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We Taste-Tested 10 Popular Iced Teas—This Was Our Favorite

What's more refreshing than iced tea on a hot day? See our top three favorite ones from popular brands.
We Taste-Tested 10 Popular Iced Teas—This Was Our Favorite

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 means 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 still 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 top three best store-bought iced teas from our taste test.

How We Graded Them

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We graded solely off of flavor. We wanted something that tasted like tea, and to keep the taste test even, we only picked the lemon flavor from each brand. We selected our top three favorites out of 10 different brands:

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

And our top 3 were…

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Turkey Hill Lemon Iced Tea

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Eat This, Not That! Verdict

For a few taste testers, Turkey Hill’s lemon iced tea was their top pick. 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 taster said. Another shared, “Basic flavor; nothing memorable 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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Pure Leaf Lemon Iced Tea

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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 actually tasted like tea, rather than sugary water with a hint of tea.

RELATED: Learn how to harness the power of tea to lose weight.

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Tazo Lemon Ginger Iced Tea

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Eat This, Not That! Verdict

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

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

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

And there you have the top three iced teas you can sip on this summer and beyond!

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