Originally Posted by kaneohegirlinaz
I do the same Siduri, I make Sun Tea, much less acrid as the basic Lipton-hot water-steep method. I add a sachet of dried mint leaves and makeup a cruet of simple syrup out of local raw honey (DH has terrible seasonal allergies and the raw local honey helps him). Now I'm not really one for sweet tea, but with the honey is very nice.
I've made that too, kaneohegirlinaz, but for tea i always use whole long-leaf orange pekoe - it's a good black tea but the fact that it's unbroken leaves means the tea can get strong without getting so bitter, and the orange pekoe (orange being the color not the fruit!) is a particularly fragrant tea - but not with fragrances added, but simply the wonderful smell of real tea. I find if i make the iced tea with the long leaves, i can do it the hot water method without problems, as long as i remember to take it out before the crust forms on the top
Sometimes, because i don't sleep well in the summer, though, i use teabags, twinings decaf english breakfast, and that one is better done cold.
You should try some tea that's not lipton. Of all the teabag tea I've had in the States, that is really the foulest. Others are not so bad. I don;t get teabags here because Italy is definitely not a tea country. It's made extremely weak, practically the color of white wine. As one of Joyce's characters said, "When i makes tea, I makes tea, and when I makes water, I makes water."