Iced Tea

How to Make Iced Tea with Chinese Tea


In the hot summer, everyone enjoys drinking Iced tea. With a wide variety of Chinese teas available, how should you choose the right tea for cold brewing? And how should you brew it? Let's share some insights below:

Tea selection for making iced tea

Here are some tips for making the perfect cold-brew tea:

1, Recommended to use a lower degree of fermentation of the type of tea

Such as green tea, white tea, part of the low fermentation degree of oolong tea, loose leaf black tea, and flower tea. Because of its higher content of amino acids and sugar substances, more easily dissolves in cold water, and cold brew more sweet and fresh feeling.

2, Choose tea with high tenderness

Highly tender loose leaf tea is highly aromatic and flavorful.

3, Production method

Tea with a low degree of fermentation is Suitable for cold water brewing, while a high degree of fermentation tea is suitable for hot brewing after refrigeration.


Iced Tea Recommendations

1, Green Tea

Green tea is fresh and aromatic, and its bitterness is reduced when cold brewed, highlighting its sweetness.

Recommended teas: Biluochun, Longjing, Huangshan Maofeng, Enshi Yulu, Japanese Sencha, Japanese Gyokuro, and other well-known green teas are all suitable for cold brewing.

2, White Tea

For cold brewing, Baihao Yinzhen (Silver Needle) and Bai Mudan (White Peony) are recommended because they have a higher freshness, with prominent aroma and sweetness.

3, Black Tea

Black tea is very sweet, but not all black tea is suitable for cold brewing.

Recommended: sweet and highly aromatic Yunnan Black Tea, Yingde Black Tea, Darjeeling, Ceylon, and other highly aromatic black teas, honey-scented black teas.
Not recommended: Lapsang Souchong is more suitable for hot brewing.

4, Oolong Tea

Oolong tea has a rich and captivating aroma, but it is not easily brought out when cold brewed. Therefore, it is recommended to choose lightly roasted oolong teas with pronounced aroma for cold brewing.

Recommended teas: Dongding Oolong, lightly roasted Tie Guan Yin.

Highly recommended: Fenghuang Dancong.

Not recommended: Wuyi Rock tea (Yancha) is better suited for hot brewing to bring out its flavor.

5, Dark tea

Compressed teas require hot water to loosen the tea leaves, and the taste when cold brewed is generally average. Additionally, freshly produced raw Pu'er tea can be too stimulating, so they are not recommended for cold brewing.

6, Herbal tea

There are various types of herbal teas available. Popular choices include Jasmine tea, Osmanthus Longjing, Osmanthus Black tea, and Peach Oolong tea, all of which are good options.

Cold brewing methods

►Conventional cold brew method: Take 500ml of mineral water as an example, put in 3g of tea leaves, shake it up and down a little bit, and then put it into the refrigerator for chilling.
►Ice Melt Cold Brew Method: Add an appropriate amount of ice into the cup, and put in 3g of tea leaves, You can also increase or decrease according to your own taste. When the ice melts, strain out the tea and enjoy!

Cold brewing time

Researchers have experimented with brewing Baihao Yinzhen for 1 to 15 hours using water at temperatures of 4°C, room temperature


1. People with a weak constitution or poor gastrointestinal health should avoid cold-brewed tea.

2. In summer, pay attention to food hygiene, and it is best to consume cold-brewed tea within 24 hours.

3. When preparing cold-brewed tea, ensure the cleanliness of the teaware and hands.

4. When refrigerating cold-brewed tea, use a sealed container to isolate odors and prevent bacterial growth!

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