Talk:American tea culture

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This entire article is messed up. It contains factually incorrect material, and needs a significant rewrite. More work than I am willing to spend today.

I already clarified the bit about tea being served only at tea parties and hotels, which is not a true ststement as both Hot and Iced Tea is served almost everywhere alongside coffee and soda and removed the 1904 worlds fair credit for iced tea's invention - US cookbooks dating back to the 1870's have printed recipes for Iced Tea.

Things that need to be fixed still;

1. Tea consumption prior to World War II was 40% Black, 40% Green, with the remaining choosing OOlong tea. After the war it was 99% black tea as the US was cut off from green tea sources.

2. Most Tea sold in the US is Ice Tea blends. Ice Tea Blends, sometimes called American blends, are made from Argentina tea stocks. Most of the tea grown in Argentina (at one time it was something like 5%-10% of world tea production) is consumed by the US! These tea blends taste very different from Indian and Chinese blends. The fine tea revival has much to do with the US re-opening trade with China.

3. Powdered Instant Tea- Nestea, nicknamed by many as Nas-Tea (Nasty), is an US invention exported to the rest of the world.

4. Sweet Tea, much of what you get in bottles, is traditionally a Southern US drink, although it was served in the North also. Snapple and Brisk are examples pre-sweetened Iced Tea that is exported to the rest of the world. A note here- most UK tea drinkers wince when first given a taste of US Sweet Tea made with the traditional 1 pound of sugar per gallon and made with low-quality ice tea blends. They also wince at Brisk and Snapple.

Is there any truth to the assertion that the revival of interest in fine teas in the U.S. since the 1980's is due to popularization of Earl Grey by the character Jean-Luc Picard? --Jeff robertson 14:01, 9 August 2007 (UTC)

The lines: "In Texas and much of the Western United States, iced tea almost always means freshly-brewed unsweetened tea, generally served in a tall glass and garnished with a lemon wedge. Sweeteners are then added by the customer (or not) according to taste." are not accurate.

Maybe in the Western US and maybe western Texas but not Texas. We drink 'sweet tea' oh and we call it "Tea". Oh and there is such a thing called alcoholic tea, trust me, it has tea in it and it ain't from long island nether! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:33, 14 October 2009 (UTC)

I Understand what I edited, will more likely be removed or altered, but I had concern over the tone used in part of the article that mentioned the use of corn syrup in commercially prepared teas, and how "purists" would use sugar. Most of the commercially prepared drinks, including tea, in the USA, are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, not corn syrup. There isn't such a thing as "sugar purists", what there is is a very real concern about HFCS and its safety.

When anyone in their kitchen wants to sweeten anything, they will reach for sugar, honey or molasses, at least in the US. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:36, 9 July 2011 (UTC)

Another thing to change, the CDC has not actually issued an official statement against sun teas, there are websites that have sussed this out. And the bacteria listed is not listed as a deadly bacteria, merely as a potential bacteria that could grow in sun tea. (talk) 02:20, 4 May 2013 (UTC)

tea and alcohol mixes[edit]

The last paragraph that suggests the reason the tea industry doesn't try to market alcoholic tea is completely bogus. First of all, there are hardly any Muslims living in the US, and they do not drink any more tea than the average American (particularly Southerners). There are infinitely more non-Muslim tea drinkers in the United States and the very small Muslim tea drinking market wouldn't dictate anything. If there was even a shred of truth to the religious slant, it would probably revolve around Southern Baptists, not Muslims. Even so, there are plenty of sweet tea based alcoholic beverages for sale - Jeremiah Weed makes a sweet tea burbon and Firefly makes a sweet tea vodka. Lime in the Coconut 17:19, 27 July 2011 (UTC)


I removed from article, this is not American tea culture:

A lesser known (at least in the United States) alcoholic tea called "Green Dragon Tea" is the result of steeping marijuana in alcohol for a period of time. An adequately high proof alcohol (at least 80 proof) is required to sufficiently leech the THC from the marijuana leaves, buds, and stems. This drink like any with alcohol can be intoxicating, resulting in this case from both the high THC content and the high proof alcohol.

I also removed this:

The marketing of tea and alcohol under one umbrella has been a topic about which the American tea marketers have been very sensitive to exploiting. The large population of Muslims living in the USA, for whom black tea remains an important drink, dictates that tea marketers shy away from any discussions, let alone co-promotions, of teas and alcoholic drinks. icetea8 (talk) 04:35, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

Tea bars(non-alcohol)[edit]

While originating in Asian, these flavored teas are very popular. Trendy tea bars that also serve foods.

tea drink names

tea slush
fruit tea
boba (milk) tea
tapioca milk tea
milk pearl tea
black pearl (milk) tea
(milk) tea pearl
tapioca smoothie

icetea8 (talk) 04:27, 28 July 2011 (UTC)