The Best Iced Tea You Can Buy at the Supermarket — Eat This Not That

The Best Iced Tea You Can Buy at the Supermarket — Eat This Not That

Iced tea is a drink that you can enjoy at any time of the year—although, for obvious reasons, it’s much more pleasurable to sip on during the hot summer months as a method to cool off and rehydrate. What’s better than grabbing a bottle and walking on the beach, going for a hike, or heading to a picnic in the park? It’s more interesting than water, but it’ll nevertheless keep you hydrated. The team at Eat This, Not That! wanted to sample 10 different popular iced teas brands to find the best-tasting one you’ll want to grab this summer. We chose to sample each brand’s lemon-flavored tea because when we think of iced tea, we all agreed that’s the most widely liked and popular flavor.

Now, discover what we deemed the best iced tea from our taste test. And for more, don’t miss these 15 typical American Desserts That Deserve a reappearance.

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We graded solely on flavor. Our main goal was to choose something that truly tasted like tea (and not sugar water). To keep the taste test already, we only picked the lemon flavor from each brand. We chosen our top three favorites out of 10 different iced tea brands:6254a4d1642c605c54bf1cab17d50f1e

  • Joe Tea
  • Snapple
  • Arizona
  • Honest Tea
  • Pure Leaf
  • Tazo
  • Sweet Leaf Tea Company
  • Gold Peak
  • Turkey Hill
  • Steaz

And our top 3 were…

Eat This, Not That! Verdict

For a few taste testers, Turkey Hill’s lemon iced tea was their top pick among the iced tea brands we tried. In fact, it brought back fond memories.

“I liked the sweetness here,” said one taste tester. She also wrote that it reminded her of swigging on iced tea while sitting on the porch in the summer. Another taste tester said that it had the perfect amount of sweetness, and doesn’t leave a bad aftertaste as some flavored teas tend to do. While some editors were pleased with this tea, others were not as impressed.

“Just tastes like sugar,” one taste tester said. Another shared, “Basic flavor; nothing noticable and tastes rather artificial.”

As you can see, we have a wide range of preferences in the office. However, this one won the hearts of quite a few, which is why it made the top three.

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Eat This, Not That! Verdict

Many of us agreed that Pure Leaf’s lemon tea met our expectations of what we would prefer a glass of lemon tea to taste like. One taste tester described the taste as lemony and herbal. “It makes me feel healthy when I drink it, like I am one with the earth,” she said.

Another wrote, “Tastes the most like real tea of the ones I tasted; sweet without being too much.”

Overall, we appreciated how this lemon tea variety truly tasted like tea, instead of sugary water with a hint of tea.

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Eat This, Not That! Verdict

Finally, the best iced tea was Tazo lemon ginger. The ginger is what scored this tea first place—the kick of spice was gentle however noticeable. One taste tester was shocked that it was pre-bottled.

“Pleasantly surprised,” she penned. “The ginger is subtle and uncommon; tastes fancy and not what you would expect from a bottled iced tea.”

Other taste testers said the tea was very pleasant to drink, not overly sweet, flavorful, and had a clean finish.

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