Some of our Bluffton Tea Blends make excellent iced tea for those warm Spring, Summer & early Autumn days. We prefer the cold brewing method as it's so easy and reduces any astringent taste. However, if you don't have the time to wait, the standard method of using freshly boiled hot water is just as acceptable.
Standard Guidelines for iced tea: 1 oz. of loose tea yields 1 gallon of iced tea. Pour 8 cups boiling water over tea in pitcher (glass not recommended as it may shatter when pouring in hot water or ice) Steep 5 - 10 minutes. Strain tea and add ice. Stir briskly to cool the tea quickly then add additional ice and water to make just shy of 1 gallon keeping in mind you will serve it over ice and don't want the tea to be watered down. Garnish & sweeten to taste.
Cold Brewing Method for iced tea: Pour 8 cups of room temperature filtered water over tea in pitcher. Stir and allow to sit for 30 - 60 minutes. Fill pitcher with additional water and place in refrigerator over night (6 - 12) hours. Strain, garnish and sweeten to taste.