
6. Serve with ice and preferred add-ins.
While both methods will generally brew you a delicious iced tea, the first recipe definitely delivers a more satisfying flavor. Besides, there is no need to worry about over-extraction or bitter taste with cold brewing since the cold water can only bring out the natural sweetness.
Helen talks to Alan Hughes about the Irish Tea Blends to be on the shelves in Aldi from 6th June throughout Ireland for 2 weeks. All three of the Irish Blends are to be available, Irish Breakfast, Irish Afternoon and Gold Blend in 165g packs for €3.95 each. We hope you'll pick up a pack in your local Aldi next week.
McEntee’s Tea's three tea blends, Irish Afternoon Blend, Irish Breakfast Blend and Gold Blend have been selected to supply Aldi’s 145 stores through the Grow with Aldi programme from 6th June for 14 days! Offering tea drinkers a sustainable plastic free option while upgrading their tea drinking experience, offering unmatched aroma and taste.
They will be running a competition to win a €100 Aldi voucher, just share a photo of your McEntee’s Tea purchase between 6th – 20th June and tag #McEnteestea to have a chance to win.
McEntee’s Tea is a family owned business run by husband and wife team Helen & Donal McEntee based in rural Co.Louth on the family farm. Both passionate tea drinkers, they developed the idea of McEntee’s Tea a number of years ago to bring back quality, great tasting Irish Blends of proper loose tea to make everyone’s cuppa a moment to enjoy. Donal said “I felt everyone had forgotten the aroma and flavour of proper tea, we need to remind them!”
Donal and Helens desire to develop McEntee’s Fine Teas dates back to their childhood where tea was central to traditional family life. Helen McEntee said “Tea has been a part of traditional Irish family life for generations, it’s important to us to remind people to take a moment to enjoy a pot of proper tea with family and friends once more”. This passion has driven their desire to bring back proper great tasting tea brewed in a teapot. They source a very select range of loose teas together with filter teapots from around the world. By offering both the range of quality teas alongside the tea ware, they aim to make the move to proper tasting loose tea easier and affordable for everyone.
Delighted to be featured in our local Drogheda Independent paper this week .
For along time now we've had requests to provide our range of Irish loose tea blends to America. We're now delighted to have a select range of our Award winning blends of Irish Tea on sale on Amazon.com. We're initially selling our black Irish Blends of tea in both the 250g Pouch and the 500g Tea Caddy (The 500g Tea Caddy's make the perfect gift!) Our Irish Blends include an Irish Breakfast Tea, Irish Afternoon Tea and Gold Blend Teas.
Here's what our customers say about our teas:
Gold Blend Tea -
"The quality, taste and texture of this loose leaf tea is excellent. It has become a firm favourite in our household. In fact it is almost always commented on by friends who come to visit. It’s a strong full-bodied tea with a rich robust flavour. I’d highly recommend it. Fast shipping with excellent customer service. Many Thanks"
"Makes a really wonderful cuppa. Cant fault it .Added to which , unlike tea bags, no plastic and no dust."
Irish Breakfast Tea
"McEntee's is the best breakfast tea I have tried over decades from different parts of the world whether as single origin or blends by the most famous brands. I often have it in the afternoon as well. You might find it strong for high tea though. I like it very much and recommend everyone to try."
Irish Afternoon Tea
This tea is so good words cannot do justice to it. It is a rich, tasty and very smooth drink, refreshing without a tannin aftertaste.
Well done all at McEntee's!
To celebrate National Tea Day on 6th May 2021, help us help Alzheimers Society of Ireland to continue their crucial service. When you purchase our Tea Day Gift Set, we donate €5 per delivery to help raise funds for Alzheimers Society of Ireland - BUY NOW.
The Alzheimers Society of Ireland is supporting people with dementia and their families as their Home Care; Dementia Advisers; National Helpline, and Online Family Carer Training are all still running, their administration staff are operating from their homes across the country and in addition they are looking at new ways of providing ASI support to their clients and their families.
Their Home Care Service offers dementia specific, person centred care and their trained staff work with clients.
Their Dementia Advisers work with people with dementia, their families and carers to provide a highly responsive and individualised information and signposting service.
To sign up and register your own Tea Day fundraising event click here