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New Tazo Ice Tea Bags & A Food Gal Giveaway

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to kick back with a refreshing pitcher of iced tea.

Tazo makes that even easier now with its new line of Iced Tea Filterbags.

These aren’t mere bags, but large sachets of tea leaves, to better brew a large pitcher without diluting its flavor.

Recently, I had a chance to try samples of the three new flavors: Iced Black Tea (a strong pick-me-up), Iced Green Tea (with the lilt of spearmint, lemongrass and lemon verbena), and Iced Passion Tea (with notes of hibiscus, mango and passion fruit).

The generously sized sachet is easy to use. Just drop one in hot water and let steep for about five minutes. I sipped the iced black tea on a weekday afternoon when I needed that extra hit of caffeine. Even over ice, the flavor wasn’t watered down whatsoever.

A box of six tea sachets is $4.95. Find them at Starbucks stores or other grocery stores. The Portland, Ore. company is a division of Starbucks.

Contest: One lucky Food Gal reader will win a sample box of each of the three new Tazo Iced Tea Filterbags. You’ll also get a pretty glass pitcher (pictured above) to serve it in once your tea has cooled down enough to transfer it to that vessel.

Entries, limited to those in the continental United States, will be accepted through midnight PST June 2. Winner will be announced June 4.

How to win?

Just tell me about a favorite occasion you’ve enjoyed in which tea was prominent. Most memorable answer wins.

Here’s my own reply:

“Dining at a favorite Thai or Vietnamese restaurant because it’s a built-in excuse to have a tall, creamy glass of Thai iced tea. It’s like having dessert with your meal. And how many times are you allowed to do that, right? I’m not one for milk in hot tea, but somehow the addition of sweet condensed milk in this iced version wins me over.  Whenever I see it on a menu, I just have to have it.”

Winner of Last Week’s Contest: In the previous Food Gal contest, I asked you to tell me what perks you up even more than coffee. The winner will receive a sampler of eight varieties of organic coffee from Portland Roasting Coffee.

Congrats to:

Krystal, who wrote, “What perks me up in the morning is when I’m driving to work from San Jose to Half Moon Bay and on those special days when it is not foggy and misty once I reached the coast (very rare days) I can see the sun come up just as I’ve arrived and I pull up to the beach, grab a sweater and jump out of the car to put my toes in the still chilled sand, watch the sunrise and listen to the waves crashing. The waves almost seem silent, since usually no one is on the beach besides me. As I sip my coffee and enjoy the beauty I think to myself how lucky I am to have found a job I enjoy so much in such a beautiful place. Those beautiful clear sky sunny mornings in Half Moon Bay will make any day at the office a fantastic one.”

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