Temperatures are climbing and days are getting longer, which can mean only one thing: It’s iced tea season. Now, iced tea is some people’s go-to drink all year long, but for those of us who enjoy it most in the summer, National Iced Tea Day, falling on June 10, comes at the perfect time to kick off the season. In honor of this day, we at the Clog have compiled a power ranking of our favorite tea categories to enjoy hot or iced.
Black tea has to come first because it encompasses a vast number of teas—Chai, Earl Grey, English Breakfast, to name a few. It also has the highest caffeine content of all teas, which is important to us as college students, though caffeine-free or decaffeinated varieties are available. Black tea is fairly universal, and it can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. You can drink it plain, add a splash of milk and sugar and it works super well as the base for milk tea. In conclusion, you really can’t go wrong when it comes to black tea, which is why it earns this spot at the top of our list.
Though each type of milk tea should technically fall into its own respective category of teas, we wouldn’t be UC Berkeley’s student life blog without giving boba milk tea its own time to shine (and placing it near the top of our list)! One quick glance at the businesses surrounding our campus reveals our obsession with boba. Not only is there a unique boba shop catered to each person’s preferences, but you also have the potential to vary your order so much that you’ll never get sick of it!
This might be a hot take, but green tea has the potential to taste a lot like dirt, which is why we’ve placed it lower on our list. That being said, an iced matcha latte made right is an excellent drink, which moves the category of green tea higher on our list.
When we think of herbal tea, we think of chamomile and mint, the teas that are always there to calm you down. In these chaotic times, a relaxing cup of herbal tea is exactly what we all need. While herbal teas may not be a go-to, they’re surprisingly refreshing when served over ice. The only reason this category isn’t ranked higher is that fruit teas also fall under the umbrella of herbal tea, dragging it down in the rankings.
You may never have heard of white tea, which is why it receives the last spot on our rankings. White tea is so rare because it’s harvested earlier and processed less than other types of tea. However, it is still one of the major categories of tea, so we had to include it in our rankings.
Tea is tea at the end of the day, and when iced, it makes the perfect refreshing summer drink. Therefore, the rankings don’t really matter as long as you take some time to appreciate iced tea on this National Iced Tea Day!