Thanks to the Chinese emperor, Shen Nung... If he hadn't been resting under a tea tree with a cauldron of simmering water next to him in his garden, it would maybe take a long time to discover tea for mankind.
It is 26C in Istanbul today. Sky is bright, and sea looks 'foggy'. It's gonna be hot the coming days. Global warming, huh? It will be rather 'global burning'!
Iced tea days are getting closer. And today I made the first iced tea of the season. Unfortunatelly it was not a perfect one I had ever done. In fact I'd never brewed such a muddy iced tea before! However I now know the reason. So I will let you know how to get over the problem I had with my iced tea this time.
I generally use flavoured black teas to make iced tea. My favorites are mango, caramel, and strawberry flavoured black teas. If you don't like using flavoured teas it is possible to make it with a kind of plain Ceylon tea or the best with Assam tea (an avarage type of Assam... or maybe blend of Assam). I'll give the recipe of basic iced tea with plain/unique teas later.
Today I used a kind of Robert's Coffee brand tea. They call it 'Island Blend'. It's a kind of black tea with the aroma mango, passion fruit, and apple, pieces of dried apple, rose petals, hibiscus, mallow, and marigold. As it is a very aromatic tea, you won't need any extra garnishing. However I wanted to add some acidity with a touch of citrus - lemon. It was a good idea at first, but it turned out bad in the end. Not with the taste but with the apperience.
Let me give the recipe, then tell you what was wrong.