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Best-Tasting (and Healthiest) Bottled Iced Teas Slideshow

Best-Tasting (and Healthiest) Bottled Iced Teas Slideshow

In honor of National Iced Tea Month, we take a closer look at the teas you’re drinking

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Coming in last place is Snapple Lemon Tea. Described as "very concentrated throughout" and having a "weird plastic taste" by our tasters, the tea didn’t make it too high on our list. Although the word "fishy" was used to describe the taste by one editor, other tasters said this product was the "most like tea." Controversial in its flavor, Snapple Lemon Tea comes in with the highest amount of calories per serving: 150. However, this brand also had the largest serving size, at 16 fluid ounces.

Sample Tasting Notes:

“natural,” “bitter” “most like tea” “very concentrated throughout” “weird plastic taste” “fishy” “woody”

Iced Tea no. 4: Snapple

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Coming in last place is Snapple Lemon Tea. However, this brand also had the largest serving size, at 16 fluid ounces.

Sample Tasting Notes:

“natural,” “bitter” “most like tea” “very concentrated throughout” “weird plastic taste” “fishy” “woody”

Iced Tea no. 3: AriZona

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The AriZona Iced Tea with Lemon flavor didn’t fare so well with most of our tasters, but it did please a few of them, who described it as "crisp" and "lemony." If you want to stay away from sugar, however, perhaps move onto a new choice. AriZona Iced Tea topped our list as the iced tea with the most sugar per serving: 24 grams per 8 ounces.

Sample Tasting Notes:

“crisp, “ “lemony” “bit too acidic” “nice honey note but still artificial” “tastes like instant tea” “weird/some aftertaste”

Iced Tea no. 2: Lipton

Lipton might not have made number one in our taste test, but if you’re counting calories, this is the iced tea for you. Many of the editors defined this sample by its sweetness. Oddly enough, though, Lipton Lemon Iced Tea had the least amount of sugar per serving in our test group.

Sample Tasting Notes:

“interesting aftertaste” “super sugary” “really sweet” “tart” “too much lemon, can barely taste tea”

Iced Tea no. 1: Nestea

Ranked number one by our editors, Nestea Lemon Iced Tea had the perfect balance of "sweet" and "lemony" flavor. Leaving the drinker with "no bad aftertaste," this sample had 9 more grams of sugar than Lipton, but 35 less milligrams of sodium.

Sample Tasting Notes

“overly sweet” “no bad aftertaste” “sweet, lemony”


The Best Iced Tea Bag Brands: Our Taste Test Results

If you love iced tea, you have two options: buy it at the store, or make it yourself. The problem with buying it is that it's usually loaded with sweeteners, and if you don't like that sort of thing it's really hard to find unsweetened iced tea in a bottle. The problem with making iced tea from scratch is the wait -- it takes hours for a kettle of boiling tea to cool down, even with the help of a refrigerator and ice.

Thanks to food technology, the invention of cold brew tea bags has come to our rescue. Steep the tea bags in cold water for about 5 minutes, and you're good to go -- it couldn't be easier (with the exception of the Tazo brand, which requires you to steep in water for 5 minutes, and then top off with cold water, making it the only brand marketed as iced tea in our taste test that doesn't use a cold brew). There are more new flavors on the market than ever this season, and we're putting them to the test. From classic black tea to blueberry green and peach, there's a flavor for just about everyone. (And if you like your tea sweet, don't worry -- you can add as much sugar as you want.)

Some claim that cold-brewed tea (and coffee, for that matter) just don't taste as good as hot-brewed tea. Food-science expert Harold McGee says that cold-brewed teas "tend to contain less caffeine and less acid" than their hot counterparts. "And of course, they taste different. If the flavor of hot tea or coffee is your gold standard, then cold brews won't measure up."

We wanted to see if that's true, so we put 13 flavors to the test in a blind tasting. Who came out on top? Find out in the slideshow below.

As always, this taste test is not sponsored or influenced by the brands involved.


The Best Iced Tea Bag Brands: Our Taste Test Results

If you love iced tea, you have two options: buy it at the store, or make it yourself. The problem with buying it is that it's usually loaded with sweeteners, and if you don't like that sort of thing it's really hard to find unsweetened iced tea in a bottle. The problem with making iced tea from scratch is the wait -- it takes hours for a kettle of boiling tea to cool down, even with the help of a refrigerator and ice.

Thanks to food technology, the invention of cold brew tea bags has come to our rescue. Steep the tea bags in cold water for about 5 minutes, and you're good to go -- it couldn't be easier (with the exception of the Tazo brand, which requires you to steep in water for 5 minutes, and then top off with cold water, making it the only brand marketed as iced tea in our taste test that doesn't use a cold brew). There are more new flavors on the market than ever this season, and we're putting them to the test. From classic black tea to blueberry green and peach, there's a flavor for just about everyone. (And if you like your tea sweet, don't worry -- you can add as much sugar as you want.)

Some claim that cold-brewed tea (and coffee, for that matter) just don't taste as good as hot-brewed tea. Food-science expert Harold McGee says that cold-brewed teas "tend to contain less caffeine and less acid" than their hot counterparts. "And of course, they taste different. If the flavor of hot tea or coffee is your gold standard, then cold brews won't measure up."

We wanted to see if that's true, so we put 13 flavors to the test in a blind tasting. Who came out on top? Find out in the slideshow below.

As always, this taste test is not sponsored or influenced by the brands involved.


The Best Iced Tea Bag Brands: Our Taste Test Results

If you love iced tea, you have two options: buy it at the store, or make it yourself. The problem with buying it is that it's usually loaded with sweeteners, and if you don't like that sort of thing it's really hard to find unsweetened iced tea in a bottle. The problem with making iced tea from scratch is the wait -- it takes hours for a kettle of boiling tea to cool down, even with the help of a refrigerator and ice.

Thanks to food technology, the invention of cold brew tea bags has come to our rescue. Steep the tea bags in cold water for about 5 minutes, and you're good to go -- it couldn't be easier (with the exception of the Tazo brand, which requires you to steep in water for 5 minutes, and then top off with cold water, making it the only brand marketed as iced tea in our taste test that doesn't use a cold brew). There are more new flavors on the market than ever this season, and we're putting them to the test. From classic black tea to blueberry green and peach, there's a flavor for just about everyone. (And if you like your tea sweet, don't worry -- you can add as much sugar as you want.)

Some claim that cold-brewed tea (and coffee, for that matter) just don't taste as good as hot-brewed tea. Food-science expert Harold McGee says that cold-brewed teas "tend to contain less caffeine and less acid" than their hot counterparts. "And of course, they taste different. If the flavor of hot tea or coffee is your gold standard, then cold brews won't measure up."

We wanted to see if that's true, so we put 13 flavors to the test in a blind tasting. Who came out on top? Find out in the slideshow below.

As always, this taste test is not sponsored or influenced by the brands involved.


The Best Iced Tea Bag Brands: Our Taste Test Results

If you love iced tea, you have two options: buy it at the store, or make it yourself. The problem with buying it is that it's usually loaded with sweeteners, and if you don't like that sort of thing it's really hard to find unsweetened iced tea in a bottle. The problem with making iced tea from scratch is the wait -- it takes hours for a kettle of boiling tea to cool down, even with the help of a refrigerator and ice.

Thanks to food technology, the invention of cold brew tea bags has come to our rescue. Steep the tea bags in cold water for about 5 minutes, and you're good to go -- it couldn't be easier (with the exception of the Tazo brand, which requires you to steep in water for 5 minutes, and then top off with cold water, making it the only brand marketed as iced tea in our taste test that doesn't use a cold brew). There are more new flavors on the market than ever this season, and we're putting them to the test. From classic black tea to blueberry green and peach, there's a flavor for just about everyone. (And if you like your tea sweet, don't worry -- you can add as much sugar as you want.)

Some claim that cold-brewed tea (and coffee, for that matter) just don't taste as good as hot-brewed tea. Food-science expert Harold McGee says that cold-brewed teas "tend to contain less caffeine and less acid" than their hot counterparts. "And of course, they taste different. If the flavor of hot tea or coffee is your gold standard, then cold brews won't measure up."

We wanted to see if that's true, so we put 13 flavors to the test in a blind tasting. Who came out on top? Find out in the slideshow below.

As always, this taste test is not sponsored or influenced by the brands involved.


The Best Iced Tea Bag Brands: Our Taste Test Results

If you love iced tea, you have two options: buy it at the store, or make it yourself. The problem with buying it is that it's usually loaded with sweeteners, and if you don't like that sort of thing it's really hard to find unsweetened iced tea in a bottle. The problem with making iced tea from scratch is the wait -- it takes hours for a kettle of boiling tea to cool down, even with the help of a refrigerator and ice.

Thanks to food technology, the invention of cold brew tea bags has come to our rescue. Steep the tea bags in cold water for about 5 minutes, and you're good to go -- it couldn't be easier (with the exception of the Tazo brand, which requires you to steep in water for 5 minutes, and then top off with cold water, making it the only brand marketed as iced tea in our taste test that doesn't use a cold brew). There are more new flavors on the market than ever this season, and we're putting them to the test. From classic black tea to blueberry green and peach, there's a flavor for just about everyone. (And if you like your tea sweet, don't worry -- you can add as much sugar as you want.)

Some claim that cold-brewed tea (and coffee, for that matter) just don't taste as good as hot-brewed tea. Food-science expert Harold McGee says that cold-brewed teas "tend to contain less caffeine and less acid" than their hot counterparts. "And of course, they taste different. If the flavor of hot tea or coffee is your gold standard, then cold brews won't measure up."

We wanted to see if that's true, so we put 13 flavors to the test in a blind tasting. Who came out on top? Find out in the slideshow below.

As always, this taste test is not sponsored or influenced by the brands involved.


The Best Iced Tea Bag Brands: Our Taste Test Results

If you love iced tea, you have two options: buy it at the store, or make it yourself. The problem with buying it is that it's usually loaded with sweeteners, and if you don't like that sort of thing it's really hard to find unsweetened iced tea in a bottle. The problem with making iced tea from scratch is the wait -- it takes hours for a kettle of boiling tea to cool down, even with the help of a refrigerator and ice.

Thanks to food technology, the invention of cold brew tea bags has come to our rescue. Steep the tea bags in cold water for about 5 minutes, and you're good to go -- it couldn't be easier (with the exception of the Tazo brand, which requires you to steep in water for 5 minutes, and then top off with cold water, making it the only brand marketed as iced tea in our taste test that doesn't use a cold brew). There are more new flavors on the market than ever this season, and we're putting them to the test. From classic black tea to blueberry green and peach, there's a flavor for just about everyone. (And if you like your tea sweet, don't worry -- you can add as much sugar as you want.)

Some claim that cold-brewed tea (and coffee, for that matter) just don't taste as good as hot-brewed tea. Food-science expert Harold McGee says that cold-brewed teas "tend to contain less caffeine and less acid" than their hot counterparts. "And of course, they taste different. If the flavor of hot tea or coffee is your gold standard, then cold brews won't measure up."

We wanted to see if that's true, so we put 13 flavors to the test in a blind tasting. Who came out on top? Find out in the slideshow below.

As always, this taste test is not sponsored or influenced by the brands involved.


The Best Iced Tea Bag Brands: Our Taste Test Results

If you love iced tea, you have two options: buy it at the store, or make it yourself. The problem with buying it is that it's usually loaded with sweeteners, and if you don't like that sort of thing it's really hard to find unsweetened iced tea in a bottle. The problem with making iced tea from scratch is the wait -- it takes hours for a kettle of boiling tea to cool down, even with the help of a refrigerator and ice.

Thanks to food technology, the invention of cold brew tea bags has come to our rescue. Steep the tea bags in cold water for about 5 minutes, and you're good to go -- it couldn't be easier (with the exception of the Tazo brand, which requires you to steep in water for 5 minutes, and then top off with cold water, making it the only brand marketed as iced tea in our taste test that doesn't use a cold brew). There are more new flavors on the market than ever this season, and we're putting them to the test. From classic black tea to blueberry green and peach, there's a flavor for just about everyone. (And if you like your tea sweet, don't worry -- you can add as much sugar as you want.)

Some claim that cold-brewed tea (and coffee, for that matter) just don't taste as good as hot-brewed tea. Food-science expert Harold McGee says that cold-brewed teas "tend to contain less caffeine and less acid" than their hot counterparts. "And of course, they taste different. If the flavor of hot tea or coffee is your gold standard, then cold brews won't measure up."

We wanted to see if that's true, so we put 13 flavors to the test in a blind tasting. Who came out on top? Find out in the slideshow below.

As always, this taste test is not sponsored or influenced by the brands involved.


The Best Iced Tea Bag Brands: Our Taste Test Results

If you love iced tea, you have two options: buy it at the store, or make it yourself. The problem with buying it is that it's usually loaded with sweeteners, and if you don't like that sort of thing it's really hard to find unsweetened iced tea in a bottle. The problem with making iced tea from scratch is the wait -- it takes hours for a kettle of boiling tea to cool down, even with the help of a refrigerator and ice.

Thanks to food technology, the invention of cold brew tea bags has come to our rescue. Steep the tea bags in cold water for about 5 minutes, and you're good to go -- it couldn't be easier (with the exception of the Tazo brand, which requires you to steep in water for 5 minutes, and then top off with cold water, making it the only brand marketed as iced tea in our taste test that doesn't use a cold brew). There are more new flavors on the market than ever this season, and we're putting them to the test. From classic black tea to blueberry green and peach, there's a flavor for just about everyone. (And if you like your tea sweet, don't worry -- you can add as much sugar as you want.)

Some claim that cold-brewed tea (and coffee, for that matter) just don't taste as good as hot-brewed tea. Food-science expert Harold McGee says that cold-brewed teas "tend to contain less caffeine and less acid" than their hot counterparts. "And of course, they taste different. If the flavor of hot tea or coffee is your gold standard, then cold brews won't measure up."

We wanted to see if that's true, so we put 13 flavors to the test in a blind tasting. Who came out on top? Find out in the slideshow below.

As always, this taste test is not sponsored or influenced by the brands involved.


The Best Iced Tea Bag Brands: Our Taste Test Results

If you love iced tea, you have two options: buy it at the store, or make it yourself. The problem with buying it is that it's usually loaded with sweeteners, and if you don't like that sort of thing it's really hard to find unsweetened iced tea in a bottle. The problem with making iced tea from scratch is the wait -- it takes hours for a kettle of boiling tea to cool down, even with the help of a refrigerator and ice.

Thanks to food technology, the invention of cold brew tea bags has come to our rescue. Steep the tea bags in cold water for about 5 minutes, and you're good to go -- it couldn't be easier (with the exception of the Tazo brand, which requires you to steep in water for 5 minutes, and then top off with cold water, making it the only brand marketed as iced tea in our taste test that doesn't use a cold brew). There are more new flavors on the market than ever this season, and we're putting them to the test. From classic black tea to blueberry green and peach, there's a flavor for just about everyone. (And if you like your tea sweet, don't worry -- you can add as much sugar as you want.)

Some claim that cold-brewed tea (and coffee, for that matter) just don't taste as good as hot-brewed tea. Food-science expert Harold McGee says that cold-brewed teas "tend to contain less caffeine and less acid" than their hot counterparts. "And of course, they taste different. If the flavor of hot tea or coffee is your gold standard, then cold brews won't measure up."

We wanted to see if that's true, so we put 13 flavors to the test in a blind tasting. Who came out on top? Find out in the slideshow below.

As always, this taste test is not sponsored or influenced by the brands involved.


The Best Iced Tea Bag Brands: Our Taste Test Results

If you love iced tea, you have two options: buy it at the store, or make it yourself. The problem with buying it is that it's usually loaded with sweeteners, and if you don't like that sort of thing it's really hard to find unsweetened iced tea in a bottle. The problem with making iced tea from scratch is the wait -- it takes hours for a kettle of boiling tea to cool down, even with the help of a refrigerator and ice.

Thanks to food technology, the invention of cold brew tea bags has come to our rescue. Steep the tea bags in cold water for about 5 minutes, and you're good to go -- it couldn't be easier (with the exception of the Tazo brand, which requires you to steep in water for 5 minutes, and then top off with cold water, making it the only brand marketed as iced tea in our taste test that doesn't use a cold brew). There are more new flavors on the market than ever this season, and we're putting them to the test. From classic black tea to blueberry green and peach, there's a flavor for just about everyone. (And if you like your tea sweet, don't worry -- you can add as much sugar as you want.)

Some claim that cold-brewed tea (and coffee, for that matter) just don't taste as good as hot-brewed tea. Food-science expert Harold McGee says that cold-brewed teas "tend to contain less caffeine and less acid" than their hot counterparts. "And of course, they taste different. If the flavor of hot tea or coffee is your gold standard, then cold brews won't measure up."

We wanted to see if that's true, so we put 13 flavors to the test in a blind tasting. Who came out on top? Find out in the slideshow below.

As always, this taste test is not sponsored or influenced by the brands involved.