T’is the season for refreshing cold drinks – a nice glass of iced tea, anyone?
If it’s not something you’ve ever fancied, or maybe have been put off by attempts in the past, then now’s the time to think again. Iced tea has been revolutionized (okay, well, made a lot easier to make at least…) by the arrival of the Cold Brew T bottle.
The cold brew T bottle was designed for Whittard by Hario, experts in brewing technology, and looks similar in appearance to a wine bottle. In fact the packaging suggests you could even use your cold tea brew as an alternative to wine at a dinner table…
The idea is that you use loose leaf tea to make your brew. Whittard stock a whole host of loose leaf teas***, including herbal infusions, green tea, fruity infusions and special blends designed for iced tea making.
We tried a mango and bergamot green tea, and a fruit infusion, both of which worked wonderfully well cold and were very refreshing.
Brewing the tea is easy, here’s a useful step-by-step guide:
Depending on the tea you use, it can look quite colourful in the bottle and, once thoroughly chilled, it does make a refreshing summer drink.
The one important thing to remember is that you need to think ahead. Unlike hot tea, which is best made and served fresh, iced tea is better after it’s had time to steep and brew. Don’t worry, this doesn’t make it end up stewed and undrinkable, far from it in fact.
The cold brew bottle is ideal to take to work, to drink for refreshment and hydration during the day. To ensure it’s ready when you need it, you might find it useful to make it the night before and refridgerate it overnight, or make it first thing in the morning and cool in a work fridge ready for the afternoon.
Overall, the cold brew T bottle is a fab concept and a great idea. It brews a gorgeous healthy drink and can be reused time and time again.
The secure top ensures its easily portable without worry about accidental spillages and it’s ideal for taking to work, on a picnic or for summer dining (although we’ll admit that we’re not quite ready to give up wine in the evening in favour of iced tea – one has to indulge a bit!). Give it a try and let us know what you think.
***Special limited time offer: Spend £10 on loose tea at Whittard and receive a complimentary caddy. Use the promo code “CADDY” when placing an order online (check out their terms and conditions)
(Disclaimer: We were supplied with a cold brew T bottle and teas to test for the purpose of this review, but all views and opinions are our own).2