Iced Tea Class Overview
The Iced Tea Class is divided into categories according to its market application and sales channels: Ready-to-Drink, Foodservice commercially brewed and Instant. Each category is then separated into sub-categories to represent popular products currently being sold in the marketplace.
Iced teas were evaluated June 11-12, 2015 at Wilbur Curtis Corporate Headquarters Los Angeles, CA. Stay tuned for 2016 Iced Tea Class Competition details!
Winners of the Tea Championship Iced Tea Class, were announced personally and in the wired press release in July. Winning companies received a formal announcement letter that includes the tea’s rating and ranking as well as a print-ready seal that can be used for all promotional materials and packaging.
Winning companies also have an opportunity to showcase their teas at the annual World Tea Expo, the premier trade event for the industry,in the North American Tea Championship Tasting Winners’ Circle if exhibiting.
Each submission into the class is evaluated blind and through organoleptic analysis of the following characteristics: Flavor, Body, Color, Clarity, Balance. An overall numerical value on a 100‐point scale is then calculated based on the ratings of each characteristic above. First, second and third place winning teas are determined by rank.