iced classic black

This tea is certified organic and produced to fair labor standards.

ICED CLASSIC BLACK is Hugo's rendition of an all-American classic: the quintessential "iced tea". Made from organic, high-grade tea leaves rich with buds that impart sweetness, this selection quickly became our flagship iced offering after demand left us sold out often. We've since commissioned the annual production of exclusive lots from our partner farm in Guangxi, ChinaThe tea garden is considered "semi-wild"; left untreated with synthetic chemicals and certified organic year-to-year by independent authorities, the land produces exceptionally smooth and natural tasting tea. Acres of orange groves surround the farm, influencing the character of the soil and, ultimately, the tea.

With a rounded, even flavor profile devoid of astringency and teeming with sweet amino acids, ICED CLASSIC BLACK is produced specifically for smoothness and body. A healthy proportion of tips (the young, unfurled leaves sprouting from tea plants) makes for a dense brew, while the more mature leaves offer richness and complexity. Because the tea is hand-plucked and processed carefully, the final product is fully intact—unlike commodity iced teas, our whole-leaf tea extracts slowly and evenly, preventing bitterness and preserving the refreshing high notes that are sought after in iced tea.

We pack the tea into oversized, unbleached cellulose sachets that provide optimal breathing room for the tea to extract evenly. These sachets are also ideally portioned for pitcher-size servings (32 oz / 950 ml), making their preparation exceedingly simple. Drop a pouch into a jug for overnight cold brew (our preferred method), or brew hot for added complexity before chilling. Both preparations produce smooth, velvety iced tea—the perfect accompaniment to lemonade for an elevated arnold palmer, or as a base to sweeten and make classic southern sweet tea. Iced classic black is the epitome of a crowd-pleaser, and with its deep, vibrant osage orange liquor, is a stunning set piece on your backyard tabletop during summertime cookouts.

 

notes — caramel | lemon peel | pecan

 

BREWING GUIDELINES

(use freshly boiled mineral water)

cold brew

 (32 oz / 950 ml vessel—pitcher)

 1-2 pouches—cold water—refrigerate overnight

hot brew

(32 oz / 950 ml vessel—pitcher)

1-2 pouches—205ºF (96ºC)—5 minutes—half the vessel volume, then top off with cold water—refrigerate

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